This post is a special one and part of a virtual bridal shower that a few blogging conspirators have organized for one of our dearest friends, Nelly. She’s stepping into a lifelong commitment and getting married to the love of her life, Murray.
For #NellysBigDay, Annapet, Shulie and I have baked a Mocha Walnut Marble Bundt Cake, the perfect marriage between dark cocoa and sweet vanilla batter.
Nelly, here is wishing you the utmost happiness forever… may you live your dream.
Mocha Walnut Marble Bundt Cake
Author: Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
Recipe type: Cake, Dessert
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup finely ground walnuts
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 sticks plus 2 tbsp (9 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup coffee, hot or cold
- 1 tsp finely ground instant coffee or instant espresso powder
- 1¾ cups sugar
- 4 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9- to 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan, dust the inside with flour and tap out the excess. Don’t place the pan on a baking sheet – you want the oven’s heat to circulate through the Bundt’s inner tube.
- Whisk together the flour, ground walnuts, baking powder, and salt.
- Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Put 2 tbsp of the butter, cut into 4 pieces, into the bowl, along with the chocolate, coffee and instant coffee. Heat the mixture, stirring often, until the butter and chocolate are melted and everything is smooth and creamy – keep the heat low so that the butter and chocolate don’t separate. Remove the bowl from the heat.
- Working with a stand mixer, preferably with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the remaining 2 sticks of butter and the sugar at medium speed for about 3 minutes – you’ll have a thick paste; this won’t be light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition. The mixture should look smooth and satiny. Beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients and the milk alternately, adding the dry mixture in 3 portions and the milk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients).
- Scrape a little less than half of the batter into the bowl with the melted chocolate and, using a rubber spatula, stir to blend thoroughly.
- If you want to go for the gingko pattern, scrape all of the white batter into the pan and top with the chocolate. If you want a more marbled pattern, alternate spoonfuls of light and dark batter in the pan. When all the batter is in the pan, swirl a table knife sparingly through the batters to marble them.
- Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the Bundt pan to a rack and let cool for 10 minutes before unmolding, then cool the cake completely on the rack.
42 Responses to Mocha Walnut Marble Bundt Cake
Thanks for joining the fun and for all your support, An! Would love to have a bite of the cake before I take it for the virtual shower :)
Love the virtual bridal shower, very nice of you to do this for Nelly! The cake does look amazing. Coffee, chocolate and walnuts- what a trio of great flavor. I want a slice! Have a great day.
Oooooh! That’s gorgeous! I’d LOVE to start a marriage to with a huge, lip smacking bite of this baby :) Buzzed!
This looks delicious, elegant and perfect for a bridal shower.
Thank you so much friends, I love this cake, would love a slice right now with my coffee!
Love the flavor combination and your presentation. Congratulations Nelly!
beautiful marbled cake. i seriously love your bundt cakes! :) if only mine would come out looking similar…
What a gorgeous post – there’s nothing better than a cake with love baked into it :-) Would love a slice of this now – chocolate, walnut and coffee are such gorgeous complimentary flavours.
What a gorgeous cake! As far as I’m concerned, this gets pride of place in the center of the table at the shower!!
Dark cocoa and vanilla certainly is a match made in heaven! Congratulations Nelly!
Beautiful! The flowers are a gorgeous touch.
Sanjeeta was wonderful to organize this for Nelly. Congratulations to Nelly and Murray…how exciting for them. Your bundt looks beautiful as always, great treat to bring to the virtual shower.
This is so super special. Nelly many congratulations, Jonathan and I been married now 25 years in 2012 and have a great 19 year old kid. I know you are off to a good start and so happy to be celebrating with you your nuptuals.
An and Annapet you gals are friends anyone wishes to have. Love you both very much! ah and yeah forgot to mention the red gerbera was part of S’s Bar Mitzvah table center pieces:). The cake looks delicious as always!
Your bundt looks delicious and so pretty with the flowers!
What a beautiful cake! I need to get a Bundt pan. I keep telling my Husband I want one, and he keeps saying we have one, he gets them mixed up with angel food cake pans. For my birthday a few years ago he made me an angel food cake, not know I already own an angel foodcake pan, he bought a new one, not realizing he grabbed a stack of the bottom part of the pan, they were stuck by a sticker, and the lady at the register didn’t notice, so needless to say I have about 7 bottoms to an angel foodcake pan and two tops. lol I think I’ll invest in a Bundt pan this weekend! Your cake is to die for!
Mmmm. Mocha. That looks yummy! I really need to get myself a bundt pan like that. It looks lovely.
Marble cake was always what I asked to get for my birthday cake as a child :) These days, I’d love the mocha in this recipe, too, lovely!
Hi An-Love your bundt and lovely flowers! Nothing beats a bundt:)So much fun to do this for Nelly:) xo
Oooo, what a beautiful bundt for our beautiful Nelly! Love your addition of espresso powder, too. YUMMILICIOUS!
Congratulations to Nelly, and what a wonderful cake!! Love the flavors you have in this one… my family would love me for sure if they came home to a nice slice of this cake!
Awesome bundt cake and congrats to Nelly!!
This is so pretty. I love marbled cakes. Congrats to Nelly, what a great surprise for her!
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An, thank you so much for the late night exchanges! Your cake is so good it gets eaten before the photo shoot and you had to make another one in a jiffy. I cannot pull it off just like that.
BTW, we are sitting next to the Voltaggio Brothers (Nelly’s wedding reception), and no bickering who gets who ;-).
What a pretty cake! I’d love a slice of it!
What a delicious bundt cake, An! I love these flavors! I must try this recipe…mocha ia never easy to figure out. I think you have it pefect here. Thanks for sharing.
This virtual bridal shower is a great idea. The lucky bride gets to drool at all the cakes without gaining a single pound! Lol, you are wonderful friends and the bundt cake looks beautiful with the red flowers.
What a fun idea to celebrate an upcoming marriage. Your cake sounds amazing…and I know Nelly would love a slice as much as I would!
That’s a beautiful cake!
The cake looks delicious and that was such a nice thing to do!
Beautiful, beautiful cake for a lovely occasion!
What a great cake for a party! Beautiful pictures!
Delicious! Flavours than have won my heart A. What a beautiful post for sweet Nelly. The showers been a lot of fun!
What a gorgeous bundt cake and an even better tribute to Nelly & Brian’s big day.
What a gorgeous bundt, An! And I love your styling with those beautiful Gerberas!
Marble cake is a perfect symbol of marriage, you know, vanilla plus chocolate just in one.
A wonderful bundt cake. Love the flavors!! thank you for sharing!!
I love marbled cakes as well! I really liked the recipe and the way you presented it. Lovely pictures!
I love how you added the flowers–so beautiful! And the cake sounds fantastic too!
This cake is so incredibly beautiful! I love the marbling, it makes it seem more special!
yummmmm! that looks just ideal!! i am soooo making that :) thanks for the great recipe :)