Tunnel of Fudge Cake

It’s been a while since I’ve made and posted something chocolatey. After getting a Bundt pan, I thought this should be the first recipe we should use it for.


It’s easy to make, and believe me, it’s definitely worth it. The outside of the cake forms a nice crust just like brownies but the center is soft and fudgy. Drizzle some chocolate glaze and there you have it, chocolate heaven!


In order to get an accurate reading for doneness, do not use a cake tester, skewer or toothpick. Instead, remove the cake from the oven when the sides just begin to pull away from the pan and the surface of the cake springs back when pressed gently with your finger. Another way to tell it’s done is when there are cracks on the surface of the cake.


Oh yeah, one more thing. Do not substitute Dutch-processed cocoa powder with regular or instant cocoa powder as the flavours are not the same.


Here is a picture of the cake without the chocolate glaze. The shape is a little different than regular Bundt pans since it is the anniversary edition from Nordic Ware.


For all you chocolate lovers out there, this is definitely a must-try. Here’s the recipe:

For the Cake
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder , plus extra for dusting pan
1/2 cup boiling water
2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups pecans or walnuts, chopped fine
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 large eggs , room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter , softened

For the Chocolate Glaze
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cake: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12-cup Bundt pan and dust with cocoa powder. Pour boiling water over chocolate in medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Whisk cocoa, flour, nuts, confectioners’ sugar, and salt in large bowl. Beat eggs and vanilla in large measuring cup.

With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. On low speed, add egg mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Add chocolate mixture and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Beat in flour mixture until just combined, about 30 seconds.

Scrape batter into prepared pan, smooth batter, and bake until edges are beginning to pull away from pan, about 45 minutes. Cool upright in pan on wire rack for 1 1/2 hours, then invert onto serving plate and cool completely, at least 2 hours.

For the glaze: Cook cream, corn syrup, and chocolate in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in vanilla and set aside until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Drizzle glaze over cake and let set for at least 10 minutes. Serve. (Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.)

Source: Cook’s Country

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  1. Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Ernie, I must try this recipe with my bundt pan. Where’d you get the cocoa?! I need a can.

    • Ernskie
      Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      We got the can of cocoa (in the picture) from a store in downtown Calgary since for the longest time we couldn’t find it in Edmonton. But you know what? We were in Costco last Saturday and they have a big container there for $8.99 so we got one.

  2. Posted July 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Oh, thanks…I will get one on our next trip to Costco!

  3. uyen-chi
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    As usual,your cake looks divine!!!It’s killing me…you know how much I LOVE sweets! There’s no decent cocoa powder here though.

    • Ernskie
      Posted July 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, thank you Uyen-chi! You’re also having trouble finding decent cocoa powder there? What about that chocolate shop you visit once in a while? You can probably try looking for it when you go traveling again.

  4. Posted July 15, 2010 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Oh my, you are amazing! I like the way you plate your food for photography, too. Bravo!

    • Ernskie
      Posted July 16, 2010 at 5:48 am | Permalink

      Thanks Mark. It just so happens we had leftover mint and some raspberries kicking around. The funny thing was it took me a while to go through the leaves to find the “perfect” ones.

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