Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Fudge and Chocolate... oh c'mon, it's Christmas!

Sorry about the lack of updates lately, but as with most people, I suspect, the Christmas panic is setting in and I'm zipping off cards and worrying about wrapping and last minute gifts! However, I'm determined to get the most use out of my new Holiday Wreath bundt pan, as it won't see the light of day again until next December, so I knocked out a quick Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt. In addition I decided to spice things up with a marvellous new discovery for me - tiny fudge pieces!

I was going to Waitrose as usual last week, but went past a Morrisons supermarket and thought, why not give it a go... all I can say is, I've been spoiled by Waitrose... BUT, they do stock small packets of little fudge pieces for cooking, just like the chocolate chips all the supermarkets stock. I stockpiled five packets so I won't have to go back for a while, as I've not seen them anywhere else!

Sorry it's such a crap image, but I STILL haven't found my digital camera, so this was a quick phone shot while it was cooling on the kitchen worktop, so it's not the best (or even remotely good!), but you can see where all the fudge bits melted in to lovely gooey lovelyness and are glistening on the crust of the cake!
This recipe is great - it takes minutes to put together, you don't have to use the big stand mixer or Kenwood and can simply use an easy-clean-up handmixer, and all the ingredients are pretty much standard store cupboard items. I REALLY must post before Christmas my pimped Chocolate Oreo - it's the BEST chocolate cake recipe I've found... but for now, here's a tasty quicky:

Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake
With Walnuts and Fudge Pieces

1/2 cup unsalted English butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups plain flour
2 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (or plain yoghurt)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 free range eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 packet of Fudge pieces from Morrissons (in the cake ingredient section)
1 cup walnut pieces

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a large bundt pan with cooking spray. Put butter, water, oil, and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, whisk together flour, cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Then, add the buttermilk and baking soda.

Mix together the eggs and vanilla in a small bowl, and add to the batter. Add the fudge pieces and walnut and stir until well distributed in to the batter. Pour batter into prepared pan.

I cooked for about 45 minutes, but start checking after 35.


  1. Did I tell you about my botched Bundt? Nope? Well, one day I wil. I might give it another go with this recipe, minus the fudge - no time to go looking for them this year!

  2. Make a Lamington Bundt!

    Go on!

    (See my blog)