This PERFECT chocolate bundt cake is ideal for any special occassion! Rich, satisfying, and just plain DIVINE. It is the our family’s go-to for all birthdays and special events!
Good morning! I am so excited to share this recipe with you today for the perfect chocolate bundt cake. This cake is my husband’s family’s traditional birthday cake. It is made for every birthday without fail, and always the most important part of the cake eating experience is that you set aside a piece and eat it the next day for breakfast. SERIOUSLY. It gets even more dense and delicious overnight. Best. Breakfast. EVER.
I love pretty much all sweets, but this truly is the best chocolate cake that I have ever had. It is rich and moist and the frosting is like fudge it is so thick. LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOVE!!! It is a bit of work and they always follow the directions exactly, but it is WORTH IT. I promise! I believe that my mother-in-law originally found this recipe in The Silver Palate Cookbook from the 80s. It is one of her favorite cookbooks, which is saying something, because she collects cookbooks and loves to experiment in the kitchen!
Here’s the recipe. Make this perfect chocolate bundt cake soon. You will NOT regret it!!
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 cups (MINUS 2 Tablespoons) flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 Tablespoons whipping cream
- 1¼ cups powdered sugar, or as needed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Chop up the unsweetened chocolate. Put the chocolate and butter into the mixing bowl.
- Boil the water and pour the boiling water over the top of the chocolate and butter and allow it to melt.
- Stir the vanilla and sugar into the bowl.
- Whisk the egg YOLKS into the bowl ONE AT A TIME, blending well after each egg.
- In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda and the sour cream together. The mixture will get a tiny bit frothy.
- Whisk the sour cream mixture into the chocolate mixture.
- Sift the flour and the baking powder together and then add the dry ingredients to the batter. Mix thoroughly.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg WHITES until they are stiff but not dry.
- Stir about a fourth of the egg whites well into the batter. Scoop in the remaining egg whites and gently fold together.
- Pour the mixture into a greased and floured pan. (I use Baking PAM - be generous so none of it sticks in the bundt cake pan!)
- Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
- Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, and then gently remove the cake from the pan onto a cooling rack.
- Allow the cake to cool COMPLETELY prior to frosting!
- When the cake is cool, make the frosting. Begin making the frosting by putting all of the ingredients (butter, chocolate chips, whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla) into a heavy saucepan over low heat and whisking them until they are smooth.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool a bit. If needed, add more powdered sugar to achieve a spreading consistency. It should still be quite thick.
- Spread the frosting onto the cake while it it still warm.
If you like this recipe then you may enjoy the following recipes:
Overnight Coffee Cake
(PERFECT for holidays like Christmas and birthdays –
whip it up the night before and bake in the morning!)
Brandi Clevinger says
Oh. my. word! so yummy looking! It sounds so moist, too. I’m going to print this out to try soon.
Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup !
Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess says
OMGoodness! I love this sexy chocolate cake slathered in frosting. 🙂 Pinning and thanks for sharing. Visiting from Lou Lou Girls Fab Party.
Sarah Westover McKenna says
Hahaha! Sexy chocolate cake! YES! 🙂
Oh dear this looks like a delicious cake, lots of chocolate just the way I like it!! Thank you for sharing and joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove x
Cathy Kennedy says
I love chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! I saved your recipe to try. Yum, thanks for sharing! I’m visiting from Friendship Friday. Have a good weekend!
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It’s 8pm on a Sunday night and guess what I’m craving now? Yep, a huge slice of your perfect chocolate bundt cake! Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.
Wow this really does look perfect! Another great recipe! I would love for you to share this sweet creation over at my link party Making Memories Mondays going on now! 🙂
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
I’ve never seen an iced bundt cake before – it’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂
I need a slice of this gorgeous cake right now! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Tammy Locke says
The sugar is missing in your instructions – it never says where to put it in. I made it the first time and totally missed it altogether – because I was baking with a friend and not quite paying attention. You may want to update the recipe with at what point the 2 cups of sugar get added – I guessed after the boiling water in the chocolate 😉
Sarah Westover McKenna says
OH NO! I am so sorry!! I have corrected the mistake (it was indeed where you assumed it would be). I am so sorry to waste your time and leave you with a less than stellar cake! I hope that you give it another chance, b/c it is seriously THE BEST! (I’m craving it now and it will probably haunt me all day.) 😉 Thank you for bringing this to my attention so that I could fix it!