Mini Chocolate-Espresso Bundt Cakes- Bundt Bloghop

by cakeduchess on May 12, 2012 · 39 comments

There isn’t much I need on Mother’s Day. It’s just another day, really. Not that I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed. I’ll take eggs benedict and a hot cup of coffee. The New York Times would be lovely, thank you.

But I know I am just dreaming. And you may be dreaming of what you could make for your mom or wife or just someone you really dig! The way to every women’s heart just may be with chocolate. ;)

One bundt cake is perfect but SIX mini bundt cakes is a stroke of sheer genius! You will make your mom or favorite woman just BEAM with happiness.

The cakes are wonderful with just a touch of coffee flavor and a little kick of vermouth. If you don’t want to make the cake boozy, just add the vanilla. But boozy is better sometimes.

These mini-bundts are the start of a series I will be doing this summer: Summer Sweets. I know summer isn’t officially upon us, but here in South Florida…we are already at the cusp of a long, hot summer season.
Throughout the summer, I will post some fun summer baking recipes and I want you to share yours here with us.
What do you need to do? It’s easy! We’re kicking off the series with Beautiful Bundts! I just LOVE bundts. I love chocolate bundts, vanilla bundts. Berry bundts and swirl bundts…yes, yes, YES! I love them all!I want YOU to show us your BUNDTS!:)
  • From now until June 12th, link your Beautiful Bundt cake. It can be an older post or something brand spanking new!;) That’s all you have to do! 
  • Check back on June 13th for the next part of our #SummerSweets series.
  • You can tweet about your Summer Sweets with the #SummerSweets hashtag.
    *You can check out the Show us Your Bundts-Beautiful Bundt board here on Pinterest. We want to see your BUNDTS on this board…so link to us.:)

I just love this chocolate cake recipe. It’s vegan (no dairy or eggs) and it is so moist and wonderful! I made this cake back in December and it’s been a regularly requested cake here by my family and neighbors. You don’t miss the eggs or the milk. If you prefer to use regular milk, go ahead.;)

You never baked a cake before? Don’t fret! This is the perfect first cake to bake for your mom (or aunt, or grandma, or best-friend). It’s simple and fuss-free. It turns out perfect every time. You don’t own a mixer? NO problem. You can mix the whole cake by hand. To all the mom’s out there: Happy Mother’s Day! You all deserve lots of delicious chocolate cake.

Mini Chocolate-Espresso Bundt Cakes
slightly adapted from The Post Punk Kitchen
yield: 6 mini bundts or 1 large bundt cake

1/4 dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup hot brewed coffee (I used espresso)
1 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk or milk)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vermouth (or rum or omit if you don’t like it)
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/3 cup cocoa powder (Dutch-processed or regular)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of an 8 inch cake pan and spray with baking spray.

Put the chocolate chips in a medium bowl with hot coffee. Let it stand, stirring occasionally until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.

Whisk together the almond milk (or whatever milk you chose) and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle (yes, you’re making a vegan “buttermilk”). Add the sugar, oil, vanilla, vermouth and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain. If you have a some tiny lumps in the batter, not a huge problem.

Pour in the batter and bake for 32 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely.

Spoon the batter carefully into a pastry bag and pipe evenly into your pan(s) or carefully spoon the batter into the pan; smooth the top of the batter.

Bake about 15 minutes or until the center of a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.

Allow the  mini-bundt pans to cool about 10 minutes before inverting the pans onto a cooling racks to remove the cakes. For a  large bundt cake, let it cool completely before inverting onto your serving plate.

Happy Baking!

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Mari May 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I would love something chocolate! Very nice mini bundts. Have a fabulous Mother’s Day Lora :)


Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} May 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Breakfast in bed?! Sign me up! but just like you, unless I make it, it ain’t gonna happen!
What a delicious bundt cake Lora! I’m having trouble getting the cake out of the pan so now I’m afraid on making another bundt :( I’ll just have to see what everyone comes up with


RecipeNewZ May 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I love this cake! The flavors, the simplicity, the looks – it’s just perfect! Beautiful recipe! Happy Mother’s Day to you Lora :-)

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Terra May 13, 2012 at 1:01 am

They do look lovely! I love making cake, AND love coffee….perfect! Take care, Terra


Rosie'sCountryBaking May 13, 2012 at 2:09 am

These look delicious, I love bundts too! I will try to link one of my bundt recipes up :)


Elin May 13, 2012 at 2:31 am

Happy Mother’s Day to you Lora and have a blessed day with your lovely kids and hubby !


Amy May 13, 2012 at 3:28 am

Lora, these sound delicous! I love that they are individually sized, although I have a feeling I would eat more than one ;)! Happy Mother’s Day!


A Thought For Food May 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Well, I can’t think of a more lovely way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a bundt cake. Hope you get your breakfast in bed too!


Marnely Rodriguez-Murray May 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

These are just perfect! Love how moist they look!


megan nones May 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I made this scrumptious chocolate goodness, but as muffins…didn’t have bundt pans :( Happy mother’s day!! :))


Lisa May 14, 2012 at 1:05 am

Happy Mother’s Day, sweet Lora! Those bundts look so decadent, and you’re right..6 IS better than one. Love individual cakes that aren’t cupcakes lol BTW, I do have a bundt I came up with last year, but I added too much filling and it exploded. Perfect time to decrease the filling and try again for #SummerSweets!


notterschool May 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

Lora I would like to say you happy mother day. It is mother day’s prefect recipe and best to way delight Mom :)


Carolyn May 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

Those are just gorgeous, Lora! There is something so enchanting about mini bundt cakes. Happy Belated Mother’s Day!


Becky May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Happy Belated Mother’s Day! I would be happy woth one of your Mini Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cakes for breakfast.

Congrats on the Top 9 Today!


Lael Hazan @educatedpalateael May 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Happy belated mother’s day. I need to get one of those mini-bundt pans. It is definitely time and you are inspiring!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Happy belated mother’s day Lora! These mini bundt cakes are fantastic! Who wouldn’t want their own cake?! :)


D B May 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!


Paula May 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Beautiful bundt recipe and I love that you made them in mini bundt pans. They are the cutest. Hope you got your breakfast in bed yesterday :)


KonstantKraver May 15, 2012 at 2:51 am

What gorgeous little bundt. I love the idea of summer desserts


Reem | Simply Reem May 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

These mini bunt cake look gorgeous and with expresso… perfect!!


Ilke May 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

They look so cute. I love eating mini bundts. Never made one since everything is consumed in large amounts in my home and at the office! You have very good projects piling up. I still have to make foccacia and link up. Can’t wait to try the summer desserts.


EA-The Spicy RD May 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

What a lovely Mother’s Day present! I adore the minis and definitely think I need to get to work on a gluten-free version of these bunt babies! Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day :-)


Sara @ Saucy Dipper May 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

A Bundt Blog Hop! How cute. I may even try to play!


Kim - Liv Life May 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Happy Mother’s Day Lora!! These cakes for my mother’s day would have made my day. All my favorite flavors, and I love the mini size!


Vicki @ WITK May 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

All I have is a big bundt :) Your flavors sound great, I recently made a tangerine bundt that should make its way to pinterest soon!


Shulie May 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Love these bundts and the series Lora.Love bundt cakes a slice goes so well with tea. I’ve got the mini bundt pans bit haven;t given them a test run!


Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking May 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I love these mini bundt cakes, Lora – they’re so adorable! Great recipe! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your family.


kankana May 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Nothing can beat a most chocolate cake! Can have that every day .. like every single day :D
The mini ones are so cute to look at.


Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny May 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

What a great recipe, this looks super delicious! :)


Lemons and Anchovies May 17, 2012 at 4:15 am

Lora, I love these mini bundt cakes. Chocolate and espresso go so well together. I can imagine how absolutely yummy these are. :)


Karriann May 18, 2012 at 4:11 am

They look fab! Drizzle some chocolate syrup or caramel on top of those and they’re divine! ;)

“Happy Cooking”


Cake Duchess May 18, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Chocolate syrup and caramel!:)xx thank you:)


Tickled Red May 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Lora these are perfect! Mini and with espresso…MmmMmm ;D


Tickled Red May 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Lora these are perfect! Mini & with espresso…MmmMmm ;D


Cake Duchess May 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for linking up, Shari:)LOVE your pumpkin honey bundt!xx


simple baking May 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Lovely bundts Lora. Thanx for the bloghop.


Baker Street May 21, 2012 at 2:16 am

I LOVE bundt cakes and this is such a beautiful series! Off to link a few of my posts :)


Cake Duchess May 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I love them too and so happy you linked up, An:)I’ll add them to the pinterest page. Thank you:)


CJ - Food Stories May 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!


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