Chocolate Coffee Bundt Cake

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The fluffiest cake in the world deserves a thick, rich ganache icing. A cup of seriously strong coffee added to the batter perks up the chocolate and cuts the sweetness. Coffee is for closers. I adapted this recipe from a Food & Wine magazine entry that was way too sweet for my taste. After dinner, always be closing.

Chocolate Coffee Bundt Cake
 
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coffee
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ heavy cream
  • ½ tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ½ tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a Bundt pan with canola oil. Do not coat with flour. In a small pan, melt 3 ounces of the chocolate chips over low heat. Scrape into a bowl and let cool, about 5 minutes. Add the oil and sugar and stir until smooth. Whisk in the egg.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate mixture along with the coffee and buttermilk. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs on it. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out and let cool completely.
  4. In a small pan, boil the cream. In a heat resistant bowl, combine the remaining 3 ounces of chocolate chips with the corn syrup and butter. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate mix and wait about 5 minutes until melted. Combine until smooth and dark. Cool the glaze, about 5 minutes then pour it over the cooled cake. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.

 Pair with a smokey Whiskey and vivacious soda water on the rocks.

Movie Night suggestion: Examine the inner workings of a real estate office with Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Times are tough in a Chicago real estate office and the salesmen are given a strong incentive to succeed in a sales contest. The prizes? First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, Second prize is a set of steak knives, third prize is walking papers. There is no room for losers in the world; only closers.