Monday, January 28, 2013

Chocolate Streusel-ribboned Bundt Cakes

Glad that it's summer in Australia now!

With this warmer weather, butter can be easily softened at room temperature. And, with this condition, this means that I can be "retro" again using my wooden spoon to beat the batter of these The Home Bakers cakes...

I'm baking these mini chocolate streusel-ribboned bundt cakes for THB and this is the 14th bake for this event. THB is an baking event organised by my friend, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. With a group of gorgeous ladies, we are baking all recipes from the book, "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas until every recipe has been baked from this book.

After baking 10 bakes from "Coffee Cakes", I can't help to have a tendency to generalise Lou's cakes. I reckon that most of the bakes in Lou's book are typically compact and crumbly. They can be moist but not usually soft or fluffy... 

Then, why am I still baking Lou's recipes? To support Joyce, of course! LOL! Seriously, I really like to bake with all my THB friends. Though some of Lou's recipes didn't work well for me, I really enjoy baking with my friends. Sorry ladies if I sound to be a little opinionated with some of the my THB cakes. To me, I reckon that all cakes or bakes can be delicious due to case-to-case basis. What is not ideal to me might be good to others... and vice versa. Nevertheless, I would like to stay on the positive side by continuing my THB baking and hope to discover more recipes like these that really work very well for me:

Apple-Walnut Mosaic Cake
Danish Chocolate Streusel-swirled Coffee Cake

Strawberry Coffee Cake

This recipe yields a firm and thick cake batter so that it is stable enough for the chocolate streusel to be nicely sandwiched inside. Like most of Lou's cakes, these bundt cakes are typically compact in its texture. They are lightly moist and nutty with a crusty finish but again... definitely not our preferred kind of cake as their texture are very similar to the chocolate marble cake that I have baked from the same book.

My nice-looking bundt cakes but a little disappointing in their texture and taste
Making the cake batter with my wooden spoon
The chocolate streusel
Assembling the cake
Typically Lou's coffee cakes - compact with a crusty finish

Being the rule of this event, only the host of the chosen bake can post the recipe in her blog post. Please visit Louanne from Louanne's Kitchen for the detailed recipe of this bake.

And, here are the notes and modifications that I made for my bake.

My ingredients list (which is 1/2 amount of the original recipe)

Chocolate Streusel
15g cold unsalted butter
14g all purpose flour
30g light brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
6g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
45g chopped walnuts (pre-roasted at 160°C fan forced for 5 mins)

50g butter
50g sugar
1 extra-large egg (80g)
vanilla seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla pod
150g all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup sour cream

Using this amount of ingredients of the above recipe, I've baked 4 mini Bundt cakes at 160°C fan forced for 20 min.

Modifications that I have made from the original:
  • I have pre-roasted the nuts and cooled them to room temperature before using them to make the chocolate streusel. 
  • I have reduced the sugar content of the cake from about 80g to 50g for 1/2 amount of the recipe.
  • I have also reduced the amount of eggs from 1 1/2 large to 1 extra-large for 1/2 amount of the recipe.
  • Instead of using vanilla extract, I have replaced it with vanilla seeds scraped from vanilla pod.
  • I didn't add any almond extract into my cake mixture.
  • Instead of sprinkle the remaining half of the streusel at the last step of the cakes assembling, I have sprinkled all of the streusel after spreading half amount of the cake batter and covered the streusel with the remaining cake batter.
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  1. THB does sound like fun but what a pity you are not enjoying some of the recipes. You do make these cakes look very appetising with your lovely photos.

  2. I would love to give this a try. Simply look delicious with that chocolate streusel added in. Yummy!

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  4. Hi Zoe, I like your little bundt tins, make cute little cakes.

  5. You make really wonderful bundt cakes. I just get confused which one to try :)

  6. Huh Zoe! You ladies remind me of the food blogger Julie Powell in the movie Julie and Julia. How many recipes are there in Lou's book as compared to Julia's 524?

  7. I just came from Lena's site, yours are mini one. Great! No need to cut, just pop it inside the mouth and it melts in the mouth.

  8. Oh my...these are so adorable and looks delicious with the choc streusel!

  9. You are such a sport, Zoe. Although you are not a no 1 fan of this recipe, you still participate and try out the recipe. Well done. Your cake looks so pretty and you are wise not to use the almond extract..I'm not that wise with my recent Your mini bundt looks good. Maybe you could ship this out to me since you're not too crazy over them.. hahhhaa

  10. Throw some of those pretty cakes over here so that I can try it ! lol To each his own , right ? ;D Still , they look pretty yummy to me :D

  11. Aww your mini bundt cakes are so cute!

  12. hi zoe, yeah, taste can be quite subjective, it may turn good for me but not for you and it's absolutely normal. Glad to hear that you are still continuing with THB despite all that..good baking spirit!!

  13. Interesting to see how each lady's cake turns out slightly different - lena's was a whole round cake while yours is a bundt form, changes the entire look completely :)

  14. Hi Zoe,
    Sorry to hear that this cake is not a winner for you. This cake turns out well for me, moist, soft and light tender texture. And I like the streusel, goes really well with the cake. You are right, what works for one, may not necessarily work out for others. Thank you for your continuous support with THB! :)

  15. So far, this is the 3rd post I'm seeing .... Chocolate Streusel cake. Mini ones look cute too!

  16. I wish it was summer here! I haven't been able to soften butter in my kitchen for months now.
    PS These look so yummy!

  17. Loved you mini bundt cakes with the yummy streusel filling

  18. Hi Zoe! These bundt cakes might be compact in terms of texture but they look adorable and delicious in pictures :) I would definitely give them a try!

  19. Good morning, Zoe, so far I haven't found a cookbook that I like fr page 1 to the last page, that's why I seldom buy it myself, hehe! You named down a few cakes there and I'm really curious of the strawberry coffee cake, what an interesting combination!I really like your mini bunt ace an but the price scared me off,$35 for one pan!I normally send this amount on something else but tempting to buy, hehehe!

  20. These little cakes looks like the perfect treat!

  21. This is easy delicious recipe, I have small bundt pan in hand, I will make this one.

  22. The cake looks good, although I totally agree with you, people like different thing...which makes we all so much interesting :)
    Have a wonderful week!

  23. These mini bundt cakes look soo cute! ;)

  24. What adorable and delicious mini cakes :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  25. These little bundt cakes are so cute not to mention tasty!

  26. ¡¡Qué rico!! Me encanta tu blog. Tienes recetas maravillosas.
    Un saludo desde España.

  27. Hi Zoe,
    Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this bake but the little bundt cakes are so cute and from your pics the cake looks great!