Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake from

Gingerbread houses may have met their match last week in the form of Christmas Tree Cupcakes, but with just six days left until ol’ Saint Nick monopolizes the nation’s cookie supply, it’s time for gingerbread to have its moment in the dessert spotlight. Traditional holiday flavors take on a new shape in this kicked up Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake drizzled with vanilla glaze.

We’re all about tradition at my family’s Christmas table, which means age-old favorites like 24-Hour Salad and Veggie Bars—two recipes that have been in my family for more than 50 years—will make their standard appearances. But this year the dessert table is getting a welcome makeover with a pop of color provided by Homemade Holiday Lollipops and a punch of flavor from this deeply rich cake. In the words of Sir (Stand) Mix(er)-a-Lot, I like big bundts, and I cannot lie.

Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake from

Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake from

Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake from

Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake from

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Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Yield: 10 - 12 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 35 min


For the cake:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup dark molasses
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, whisked lightly
1/4 cup whole milk
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
4 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 325ºF degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch bundt pan with butter or cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the butter, molasses, dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the butter has melted, then pour the mixture into a large bowl and let it cool for 10 minutes.

Once cooled, whisk the eggs and milk into the molasses mixture.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg into a medium bowl. Gently fold the flour mixture into the molasses mixture, stirring just until combined, and then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. (See Kelly's Notes.) Bake the cake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool fully while still in the bundt pan.

Make the glaze by whisking together the sifted confectioners sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract until smooth.

Once the cake has fully cooled, invert it onto a serving platter, drizzle with the glaze and serve.

Kelly's Notes:
Once you've poured the batter into the bundt pan, place the pan on a towel on the counter and tap it to release any air bubbles.

The cake can be made one day in advance, and the flavors will actually develop more fully if you make it ahead of time. The glaze can be prepared one day in advance and stored in an airtight contained in the fridge. When ready to serve, re-whisk the glaze, adding additional heavy cream or water to thin the glaze if necessary.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.


14 Responses to “Chocolate Gingerbread Bundt Cake”

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    Blog is the New Black — December 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Love this- looks absolutely amazing!

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    Rachel Cooks — December 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Gorgeous! Love the sharp contrast between the cake and the white glaze.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

    This bundt looks so fabulous! I love chocolate and gingerbread together!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — December 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    looks fabulous friend! Happy holidays and miss you xoxoxoox

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    Abby@TheFrostedVegan — December 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Haha, Sir Stand Mixer Lot, I love it!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    This is seriously amazing!

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    Sue/the view from great island — December 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Chocolate and gingerbread is my new favorite taste…and everyone knows everything tastes better in a bundt!

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — December 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Oh my… I have never tried CHOCOLATE gingerbread! I am pinning this right now! What a brilliant idea! Beautiful photography, and I love you site. Looking forward to following your yummy posts :D

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — December 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Wow, yum! This looks fabulous, and the photos POP! I find it so challenging to take pictures of darker objects, especially chocolate. I find it always looses its texture and comes out looking bland if the lighting isn’t right. This is just amazing!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — December 20th, 2012 @ 7:25 am

      Thank you, Leanne! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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    Cass @foodmyfriend — December 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    This is amazing! I love ginger bread and I know I would demolish this cake! Loving the icing. Especially the shot of it dripping off the cake.

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    JulieD — December 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Oh my wow! Looks gorgeous, kelly!! :)

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    Shaina — December 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    That looks so good! It looks insanely rich and delicious… How do you get your bundt cakes to come out so perfectly?!?

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! :)


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