Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Elizabeth's February Cake - Light Chocolate Bundt Cake

I made this cake just as I was beginning a weight-loss challenge with some friends. I wanted to prove my awesome, indomitable, kick-butt commitment to the contest by bringing a light cake to a get-together of ours. In truth, it isn't all that light (320 calories per slice instead of 410), but heck, every little help counts. This cake tastes great and certainly doesn't taste light in any way.

This recipe was published in The Best Light Recipe.
Serves 16. Published December 14, 2006.

Although you can substitute natural cocoa for Dutch-processed, the cake won't rise as high. If you don't have baking spray with flour, mix 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon cocoa into a paste and brush inside the pan.


Nonstick baking spray with flour
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped fine
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder (2 1/4 ounces)
1 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups packed light brown sugar (14 ounces)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Confectioners' sugar (for dusting), or a simple glaze.

1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the inside of a standard 12-cup bundt pan with the nonstick baking spray

2. Combine the chocolate and cocoa in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate mixture, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes to melt the chocolate. Whisk the chocolate mixture until smooth, then set aside to cool slightly, about 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

3. Whip the melted chocolate mixture, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla together until smooth, about 1 minute.
Sift half of the flour mixture over the batter and gently whisk in. Repeat with the remaining flour mixture and continue to whisk the batter gently until most of the lumps are gone (do not overmix).

4. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and smooth the top. Wipe any drops of batter off the sides of the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 50 to 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking (do not overbake).

5. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and cool completely, 1 to 2 hours. When cool, dust with confectioners' sugar (if using).

Cal 320; Fat 11 g; Sat fat 2 g; Chol 25 mg; Carb 51 g; Protein 6 g; Fiber 5 g; Sodium 170 mg


Julie said...

The shape of your bundt cake looks really unique, kind of like a Gothic window. Do you have a special pan perhaps?

OK seriously, even though as a rule I don't eat light foods, I don't think I could resist this cake.

ferskner said...

Whatever, Control!

This cake looks super good, Listle. I was craving something like this so much the other day, so I had to buy a Hostess cupcake instead. But I wish I'd had this! Hooray for your boyfriend Chris Kimball to come up with such a taster's recipe.