Tuesday, April 6, 2010
TWD: Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake
This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie selection is Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake. I’ve mentioned before that I love making Bundt cakes, since they come out of the pan looking pretty and there is no need to fuss around with frosting them (I am not the most patient cake decorator). Unfortunately, this was probably the least attractive Bundt cake I’ve ever made. I had never marbled anything before and my amateur marbling skills led to a very dull and blotchy exterior on the cake. Josh is usually a lot more optimistic when I’m not impressed with the outcome of my baked goods, but he even admitted it didn’t look very good. The solution? Coat it in chocolate. We were allowed to post either this or the coconut cake last week, and I had seen an enticing photo of the Mocha-Walnut Marbled Bundt Cake coated in a chocolate glaze on A Singleton in the Kitchen, so I poached the idea and made Dorie’s chocolate ganache glaze (these photos were taken the following morning after the glaze had set).
This was a superb cake. It has four flavor components: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and walnut, and I loved how you could taste them all. The chocolate and vanilla flavors were strong, and I appreciated having the subtle hint of walnut and coffee in the background (they too often get lost). We had a lot of other treats around the house for Easter this weekend, so after a small sample, I sent it off to work with Josh. The first time I sent baked goods to the office with him he asked what he should do if there were leftovers. I assured him that would not be a problem. I mean, if I happen upon treats when I go to get my mid-morning cup of coffee, I find it nearly impossible to resist them (in fact, I consider it a huge triumph if I do) and I’m sure most people feel the same way. Anyway, at 11:30 AM on Monday he sent me an email saying the Bundt cake was gone, even competing with a big basket of Portuguese sweet bread.
This cake received an 8 for Deliciousness and a 4 for Effort (that marbling stressed me out and there were too many dishes), for an EDR of 2. Many thanks to Erin of When in Doubt...Leave it at 350 for a great choice. You can find the recipe here on Erin’s site and visit the TWD blogroll to see more cakes.