I do not bake very often, and with a bit of trepidation I picked up a recipe that my Mom used to make for us that comes from the days of yore. I am not sure if she created the recipe or if she got it from a magazine or cookbook. I have held on to this recipe for almost 40 years and had not made it because one of the ingredients is no longer available here in our grocery stores.
The ingredient? Frosting mix. In the days of everything pre-made, this has disappeared from our grocery shelves replaced with already made frosting. I decided to try it with pre-made frosting not entirely sure how this would turn out, or even if I needed to adjust the ingredients. So here is the recipe, what I did, how it turned out, and what I would change with what I did…Here is a preview!
1 1/2 cups of butter softened
6 eggs – I used 5
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 cups of flour
2 cups of chopped walnuts
Fudge Frosting Mix (I used pre-made Triple Chocolate Fudge Chip Frosting)
Now let’s jump in. Grease a bundt or tube pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I got out my Kitchen Aid mixer and secured the batter beater. To the mixing bowl add the butter and cream on high speed. Add the eggs one at a time and incorporate into the butter completely before adding the next.
Then gradually add the sugar keeping the mixer at high speed until it is light and fluffy. Remove the bowl from the mixer. The rest will be done by hand. Gradually add the flour until it is all combined.
Next add the walnuts, bit by bit until they have all been added.
Next add the frosting also a bit at a time and combine until uniform in color.
Pour the very thick batter into your bundt pan and level out.
Bake for 60 – 65 minutes. At this point I thought the top looked a bit to moist so I baked for another 10 minutes. (Do not do the additional 10 minutes!) Remove from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 2 hours.
After two hours invert the pan onto a plate. Looks pretty doesn’t it?
For the couple of pieces I added a bit of frosting to the pieces as I was not sure what the middle would be like.
Needless to say, I did not get the tunnel of fudge, but I can see a darker area in the cake which had I not cooked this for the addition 10 minutes would have been the tunnel of fudge! Still, we ended up with an amazing chocolate cake!
It had a wonderful chocolate fudge flavor and I loved the nuts and the bits of melted chocolate from the chips in the frosting. In a way it reminded me of really good fudge brownies! Try this out and see what you think, and be sure to let me know!