Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.
Leap through my time warp back to my childhood.
Every birthday that was had… The best chocolate explosion cake was served.
My mother even shipped me this cake when I was away working at a summer camp on Catalina Island.
Holidays? Oh yeah, the best chocolate explosion cake always made an appearance.
My mother called it “Gulliver’s Delight” and I took great pleasure imagining Gulliver on his travels eating this chocolate cake around the world. As I recall, she couldn’t remember where it came from, she’d been making it so long. We were not a family known for their special skills in the kitchen but I was 100% positive that this was some coveted handed down recipe. Generations before me had made this cake together on special occasions, it traveled through the years and lovingly on my plate with extra powdered sugar on top.
We ate the leftovers for breakfast. It was the unspoken law.
So rich and dreamy, a treat that screams I love you and I think you are so amazing I made you the greatest chocolate cake in all the history of time.
I proudly brought this cake it EVERY function I could. Cake walk? Snack for Girl Scouts? It looks like a million bucks and people always raved about it. It was the ace in the hole dessert. Thanks be to those fabulous relatives that came before me.
Imagine my surprise when I grew and started cooking, my coveted cake was really a cheater cake and was really unbelievably easy to make.
Then it happened…
I purchased an old Southern compilation cookbook that was a part of a fundraiser in the 1980′s, at a garage sale for .10 cents. I love to read cookbooks because I learn how other people pair flavors but enough about my odd hobby. I was flipping through it and stumbled upon the recipe for MY cake. The exact recipe.
What nonsense is this?!!
Generations before me have been making this fantastic cake… like most of America!
This is an even worse let down than when KISS took off their make-up. I thought NOTHING could top that!
So… sniff sniff, just because the veil has been lifted and my childhood dream cake was not some top secret recipe, does not decrease the fact that this is the best chocolate explosion cake ever!
In my house it is a chocolate explosion cake because that’s what the kids call it.
I’ve seen it called Triple Chocolate Bundt, Moist chocolate cake and Chocolate Dream too.
Apparently that darn cake is so easy, it’s just getting around. Scandalous Cake.
To the rest of my extended family that calls every few years to remember the recipe for “Gulliver’s Delight”… let’s make some cake.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl add:
1 package Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 box Chocolate or Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 bag of Chocolate Chips
Mix well and pour into a greased bundt pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
My oven always takes about an hour and ten or an hour and fifteen but it is rather hateful so I implore you to insert a toothpick into several places to check to make sure the inside is fully done before removing from persnickety ovens.
Let cool until you can comfortably handle the metal bundt pan and then remove the still slightly warmed cake onto platter of your choice.
I don’t like to frost this bad boy because it is already so rich you can only have a small piece at a time but you may certainly add a chocolate frosting if you desire.
I like to wait until the cake is completely cooled before adding a nice sprinkle of powdered sugar along the top. The extra sugar is unnecessary but finishes off the cake nicely and hides any imperfections.
Every morsel of this cake will be eaten.
People will look forward to it and think you are the most amazing… at least while they are eating the best chocolate explosion cake ever. Otherwise, you are on your own.
Just because it happens to be easy, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it’s weight in chocolate.
A tradition we are happy to take a bite of.