Okay friends, so I need to talk with you for a second. I decided that I would participate in a online bake sale for another food blogger over at Foodness Gracious because his daughter Miranda has type 1 diabetes, and they are raising money to walk for a cure. He asked different food bloggers to participate and donate a baked good to sell. He posted pictures of these items on his website and anyone can get on a place a bid for their favorite food item. The food blogger who donates has to bake the item and send it to the highest bidder. I am happy to say I am donating this cake and will be sending it next day, Fed Ex so it cannot go bad. So, I am asking you, my lovely friends, to visit the Foodness Gracious website and if you'd like, bid on one of the baked goods (mine! mine!) ha ha.
I do have a confession though. This isn't the exact cake I will be donating. See, the cake pictured is a really yummy doctored up devils food cake mix. The best recipe I have tried for such a thing, I might add. Sour cream, pudding mix and chocolate chips make the cake really special. But I just couldn't bring myself to have someone bid on a boxed cake mix recipe, even if it is super good. So, I will be making a version of the same cake that will be exactly like it. It's a homemade high quality chocolate loaf cake made from dark Dutch process cocoa with the same chocolate chips mixed in for good measure. It's delicious served with a dollop of whipped cream. I will share that recipe soon, (after I have a picture of it) just in case anyone wants to make that version, that is, if you don't buy it yourself online!
I originally blogged about this cake last year (and forgot) before I wrote this post- So I am attaching what I wrote the last year about this:
"I hadn't planned on blogging about this cake. You see, I made 3 different bundt cakes the other day with intentions on writing about one of them, just not this one. The others I made were from scratch, but this one starts with a...gulp, boxed cake mix. Don't judge! We all need some help once and a while and I am not above taking it. Especially when cooking three cakes in a row. When it came time to taste the cakes I literally could not stop eating this one. I tried really, really hard to love the Caribbean Christmas Ring that I originally wanted to blog about, but, *sigh* it just wasn't all that great. On the contrary, I tried really, really hard not to love this cake because I am sort of a baking snob and this cake is just a doctored up mix. So, with that being said, snob or not, I am also a lover of good food and dude, this is some GOOD food. So, what the hay? I'm blogging about it. This cake does not taste boxed, but it has the desirable texture you want with a boxed mix, only better because it's denser (thankyouverymuch, 4 eggs) and richer (thankyouverymuch chocolate chips) moister (thankyouverymuch sour cream and pudding) and just a touch more sophisticated. A simple dusting of powdered sugar is all it needs. Nothing more, as anything else would be overboard. What are you waiting for? Go make this to take to your next holiday party!"
Chocolate Bundt Cake
adapted from George Morris
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 box chocolate cake mix (I like devils food)
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs, sour cream, water and oil together in a large bowl until throughly mixed. Add chocolate cake mix and instant chocolate pudding mix. beat until smooth. Stir in semisweet chocolate chips. pour batter into a bundt pan, and bake for one hour. When cool, sift powdered sugar on top.
This recipe actually came from a man who entered it into last year's "Holiday Bake Off" in Steamboat, under the name "death by chocolate". Let's be honest, shall we? This is not a "death by chocolate" cake. It's a good cake, but something called death by chocolate should call for mass amounts of ganache. And devils food cake. And brownie layers. And chocolate mousse. The guy looked like a burned out motorcycle rider though, so I'm wondering what in the world he was doing entering a bake-off in the first place, all the while scrutinizing the name of his dessert. What can I say? It was good. Sixty year old men in leather jackets with long white beards can bake too, I guess.