This past weekend I had my parents over for a belated turning 60 party for my mother. Her actual birthday was in the middle of the week and she worked late so I dropped off the most beautiful bouquet of flowers and a red velvet birthday cake for her and my dad to share. Since this was the big 6-0 I wanted to make it a little extra special by also having a barbecue for her.
The meal itself wasn’t fancy; brats (is that a surprise?), potato salad, tomato salad and some corn on the cob. However, I did create one of my piece de resistances for desert. I made my Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake, a favorite of the chocolate lovers in my family. This is a super easy recipe but tastes like a lot of time and effort has been put into it. The secret is starting with a cake mix.
1 package Devil’s food cake mix (without the pudding)
1 4oz package of instant chocolate fudge pudding & pie filling
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together cake mix, pudding, eggs, oil, sour cream and water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until just blended. Beat on medium speed 4 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl often. Stir in chocolate chips. Turn into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a cake tester (tooth pick) inserted in center comes out clean. Note – this can be tricky because of the chocolate chips. Let cool 10-15 minutes in pan, then invert to unmold. Let cool completely.
At this point you have your choice regarding toppings. A lot of people like to just sift powered sugar over their bundt cake, not in the WWIM household! We go for cream cheese frosting!
Mix 1/2 pound cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla & 2 cups powered sugar (you can halve this portion of the recipe if you would like) until blended. Thin with milk until it can be drizzled over the top of the cake. I like to take a portion of the frosting out and stir in some powered chocolate (hot chocolate or whatever you have laying around) and then drizzle the chocolate frosting on top of the white frosting. Gives it a little special panache.
I hope you enjoy it – I’d love to hear how it turns out for you.
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