Tuesday, April 6, 2010

TWD: Chocolate Almond Bundt Cake





It feels like Monday today rather than Tuesday. Long weekends have a way of messing with my internal clock and it always takes me a little while to slide back into routine. No complaints though - it was an awesome weekend. Beautiful sun for most of the weekend meant we got to go bike/tricycle riding in the park. However, it did snow unexpectedly for a few hours on Saturday night but didn't stick.

This is honestly one of the most delicious bundt cakes I have had in a while. It was so moist and it sliced beautifully. It reminded me of a pound cake. Instead of walnuts I used almonds and was very pleased with the almond-roca flavor I got. The only change I would recommend is to omit the 2 tbsp butter used when melting the chocolate. It's not needed and I even found some of the chocolate swirl parts a little oily because of it.

This week's fun-to-bake (and even more fun-to eat) pick was by Erin of When in doubt... Leave it at 350, found on p.180-181 of Dorie Greenspan's book - Baking: From My Home to Yours.

28 comments:

Jennifer said...

Chocolate and almonds always go SO well together-your cake looks spectacular!

Joanne said...

I love the chocolate swirls and topping. This looks like the most moist bundt cake I've ever seen!

vibi said...

This looks divine Tia! Moist and springy! WOW! And what about that thick super gooey frosting... mmmm...

Thank you very much Tia for not letting me down while I was sick and not feeling like surfing the net myself to comment... thanks a million.

Melissa said...

The chocolate on top looks delicious! So glad you enjoyed it!

Jencrafted said...

Tia, I agree. Yours is the moistest Bundt I've seen so far! Great job!! Well done.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Mmmm, chocolate and almonds. What a great combo - your cake looks perfect! :)

Pamela said...

Whoa...that chocolate on top just looks so good! Nice marbling.

Lauryn said...

Looks amazing!!! I haven't made this one yet (made the coconut tea cake this week), but I cannot wait to try it!! Yours really looks perfect!

Jessica said...

Now I wish that I had made this! Looks delicious!

spike. said...

looks fantastic! you got a perfect swirl.

Rambling Tart said...

It looks beautifully moist, Tia! I don't get too excited about cake, but this is delectable. :-)

The Mortensens said...

Chocolate Almond---oooh that sounds so good. Looks pretty too!

Marthe said...

Almonds instead of walnuts? What a great idea!! Your marbling looks absolutel perfect!

Linda said...

chocolate and almond - now that sounds like a delicious flavor combination. I didn't get a pronounced walnut flavor in my cake, and am considering almond meal the next go around.

beautiful job on your marbling!

Flourchild said...

I feel like the weekend was much to quick..so this week is strange to me too.
Your cake looks so darn good. I love the frosting on top!

Jeannette said...

This looks fantastic!! I'll be trying this with hazelnuts next time. And I'm thinking next time is tomorrow ;)

PS. I'm jealous that you still get snow. BUT we did get snow TWICE this year, which for Houston... is a miracle!!

Leslie said...

Wowsa! I loved this one, even without the chocolate sauce.

cindy said...

Wow, this is one beautiful cake!

bexbakes said...

wasn't it good?? And yours looks glorious!

Katrina said...

Your cake looks great. LOVE the chocolate on top!

Jules Someone said...

That is some serious yum. You're right about the butter with the chocolate. I'll save a calorie or two.

Erin @ The Sweet Life said...

Beautiful swirl. I loved this one, too. Too tasty to keep at home!

Amanda said...

Oh chocolate and almond is a fabulous combination, love it! Looks great!

Valerie said...

Shiny chocolate always makes me happy. Lovely cake. :)

Romaine said...

Yes, I think I agree about the butter. Same thing about the chocolate part. Yours looks every enticing.

Lynnylu said...

Love the shine on the chocolate glaze and the marbling is perfect-not too much or too little. Lovely cake.

pastrybrush said...

Your bundt looks great. Thanks for baking with me this week.

Cathy said...

It looks incredible! I love the chocolate swirl on the top. I am so glad you loved it - we did too!