Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

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Simple and moist bundt cake recipe with indulgent chocolate flavor and topped with a glossy, rich chocolate ganache.

I pulled this out of my Southern Living Homemaker’s Cookbook Cakes. This recipe is supposed to be done in two 8 inch pans, but I baked it in a bundt pan and it came out stunningly beautiful and oh so tasty.

Easy Bundt Cake Chocolate

Divine Chocolate Cake In A Bundt

This is a simple and super moist bundt cake from scratch. It’s got a rich, but not overly rich chocolate flavor. The cake is then perfected, as it’s topped with this easy 2 ingredient chocolate ganache.

It’s an old fashioned classic that’s a crowd pleaser. Perfect for serving as dessert after Sunday lunch with a hot cup of coffee. It’s also great to eat when you’re feeling down and blue, because chocolate understands.

Bundts Are Easy And Simple Cakes

I do love eating a good frosted layer cake (my favorite are the birthday cakes from Publix with the butter cream frosting, but I digress). However, I’m not a fan of frosting a layer cake.

Frosting requires to much time, getting the layers cut down correctly and making sure all is even and correct. For me, it’s just to much effort when you can just make a bundt.

Simple Chocolate Bundt Cake With Ganache

You don’t have to frost a bundt and if you do it takes a fraction of the time. Bundts can be easier to store, because most bundts aren’t as tall as layer cakes. Plus, they’re easier to move and transport, because there are no layers to shift or fall off the cake.

I know not all will agree, but to me bundts are usually a more elegant looking cake than a layer cake. If you put a lovely glaze on a bundt with just the right decorations, it’s fit for a royal ball on Downton Abby.

Simple Bundt Cake From Layer Cake

I have discovered many layer recipes bake up just as delicious in a bundt. Therefore, if a layer cake recipe catches my eye, I’ll look further and see if it can be bundted.

The guidelines I follow are:

1. Use Thick Cake Batter

To me, thick cake batter produces a cake that less likely to stick to the bundt pan. From my years of experience with bundt cakes, I believe runny cake batter sticks in the bundt pan’s crevices more easily than thick batter. This then causes the cake to stick to the pan. Again, this is a me thing. I searched for articles to back this up, and found one or two, but nothing more.

2. Use The Right Size Bundt Pan

You do not want to little or to much batter in your bundt pan. From my experience and research I find that two 8 inch or 9 inch cake layers convert well to the 10 to 15 cup capacity bundt pan. I converted two 8 inch layers to my 10-15 cup Nordic Anniversary Bundt and it made an outstanding cake.

This post from Eat Your Books has some very helpful information on converting cake recipes for a bundt pan.

The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake Ingredients

  • shortening – produces a soft, light interior texture
  • sugar
  • eggs – use room temperature eggs, this allows the eggs to mix better with the batter and causes the cake rise more easily.
  • melted unsweetened baking chocolate 
  • cake flour
  • buttermilk room temperature – buttermilk gives the cake a softer texture and more body
Easy Bundt Cake

Tools Used In Easy Bundt Cake From Scratch

  • stand mixer
  • hand mixer
  • dry measuring cups
  • wet measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • baking spatula
The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

3 Excellent Bundt Pans On Amazon

To get make a good bundt cake it helps to use a high quality bundt pan. A high quality bundt pan creates beautiful bundts, bakes the cake evenly, releases the cake easily and is easy to clean. Good quality bundt pans don’t have to be expensive. Here are 3 on Amazon I recommend:

1. Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Anniversary Bundt Pan

The quintessential classic bundt pan. Creates a beautiful, elegant cake every time. 10 to 15 cup capacity with a non stick finish. This is my favorite and go to bundt pan.

2. Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan

This pan creates a gorgeous, refined swirl pattern. It is a 10 cup capacity, that’s made of cast aluminum for even baking and easy cleanup. This is my second favorite bundt pan.

3. Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 9-Inch Fluted Tube Pan

This is a very reasonably priced, high quality pan. A lightweight steel pan with a nonstick surface that provides easy release and easy clean up.

Chocolate Loaf Or Chocolate Mini Loaf

Chocolate Mini Loaves With Ganache

Go wild, instead of a bundt pan you can put your batter in a loaf pan or 2 or 3 mini loaf pans. I used the mini loaf pans above and they made fun, scrumptious little cakes, that are perfect for gifts`.

Final Thoughts On This Simple Chocolate Bundt Cake

Truly a simple and easy cake recipe. An old fashioned rich, decadent chocolate bundt cake topped with an easy, glossy chocolate ganache. It is a true crowd pleaser that is easy to serve and ideal for many different occasions.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

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Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake With Ganache

Easy bundt cake recipe loaded with rich chocolate flavor and topped with indulgent chocolate ganache.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bundt cake, easy chocolate bundt cake, moist chocolate bundt cake, easy bundt cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 slices
Calories 257kcal
Cost $4


Chocolate Bundt Cake Ingredients

  • ½ cup shortening
  • cups sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 ounces melted unsweetened baking chocolate 2 ounces is half a bar.
  • cup cake flour sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream or whipping cream


How To Make Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake

  • Grease and flour bundt pan well.
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Thoroughly blend shortening and sugar.
  • Add eggs and melted chocolate and beat until smooth.
  • Sift together flour, salt and soda.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Do not overmix.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Pour batter in well greased and floured bundt pan.
  • Bake at 350° from 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Let cool 10 to 12 minutes and release.
  • Glaze with ganache

How To Make Easy Chocolate Ganache

  • Add chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat in 20 second increments and mix after each increment.
  • Repeat until ganache is smooth.


I doubled this recipe and made 1 bundt cake and 2 small mini loafs.  Everything turned out spectatular.


Calories: 257kcal

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