Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake


I shan’t complain too much today.

I am in a warm house.

It’s snowing mad men outside.

And I baked a cake.


A cake with marshmallows on top.


And hot chocolate mix baked inside.


My husband blows snow (snow blows?) and I bake Hot Chocolate Bundt Cakes.  Fair trade.


I have to preface this by saying my Bundt pan doesn’t see the light of day too often.

I pull it out once a year or so and give it a hug, but besides that, it resides in the depths of my cabinet, back with that Giant Cupcake Cake pan I swore I would use.

But today I thought we needed to get reacquainted.

Let’s talk bundts.


Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake | Cookies and Cups

This cake is a dense, chocolatey pound cake…although I put glaze all up on it, I also recommend adding a bit of whipped cream.  I mean.

But let’s start at the beginning…kay?


Sift your dry stuff together.  I am normally a lazy sifter, or a not-at-all sifter…but whenever I use cocoa powder I make sure to sift.  Those lumps are stubborn little buggers.

PhotobucketNext mix some butter, cream cheese and sugar together.  Told you it was good.


Then I decided to amp up the chocolate a lil’ bit.  I melted 3 oz of this unassuming Symphony bar. Milk Chocolate dun done.

PhotobucketJust mix that on it.

My little helpers were ready to get in on the action for this part.  They can smell milk chocolate from 100 yards away.

PhotobucketMix it on in…


Next, add your dry ingredients and mix it up.

Spread all that into a heavily greased bundt pan.  HEAVILY. GREASED. PAN.  Hear me?  No stuck Bundts on my watch.

I think this is why Bundt and I don’t get along so well.  I have had many a stuck Bundt…forcing me into Bundt depression and leading me to curse the Bundt all the way back to his cousin the cupcake pan, where they live in dark, acrimonious silence for 364 days of the year.


Anyway.  Spread the batter.

PhotobucketBake for an hour until it’s set and a toothpick comes out clean.

Let it cool in the pan and then.

And then…

Turn it upside down and bargain your first born for an unstuck Bundt.


You better believe I sang a song of praise and glory when this guy cam out looking like this…


But let’s pretend you didn’t heed my warnings.

And your bundt stuck.

Don’t cry or go into a Bundt-induced depression.

Just glaze.



A good glaze is a problem solver.


And if you’re still feeling  down?  Marshmallow garnish, friends.

See?  It all works out.



You better bet this was good.


Now, if I haven’t convinced you to get off your Bundt and get baking (I just said that), here are a few more recipes I suggest you try…

Mountain Dew Cake.  Dew it.  I’m sorry, there’s no excuse for that one.

Melted Ice Cream Cake

Popcorn Cake

Cream Cheese Filled Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • ½ cup dry hot chocolate mix
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 oz milk chocolate, melted
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 oz milk chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp dry hot chocolate mix
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Spray 10" bundt pan liberally with baking spray.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and hot chocolate mix. Set aside.
  4. In large mixing bowl (or stand mixer) cream together you butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar and beat on medium about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. In microwave safe bowl, melt milk chocolate on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring after each. Add to butter mixture and mix until incorporated.
  6. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between each and then add vanilla.
  7. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in your sifted dry ingredients.
  8. Mix ingredients until incorporated. Don't over mix.
  9. Fill your pan with batter and bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in pan and then transfer to wire rack.
  1. In small saucepan over low heat melt milk chocolate, 2 Tbsp dry hot chocolate mix, heavy cream and butter together until melted, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour over cooled cake.
  4. Garnish with mini marshmallows or Marshmallow Bits
store airtight for up to 2 days.


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Elizabeth Ann
December 30, 2012 12:27 pm

This cake almost looks too pretty to eat! 😉 I love the marshmallows on top! 🙂 SO pretty! I hope you have a wonderful New years!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
December 30, 2012 12:42 pm

This cake sounds so lovely!

December 30, 2012 1:05 pm

I’ve never made a bundt cake before but this looks soooo good I might just have to! 🙂

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
December 30, 2012 1:29 pm

It sounds like you and your husband have been productive today! Congratulations. 🙂 Today I ate a bag (… the big size) of M&Ms for breakfast and have done nothing since then. For some crazy reason, I have a stomachache.

What cute little marshmallow bits! I didn’t even know you could buy those until now. Love these pictures!

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
December 30, 2012 1:33 pm

And what do you have against bundt cakes?! They’re so quick and easy. And fussless!

December 30, 2012 1:37 pm

I have a similar fascination with hot chocolate mix AND the marvels of a bundt cake coming out so cleanly! I recently purchased a Nordic Ware pan after yrs and yrs of struggles. I have never looked back since…Never worry anymore. This cake looks amazing!!

tijuana (po
December 30, 2012 2:06 pm

oh, yes! i agree, it is almost too pretty to eat. your pictures are so beautiful! such a great idea! you bet i am making this cake! 🙂

December 30, 2012 2:29 pm

I swear by two good coats of bakers joy or pam with flour. I haven’t had a sticky bundt incident since i started doing that!

ps i think you totally got the better end of the deal.

December 30, 2012 2:48 pm

Awesome cake! Love all the chocolate ~ 🙂

I have an addiction to buying bundt pans….different shapes/sizes. I use Baker’s Joy and never have a problem. Most of the pans are Nordic Ware ~ I think they have great products.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!

December 30, 2012 3:00 pm

I bought those jetpuff mallow bits and have been finding ways to use them. LOL This seems like a good idea!

December 30, 2012 3:03 pm
IYour chocolate cake looks Divine. I love making bundt cakes. In fact that’s about the only pan I use anymore. I very seldom use a 9×13 pan. I also have the mini bundt cake pans that makes 6 individual cakes which I use Alot. I have found when greasing a pan,especially a bundt pan or those character cake pans; I don’t use the spray. I make up my own ‘stuff” for greasing a pan and your cakes come out perfect everytimne if you grease them really well. Greasing Pans Ingredients 1/4 cup Shortening 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil 1/4 cup All… Read more »
Shiloh Barkley
January 12, 2013 10:49 am

love this! Thanks for sharing!

December 30, 2012 3:31 pm

Looks delic!!!

December 30, 2012 5:46 pm

great cake for these snowy days! happy new year shelly!

December 30, 2012 6:52 pm

Omg. Pinned.

Brenda J. M
Brenda J. M
December 30, 2012 7:06 pm

Bundt Cakes are great huh? My Mum made every cake we ate in these pans when I was a kid in the 70s, and now I own her cookbook (meatloaf, gelatin molds etc in it) and can do all things Bundt as well. Ring in 2013 with your Bundts on. (I said that and have no idea why) 🙂
Happy 2013 and Thanks for a wunnerful Blog.
Cheers from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

beth - slice of southern
December 30, 2012 8:03 pm

You had me at hot chocolate…everything else is a bonus!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
December 30, 2012 8:06 pm

Yum! I just got a bundt pan, I am kind of scared to use it.

Luv What You Do
December 30, 2012 8:48 pm

Oh yum! That is a beautiful looking cake. I have a few more of those mallos left from some holiday recipes and have been wondering what to do with them. Excellent idea!

December 30, 2012 9:53 pm

My favorite part of snow days was always coming in and having hot chocolate…and really this would be the icing on the cake.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
December 30, 2012 10:34 pm

Super stunning! I need to get reacquainted with my bundt pan!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
December 30, 2012 10:42 pm

It’s beautiful and I can only imagine how GOOD the chocolate, in so many varieties and versions, tastes!

I use Pam for Baking (the floured one) in all my bundts and let me tell you, I make some sticky, gooey, hot messes of cakes and things in them, and never have any problems. And I have a 10 year old barely non-stick bundt pan and still nothing sticks. And I am not being paid to say this 🙂

Kim-Life at Golden Pines
December 30, 2012 10:53 pm

This looks like my kind of cake–THANKS for posting!!


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December 31, 2012 1:23 pm
Just took this great smelling cake out of the oven. My problem was that it started to ooze out over the top and had to put a pan underneath. And the cooking time went about 15 min. beyond the 1 hour. It still didn’t come out clean but I think that it’s going to taste great. Made the glaze with a block of Ambrozia Milk Chocolate. Also made some fresh whipped cream for the topper. I only hope that when I turn this cake over it doesn’t fall apart. Had to cut away some of the overflow and that was… Read more »
Shiloh Barkley
January 12, 2013 5:50 pm

I only had four eggs…whoopsie!…mine fell in the middle like brownies. It didn’t ooze over the top at all, and there was no sticking to the pan when I inverted it.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
December 31, 2012 7:52 am

making cake is way better than dealing with snow:p

December 31, 2012 9:03 am

A beautiful chocolate cake!!!

December 31, 2012 9:26 am

I love bundts!! I don’t make them enough too. This looks amazing and my belief is glaze fixes everything!!

December 31, 2012 9:37 am

Can you please tell me how I could convert this to cupcakes? (Temperature/time, etc) I make cupcakes for birthdays at work and I’ve never done a “hot chocolate” cake/cupcake before and after all the pumpkin and peppermint over the last few months, I think this would be a welcome change.


December 31, 2012 12:03 pm

Don’t know about anyone else but I use same oven temperature as you would when making a cake.
As for baking time for cupcakes, 15-20 minutes for baking and that’s filling the cupcake liners 2/3 full or anywhere from 1/2 to 3/4 full of batter.
I let mine cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes and then putting them onto a cooling rack until completely cool.

December 31, 2012 10:24 am

I need this cake in my life. I’ve made hot chocolate cupcakes before and baked them in mugs, but I like the idea of a whole cake dedicated to it.

December 31, 2012 10:35 am

I needed a reason to buy those cute little sprinkle marshmallow bits; this is perfect!

December 31, 2012 11:42 am

Ugh. Yes. I have made so many delicious bundt cakes that stuck to the pan. So stinkin’ frustrating.

I will get my bundt pan out and I will make this cake anyway. But first I will grease the crap outta my bundt pan.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
December 31, 2012 12:26 pm

My sad bundt pan is just dying to be baked in. Nothing quite like a hot chocolate dessert for a snow day!

December 31, 2012 2:00 pm

Holy cow this looks amazing! Adding to my list of things to make once the Christmas cookies run out 😉

Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
December 31, 2012 5:28 pm

I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a bundt pan at Goodwill or something. I just have a thing for those curves…

What a gorgeous thing! I love those tiny marshmallows. I always preferred those in my hot cocoa when I was younger.

Brian @ A Thought For Food
December 31, 2012 10:27 pm

That is one beautiful bundt! And what a wonderful thought to be inside baking on blistery day. And what a lucky husband you have to come in from snow blowing (which sounds dirty in my naughty mind) and have this waiting for him.

Annie Lindsay
December 31, 2012 10:29 pm

This looks AMAZING. Spotted it on Pinterest and pinned immediately. Yum!!

Erin @ Making Memories
January 1, 2013 2:55 pm

Oh my gosh! If I had this cake I wouldn’t complain either =o) It looks wonderful! I just love those Marshmallow Bits!!!

Annie @ Annie
January 1, 2013 5:00 pm

Oh wow, this just looks delicious!! I wish I could reach into my computer screen and grab a huge slice!

tracy {pale yellow}
January 1, 2013 7:14 pm

The little marshmallows on top are too cute to handle. Perfect cake for a cold winter afternoon. I tried to steal my mom’s bundt pan while visiting over Christmas but it didn’t fit in my suitcase…

January 1, 2013 8:06 pm

Looks awesome! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes amazing.

January 2, 2013 7:11 am

I’d say a warm house with a gorgeous cake inside it is a good reason not to complain!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
January 2, 2013 11:18 am

yes please!!

Jo Nell Parker
Jo Nell Parker
January 2, 2013 11:27 am
This cake was delicious!! With that said my cake collapsed so not so pretty:( I did flip it over and after icing it no one could tell. I think the cake batter was just to much for my size bundt pan (which is a standard size), next time will only fill the pan half way. Also I couldn’t find the cute mini bit marshmallows so I sprinkled with chocolate toffee bits……oh so good!! I also used Nestle Toll House Semi sweet chocolate chips for the melted chocolate and for the glaze because thats what I had on hand. For the… Read more »
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
January 2, 2013 5:17 pm

You can’t go wrong with a nice chocolate bundt cake, it was one of the things my mom would bake when I was little and I loved them.

Shiloh Barkley
January 12, 2013 10:50 am

This is in the oven right now!! I’m serving it to dinner guests tonight!

Shiloh Barkley
January 13, 2013 3:09 pm

I made this yesterday and blogged about it today!!

Donna LePine
Donna LePine
February 13, 2013 2:07 am

the bundt looked great, but what really made me comment was your writing – i loved it 🙂 <3 not only did you make me chuckle several times but the instructions were easy to follow 🙂

February 13, 2013 10:56 pm

Just letting you know that I linked to this post on my page about Gourmet Hot Chocolate Recipes:

February 28, 2013 10:17 pm

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March 24, 2013 7:47 pm

I just tried this tonight for a cake auction at church for our youth’s mission trip. It turned out delicious, but even though I added all the eggs, it still fell, and it took well over an hour for the middle to finish. It was quite yummy, and went for 30$. Would make again for a nice chocolate fix, though I might add chocolate chips to make it a little more chocolatey!