Chocolate Applesauce Spiced Bundt Cake

Sunday, June 21, 2015

An easy peasy bundt cake we made for Father's Day, because really ... is there a father who doesn't love chocolate? I think not. At least, I don't know of any. 

We kept it bare, I mean, unglazed, because he likes it that way. So to sum up: chocolate + cake - icing + homemade = a very happy father! We also made his favorite dark chocolate bark with Marcona almonds for good measure ;)

Trying to make healthful substitutions where ever possible, and since we had a fresh batch of homemade applesauce, this was a shoe in! Cinnamon and cloves and black pepper?!? Yes, it's different, but the applesauce called for some spice and the amounts were quite miniscule given the intensity of the chocolate. No one noticed and yet, it had some depth of flavour. You may choose to omit but you'd be missing out. There are proven benefits to having spices and besides using it liberally in my cooking, I'm trying to incorporate it in my baking (sneakily, I admit).

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fleur de sel
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
110 grams (1 stick)unsalted butter, melted
340 grams dark chocolate (70%) chopped

1. Butter and flour a bundt pan.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and pepper.
3. Make a well in the center and pour in the applesauce, beaten eggs, oil and melted butter.
4. Mix to just incorporate and add the chopped chocolate.
5. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until it passes the skewer test.
6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes on top of a cooling rack before inverting it onto the rack to cool completely.
7. Place on your pretty platter and sift icing sugar before serving.

This bundt cake won't be too sweet so it's also perfect with a scoop of ice cream!

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