Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake – #BundtBakers

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

This “Retro Desserts Recreated as Bundts” themed cake, is yet another example of how things can go wrong in the kitchen, leaving me to deal with the mess that I inexcusably created in my exuberance to create the perfect Bundt Bakers masterpiece. This month Felice from All That’s Left Are The Crumbs is our Bundt Bakers host, and in no way can she be held accountable for the cake disaster that took place over my kitchen counter. I fully take all responsibility. This is definitely not the first time that I have tried to turn out a Bundt cake, only to discover that it has no intention of cooperating with my wishes. However, this was the worst case of Bundt-stickage I have ever experienced in my many years of baking. It was not pretty folks, and there may have been a few tears shed in the process, and perhaps 15 to 26 curse words uttered aloud for the entire Town of Herndon to hear.

So, how do you keep a Bundt cake from sticking to the pan? That’s the million-dollar question. Most recipes tell you to grease and flour the pan before adding the cake batter to it, but I will have to say that 50% of the time this makes absolutely no difference. That cake is gonna do what it wants to do, no matter what you have to say about it. Use all the curse words you want, because you are going to carefully piece that cake back together as best you can, slather it with frosting, and hope that no one takes notice of the cake disaster underneath all that marshmallow buttercream and ganache.

After years of experience with Bundt cake failures, I have come to a few realizations. First, always use butter, because it not only tastes better than vegetable shortening, but it tends to be better at helping the cake release from the pan. Once again, butter comes to the rescue, and wins everyone’s heart in the process. Second, use a pastry brush to slather the Bundt pan in every nook and cranny with that miracle room-temperature butter. This is especially important when using a “fancy” Bundt Pan with lots of intricate details.

No matter what substance you utilize to grease your pan, you will still need to dust your Bundt pan with flour before pouring the batter in. Or, maybe you should throw caution to the wind and experiment with different options. Be totally daring and add bread, cookie, or brownie crumbs in lieu of flour to the greased pan. It will help prevent sticking, as well as add flavor and texture; basically it’s a win-win. Anything has got to be better than the cooking spray and flour combination that never works out in my favor. The oil tends to collect in the bottom of the pan, which means the flour clumps up there as well, leaving the top of the Bundt cake looking odd and tasting like oiled flour.

Last but not least, there is time to consider. How long after you take that sugar-wafting pan of loveliness out of the oven should it take before you dare to flip it out onto a baking rack to finish cooling? Once again, I’m obviously no expert, considering 5 out of 10 times my cake requires a spatula to piece it back together, but after much trial and error I do have a strong opinion on this matter. More time is always better. Forget that 10 to 15 minute crap that most recipes shove down your throat, especially if the cake is an extremely moist one. I now frequently err on the side of caution and wait at least 2 hours before even attempting to see if my cake is melded to my Bundt pan forever like an old married couple celebrating 50 years of marriage together, or is instead comparable to a couple that may have had a few too many drinks in Vegas and drunkenly visited a drive-thru chapel with Elvis officiating the quickie ceremony, only to wake up the next morning and shamefully sneak away from one another as fast as possible.

No matter what happens, always remember that you can save whatever catastrophe you are left with after the cake finally separates from its’ pan. Without a doubt, swear words work wonders in this situation as well; don’t hold back on my account. Be creative; come up with a few combinations that make even the cat stare at you in confusion. You’ll feel all the better for it. Then, after all of that cathartic venting, I suggest whipping up tons of frosting. More frosting than you think would possibly be necessary to decorate a cake with, and then when all of that frosting isn’t enough to fix the disaster of a cake in front of you, whisk up a batch of ganache to top it all off with. Perhaps you could go even one step further, by giving your cake a wacky name to make is seem like all that frosting and ganache was meant to be. Use the word lava, and have everyone believing that your cake is brilliant, and not just a sad pieced together Bundt cake hiding under a thick layer of frosting and ganache posing as an inside-out version of your favorite retro snack cake.

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Fleur de Sel
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Instant Espresso Coffee
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  •  1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Chocolate Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Miniature Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour

Frosting:

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 2 (7-oz.) Containers Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted

Ganache:

  • 6-oz. Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Pinch of Salt

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a Bundt cake pan; set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, combine the butter, water, cocoa, fleur de sel, and espresso. Cook until the butter is completely melted; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.
  5. Slowly whisk the cocoa mixture into the flour.
  6. Whisk in the eggs one at a time; followed by the extracts, and then the sour cream.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the 1-tablespoon of flour with the miniature chocolate chips.
  8. Fold the flour-coated chocolate chips into the cake batter with a silicone spatula.
  9. Pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan, and then bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  10. Place the cake on a baking rack to cool for two hours, before removing it from the pan.

Frosting: 

  1. Cream the butter for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Add the marshmallow creme and vanilla; mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup at a time; mix for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Use a petal cake decorating tip to create ripples falling down the Bundt cake.
  5. Refrigerate cake for 2 hours.

Ganache:

  1. On medium heat, combine the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and salt.
  2. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted; remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon the ganache down the sides of the cold cake to create a lava effect.
  4. Refrigerate cake until 2 hours before serving.

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • The Chocolate Extract in this cake is optional. If it is something you do not have in your pantry, feel free to leave it out of the recipe.
  • If your cake should happen to stick to the pan, do your best job to reconstruct it. The frosting and ganache will easily hide any cake surgery.
  • If you do not have a petal cake decorating tip, place the frosting in a large Ziploc bag, snip off the tip, and then pipe cascading lines down the cake or use a knife or spatula to spread the frosting onto the cooled cake.
  • I suggest purchasing this 29 Piece Decorating Set for all of your cake decorating adventures. There is a tip for almost every occasion, and the storage container keeps everything clean and organized for when you need it and your hands are covered in frosting and ganache.

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Fill the middle well of the cake with your favorite candy or edible flowers for decoration.
  • Instead of putting frosting on the outside of the cake, cut the Bundt into several layers and spread the frosting between each one.

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake – #BundtBakers

Inside-Out Ho Hos Lava Bundt Cake – #BundtBakers

Ingredients:

    Cake:
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Fleur de Sel
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Instant Espresso Coffee
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 3/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Chocolate Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Miniature Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
  • Frosting:
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 2 (7-oz.) Containers Marshmallow Creme
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
  • Ganache:
  • 6-oz. Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions:

    Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a Bundt cake pan; set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, combine the butter, water, cocoa, fleur de sel, and espresso. Cook until the butter is completely melted; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda.
  5. Slowly whisk the cocoa mixture into the flour.
  6. Whisk in the eggs one at a time; followed by the extracts, and then the sour cream.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the 1-tablespoon of flour with the miniature chocolate chips.
  8. Fold the flour-coated chocolate chips into the cake batter with a silicone spatula.
  9. Pour the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan, and then bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
  10. Place the cake on a baking rack to cool for two hours, before removing it from the pan.
  11. Frosting:
  12. Cream the butter for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  13. Add the marshmallow creme and vanilla; mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  14. Slowly add the powdered sugar a cup at a time; mix for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  15. Use a petal cake decorating tip to create ripples falling down the Bundt cake.
  16. Refrigerate cake for 2 hours.
  17. Ganache:
  18. On medium heat, combine the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and salt.
  19. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted; remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  20. Spoon the ganache down the sides of the cold cake to create a lava effect.
  21. Refrigerate cake until 2 hours before serving.
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  • Lots of butter and a coating of flour are great advice, but the secret for me is the Nordic Ware pans. Have yet to have one of them stick. (Knock on wood.) After the experiences with my older pans though, I still tend to say, “Thank you, Jesus!” when each one comes out. That’s one gorgeous cake, Colleen!

  • Colleen Delawder

    Thanks Stacy! I have all Nordic Ware pans, but stickage happens…it’s just the way life goes. Prayer and bad words don’t seem to help much, but I’m getting pretty good at covering up the oopsies!!!

  • The thickness of that frosting and ganache is insane!! This is my kind of cake!

    I have to be honest I don’t really have any kind of special bundt pan, the key for me is to just butter or oil it down really good. Then let the cake rest completely before attempting to take it out. I carefully go along the sides and center with a thin knife to make sure its nice and loose, but I think bundt pans are just tricky to handle do to their design.

    This cake is stunning by the way! It’s picture perfect 😉

    • Colleen Delawder

      I know to leave it alone and let it cool cool cool, but there are so many times when I’m just in too much of a hurry! It’s mostly my fault! I need to be more patient!

  • Laura@bakinginpyjamas

    This cake looks wonderful, the icing looks so good! I’ve never had a bundt cake stick to tin, I usually spray the tin with cooking oil spray and remove it from the tin after 15 minutes of cooling time.

    • Colleen Delawder

      Lucky you Laura. Cooking spray seems to be the worst for me…not sure why!

  • Beatriz BeaRecetasymas

    Wow, this cake looks really stunning!!!! We have to make it! Pictures are so beautiful!!!
    Bea and Mara (I love Bundt Cakes)

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Bea & Mara! I hope you do get around to making it, because it’s really good!

  • All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

    You would never know all the trouble you had from the pictures as your cake looks fantastic. I always hold my breathe as I un-mold my bundts, but, as you so rightly pointed out, even if disaster strikes frosting is your friend :).

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks for the sweet comments. Sometimes it just takes A LOT of frosting!!!

  • thefreshmancook

    Your cake looks gorgeous! I love the name and all the frosting is awesome!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks so much…I’m happy that not only was it edible that it eventually ended up looking good enough to eat!

  • Bee Gianni

    Mr. B is going to go nuts for this gorgeous cake. Yum!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Let me know what he thinks!

  • Wendy Klik

    If that is a disaster you need to put your perfect cakes into a most beautiful cake contest because I think this one would be out plenty of others that are considered successes.

    • Colleen Delawder

      I’m always my worst critic! 🙂

  • I’m so sorry you had such trouble with your cake this month but it definitely made for one seriously entertaining post! hahaha! (I promise I’m laughing WITH you!!)
    I also have to agree with you on the butter and pastry brush combination to make sure your cakes always come out! That has always worked for me.
    In the end your cake still came out looking gorgeous and totally delicious!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Thanks Tux! I’m a little behind on checking out this month’s Bundts, but I always look forward to seeing yours. I’m sure yours is just as scrummy looking!

  • ibakeheshoots

    oh my goodness, Colleen, I love your story. you had me dying! Bundt-stickage? I will definitely be using that in the future. yeah that happened to me this go ’round. I think I didn’t wait long enough. usually, 20 minutes is enough time, but not with my retro bundt. I had to piece mine together too. no one would ever know with your bundt, though. it looks amazing!!! I absolutely love that ganache; gorgeous!

    • Colleen Delawder

      Sorry you suffered the same annoying Bundt-stickage! I find that if you give something a funny name it’s not nearly as annoying…well it is, but at least maybe you can get a giggle! Can’t wait to check out your cake. I’m a little behind in getting a look everyone else’s cakes this month!

  • Your cake looks amazing! One would never know that there is stickage. I still have no idea how long to wait. I tend to wait longer than most too. Then pray. I also find that a quick dip in hot water can help too.

    • Colleen Delawder

      I’ll have to try the hot water tip next time…and the praying…maybe it will work better than the cursing!!!