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Chocolate peppermint bundt cake


For the cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder I used ¼ cup black cocoa powder and ¼ regular cocoa powder - use whatcha got
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water

For the fudge glaze

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • cup heavy or whipping cream
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of bitter or semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For assembly

  • 1 candy cane gently crushed


To make the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350, and spray your bundt pan real good with baking or cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add egg, oil, and buttermilk all together and whisk well. Add the hot water and whisk until the batter is smooth, it will be runny - that is ok. Pour into the greased bundt pan. Since this is a runnier batter, lightly tap the pan on the counter - this will bring any bubbles to the top and get rid of them.
  • Bake for 50 - 55 minutes. The cake will be pulled away from the sides, and a toothpick inserted to the center will come out clean.  Remove from the oven and let it sit in the pan for FIVE minutes. After those five minutes, turn the cake onto a cooling BUT don't remove the pan for FIVE more minutes -  let it sit essentially upside in the pan for those five minutes and THEN gently pull the pan up and away. Let it cool completely and make the glaze.

To make the glaze

  • Combine the butter, cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, cocoa, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low, stirring, for 3 to 5 more minutes after everything has melted, then remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Stir in vanilla last.

For final assembly

  • When the cake is cooled and the fudge glaze is barely warm (it should be pretty thickened), drizzle over the cake and sprinkle with the crushed candy cane.