Tuesday, December 01, 2009


"Oh, with a little luck ~ December will be magic again."

~ Kate Bush

'Magical' Cyclamen
(Return of the native ~ 4th year)
~ Perhaps because the taste is so memorable, ideal for holiday entertaining and Derby Day, this same recipe is posted on many websites ... this keeper is from Wickwood Inn ...
2 sticks unsalted butter (more for greasing pan)
2 cups all-purpose flour
5 oz. good quality unsweetened chocolate
(like Ghirardelli 60% or 70% cacao for baking)
1/4 cup instant espresso powder
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup bourbon and more for dousing
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Confectioner's sugar or softly whipped cream for garnish
  • Butter and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
  • Over simmering water, melt chocolate. Let cool.
  • Put espresso and cocoa powders in 2-cup or larger glass measuring cup. Add enough boiling water to come to the 1 cup measure. Mix until powders dissolve. Add bourbon and salt, and let cool.
  • Using electric mixer, butter until fluffy. Add sugar and cream until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add vanilla, baking soda and melted chocolate, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • On low speed, beat in a third of the bourbon mixture. When liquid is absorbed, beat in 1 cup flour. Repeat, ending with bourbon mixture. Scrape batter into Bundt pan and smooth top. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, about 70 minutes and sprinkle warm cake with more bourbon. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


Anonymous said...

There surely is something magical about December, Joey -- I hope it's a happy, happy month for you and yours. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the way you sayings they are so true-golden autumn and magical December.
I tried your apple cake and it was delicious -can't wait to try this one. Sounds so good.

Carol said...

Chocolate and bourbon... though I am not fond of the smell or taste of bourbon, I imagine chocolate greatly compliments the spirits. Mixed with all the other ingredients a most unique taste would emerge... me thinks. Lovely photos Joey! The colors go great with chocolate too.

Marysol said...

Yes, I reckon the more Bourbon you add to the cake, the more magical December becomes...

Joey, this Bundt cake must be as wonderful to the senses as that Cyclamen!

joey said...

Thanks Carol ~ though not for everyone, the flavor improves as it ages! Happy December :)

How kind, Vickie! Hope this Bourbon Cake will be as enjoyable as the Apple Cake. Do you think we'll get our 1st snowfall this week?

Wishing you a joyful December also, Nancy. I'm getting in the festive mood ... off to assemble luminaria for our Garden Club's annual fundraiser.

I expected this comment, dear Marysol :) I'm delighted to see this cyclamen bloom again for the 4th year in a row. I'm sure many goodies will be popping out of your kitchen also ... Happy December :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Joey. I haven't made a bundt cake in ages. Wonder where my pan is.

Sounds yummy.

Victoria said...

Beautiful flower! And the recipes..sounds very very magical..and Very deliscious!! Yay! Beautiful photos..and post!!

Unknown said...

Joey...your recipes sound delicious! I like your flower photos and your quote...always!! There's something so positive about a post like this!

Have a great December!

lindalou said...

Thanks for helping welcome in December. It is a great month.

Ever since the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding...none of us can say Bundt properly. We all have to do the "a Boont". Thanks for making me think of that.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Beautiful cyclamen! I just planted several hardy bulbs outside.
Thank you Joey for your nice comment on my post. So, you are one of those lucky people who lives at the water... I need to go back to your earlier posts and try to find water views.

Gail said...

Chocolate! Isn't that a beautiful word! Keep those chocolate recipes coming! The cyclamen is lovely, Joey! gail

joey said...

Oh yes, Gail, chocolate is a beautiful word (I'm getting a bit tired of pumpkin but cranberries are still a high for me)! That old cyclamen just keeps on giving and still looks mighty lovely.

I love cyclamen, Tatyana ... you are most fortunate to keep them going outside. Once mine bloom indoors, they vacation outside throughout the summer and return again to the sunporch for winter. Yes, I'm blessed to have a cottage on a pristine lake in northern Michigan but our cabin is nothing like the big homes you posted. But our sunsets, something money can't buy, ARE exquisite!

You crack me up, Lindalou! I had forgotten about that :) You sure are a movie buff!

Thank you, dear Kanak. Enjoy the gifts of December!

Indeed a 'magical' month, Kiki! Thank you :)

I love bundt cakes, Marnie ... always moist and heavy, good for noshing :) Go find that pan, girl!

Unknown said...

I fell behind a bit but just got caught up on your posts. All lovely as usualb!

joey said...

Thanks Michelle and understandable ~ it was delightful catching up on your mother's beautiful wedding ... hope it won't be too long before you return again to Michigan :)

Rose said...

I think at least part of December is always magical; I hope this month holds a little magic for you, too, Joey.

I am trying very hard not to read that chocolate recipe--too many Thanksgiving leftovers consumed here, and I think I might ingest a few calories just reading the ingredients:)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Grrrl, I'm all about Bundt cakes! (I'm not a cook but I do like to bake.) I even have a retro burnt-orange (heavy) Bundt pan. I love it! Too bad I don't have bourbon in the house...

joey said...

... and magic for you also, dear Rose. This year is disappearing ... I'm in awe!

Good for you, Monica! I've barely met a Bundt cake I didn't like! I'm on my 2nd (heavy) Bundt pan but then I'm much older than you :)