It’s hard to imagine a time that bundt cakes weren’t popular, but as recently as the 1950s that was the case. Recipes for the circular cakes showed up in some cookbooks here and there, but they were nowhere near as decadent as this marbled coconut zebra cake or this candy bar-inspired confection.
This classic cake owes its fame to Mrs. Ella Helfrich of Houston, Texas who took second place in the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off competition with what she called the Tunnel of Fudge Cake. Though it’s a largely forgotten cake, one glance at that molten middle should be enough to convince you that it deserves a return to the spotlight.
Fudge Tunnel Cake - an amazing recipe that's easy to make and so, so good. Chocoholics unite! http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2013/01/fudge-tunnel-cake.htmlPosted by Sweet Tooth on Thursday, January 24, 2013
Fudge Tunnel Cake - an amazing recipe that's easy to make and so, so good. Chocoholics unite! http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2013/01/fudge-tunnel-cake.html
A gooey fudge center seems to magically appear in the middle of this chocolate and nut bundt while it cooks in the oven, and we’re guessing that’s exactly why people were clamoring for her recipe back in the 60s. It was so beloved, in fact, that when Pillsbury discontinued a product that was a key ingredient in this recipe, there was a huge outcry. Although the product did eventually disappear from supermarket shelves for good, they brought it back for some time because of the high demand and eventually published a recipe that attempted to recreate the same taste without the product itself.
The original recipe calls for nuts, and some claim they’re absolutely necessary for achieving the molten center that made this cake so famous. Get the original recipe and step-by-step directions from American Table.
But for those of you who prefer your chocolate indulgences free from the crunchy additions, bloggers have figured out how to achieve the same surprising fudge center without them. We’re big fans of the version by the blogger behind Erica’s Sweet Tooth that tops off the whole thing with a thick layer of chocolate ganache.
Get the full recipe and step-by-step directions from Erica’s Sweet Tooth.
For more confections that are hiding delicious centers, check out our collection below.
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