I made this (from Parties!) at least once before I started this blog project, and I ate it again at a friends’ house (the same friends who hosted the Barefoot Contessa party). But sometimes, you just need a make-up cake to make up for a failed cake earlier in the week.
This is pre-ganache. As you can tell, I steered clear of the Bundt pan, nervous to bake in anything other than a 9×13 pan after the aforementioned cake disaster. We tried a few pieces without the ganache, and it was plenty sweet and chocolate-y without any frosting. Have I discussed the fact that we live just a few miles from the Nordic Ware factory, where Bundt pans were invented? Touring the factory, or at least visiting the factory store, is on my to-do list. I’ve mentioned before that I peruse the local want ads occasionally, hoping to see a position open for a taste-tester or even a test-baker, but apparently they only have a need for people with experience in metal-working. Go figure. Also, I can’t say the word “bundt” without thinking about this scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It’s a cake!