Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Kristin of I’m Right About Everything. She picked Milk Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes. Visit Kristin’s blog for the complete recipe. I love baking in my Bundt pans and I already had the mini Bundt pans, so I was happy to put them to good use.
The only issue that I have had with my mini Bundt pans is that the cake always sticks and I can’t get them out of the pan. Some of the other Tuesdays with Dorie bloggers noted that this was an issue, but I hoped for the best. I really buttered the pan heavily. I figured that there was no way that they could stick, and I was right. They came out of the pan perfectly and effortlessly. I was very pleased.
This is a rather petite recipe, since it only makes 6 mini Bundts. Since there is just the two of us, it was nice to make something that didn’t have so much left over. I splurged and used the good chocolate, and since that is the main flavor of the cake I’m glad I did. I bought my chocolate at Whole Foods, where they sell it in big chunks. They often have gianduja (chocolate with hazelnut) bars there too and this recipe would be excellent made with gianduja!
The hardest part of the recipe was portioning out the batter between the pans. You put a little batter in the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with a nut-sugar-cocoa powder mixture, and then top with the remaining batter. I used my cookie scoop to portion out small amounts of batter, and this made the job a lot easier. In the end they were fairly forgiving, as I couldn’t tell any difference between the ones that I got the filling complete covered and the ones that were a little shy of enough batter to cover the filling. I skipped the glaze and just dusted with powdered sugar. I love the milk chocolate flavor of these Bundts. I bake so frequently with dark or bittersweet chocolate that this was a nice change. I thought that these were pretty easy but look special, so they’d be great to serve to guests.
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, pages 188 and 189