The key to a moist, flavorful chocolate Bundt cake? Sour cream and two kinds of chocolate -- cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips.

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Ingredients

Cake
Glaze

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Cake:

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 12-cup nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk boiling water into cocoa powder until smooth; whisk in sour cream. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Then beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with 2 additions of cocoa mixture and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

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  • Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until tops springs back when lightly touched, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack set over a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let cool 15 minutes, then turn our onto rack and let cool completely.

  • Glaze:

    Bring cream to a boil in a medium pot. Add chocolate and let stand 5 minutes. Add salt and stir until smooth. Let stand 10 minutes, then pour over cake allowing the glaze to drip down sides and cover cake. Let set 3 hours at room temperature or 1 hour in refrigerator.

Cook's Notes

When Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 311, after spraying the pan with nonstick cooking spray, she dusted it with cocoa. And in place of the glaze, Martha dusted the finished cake with confectioners' sugar.

Reviews (27)

216 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 47
  • 4 star values: 75
  • 3 star values: 63
  • 2 star values: 21
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2019
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Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2018
I made this cake after watching Martha's television episode. I can't believe I made myself remove the cake after 30 minutes. Should have trusted my instincts. A whole chunk came off when I flipped the bundt pan onto a platter. I was so frustrated. I actually had to make it again and ended up waiting several hours before flipping it. Do not flip after 15 minutes, absolute nonsense. I have a powerful Wolf oven. I baked it for 1 hour and 15 minutes and it was too long. Cake would have been moister. Next time I will check before the hour. I will retry the recipe with those adaptations and see how it works out.
Rating: 1 stars
06/07/2018
The devil himself must have submitted this recipe. First of ll 325 is too low for any cake. Secondly 1.5 cups of butter and 4 eggs is a little extreme when only using 3 c. of flour. Like so many had discovered after cooling for 15 min. it fell apart. Regular square or rectangular pan would have been more suffice. Mind you it does taste decadent.
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Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2018
Loved this recipe!!!! I added about 1/4 cup of butterscotch morsels because I ran out of chocolate, and it was tasty! Will definitely make again. Big hit at my house.
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2017
Well, I read the comments after I put it in to bake. I ran around the edges with a spatula in hopes of keeping it from sticking, so it didn't stick, but it did break when I got it out. Tastes pretty good. So much for my ring shaped food for New Year's.
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2016
I read reviews before I made Devils bundt cake. So I turned out cake and a third of it remained in the pan. Never had that happen to me. I am now taking sliced cake to a soup party at my brothers. Never again I am going back to Foodnetwork. Thanks Martha Bakes! Oh and I did add an extra egg!
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Rating: Unrated
03/13/2016
I followed this recipe word for word and the cake came out delicious, moist and fell right out of the pan. Know your oven and monitor the cake so you don't take it out too late.
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2015
I made it yesterday. It was perfect! It´s a bit messy to make but I reaaaaally loved it!
Rating: Unrated
09/18/2013
I made this cake last week, and it tasted so good, my friends thought I bought it from a bakery. The glaze where amazing and yummy, and it was the easiest part. after I glazed the cake I let it stand for an hour, then to the fridge to the next day, it stayed 3 days with the same yummy taste. Highly recommended, but you must be prepared to the effort and time consuming you will go through. I will do it again am sure I will.
Rating: Unrated
07/23/2013
I made it and followed the recipe exactly-including the baking and cooling time. It stuck! BAD to the bundt pan. I made the glaze (which was delicious) and put the cake in the fridge as suggested; the cake when sliced was so hard and dry and crumbly. We would not even eat it-the only way we could eat was to slice it fairly thin and zap each slice in the microwave for 10 seconds. It had a good taste but the texture was horrible. I threw out 3/4 of the cake. Will never make this one again.
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2013
I made this cake for Fathers Day. The flavor was wonderful but the cooking time was WAY too long. It was extremely dry and I cooked it for 1 hour and 10 minutes before taking it out. I will definitely try it again but will start checking it at 50 minutes.
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2013
I followed the recipe exactly; the only change i made was the addition of 1.5 tsp of espresso powder to the boiling water. It turned out perfectly and tasted delicious and moist.
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2013
So -- after I reattached the top of the cake that stuck to the pan, and then covered it with the glaze of 16 oz chocolate to 1 cup/cream, it was all good. I just ate a piece this morning (don't judge me) and the cake is even better/moister than it was last night. I wouldn't make it again though, there's better chocolate cake recipes. My husband thinks I made it for Father's Day, but really I made this for my dog Russell's 77th birthday. He couldn't eat it, but we did sing to him. :-D
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2013
Wish I had read these comments first! A little disappointed. The cake stuck to the bottom but was salvageable. Grenache came out thicker than photo. And yes, baked for 1 hour 15 mins and it came out dry. Worth trying one more time but this time I'm a little more aware.
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2013
Does anyone over at Martha Stewart read these reviews? The website is often non-functional, or there are problems with the recipes, but no one over there seems to be paying attention to these comments.
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2013
I agree that the website is hard to navigate. It was difficult to get to the full recipe and to comments section, took a lot of trial and error.
Rating: Unrated
06/17/2013
The cake turned out to be delicious, dense and chocolaty--everyone loved it. Regarding my earlier comment on the glaze--next time I'll use half the cream. I did notice that the photo shows a very, very thin glaze, so the original measurements may have been what was aimed for. My powdered sugar fix was successful this time, and I was able to get a lovely two-tone effect by putting some of the darker glaze with less sugar over the lighter part with more.
Rating: Unrated
06/16/2013
I had no problems whatsoever getting the cake out of the mold. I used a spray canola oil, pure canola oil with no additives and a non-stick pan. The chocolate glaze could have been thicker with added chocolate but I don't mind the texture, its a thin icing. I think this is a lovely light cake. The website is completely non-functional and I could neither see the video or link to the recipe but I managed to dig on the website itself to find it. Tricky and irritating, but not impossible.
Rating: 2 stars
06/16/2013
I had high hopes. I've been using a box-cake-mix+pudding-box+sour cream cake recipe for years that's been amazing and so, so moist. I've wanted a from-scratch alternative so I can avoid all the nasty stuff in the box mixes. This was a terrible disappointment! I cooked it for about 1hr 10 min and it was *REALLY* dry - at least to my standards and compared to the original box-mix recipe. I wonder if butter - even 3 sticks - just can't moisten a cake like oil does?
Rating: Unrated
06/16/2013
I made this cake for company and it was delicious. It took about an hour and 15 minutes in my oven. I used whipping cream, and the ganache was of exactly the same consistency as shown in the video. I sprayed the pan liberally with cooking spray and the cake dropped right out after the 15 minute cooling period. I used two spatulas to lift it off the rack and onto a plate after drizzling the ganache. Extremely yummy!
Rating: Unrated
06/16/2013
Okay, 4 comments. #1 the ganache IS wrong. It is chocolate milk with 8 oz of chocolate to 1 cup of cream. It should be 16 oz of chocolate to 1 cup of cream. Also, the cake DOES NOT come out of the pan, no matter how much you greased it, or loosened it, after 15 minutes. I'm thinking it should have been floured or sugared. Or, Wilton makes a cake release product that is amazing. I wish I would have used it, because now I have a sloppy looking dry cake with chocolate milk for drizzling...
Rating: Unrated
06/16/2013
oh no, 3 comments, sorry! Bake time is way off on this. My oven is calibrated perfectly and it was done in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Rating: Unrated
06/16/2013
Why does it say more cocoa powder for pans and then doesn't tell you to use it on the pans. I'm sad that EDF recipes seem to be getting sloppy. I love EDF, but my trust factor is getting low. :(
Rating: Unrated
06/15/2013
Are the measurements for this glaze correct? I used 1 cup heavy cream and 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate as directed, and the glaze was thin and runny even when cooled to room temp. I had to add powdered sugar--a lot of it--to make it usable. In face, when I saw how much I was going to have to add, I removed half the glaze and just added the powdered sugar to that. It looks nice, but that's not the result I was hoping for--it's no longer a ganache. Have yet to taste the cake itself.
Rating: Unrated
06/14/2013
Question: You seem to use one, wonderful knife for chopping and slicing. Could you please talk about it and other knives, what to look for and which one(s) to buy, and how the price affects performance. Thanks much.
Rating: Unrated
06/14/2013
I like to print your recipes. Could you format them so they print out easily on one page, black and white preferably. Thanks much.
Rating: Unrated
06/14/2013
This is not really a review but a question. How do you suggest getting the cake out of the Bundt pan and onto the rack? And then, how do you suggest getting the cake off the rack after glazing and onto a serving platter?