Thanks a Bundt

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we finished another bank conversion at work, and as you know from reading this post, I always do a big “thank you” for the teams that were involved.  Actually, it usually includes everyone in the department because this project seems to affect everyone whether you’re on the project team or not!

But after eight conversions over the course of 2 years, I admit I’ve been running low on creative ideas for my “thank you.”  Thankfully my sister commented on my last post with a fabulous idea!  She said:

Here’s another idea for you…how about a yummy bundt pan coffee cake and a jug of Starbucks to go, set up in the break room with a huge sign that reads “Well that was a piece of CAKE!’ ha ha
That’s all I’ve got for you. :)


Just so happens I have a fabulous bundt cake recipe to go along with this little plan.  The recipe comes from my friend Kelly’s mom…I remember eating this in middle and high school and thinking I was in heaven.  She passed along the recipe at my bridal shower and I’ve cherished it ever since!

Chocolate Swirl Cake

1 cup butter or margarine softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Hershey’s syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup flaked coconut (optional)

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs; beat well. 

Combine flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and the salt; add alternatively with buttermilk to creamed mixture. 

Hold up.  Do you guys know about or have you tried this powdered buttermilk?!  It is a life saver!  I mean really, isn’t it a pain in the arse to have everything for a recipe on hand except the buttermilk?  This powder can be kept in the fridge and just mixed with water whenever needed.  Love it.

Yay for saving me a trip to the store!

Combine syrup and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Measure 2 cups batter into small bowl; blend in syrup mixture.

You should have two bowls of batter at this point, a vanilla-flavored one and a chocolate-flavored one.

Add coconut to remaining batter; pour into greased and floured 12-cup bundt pan. 

Vanilla batter in the pan first…

Pour chocolate batter over vanilla batter in pan; do not mix! 

Then the chocolate on top

Bake at 350 about 70 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.  Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan. 

Cool completely; top with chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Satin Glaze

2 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs water
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine sugar and water in small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat; immediately add chocolate chips, stirring until melted.  Continue stirring until glaze is desired consistency.  Spoon over cake (it will harden up).

In hindsight I wish I would have thinned my glaze a little more, but I shouldn’t really complain about too much chocolate, should I?

The result?? A deliciously swirled chocolate cake. 

Again, in hindsight I wish I would have taken a better picture of the end result for you!  While the pre-sized and sliced cake is necessary for my self-control-lacking co-workers, it’s not my idea of the perfect blog pic.  Sorry!  I suppose I don’t need them looking at me any more cross-eyed than they already do by trying to stage the perfect camera shot.  You get the idea. 

I also made a Spiced Bundt Cake with a light icing, which was a great alternative to the chocolate.  And the Starbucks coffee was a hit!  So much better than the jet fuel coffee made at work. 

The spiced cake!
Thanks for the great idea sissy!  And thanks to Jinny for one of my all-time favorite recipes. 
Anyone else have some fabulous ideas for my next conversion?  I’ll be back at this whole thank you thing again next month….


  1. Ahhh sweet success! Glad I could help sissy. And I think I deserve a piece of that yummy looking cake. If I lived in Missoula I would head for your break room right now. :) Thanks for sharing the legendary recipe, I can’t wait to try it.

  2. YUM! It looks delicious! I must say that you spoil your team at work. If I come dust and vacuum your house will you make me a cake? Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am a sucker for new recipes….especially desserts.:)

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