Sometimes foodie inspiration is something you see that peaks the interest of your inner creativity. And sometimes foodie inspiration comes from refrigerator roulette where you look at what’s in there and think about what you can make with the contents. And sometimes the two come together and it’s magic.
A painstaking plan of tiramisu for Christmas dessert fell through (specific reasons being unimportant at this point). I think I ultimately ended up making a delicious flourless chocolate cake but I’ll come back to that in another post in the future. So this week I discovered the mascarpone I had gotten for the tiramisu buried in the back of my fridge. As I was trying to think of how to use it, I found an interesting recipe that actually called for the exact amount I had. Seriously, how often does that happen? The answer is almost never, at least in my kitchen.
This particular cake is called Chocolate Mascarpone Bundt Cake and it was everything I was hoping for in a chocolate cake. Dense. Moist. Chocolate overload. Nothing really complicated about it, but it does take about 60-70 baking time. You could glaze it, but I just went with a simple dusting of powdered sugar and served it with whipped cream. The recipe is here http://www.thebakingfairy.net/2016/02/chocolate-mascarpone-bundt-cake/.
Here are a few extra thoughts on this cake. Room temperature ingredients are a must. Make sure your bundt pan is really well prepared. This means thoroughly greased and floured. I am a fan of Bakers Secret pan spray but that’s just a personal preference. Also, I used Hershey’s special dark baking cocoa and dark chocolate chips, but regular baking cocoa and any type of chocolate chips will work just fine. Although the recipe calls for mascarpone I honestly think that regular cream cheese would work as well in a pinch. Lastly, I released the cake from the pan with only 10 minutes cooling time. I have never had a good experience with waiting longer than that for a bundt pan. Maybe it’s just me?I hope you give it a try. Sometimes things have a surprisingly wonderful way of working out! I ❤️ happy endings.