Hmmm, I probably shouldn't be posting a chocolate cake recipe in mid-January, should I? I mean, everyone is trying to lose weight and get healthy, and all of that. Ok, so maybe this isn't the best timing, but the next time you NEED to make a chocolate cake for some occasion (like, maybe, Valentine's Day?), I highly recommend this one. It's truly delicious and the name says it all.
Too Much Chocolate Cake
1 package devil's food cake mix
1 6 oz. package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well-greased 12-cup bundt pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in the pan for at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate. Glaze with Satiny Chocolate Glaze.
Satiny Chocolate Glaze: In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling water, combine 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 3 T. butter and 1 T. light corn syrup. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth, then add 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract. Let glaze cool a bit until it has thickened, but is still warm. Spread warm glaze over top of cake, letting it dribble down the sides.
I love bundt cakes (even though they are kind of dated) because they are easy to tote to another location, and they are super easy to slice. Thus, they are the perfect type of cake to take to a work celebration. Now, truthfully, you can use any good glaze recipe for this cake, you don't have to use the recipe that I gave. In fact, this cake would be delicious with a different flavor of glaze, such as vanilla or raspberry. Notice how, in these photos, the glaze has dripped perfectly down the sides of the cake, stopping before it made messy puddles on the cake plate. There is a trick to getting glaze to do that. The trick is that the glaze has to be fairly thick when you put it on. Remember that it's going to be dripping down a surface that's close to vertical, so you want whatever glaze you make you to be just thin enough that it will drip somewhat, but not so thin that it will make it the whole way down the side of the cake. Experiment with one section of cake, and if the glaze isn't thick enough, either wait til it has cooled a little more, or if you are making a glaze that uses confectioner's sugar, simply add more sugar to make the glaze thicker.
I like to top the cake with chocolate sprinkles (as I did here), chopped nuts, or something along those lines. Again, not completely necessary, but it really adds a nice, finished look to the cake.
If you'd like, you can serve this cake with fresh berries, such as raspberries or sliced fresh strawberries. Because this cake is sooooo chocolaty, the fruit makes a nice contrast in taste and texture. But, however you serve it, enjoy! And no, you don't have to tell anyone that this fabulous recipe starts with a BOXED cake mix! Oh, I should probably add that this recipe originally came from allrecipes.com, which is one of my favorite recipe sites ever. If you haven't ever checked them out, I highly recommend that you do.