Friday, September 6, 2013

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

As you know, the bundt bakers gather every month and create cakes based on whatever theme our founders, Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora of Cake Duchess, choose.  But this month is special because it's the one year anniversary of the group.  And so we were told to make a "fancy" bundt to help celebrate the occasion.  Hmm.  Fancy, huh?

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
I'm not much of a fancy baker so I knew this cake wasn't going to be wrapped in fondant and decorated with little figurines made our of sugar.  But red velvet cake always strikes me as a little fancy looking so why not make a red velvet bundt?  I asked Brian what he thought but he said that, apart from the cake being red, he didn't really know what flavor red velvet was supposed to be.  As I was explaining that it's a cake with a very light cocoa flavor, I decided to amp up that flavor with chocolate chips.  And while it's traditional to add a cream cheese glaze, I thought I'd use that opportunity to deepen the flavor even more with a chocolate glaze.  Fancy?  I think so.  At least a little.  Delicious?  Seriously so!  Enjoy and happy one year anniversary to the bundt bakers!

Ingredients

Cake:
2 Cups sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup vegetable or canola oil
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Cup buttermilk
1/2 oz. Red food coloring *
2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon baking soda
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

* I did not want the full, artificial red color in my cake so I used half the typical amount of dye.  If you'd prefer a more traditional red, use a full ounce.

Glaze:
3/4 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 - 4 Tablespoons milk, as needed
Dash of salt

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
Using either a stand mixer or hand mixer, add the sugar and eggs to a large bowl and cream together for a couple of minutes until the eggs are a light golden color.  Beat in the oil until smooth.  Add the vanilla, vinegar and buttermilk and mix thoroughly.  Stir in the food coloring.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder.  In a small bowl, toss the chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of the flour/cocoa mixture.  This will help prevent the chips from sinking to the bottom of the cake.  Add the flour mixture into the wet batter and mix.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Butter and flour a 12 cup bundt pan and pour in the batter.  Bake in a pre-heated 325 degree oven for 50 - 55 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.  Allow to cool thoroughly before removing from the pan.

To make the glaze, add the chocolate chips (less 1 tablespoon) to a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds.  Stir and microwave for an additional 15 seconds.  Allow the residual heat in the bowl to melt any remaining unmelted chips.  Stir in the butter and salt.  The chocolate mixture may seize but don't worry.  Slowly stir in the milk, one tablespoon at a time until you have a good pourable consistency.  Pour the glaze over the cooled cake.  Chop up the remaining tablespoon of chocolate chips and sprinkle over the top of the cake, if desired.   Makes approximately 10 servings.

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42 comments:

  1. Fancy indeed! Love the idea of a red velvet chocolate chip bundt, Anita! Happy anniversary to you too! Cheers! :)

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  2. I think you do make fancy cakes, Anita. And this red velvet with or without a full ounce of food coloring is gorgeous!

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  3. Red Velvet is certainly fancy. Great bundt indeed. Happy Anniversary celebration!

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  4. Lookee at your glaze job. It's so enticing...in a "I want to stick my finger in it" kinda way.

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  5. This def. looks fancy ;) Happy Anniversary Bundt a month!

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  6. Brilliant to bump up the chocolate with those chocolate chips and to cover it in chocolate too. You certainly won my chocolate loving heart and tummy with this one.

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  7. This is fancy fancy, chocolate at it best.

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  8. I like your version of red velvet! Cream cheese frosting is nice but chocolate is much better!

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  9. Fancy, chocolate and a beautiful glaze? This cake has it all!

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  10. This definitely hits the fancy mark for me. I have never been a huge fan of red velvet but your cake has inspired me to give it another try.

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  11. This Bundt looks beautiful and oh so tasty! Pinning!

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  12. Like Brian, I have never really understood what flavor red velvet is supposed to be. I love the way you amped up the chocolate on this one, Anita. Beautiful Bundt!

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  13. Yeah, that day-glo red is a bit disconcerting. I've often thought of trying beet juice, but would have to tweak the liquids and I'd hate to screw that up :/ Your version looks just perfect to me!!!

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  14. love your red velvet bundt cake! and love the addition of the chocolate chips! I'm with you on the color. . the batter gets everywhere and stains some things. . I like what you did here. Just perfect!

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  15. That is a gorgeous BUndt! The red is beautiful and I bet it tasted amazing.

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  16. Red velvet bundt is totally a fancy cake. Your cake is so pretty with that drizzle. I think this is a complete "wow" cake, Anita. Perfect for the group's anniversary!

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  17. To this day I don't think I ever made a red cake, I always chicken out with the amount of food coloring and they turn very weird colors, lol! It does have it's own particular flavor, and adding choco chips is the best idea Anita!

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  18. I think it's pretty fancy also. Adding chocolate chips is one of the best idea's ever and I will add some to mine the next time I make one.

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  19. Anita, I like the way you deviate! It was good of you to touch on Brian's remark about his uncertainty as to what a Red Velvet should taste like. Though there's a general theme of flavor, it varies widely from one recipe to another. I'm giving your fancy Bundt entry an "F" for fabulous.

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  20. Your comment about fondant made me laugh. My kids live in perpetual hope that someday I will become a fondant draping, sugar molding fancy baker. :) But i am with you and this looks way tastier to me!

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  21. G'day and YUM, true!
    Beautiful Bundt Cake and who can resist choc chips too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of #bundtamonth

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