Marbled Chocolate Chip Bundt

Bundt cakes are so much fun. I just love the pretty curves. And the crackly surface before you flip the bundt pan over. I was working from home a couple weeks ago and got an itch to bake.

I browsed for a recipe that wouldn’t require a trip to the grocery store. I was in a super lazy mood and didn’t want to deal with frosting but I wanted something cakey. This recipe fit the bill in all categories.ย The Marbled Chocolate Chip Bundt came out very moist and tender. It had just enough chocolate to be chocolatey, without being overwhelmingly chocolatey.

And check out this fun way to serve a bundt cake. I always think it needs to be served on a round cake stand or plate. But it doesn’t. I saw Bridget post a picture of a bundt cake where she cut and served it like this. It was one of those AHA moments where something seems so obvious I don’t know why I never thought of it myself. Just slice your bundt like always, then place them on a rectangular plate by alternating the direction of the slices of cake. So simple and elegant.

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Marbled Chocolate Chip Bundt

Perfectly moist and chocolatey, this cake is great for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or dessert.

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

For the Cake Batter
2 2/3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temp
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup milk, at room temp

Directions:

For the Chocolate Syrup
Whisk together 1/2 cup of the sugar, corn syrup, the hot water, and the cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture just to a simmer.

Remove the pan from the heat, whisk in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and set aside to cool.

For the Cake Batter
Making sure the rack is in the lower third of the oven, preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter and lightly flour a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the salt, flour, and baking powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer) cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy (approximately two minutes).

Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl and beat in the vanilla.

With the mixer speed reduced to low, beat in a third of the flour mixture just until the flour begins to disappear into the batter. Add the milk and the rest of the flour mixture, alternating additions. Beat just until the batter is smooth, making sure not to over-process the batter. Gently fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

In a mixing bowl, divide out a third of the batter and whisk with the chocolate syrup. Set the chocolate batter aside. Pour a third of the vanilla-chocolate chip batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Top the layer with the chocolate syrup batter, smoothing again with a spatula. Repeat the process with the remaining third of the batter. Using a knife or wooden skewer, lightly swirl the batters using a continuous figure 8 motion until there is a marble effect.

Bake approximately 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack. it is important that the cake is completely cool or there may be cosmetic damage when it is inverted. Invert the cake onto a serving platter and serve.

Recipe from Burning Down the House, originally adapted from Buttercake Bakery and the Los Angeles Times

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13 Responses to “Alton Brown’s “The Chewy””

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    Bridget — March 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Aren’t they the best? They’re so addicting. I’ve actually starting using the same ingredients, but mixing them like a more traditional chocolate chip cookie (i.e., softened butter instead of melted), because I like the dough better with softened butter. The baked cookies were just as good. Best of both worlds!

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    Laure — March 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    These look gorgeous. Don’t you just love AB??? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julie — March 6, 2009 at 4:06 am

    The cookies look great. I love AB too..he’s such a dork (in a good way).

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    CoCo — March 6, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I love the ATK/CI Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I will have to try these to see what I think. I remember seeing that the recipes looked similar so I am sure I will love them.
    Another AB lover here. My husband gives me a hard time about my DVR list with him but loves it when I give him a fun tidbit or cook him something from AB.

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    Jen — March 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I completely agree CoCo. Hubby does the same thing. I sometimes even watch episodes I’ve seen before! Hubby doesn’t like to admit it, but he loves AB too. Sometimes he’ll be the one saying “AB says to do this…”

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    foodess — March 9, 2009 at 3:38 am

    They look SO good!! I am a sucker for a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Although, I must side with your hubby – I prefer mine with just a bit of chocolate.

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    Naomi — March 9, 2009 at 6:46 am

    How much is a stick of butter? I’m not in the US and have never come across this measurement before.

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    Jen — March 9, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Sorry about that Naomi – 1 stick of butter = 8 Tbsp. Does that help?

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    Dani — March 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

    this is very similar to the ccc recipe i use, but anything that makes it chewier is good in my books! i will have to keep this one in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Naomi — March 13, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Yes Jen, thank you!

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    Allie — June 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Yum! I will definitely be trying these. I always chill my cookie dough too usually because I’m too busy with 3 little ones but I also read that article in the NY times awhile ago and I felt like I deserved a nice big pat on the back for always doing the 24hour chill ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post and beautiful cookies!

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    Susan — June 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I love Alton Brown because of his scientific approach to cooking and baking. I’ve been baking “The Chewy” for years. One thing I do differently: Before chilling the dough, I scoop it into balls. This makes the process much easier. Sometimes I freeze the balls for baking later. After I place the balls on parchment, I carefully place a few extra chocolate morsels on top, pointy side up. This extra step produces picture-perfect cookies every time.

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    Desiree — July 2, 2016 at 1:56 am

    The Chewy is my go to recipe for cookies. I make a few alterations, occasionally, such as substituting 1/4 of the brown sugar with dark brown sugar. I bake small portions in mini muffin tins; one batch makes 48 cookie bites that are super chewy and the perfect size bite. I’ve made them every year for Christmas gifts for a few years now.

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