Sweets for Your Sweeties: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake with an Orange Glaze
Sweets for Your Sweeties
My husband and I got married in January so we try not to spend money on Valentine’s Day. I like to make a decadent dessert for us. I’m not a huge fan of buttercream and I’m terrible at piping. In which case, bundt cakes are the best. You can be creative and it’s something that you can bake and serve. You can make it ahead of dinner and still have the energy to cook later. If you have a small child, it’s a perfect naptime task. This past weekend I decided to make a bundt cake for my fam. Both my husband and mother love it. So make it for your valentine, Galentine, or palentine.
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The secret to a good bundt cake is a good pan. I have ruined countless bundt cakes by not greasing enough and flipping the bundt over and having the intricate top get stuck in the pan. Or you grease the pan and add flour and it bakes on top and you have this horrible inedible crust on the top. So get a good pan. I read America’s Test Kitchen reviews and found this amazing friggin’ pan.
It is worth the money. Your cake just almost falls out of the pan. No hitting the bottom. Just effortless cake elegance.
For this recipe, I used my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Another great investment, they are amazing and absolutely beautiful. Trust me, it’s almost a decor decision. We have a buttercup yellow one. These are made in Ohio and they are a must-have for baking. I know they seem pricey but it is worth it. Isn’t this color simply gorgeous?
Get a cake stand. Pretend your house is a bakery. Add some elegance. Pretend you are an eccentric who always has cake and a bizarre story you tell your guests. You’ll drink tea on delicate antique china and remark about how it’s an heirloom cake stand. That’s how I feel when I take out my mine. I love displaying a dessert. If you worked on it, show it off. Everything looks better on a cake stand.
Chocolate in abundtance
And now for the recipe. I hope you have fun making it! I based my recipe on this one at Inquiring Chef. I didn’t use coffee because I figured I’d be eating this at night and it would keep me up. Who are these people who can have coffee after noon? Teach me your secrets. I love chocolate and cinnamon together.
Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze
1 cup fair trade chocolate processed powder.*
2 ½ cups of sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
4 t cinnamon
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla paste
1 ½ cups flour
2 cups fair trade chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp orange zest
3 t water
Set oven to 350 degrees and grease a bundt pan.
Using your stand mixer and whisk attachment, mix together the dry ingredients (except for flour). I usually set the speed to 2.
Add the wet ingredients to cream your ingredients. I set the speed to 4.
Set the speed back to 2 and slowly add in your flour. I like to do it a half cup at a time. Add the chocolate chips after the flour.
Pour the batter into the bundt pan. Bake for an hour or until a knife comes out clean of cake batter. The chocolate chips can make this more difficult but you can trust your own instinct.
Cool the cake on a wire rack.
When the cake is completely cool get a small bowl and add powdered sugar, orange zest, and water.
Get a pastry brush and glaze the cake until that thing shines. Voila! Tasty cake.
Bundt I Digress
This is a wonderful cake that I loved making. Please let me know what you think about it and if you make it. I hope you enjoy it. Love to you.