Recipe: Best Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Sauce

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

I’ve been making this chocolate bundt cake for almost 2 years now. Apologies in advance for not sharing the recipe!

Like my favourite cookie of all time, the chocolate chip cookie, the chocolate bundt cake is a similarly elusive recipe. Many bloggers claim to have the best chocolate bundt cake recipe out there, and I have to admit, I’ve tried many of them. I was on the hunt for a chocolate cake of my dreams, one that was rich and moist and decadent, without all the extra work and fancy ingredients.

I grew up on a healthy diet of Betty Crocker box mix cakes. That’s what my mom used to make for us every few weeks and my brothers and I would gobble it up. The chocolate cake was moist and fudgy. It came together in minutes, because all you needed was oil, eggs, and water or milk. When I started baking, I started with cake mixes because they were so easy. There was no way to mess them up.

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

I tried lots of recipes online before finally finding this one. Most chocolate cake recipes that I’ve tried call for hot coffee or espresso to amp up the chocolate flavour, or at least boiling water. But many of those cakes tasted flat and uninteresting. Some were easy in their process, but were dry and didn’t have enough chocolate flavour. This cake is anything but. Deliciously moist, fudgy in flavour, this chocolate bundt cake is a winner!

When I finally stumbled upon this recipe, it seemed too good to be true. It comes together in one bowl, without a mixer, and does have eggs or milk or any other dairy products. It’s vegan! I’m not vegan but l love the flavour this cake has even without the dairy products. It’s perfectly soft and bakes a beautiful crumb.

Best Chocolate Bundt Cake

But before I get too carried away with the chocolate bundt cake, we need to talk about the chocolate sauce. You CANNOT make this cake without the sauce. It would be a crime. It’s honestly the best part of the cake, and takes the recipe from good to amazing. The sauce is rich and velvety, everything a good chocolate sauce should be. I always make extra, because my husband always wants extra sauce with his cake. It’s more like he has cake with his sauce, instead of the other way around.

This chocolate bundt cake is my new version of the classic Betty Crocker cake mix. It’s so easy and simple to make! What I love is that there are no fancy ingredients or even extra steps. This is your lazy-girl cake, perfect for a rainy afternoon when you want something easy and chocolatey, without having to do extra work. Let’s get to the recipe!

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Binging on Books

This past weekend I made a trip to Chapters aka my happy place! Chapters has always been one of my favourite places, and after working there and making great friends for life, it’s even more dear to me.

It had been awhile since I had been, and of course the displays were a feast for the eyes! I have way more notebooks than I will ever use, but I was drooling over the current collection. And that’s nothing to say of the agendas, pens, cute desk accessories, and cookware.

But I tore myself away from the other things and made my way to the back of the store, where my favourite section was, the teen section. Being among the books brought back so many happy memories, memories from when I was working at Chapters and memories even from before.

Before I got into social media (or rather Goodreads), the way I discovered a new book was finding it on the shelf. I would spend an afternoon in the store with my mom, my wallet stuffed with that year’s Eid money, and I would scan the shelves, reading the back of books as I made my picks. After I discovered Goodreads, I would spend hours clicking through books and adding them to my to-be-read list. There are so many books on there, most of which I’ve forgotten about.

But this last weekend, I let myself wander the store, the way I used to, without my phone in my hand (except to take the above picture of course! LOL). I saw books on the shelves whose covers called out to me and I stood there and read the backs of the covers, before deciding whether I wanted to buy them or not. I let myself get lost in the descriptions, enjoying the feeling of the heaviness of the pages in my hand, as the scent of coffee and sugar wafted by from the nearby Starbucks and the din of other customers around me melted away. It was pure happiness.

My original pile was a lot larger than the one I ended up getting. Two of the books were ones that I had purposely gone in to get, while two were ones that I discovered in my walk around the store. And the other two items were baubles I couldn’t resist.

I’ve currently been in the mood to reread old books and finish series that I abandoned. One of these is the Red Rising series. I absolutely loved the first in the series, and raved about it both here on the blog and in the store to anyone who would listen while I worked there. It was my staff pick at the time, an I fell head over heels in love with it. My brother bought the second one for me ages ago and I started to read it but didn’t really get into it at the time. The fourth just came out recently and the series popped back up on my radar.

I just finished devouring Red Rising and have started the second in the series, Golden Son. Morning Star is the third one in the series, which is the one I wanted to have at the ready for when I finish Golden Son. So far, I’m not loving it as much as I did the first, but Red Rising was also a bit slow in the beginning before it picked up, so I’m hoping this is the same!

The other book is Immortal Reign, the last in the Falling Kingdom series. I read the whole series again back in December, and was salivating over the release of the last book in the series, especially with the cliffhanger in the fifth book. But given my current binge of the Red Rising series, I might not get to this for awhile! And since it’s the absolute last in the series, I might save it just a little longer.

The other two books are ones I found during my meander around the store. Both are fantasy, and are the beginning of new series. I was also torn between Sophie Kinsella’s latest Surprise Me and another teen fantasy novel. But they’ll have to wait for another day!

I wish I could say this will be my last book haul for awhile, but there are lots more books that I left behind and that I have my eye on!

After the Red Rising and the Falling Kingdom series, other books I want to continue the series for are Seraphina, Me Before You, Cinder, and Scarlet. I loved the first books in each series and want to finish them up.

What are you reading right now?

Thanks for reading,

Ikhlas

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Days and years

They say the days are long but the years are short.

I haven’t yet reached the years but each day is a mountain to be climbed, a challenge to be conquered. Looking back, these past nine months are one long, endless day that blends seamlessly into the next. There is no beginning and there is no end. Each day is a race, the minutes and hours drag me along with them at supersonic speed, while I hang on for dear life, barely getting by.

They say the days are long but the years are short.

The days are long, but the nights are even longer. The minute the sun sets, there’s a flurry of activity to finish the day, to have some semblance of end, some semblance of rest. But the day does not end, the night brings no news of rest. It is a battle of sleep, just a little more sleep, a war that I wage with my tiny dragon, before the sun begins it’s ascent into the sky. Meanwhile, the clock ticks perilously as the end nears and another day begins.

They say the days are long but the years are short.

Time is both fast and slow. My past is so distant it could have belonged to someone else. Life is simply divided into two: before and after. Before was simple, uncomplicated, and easy. After is a bubble in which I am only a mother, nothing more. Breaking free is not impossible but so difficult that I have given up. Balance is unachievable. Life outside the bubble continues on and I watch it with a mixture of longing and curiosity. It is so far from my reality.

The days are long but the years are short.

Each day ends with a prayer that tomorrow is a better one, that these difficult days become easier years.

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Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

Confession time: I have a terrible memory.

This is why when I was in school, I wasn’t so good at subjects where you had to memorize formulas and theories (aka math and science). My brain felt like it had too many holes in it to keep the information. This is why I sucked at learning my times tables as a kid, and still struggle with remembering them to this day!

As a baker, I’m no better. I don’t remember the exact measurements of recipes. And because baking is so precise, you can’t exactly wing it, like you do with cooking (or I do). A quarter teaspoon of extra salt isn’t exactly going to kill you in a chicken dish, but it could mess up your whole cake when you’re baking.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

And this is why I don’t even bother trying to remember recipes. Pinterest is my best friend and I’m able to pull up my favourite recipes in a minute on my phone. I’m so scatter-brained sometimes that I read over one line of instructions several times sometimes before proceeding to follow it, even recipes I’ve made countless times, because I want to make sure I get it right.

I’ve had people watching me ask, “You’ve made this so many times! Shouldn’t you know it by now?” Yes. Yes, I should. But I don’t, and so instead of screwing up a batch of my favourite cookies by adding too much baking soda, I’d prefer to just look at the recipe several times.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

With all that being said, this is not one of those recipes.

Shocking, isn’t it?

I actually don’t know where I got the recipe for this. It was during one of those down the rabbit hole on Pinterest afternoons that I stumbled upon it and made it. When I went back to find the original recipe, I couldn’t, but somehow managed to cobble together the ingredients and instructions and made it again.

This is a recipe that I could probably make with my eyes closed. That’s how many times I’ve made it! This strawberry sauce is my husband’s favourite sauce ever, since it’s the only thing he’ll put on his pancakes.

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

This homemade strawberry sauce tastes amazing on everything. It’s the sauce that accompanies my New York Style Cheesecake, is served on pancakes and French toast, and is drizzled on top of plain pound cake. It also tastes amazing on plain vanilla ice cream, and pretty much everything else! It’s so versatile.

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Recipe: Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whoa, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a recipe! So long that I’ve forgotten how to do it. Do I tell a little story first and then share the recipe or just dive right into the recipe?

I’m just kidding, but it has been awhile! Taking these photos was obviously a mission, especially with a baby! I probably should have tried earlier, when she wasn’t mobile. But now that she can crawl and walk while holding furniture, nothing is safe. Eating my food is a mission. Even if I’ve fed her not only five minutes before, she’ll come scrambling across the carpet to me, her mouth wide open as she stares at me devouring my lunch. So of course I have to share.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I currently don’t have a dining table, only a coffee table, which is of course within easy reach for her. Setting the table for dinner is a hazardous endeavour. Her little hands reach everything so I have to be very careful with hot items so she doesn’t burn herself. My husband and I are constantly shifting things and trying to move dishes out of her reach so much so that the couch ends up becoming the table with all the food we have to store on it during dinner.

Recently I’ve rediscovered my love for her activity bouncer. Before, it was a means of fun and play, now it’s a way to imprison her (if only for a few minutes)! She is so fast now with her crawling that she doesn’t stay put. Before she would stay in the family room, but the little madam has become so adventurous now that if I don’t shut the bedroom doors before I head into the kitchen, I might find her in one of them! So the activity bouncer is my secret weapon for when I absolutely need her to stay in one place and not move, like during mealtimes or when I need to vacuum or during this photoshoot.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day I had a hankering for a crispy and thin cookie. If you’ve been following me on the blog for awhile, you’ll know of my love for the chocolate chip cookie. I’ve gone on and on about it pretty frequently! As I bake up my beloved CCC’s, my go-to recipe used to be these cookies, but then it changed to this recipe (minus the sea salt if I wasn’t in the mood). Basically I got tired of waiting for butter soften and liked how you could just melt the butter. Lately I got so lazy that I don’t even refrigerate the dough LOL. This recipe is still my go-to recipe for thick and soft cookies, so if you’re in the mood for a different cookie, I definitely recommend my Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt.

But like I said, I wanted a thin and crispy cookie. I’ve seen this recipe from Buzzfeed on my Facebook feed a million times and wanted to try something new.

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