Double Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Caramel Glaze
Sinful and rich Double Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with coffee, chocolate chips, and a caramel glaze makes a stunning cake to serve your guests.
Mixers beating at full speed. Mess of flour everywhere. Ovens on full blast. Dishes piled high.
Once November rolls around, that’s pretty much the scene in every kitchen. Holiday baking has begun!
This time of the year can be stressful for most, including myself. When time is limited and company is coming over, you don’t have time to deal with mishaps.
How many of you ruined a cake because it stuck to the pan? Notice me raising both hands and a foot?
I avoided bundt cakes because they stuck most of the time. Until now.
When I was asked to use PAM Cooking Spray in the kitchen, I knew I’d be testing it out with this Double Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Caramel Glaze.
Why? Because I made this once before, just to have it rip in half when unmolding.
I don’t think it helped that my pan was 10 years old either. So with a new pan and PAM Cooking Spray in hand, I was ready to unmold the perfect bundt cake.
I love bundt cakes for their simplicity.
The shape of the pan, whether simple or fancy, makes it ready for serving almost instantly.
No need to bake three layers of cake and beat several sticks of butter for frosting, just to prove you have the frosting skills of a three-year-old.
Just dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple glaze before serving.
The last thing you need is for all your hard work to stick. Trust me – I’ve cried over my fair share of ruined cakes.
The idea behind this Double Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake recipe is to make a quick and simple cake to serve with coffee (or tea), whether it’s the end of a holiday meal or a quick get together in the evening.
I started with the idea of espresso because everybody needs extra energy during the holiday. What pairs well with espresso? Chocolate and caramel.
Did you know using coffee in the batter enhances the chocolate? That’s why I paired it with a chocolate cake then drizzled caramel glaze on top.
If you are not a coffee lover, just substitute plain boiling water.
So go ahead. Grab some coffee and a spoon. I’ll be there to join you shortly since I won’t need to throw a tantrum in the kitchen, now that my bundt cakes won’t stick anymore.
Double Chocolate Espresso Bundt Cake with Caramel Glaze
Sinful and rich chocolate cake with espresso and chocolate chips topped with a caramel glaze makes a stunning cake to serve your guests with coffee.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon pieces
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder*
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder dissolved into 3/4 cup boiling water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10-12 cup bundt cake pan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Once completely melted, whisk in the sour cream until smooth. Whisk in the cocoa powder and espresso then whisk in the sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add a little bit of the hot batter to temper the eggs then add it back into the saucepan. Gradually whisk in the flour mixture then stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake 40-45 minutes until the cake is firm, slightly pulled away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes then invert it onto a large plate to cool completely.
- For the glaze: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar and cream/milk until smooth. Boil for 1 minute then remove from the heat. Whisk in the vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and thick. Pour over cooled cake and let sit for a few minutes or until the glaze hardens.
*It is highly recommended to use Dutch process cocoa. However, if you do substitute standard cocoa powder, increase baking soda to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
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Get organized and wash and clear as you go.
shop early and keep a well-stocked pantry with baking staples and a few basic cooking staples. and keep a good supply of cookbooks.
Get help when you need it, either from a family member, take-out, or a kit or other pre-made items.
Make sure your spice cabinet is stocked! Then there’s no last minute running around to pick up spices you’re out of!
I use Pam’s baking spray and find it works quite well. (Although I haven’t tried it on a bundt pan because I don’t have a bundt pan.) Also, you said the three magic words: chocolate, espresso, and caramel. Yum! (Funny enough, I have a post coming up on Wednesday involving chocolate and espresso.)
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Gotta have Pam during the holidays. My beaters are at a constant whir. This cake looks amazing!
It sounds really silly and simple, but I save time by taking out all of the ingredients that I’ll need for a recipe as soon as I start preheating the oven. Then, after I use them, I put them immediately back in the cabinet. It helps cut down on clean up time, and it also lets me know if I forgot anything – the left out ingredient will be sitting on the counter when I’m “done”! :)
I save time in the kitchen by preparing dishes in large batches, freezing, then having lots available for later just to heat up!
I have three little sisters and get them to help out during the holidays! They don’t bake often, but they can help save a lot of time by mixing or adding ingredients while you do other things!
I save time by using parchment paper. No need to wash in between baking cycles :)
I use parchment paper and it makes clean up much easier!
Read your recipe through – don’t just glance. That way you’ll be sure not to miss anything!
There is no better way to save time in the kitchen than to have easy access to all your cooking tools and ingredients.The less time you spend on getting organized,the more time and energy you will have on developing your own cooking style.
My tip is to cook large portions and freeze for later to save time
I like to prep my veggies on Sunday so during the week I can eliminate all the time it takes to chop, peel, etc. I find I’m much more likely to cook and eat healthy when I do this.
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and I save time in the kitchen by having some prep’d stuff already just hanging out for when I need it (ie pizza dough, puff pastry, etc)
Lovely cake Carla. Love the espresso in it. You are right about needing a coffee burst of energy in the busy holiday season.
I’ve been blessed in the kitchen since none of my bundt cakes have ever stuck to the pan. I probably shouldn’t even say those words out loud (or write them) – I bet it’ll stick the next time I make them since the universe loves messing with me! This cake looks scrumptious. It’s exactly the type of cake I’d happily snack on every day until it’s all gone. And your photos look beautiful.
My time saving tip is prepare, prepare, prepare – get everything ready ahead of time (and always Pam your Bundt pans!)
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I prep as much as I can in advance so when I get home from work I can quickly get dinner together for my family.
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I like to plan ahead uses for leftovers, so that I get double for my time.
I rinse & re-use my mixing utensils, and if I’m measuring something sticky (molasses, honey) then I use a measuring cup that has already been used for oil or yogurt, so the sticky stuff comes out of the cup more easily (and quickly).
I also use my 15 minutes of baking time for muffins to clear up all the dishes.
I do all the prep for multiple dishes then cook at once
I always use Pam or parchment paper when baking something because it makes clean up a breeze!
My tip is to set out butter and eggs the night before or in the morning before work to let them come to room temperature so they’re ready to go when I’m ready to bake!
My advice is to start collecting gadgets! I have a nut chopper, garlic press, food processor and the ever-glorious Kitchen-Aid. Lord almighty, these little beasts are PHENOMENAL in easing all kitchen ventures. To apply this to real world examples 1) Pie crust in the food processor. GOSH, I can’t believe I ever spent so much time and effort cutting frozen butter into the flour. With a food processor it literally takes 5 mins to throw an entire homemade crust together. and 2) Fresh Whipped Cream in the Kitchen-Aid. While your pulling the pie or crisp out of the oven, just throw some cream in the bowl, turn it on medium and let it hang out until it’s light and fluffy and just needs a little powdered sugar sprinkled in it. Fresh and spectacular every time!
I make the simplest meals possible so nothing can go wrong (99% of the time) and so I spend the shortest amount of time in there.
Make stuff ahead of time and in bulk. And always accept help when needed
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Super simple. Clean as you go.
Plan as much as I can ahead of time.
Yesterday, as I was crushing graham crackers with the rolling pin in a Ziploc bag, I asked my daughter, “Why couldn’t we pour the melted butter right into the bag with the crumbs and sort of knead it by hand to mix it?” It worked like a charm and saved washing a bowl. Always a good thing.
My tip is to make a large quantity so you can freeze meals.
Wash dishes as you go.
Chop up vegetables on the weekend and put them in baggies so that you have ready-made ingredients to throw together for a quick meal in the middle of the week.
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For me to save time in the kitchen, I get everything ready and set out ahead of tune and then make sure I will be uninterrupted-put a movie on for the munchkin or wait until he’s in bed. Doing that saves me SO much time because I’m not running back and forth between the kitchen and the rest of the house!
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My tip for saving time is soak dishes to make clean up easier.
Chop up your veggies and save extra for soups and stews in the future!
My tip is to not wait till the last minute and cook extras. whether you make extra dinner and freeze it for another night. When we cook our neighbor and friend gifts we do cookies and I have my mom and sister help and we make a ton and freeze it to finish it another day. Then all we have to do is bake the next time.
I save time by mixing up all the dry ingredients for several different types of Christmas cookies and then putting them in zippy bags or covered bowls and then when I have time I mix up the rest and either bake them right away or roll them into logs and chill to continue baking on another day.
My tip to save time over the holidays is make cookies in advance and then freeze them, I also tend to do that with scones, fruit pies and pound cakes as well! I also admit sometimes when I am short on time to using ready made frosting.
Jettison the stuff you don’t use and put everything important in logical, easy-to-reach places.
Nice tip on using coffee in the batter! I keep all my cooking utensil that I use daily close by, the others are stored in the back of the cabinet drawer. On weekend I cook a double or triple batch of pancakes and freeze the rest for quick morning breakfast.
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My tip for saving time in the kitchen is clean up as you go. If you are waiting on part of your cooking, you can use that time to clean up. Then it doesn’t seem as bad!
My tip is to use slower cooker and menu plan dishes around it.
I pull together everything needed for the recipe and immed. put it away when I’ve used it. Also, I fill the sink with hot, soapy water and put in the used cups or spatulas, etc., they’re practically clean and ready to be used again.
To save time in the kitchen I try to do all of the prep work ahead of time. Usually when my kids are napping :) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
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Organize, organize, organize. Norhing wastes more time like searching for lost utensils or ingredients.
This is a perfect cake! Anything that can be made AND devoured in less than an hour, includes chocolate, caramel AND coffee gets my “MAKE ME” seal of approval :)
To save time in the kitchen, I have a “mise en place” of pre-cut and pre-measured items ready to use in my pantry and fridge
I plan ahead as much as possible.
This is perfect for all my coffee and chocolate loving friends!
I try to use my crockpot a lot and I clean up as I go.
I save time by making a lot of slow-cooker recipes. I also get my daughter to help a lot in the kitchen.
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my tip is to line your cookie sheets with tin foil or parchment paper to make clean up easy
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We have so many Christmas baking traditions- decorated sugar cookies, wreathes made from cornflakes, Chex Mix, etc. :) My best tips are to make double batches and freeze!
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I make as many one pot dishes as possible. Less clean up and prep usually!
I find the easiest way to save time during this busy holiday is to clean as you go!! Nothing deflates a soufflé quicker than plating, then turning around to face a mountain of dirty bowls, spoons, measuring cups and beaters. Even the lowliest of tasks is a part of that big beautiful pictures. Blessings to all this Christmas!!
To save time in the kitchen I do a lot of prepping in bulk. For example, I chop my veggies all at once so they are ready to be used in recipes.
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I usually double up my recipe so i usually have atleast 2 nights of dinner ready.
I try to plan ahead and my go to dinners are usually crockpot meals that i can throw together early when things are less hectic
I clean while the food is cooking also I like to prep veggies and freeze them so dinners are quicker.
i use slow cooker to cook. it save my time.
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wash the dishes as you go.. also prep the night before.
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Clean up as you go~
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I prep as much ahead of time as possible and cook extra which I freeze to use use later.
crock pots are your friends.. use them!
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Use a slow cooker so you won’t be rushed at the end of the day.
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Make a double sized entree and freeze half for another meal :)
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For a big holiday meal, I like to prepare everything the night before and throw in the crock pot and let that do the cooking all day. When it comes to using Pam, when I make spaghetti, I’ll spray some Pam in the water while boiling the spaghetti so the noodles don’t stick together
My tip is to prep all ingredients first and clean up as you go
I have one day where I do a lot of baking and the items I make I end up freezing and take out as needed.
My tip is to do all the prep work ahead of time, like cutting fruits or veggies, or even buy them pre-cut from the store.
I save time in the kitchen by preparing meals in advance. When its time to eat, I just warm the food up.
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My tip is to prep everything ahead of time.
Prepare as much ahead as possible.
Cleaning as you go saves a lot of time.
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I save time in the kitchen by buying store bought and eating out. After 40 years of cooking I look for the easiest way out of it all.
My tip is to have all of your ingredients prepared and ready and also clean as cook!
I put everything in a crockpot and walk away. No fuss.
When making soups stews and other dishes – I always make extra for leftovers and/or freezing.
my tip for saving time in the kitchen is to pre pour the ingredients
If you’re prepping potatoes in advance, keep them full submerged in cold water for up to one day.
wash dishes as i go
Cooking and baking in large batches and then freezing for later saves both time and money.
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I get all om ingredients and tools out and measured before I start cooking anything. Then there are no surprises halfway through the recipe.
when baking get all the ingredients out first
Cleaning up as I go makes my life so much easier!
plan and prep the night before – key to success!
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To save time in the kitchen, prep all ingredients ahead of cooking time!
I try to prep meals for the entire week on Sunday to same time on busy weeknights. Or, I rely on crockpot meals during the week.
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Have all your ingredients and supplies out ready and handy, and clean and wash as you go :)
Don’t leave all the clean up until the end. Wash dishes, put away, and wipe up as you go.
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I would buy new pots and pans!!!
I cook a large batch of staples such as rice and chicken on Sunday and freeze them to use them later in the week for a bunch of different recipes!
Plan ahead and do prep work
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Make sure you have all the ingredients you need out and ready to go before you start to help eliminate stopping to find substitution or having to start over.
My tip-Practice run! I always like to try something new and the day of a dinner/event is not the time to figure out a recipe. Plus sometimes the mistakes taste better than the intended item ;0)
I’m a clean as you go cook! I wash up mixing bowls, utensils, and pans as soon as I am finished with them.
I clean up as I go along. It just makes it so much easier.
I shell pecans and walnuts all year long and freeze them. For holiday baking I just grab a bag from the freezer. Saves time and saves a lot of money by not having to buy shelled nuts at Christmas time.
We try to make meals where the leftovers can be used for the next nights meal. On the weekends we usually make sauce, soup or chili so we have a few quick weeknight meals on hand
I find that cleaning up as you goes sames lots of time.
Getting out all ingredients needed to make my meal.
Have all ingredients out before you start!
Make sure everything is prepped at least the day before.
My tip is to plan/prepare before what you need and have everything laid out when ur prepping to cook
To save time at the kitchen, I prep veggies in bulk for recipes throughout the week.
When I’m making one recipe, I’ll go ahead and cut up a bunch of extra veggies while the cutting board is out. Then, later in the week, i have less prep when I want to whip something together!
My tip is lay out everything you need and double check your recipe before starting
I love to use simple recipes, simple ingredients, and my handy kitchen tools.
I have others in the household help out in the kitchen to reduce the stress from cooking and baking. It’s all about teamwork. :)
I save lots of time by cooking food in large batches, then freezing the rest to heat up for weekday dinners.
Multitasking! I do whatever I need to do at the same time as things warm up and I cook.
I like to get out all the ingredients before I start to cook and also I like to clean the dishes as I go along with cooking.
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Chop all onions and vegs you need at one time for the week. just keep them refrigerated.
I like to bake more then one thing at a time. It doesn’t take much more time to make several pies then just one and I just freeze the extra ones, to eat later. Thanks for having this contest.
Cook the meat ahead of time and store it in the freezer.
I usually try to do whatever I can the night before such a chopping, slicing and even pre-cooking some things.
I cook a lot so I can have leftovers for lunches and other meals.
I found that to save time in the kitchen, I need to plan out my meals at least a day in advance to make sure I have everything I need. Also a clean kitchen really loves things along.
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I clean up as I’m cooking!
Do all the prep work first.
My tip would be to get everything out and ready that you’re going to be using so you don’t have to look for stuff while you’re trying to cook!
Wash dishes as you go
I like th buy bulk chicken and then cook it all up on the weekend making in in several different ways: cubed, chicken tenders, filets, etc. then I freeze the precooked chicken and just pull it out as needed for a quick meal.
Pam certainly saves time with greasing & flouring pans I love that my cakes come out unharmed every time
I make sure to put everything away after I add it to the mix – it gets too cluttered otherwise!
I prep all my food before cooking to save time when it has to cook .
I like to clean up as I go along.
My tip is to plan and prepare ahead of time. This way you will be organized and have all your ingredients for your meals.
I learned a trick from when I was visiting my sister this Christmas. She had written out what times all of the side dishes had to be started so that the entire meal would be ready at the same time. thank you
Enlist my little helpers to cook with me! We have fun and spend time as a family plus I have extra sets of hands to help make the clean up faster!
Portion things out when you bring them home from the grocery store !!
Make sure you have all of the ingredients before you start cooking.
Having a helper in the kitchen with you
My tip is to do quick and easy recipes.
I prep as much as I can the night before and also load the dishwasher in between cooking so my kitchen is easier to cook in!
I try to plan a weekly menu and then stock up on the basics
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Prepare as much as possible ahead of time.
I buy pre-chopped onions to save time [email protected]
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Collecting all the ingredients for the recipe before I begin baking or cooking.
I preread a reciepe to make sure I have everything and have a sense of what the next step will be
make large amounts of dishes so you can have leftovers and save yourself the time of cooking the next day
Have all the equipment and iingredients you need for a recipe on the counter so that they are ready to use and you aren’t searching through your cabinets at the last minute, wasting time and delaying the food preparation.
To save time in the kitchen I use the appliances that help me get things done quick.
Prep ahead of time is my favorite tip.
I set all the supplies out
Do as much prep work ahead of time as possible.
Don’t try making anything that you haven’t before. Do all the prepping of vegetables etc prior to cooking. Keep organized by cleaning as you go.
For our family get together I made several things the night before. It saved so much time!
I save time in the kitchen by making casseroles on the weekend. This way I can heat them out throughout the week and just add a salad and rolls. This gives me so much more time to spend with family the rest of the week.
I don’t have a great kitchen tip…but since I don’t have a dish washer it is important for me to keep up on my dishes to ensure my small kitchen stays clean.
Make sure you have ALL the ingredients BEFORE you start. (Yep, I’m that girl who gets half way in and ooops, not enough ______)
To save time I plan ahead and make sure I have everything before I start baking or cooking. Thank for this awesome sweep and have a Happy New Year :)
I do all of the prep work first!
I chop up jalepenoes in the food processor and freeze them in ice cube trays and freeze them. Then I pop them out and put in a bag to store. They are great to pop in chili and other mexican dishes.
Do as much beforehand that you can.
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Prep and Stay Organized!
prepare things ahead of time.
Get organized , thanks for the chance
I definitely prep ahead of time with pre-chopping and cooking dishes I can in advance.
Make sure everything is ready before starting to bake. Not fun when you realize half way through that you are missing an ingredient.
I try to make up as much as I can ahead of time
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