Tuesdays with Dorie: Nutty, Chocolaty, Swirly Sour Cream Bundt Cake

January 25, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in bundt cakes, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 21 Comments

nutty, chocolaty, swirly sour cream bundt cake

It’s cold.  So cold that I don’t want to go outside.  So cold that I just want to stay at home and bake all day.  And that’s just how I spent this past Saturday.  First up was this Nutty, Chocolaty, Swirly Sour Cream Bundt Cake.  It’s kind of a cross between a pound cake and a coffee cake…a pound cake-type base with a swirls of sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts and chocolate running through.  Dorie’s recipe also calls for raisins, but since I don’t normally go for fruit and chocolate combos, I left them out entirely.  However, to totally contradict what I just said, I did add the orange zest (actually I used tangerine), and liked the gentle citrus flavor a lot. 

A word of warning…making the cake was easy, making the swirl was easy, but combining them was not.  I read about sticking, so I was careful not to let the first layer of the sugar-based swirl mix come in contact with the pan.  That wasn’t too tricky, but then when I added the second and final layer of swirl, the cake batter was so stiff, I really couldn’t easily work it over the swirl to cover it.  Not wanting to bake it with exposed swirlage (because it would fall out when I flipped the cake), I popped the cake in the oven for about three minutes, until the batter just started to soften.  Then it was a breeze to get that swirl covered up with batter.

My husband asked for “big pieces” of this cake.  We both liked how it had a nice outer crust with soft cake inside.  And course cinnamon, nuts and chocolate, too!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here on NPR) or read Cooking for Comfort, as it was Jennifer’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Ditto on the cold! I’m dreaming of warm days on the beach to hold me over 🙂 Your cake is gorgeous! Good call on sticking it in the oven for a few minutes so you could spread the batter. I thought it was nearly impossible to get the swirl covered.

  2. Steph, your cake looks wonderful! What a fun way to spend a cold Saturday. Love the request for “big pieces”. Ha! Great photo!

  3. Ditto on the cold weather. I am SO sick of the snow and ice and ready for spring already!
    Your cake looks great.

  4. Agreed…we are freezing here, too. Makes me want to bake and cook all day as well. Looks lovely.

  5. Your swirl turned out really great! And, I love staying inside and baking on cold days!

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  6. what a great idea on popping the cake into the oven to soften up! this looks delightfully delicious!

  7. So pretty! It’s freezing here too (NYC). I had the same issue with second step of the swirl!

  8. I made minis and loved them because I could leave that old chocolate completely out of one of them just for me! A whole little cake all to myself and it is sooooooooooooo goooooooooooood! Great photo of it.

  9. Glad your husband liked it! It looks great.

  10. That’s a great swirl-covering hack…mine dumped all over the counter! Your bundt looks lovely and perfectly swirled.

  11. It looks absolutely perfect! Nice trick to covering that last swirl layer! 😉

  12. Great idea to pop this in the oven. I had a hard time too but just left it exposed. No raisins here either. Your cake looks delicious!

  13. This looks really moist and delicious! I’ve got to bookmark this one to try for sure.

  14. Glad you both enjoyed! I also loved the crunchy outside/soft inside combo.

  15. I thought my cake had gotten really hard overnight, then I realized that it was a crust. And I LOVED that part of it-well, I loved the whole cake! Your cake looks spectacular and thank you for baking along with me!

  16. Oooh, yours is perfecto! I left out the orange but I might have to try it again with it.

    Your choco mousse cake looks pretty darn good too.

  17. Totally agree on the tricky second round of swirl. Yours seriously turned out fabulous! I too loved the hint of citrus.

  18. Great idea about the softening. As always, your cake looks great. So happy that you and your husband liked it.

  19. Your cake is so cute! The flavour combination sounds delish 🙂

  20. Looks absolutely wonderful and of course, super delish.

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