Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Chocolate/Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Chocolate Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
(Jenna's Favorite BDay Cake)

Chocolate Cake Batter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (unsweetened)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl (flour, sugar, cocoa, soda, salt) and set aside. Mix liquid ingredients together (water, vegetable oil, vinegar, vanilla) in a different bowl and then mix well into the dry ingredients. Set aside.

Cream Cheese Filling:
1/8 tsp salt
1 (8 oz) cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
6 oz choc chips - I think this is about 1 cup. we used mini choc chips.
1 cups nuts - (optional, jenna likes it without)

Cream together first 4 ingredients (salt, cream cheese, sugar, beaten egg). Beat on Medium for about 1 minute then Stir in remaining ingredients. Put aside.

Grease a bundt pan. Pour 1/2 of the cake mixture into the bundt cake pan. Drop cream cheese mixture in a ring around the center of the cake batter. Be sure not to let any of the cream cheese mixture touch the sides of the pan. Cover cream cheese mixture with remaining cake batter. Bake at 350 for 40 - 50 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes so that it's not too hot to handle, but won't be so cool that it's stuck in the pan. Turn the pan upside down on a platter and gently tap around the bottom of the pan until the cake comes out . It's difficult to get it cleanly out and it might not come out perfect but it still tastes good. Piece it back together if it's just a small piece that came off. No need to frost this cake.

(In this picture, the entire top of the cake came off in the pan. Partly because the layer between the top of the cake and the cream cheese was a little thin. Anyway,.. that's why it looks speckled. yours will probably look like a solid chocolate bundt cake when it comes out. :) )