Chocolate Spiced Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze – #BundtaMonth

by Kate on November 7, 2012

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Things here on the East coast got a little crazy last week, in case you hadn’t heard. (Ha! As if you could miss it.) Actually, things in my life in conjunction with the storm of the century, were more than a little crazy. We were so fortunate. When Sandy struck, we weathered the storm well. There were times when I honestly felt like our little house was going to blow away.  Thank goodness it didn’t. In fact, we fared really well. We lost power for about 12 hours but that was the worst of it. The only other inconvenience was that our phones didn’t work for a few days after but that was it. Our life really wasn’t disrupted too much. Now, don’t get me wrong. When the storm actually was blowing through it scared the pants off of me. This is the worst storm I’ve ever experienced but we were lucky.

So many others are still without power and have sustained such substantial damage. Parts of our state are decimated and will take a long time to recover. New Jersey is officially a disaster zone. I used to feel like this was a pretty tame state that really didn’t have a lot going on, weather-wise. In recent years there are some disturbing weather patterns. It scares me. I feel like we’re going to start having a “hurricane season” every year here after Irene and now Sandy. I don’t like severe weather of any kind and I’ve loved living in a place that really hasn’t experienced much of that in the past. But once again I feel blessed to have come out of this event unscathed.

All these storms keep life interesting, that’s for sure. They spice things up. In fact, that’s the theme for this month’s BundtaMonth. Spice. I love the pairing of spices and chocolate so for my submission this month I made a dark chocolate bundt cake with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and a pinch of cayenne. Yes, cayenne! After pairing the two together for my Double Chocolate Cayenne Cookies, (which just happened to be after Irene… what is it about hurricanes that make me want to bake something with cayenne) I found out what a lovely pair chocolate and cayenne make. Then I topped this bundt with a cinnamon glaze. I used Vietnamese cinnamon for the first time in this recipe and I am in love with it! It has a more intense “cinnamon-y” scent and flavor to it.

So what about you? How about making a bundt and putting your own spicy spin on it? It’s fun, tasty and easy to join in on.

Here’s how to bake with #BundtaMonth:
– Bake your November #BundtaMonth to the theme – Spice
– Post it before November 30, 2012.
– Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read – #BundtaMonth: Spice Bundt)
– Join the Bundt baking party! Add your link to the Linky tool below.
– Link back to both Anuradha’s and Lora’s announcement posts.

Oh and did I mention, there are other spicy bundts for you to lay your eyes on? Try not to drool on your keyboard.

Apple Bundt Cake with an Attitude by Deb | Knitstamatic
Blueberry Cinnamon Bundt Cake by Anuradha | Baker Street
Cardamom Bundt Cake with Rosewater Glaze by Paula | Vintage Kitchen
Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake by Renee | Magnolia Days
Ginger Pear Bundt Cake by Holly | A Baker’s House
Gingerbread Apple Cake by Lora | Cake Duchess
Gram’s Fig Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Glaze by Stacy | Food Lust People Love
Italian Anise Bundt Cake by Karen | In The Kitchen with KP
Maple Pecan Bundt with Maple Glaze by Jennie | The Messy Baker Blog
Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake by Alice Choi | Hip Foodie Mom
Moroccan Inspired Olive Oil Bundt Cake with Ras El Hanout by Laura | The Spiced Life
Nutmeg Bundt Cake by Dorothy | Shockingly Delicious
Peach and Roasted Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Sugar by Kim | Cravings Of A Lunatic
Spiced Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon Glaze by Kate | Food Babbles
Spicy Chocolate Bourbon Bundt Cake by Carrie | Poet In The Pantry

Enjoy!

~K

Chocolate Spiced Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 cake

Chocolate Spiced Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

A spiced moist, dark chocolate bundt cake drizzled with a cinnamon-kissed glaze.

Ingredients

    For the Cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

    Make the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Thoroughly grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda and spices.
  4. Melt chocolate in either a double boiler or a large bowl in 30 second increments. Cool to room temperature. Whisk in oil, sugar, vanilla and heavy cream, then whisk in egg.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the coffee and buttermilk.
  6. Add half the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir.
  7. Add half of the coffee and buttermilk, stir just until combined. Add in the remaining flour mixture and then the remaining coffee and buttermilk, stirring until smooth.
  8. Pour into bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out almost clean.
  9. Invert cake onto a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.
  10. Make the glaze:
  11. In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cake and allow to set.
  12. Enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Food & Wine

http://foodbabbles.com/2012/11/chocolate-spiced-bundt-cake-with-cinnamon-glaze-bundtamonth/

 

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious November 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

Oh my gawd, that glaze! What is it about the pools of glaze that just get me on these beautiful cakes?

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I am with you Dorothy! I love how bundt cakes with a simple glaze are just gorgeous :)

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Kate@Diethood November 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m sorry you were caught in Sandy’s crossfire :( But so glad that you are all doing well!! And you found the time to spice it up with this deliciousness!!

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thanks Kate! And I’m so glad I found time for this project cause I loved using all those spices in this cake.

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Stacy November 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

I love everything about this cake: cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg AND cloves but that glaze just finishes it off beautifully! So lovely!

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thanks Stacy! I’m so glad you think so. I thought all those spices might be too much but it all balanced so nicely making it a nice spice cake indeed.

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Stacy November 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

And COFFEE! I forgot to mention the strong coffee. I love that too. :)

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Oh YES!! I love pairing coffee with chocolate. I love how it deepens the flavor :)

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Renee November 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

I am so loving this chocolate cake with all those spices. And the glaze too. Great recipe!

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks Renee!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I think chocolate pairs so well with cinnamon, and here you have a spice festival going on! And the coffee should offset all those wonderful flavors together! A fantastic bundt cake!

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks Paula!! I was thrilled with how it turned out. I’m so glad you like it!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog November 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I want to lick that cream off that beautiful cake. Too much? Well, I do. That cream is calling my name. Your cake is gorgeous, Kate! I’m so glad to hear that you’re safe and sound. We got lucky here in MD.

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Kate November 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm

So glad you guys didn’t suffer. Such a scary experience!! I can’t stand big, dangerous storms. I just feel so helpless. On another note… I was totally licking the spoon, the bowl… I may have used my fingers to get every last bit off the inside. The glaze is THAT good!

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Lora @cakeduchess November 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I’m happy that you were ok from Sandy. It’s horrible the damage that the storm inflicted…breaks my heart. Your bundt is spectacular and so tempting me. That glaze with cinnamon is calling my name;)Thank you for baking again with us, Kate;)

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Lora! And as always, the pleasure is all mine. I never used to bake bundts until BundtaMonth and now my pan is getting a workout. I’m loving it!

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Holly November 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm

What a beautiful cake and that glaze–wow– it is making me hungry! I wish I still had a piece of cake left around here tonight…guess I’ll wake up and bake more tomorrow!
Glad to hear your weathered the storm ok. All the best to you!

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Thanks Holly! I can’t wait to get back to baking. Life in my part of NJ is finally getting back to normal so I’m anxious to get back in the kitchen. I have bread on the brain! Time to get bakin’

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Lisa November 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

If I say ‘Cinnamon Glaze’ 5 times in a row will I find this cake at my door? You are amazing! Two bundts for #bundtamonth, not to ention everything elese delicious you make! xo

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Your wish is my command! ;) I’ll pop right over with it. Thanks Lisa!

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Rachel @ Bakerita November 8, 2012 at 2:59 am

Yum! The cake looks soo moist and delicious, and with those spices, I can’t imagine it’d be anything less than wonderful. Glad you did ok with the storm!!

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Thanks Rachel! So glad you like it. This is probably my favorite bundt so far… tied closely with the pumpkin cream cheese bundt. That one was ridiculously good too!!

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Baker Street November 8, 2012 at 3:10 am

WOAH! I’m in for it for the glaze. No wait – the cake. No. I want it all! You have a great concoction of flavors and it looks absolutely stunning, Kate! Thanks for baking along with us. :)

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Wow! Thanks An! I am so glad you like it and the pleasure was all mine :)

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom November 8, 2012 at 3:41 am

Chocolate and cayenne? You know I agree with you on this! :P Winning combination in my book! I think your bundt looks fantastic!

And, Kate, I am so glad that you and your family are safe and doing ok. :)

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Thanks Alice! Love that we were on the same wavelength this month ;)

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) November 8, 2012 at 8:11 am

I love the way the spices show in your glaze and adding the cayenne to the chocolate! Great combo!

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks Karen! That glaze took the “spice” factor over the top… it really was the best part but this cake would have been great without it too.

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Kim Bee November 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

You are an evil genius Kate. And I like it. This is stunning. You always impress me.

I am so happy you are okay. We don’t seem to get hit by many natural disasters where I live. I have no idea why but they all seem to pass us by. I can’t even imagine the horror of a storm like that. I was watching The Chew and they talked to a family whose entire house was washed away. Makes my heart hurt.

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Fortunately, I didn’t see that kind of damage by where I live but less than a half hour from me people are experiencing that kind of loss. It’s crazy! Honestly, we never had any natural disasters here until recent years. It’s so scary how much climate change is taking place. On a happier note, I’m so glad that you like my cake! Thanks so much.

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Jenni November 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Gorgeous job! Glad to hear you weathered the storm well, too! And hoping that this new storm doesn’t do too much more damage!

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Kate November 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thanks Jenni! Fortunately, this new storm was great for us! We didn’t lose power again, no damage and this morning the girls and I went outside and built a snowman :) It was great!

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Megan November 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

This looks gorgeous and delicious!

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Kate November 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thanks so much Megan!

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Terra November 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

You had me at cinnamon glaze!!!!! I just showed this gorgeous cake to my hubby, we are both in love! Looks amazing, hugs, Terra

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Aww, thanks Terra! Hope you make it cause it is ridiculously good. You truly will love it. It’s one of my favorite cakes to date! Oh and that cinnamon glaze will make you want to put your whole head in the bowl and lick it clean. Promise ;)

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Laura November 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

That is a gorgeous cake!

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Laura!

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Jamie November 13, 2012 at 3:31 am

I did in fact just make a chocolate bundt with spice – cinnamon – and I will add it to the round up. I love chocolate bundt cakes not only for the flavor and texture – the best! – but for their versatility! You can kick them up with almost anything! And yours sounds amazing! And truly comfort food in these rough times.

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Kate November 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Oh, fantastic! Glad you’ll be linking up. I will definitely go take a look. I couldn’t agree with you more about the versatility of chocolate bundt cakes. Love them! So glad you like this one. Thank you!

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Deb @ knitstamatic November 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I’m so glad you got thru Sandy well. It was one heck of a storm, we were without power for nine days and my in-laws for two weeks. I absolutely adore this cake and that glaze is amazing. It’s on my must bake list for sure.

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Kate November 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Oh my goodness Deb! I’m so sorry. I can’t even imagine not having power for that long. My dad was without power for 13 days too! Just terrible. We were so fortunate where I am. Hope like is getting back to normal for you these days and thanks so much for your kind words about my cake.

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