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.

Chocolate dry ingredients in a sifterNext mix some butter, cream cheese and sugar together.  Told you it was good.

A scoop of white sugar being added to a stand mixer bowl

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

Hershey's Symphony chocolate bar in a wrapperJust 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.

A measuring cup of melted chocolate being poured into a stand mixer bowlMix it on in…

Chocolate and vanilla batter in a stand mixer bowl

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.

Chocolate cake batter in a bundt panBake 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…

Chocolate bundt cake on a cooling rack

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.


Chocolate glaze being poured over chocolate bundt cake

A good glaze is a problem solver.

Chocolate glazed chocolate bundt cake

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

See?  It all works out.

Chocolate glazed chocolate bundt cake garnished with marshmallow bits

You better bet this was good.

A slice of Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake on a plate

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




  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/4 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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Dec 24, 2018 3:01 pm

I’ve made this recipe twice now, and both times the buddy sunk before coming out of the oven. Why?

Sep 13, 2015 12:25 pm

Hi! Just made this and it came out very dry…has anyone had a problem with this? Should I bake it a lesser amount of time? I’m sure it would be great if it were a little more moist because it does have a nice flavor…Love the glaze too!!!

Jun 4, 2015 1:56 pm

Do you have to store the cake in the refrigerator because it has cream cheese in it? Thank you!

tracy duncan
Nov 25, 2013 12:29 am

Just made this tonight, AMAZING!!! I served with my whipping cream and was so good!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Oct 7, 2013 4:32 pm

Hello! I tried this recipe this weekend for my son’s birthday. We loved it and it is now officially my new “go-to” chocolate cake recipe. Thank you for sharing it! It did stick to my Bundt pan a little (so the top came off a little) and it sunk a little in the middle but nothing a little glaze wouldn’t cover up. I will try some of the non-stick tips that people shared above – next time. But it was still delicious! Full of flavor but not too sweet and not too bitter. It was just right! I loved it!… Read more »

Mar 30, 2013 1:08 pm

I have too many chocolate products in my cupboard (tell me, how does that happen??!)!! I made one, took it to work – it was a hit. One or two more repeats of this recipe, and my chocolate inventory will be at a practical level. Thank you for this recipe!

Mar 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!

Feb 13, 2013 10:56 pm

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

Donna LePine
Feb 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 🙂

Jan 13, 2013 3:09 pm

I made this yesterday and blogged about it today!!

Jan 12, 2013 10:50 am

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

Jan 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.

Jo Nell Parker
Jan 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 »

Jan 2, 2013 11:18 am

yes please!!

Jan 2, 2013 7:11 am

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

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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