I think it’s safe to say that bundt cakes and I are friends now. Although they can be a wee bit tricky to get sorted recipe testing wise (the last few have really taken me for a run), they are so satisfying once the recipe is nailed - the pan does all the fancy work for you, and they are often fairly uncomplicated to make (I have a few doozys coming your way though), which makes them a great back pocket recipe if you need to make something in a pinch. They also make a solid amount of cake - a bundt cake usually serves at least 8-10 people, or my full sized husband over the course of a few days, who seems to eat baked goods as if i’ve never baked for him before.
This is a pretty simple chocolate bundt cake. I took King Arthur’s recipe, which I have made a few times, and made a few tweaks - upping the cocoa a touch and adding in some Nutella. The recipe is the perfect density, and is nice and moist from the sour cream in the recipe, and the chocolate really shines from the addition of strong coffee. The Nutella lent another layer of fudginess, which was the perfect finisher. It’s not overly forward on the Nutella flavour but - this cake doesn’t need a glaze, although Rich would like me to tell you that he made a double of this icing recipe, spread it on thick, then drowned it in sprinkles and it was amazing, even if it does feel like your teeth are going to dissolve from the sugar. I added chocolate chips the first time and definitely don’t recommend it - they all sink and things get super weird.
I used this pan for this cake - I love the pattern on it, and the cake released easily. Any 10 cup bundt pan will work though! I find that the key to the cake releasing nicely is to grease the pan well (the baking spray with flour in it works a charm), and using a recipe which is dense enough. I’ve had some shockers with testing and the recipe not being dense enough - there’s nothing that bums you out more than half the cake still being in the pan.
A few wee tips:
- I used two shots of coffee for the recipe because I wanted the coffee to really help the chocolate shine - I just used a nespresso machine and did two long shots. Make sure that you weigh it to make sure it’s the correct quantity.
- I used regular nutella in this, but if you have the time, a homemade chocolate hazelnut spread would be so good, or any other nutella alternative! You can also absolutely leave it out if you want!
- Another key to getting the cake to pop out nicely is the cooling time. 10 minutes is perfect - set the timer when you bring the cake out of the oven, then carefully turn it out onto a rack and let it cool completely.
- I like to let the batter sit for 5 mins in the bowl to help release any additional bubbles. During this time I grease the pan - you don’t want to grease too early, or the baking spray will settle in the grooves of the pan. I then give the bowl a good rap on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles, then transfer to the cake pan and give it another good rap.
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Nutella Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Yield: Makes one Bundt Cake, Serves about 10-12 people 1x
Nutella Chocolate Bundt Cake
- 225g butter, cut into small cubes
- 75g dutch process cocoa
- 200g Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
- 240g hot, strong coffee (I used two long Nespresso shots - weigh to ensure that it is correct quantity)
- 115g sour cream or full fat yoghurt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 300g sugar
- 275g all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the butter, cocoa, and Nutella. Pour the coffee over, and whisk to combine until smooth and all of the butter is melted. Set aside to cool slightly, then add the sour cream, eggs, and vanilla, and mix well to combine.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the cooled chocolate mixture, and whisk to combine - use a flexible rubber spatula to make sure there are no dry parts at the bottom of the bowl.
- Leave the batter to sit in the bowl for 5 minutes. During this time, spray a 10 cup bundt pan with non stick baking spray with flour, or spray with a baking spray and lightly dust with cocoa.
- Rap the bowl of batter a few times on the counter to release any big air bubbles, then carefully transfer the batter to the prepared bundt pan. Leave to stand for a further 2 minutes, then rap one more time. Place onto a sheet pan.
- Bake the bundt cake for 60-65 minutes, testing for doneness after 55 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the deepest part of the cake comes out clean (this can be a little tricky to do - make sure you poke the skewer down to the middle part of the cake).
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack and allowing to cool completely.
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Store leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
I got excited when I saw this recipe - until I saw that it has coffee in it. Even the slightest hint of coffee can ruin things for me. Any suggestion on what to use instead? I bought a new ice cream maker and made Nutella ice cream for the July 4th holiday. My daughters already love Nutella, but now I think I got my husband hooked on it and would love to make a Nutella Bundt cake.
Hi! You could use hot chocolate! 🙂
Hopefully this isn’t too much of a daft question !
Is this recipe only suitable for a Bundt tin or could a regular cake tin or springform be used ?
Hi! Yes it should be just fine - I haven't made it in a regular pan but it should work!
Thx for your reply; I’ll let you know how I go ! The flavour combo sounds 👌
This is an excellent recipe.
I made it two weeks ago to take a friend's birthday celebration. The recipe says to bake for 60-65 minutes, and to check at 55. I missed the part about checking at 55 minutes. When the timer went off at 60 minutes, and I inserted a wood skewer, no crumbs were attached. The cake was definitely overbaked. The flavour was good, but it was quite dry because of my error.
The following weekend I made the recipe again, this time using hot chocolate instead of coffee. I preferred the flavour of the hot chocolate. I also took the cake out after 52 minutes. It may have been slightly underbaked, but it was delicious and moist!
I searched Cloudy Kitchen specifically for a chocolate bundt recipe, because Erin is fabulous and all of her recipes are great. If only she would stop wearing nail polish, she could be the best recipe creator out there 😉
Hahahhaha thank you so much for the lovely review! x
I've made this cake twice now and both times it came out perfectly!
First time I made it for my mum with decaf coffee and the second time I made it with regular coffee. Both times absolutely incredible. I followed the recipe precisely and it worked perfectly both times. Highly recommend this cake! Even the CEO of my company loved it 😄
Sorry didn't see the lil stars on my mobile phone screen. 5 stars
I’ve made this twice and I must say it’s a marvelous moist cake that isn’t cloyingly sweet. I’ve used a NordicWare Bundt pan and dusted the interior with black cocoa powder after spraying with Baker’s Joy. The cake comes out with a deep dark crust that looks beautiful with silver sprinkles and sparkling sugar. I chose the recipe because I found a partial jar of Nutella in the cupboard to dispose of. The nut spread adds more richness than overall hazelnut flavor which suits me well. I’ve also added 3 extra T of black cocoa because I have it on hand. Overall this is a winner! I wish I could post the pictures.