TwD: Baking Crème Bruleed Chocolate Bundt Cake with Dorie


This week’s assignment, crème brulee chocolate bundt cake, turned out to be a huge hit at my office Valentine’s Day potluck last week. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with my plated “sample”. But, needless to say, the most fascinating aspect of the cake’s assembly was the use of my kitchen blowtorch that I brought from home.

Because Dorie indicated that the cake be served immediately once assembled, I had to set up everything separately because my colleagues were going to eat the potluck main dishes first. This meant I had to cute a slice of bundt cake, spoon on the crème brulee cream, sprinkle the sugar, torch the sugar, and garnish with fresh rapsberries every time someone was ready for dessert. But, it was worth it because everyone enjoyed the “presentation” when I was done. (Btw, I thought it best to skip the Chambord on the raspberries since I was serving this dessert during work hours). The nicest compliment I got all day was that this cake was “to die for”. That’s some serious cake love!

As for the preparation of the cake and the sauce, both parts were fairly straightforward. However, I did have to bake my cake an extra 10 minutes because the cake was still liquidy when I did the toothpick test. I also appreciated the fact that I could make both parts in advance, seeing as I was covering the Bulls game the night before the potluck and had no time make anything then.

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53 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 06:23:56

    That looks like a very delicious dessert..nice one:)

  2. SandraM
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 06:32:01

    Wow! Looks and sounds fantastic. I haven’t been baking much lately…but this makes me want to!

  3. Diva Loves Dogs
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 07:18:16

    Umm…yeah..I’d be showing you some CAKE LOVE too!! 😄 what an awesome chocolate delight! #killercake #cakelove

  4. Diva Loves Dogs
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 07:20:59

    Umm…yeah..I would show you some serious CAKE LOVE too!!😄
    #killercake #cakelove

  5. chef mimi
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 07:34:49

    I’m not much of a baker, aside from yeasted breads, so this is really really impressive to me!

  6. Three Well Beings
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:06:44

    I wish someone at my workplace would bring in such a gorgeous cake–the chocolate just leaps from your photo. Yum!

  7. cecilia
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 11:25:56

    Tasty and a Blow Torch! Sounds perfect.. c

  8. alisahuntsman
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 20:04:48

    the baking time did seem longer than the recipe stated; even with just half the recipe, I had to bake it for 40 minutes. I skipped the berries and custard and just served it with a drunken caramel sauce.

  9. I Wilkerson
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 21:30:01

    That certainly looks rich and chocolately!

  10. hotlyspiced
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 21:49:35

    I do love wielding a blow torch. That’s a fantastic looking dessert xx

  11. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 00:00:12

    I so want to try a slice of this – it looks scrummy 🙂

  12. gigipoo
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 03:31:16

    Wow! You bruleed at work with a torch! You rock! And your “sample” looks gorgeous— looks like it looked lovely on the plate you used too!

  13. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 04:21:56

    I think I’m going to have to make up this recipe! It looks amazing!!!

  14. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 05:58:55

    Oh my, I agree with the ‘to die for’ description. It looks fantastic.

  15. Bam's Kitchen
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 06:42:37

    Every woman needs a blow torch in her tool box! My goodness this chocolate cake looks delicious and so moist!!!

  16. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 06:45:57

    i didn;t know there was such a thing as baked creme bruleed chocolate cake. WOW, it is a mouthful to say and it looks like the perfect bite! So flavorful and moist. It looks delicious

  17. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 07:10:12

    I want to work in your office so I can partake in your potlucks! I’d skip right to the dessert!

  18. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 09:11:20

    OMG! So want this!!

  19. Geraldine Saucier
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 09:24:32

    Wow. You did a terrific job. This cake looks delicious. I wish I worked in your office so I could have a piece:)

  20. saffronandhoney
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 09:46:09

    So decadent and delicious!

  21. steph (whisk/spoon)
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 10:49:31

    looks great– and how nice of you to torch the cake to order for you coworkers! 🙂

  22. Juliana
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 11:52:25

    Really? Chocolate cake and creme brulee? How can I resist? Looks delicious and so pretty!
    Hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  23. milkandbun
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 12:58:30

    Wow! It looks so moist and yummy! 🙂

  24. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 13:46:32

    This looks so tasty and absolutely stunning! What a great dessert 🙂

  25. greyhousejournal
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 13:55:29

    OM, just shoot me now. Soon good!!!

  26. The Squishy Monster
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 16:48:45

    This is definitely the best of both worlds. It looks and sounds fantastic!

  27. Balvinder
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 19:34:27

    The title itself is making me drool. I have never seen one of my favorite dessert creme brule combined with chocolate bundt cake. Brilliant!

  28. Jessica
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 20:15:24

    This looks absolutely delicious! I think we would eat the whole cake in one day!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  29. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 22:54:51

    You did this at work? Wow!! I’m so impressed! I wanted to make this cake, but there are only two of us, so I skipped it because of the “serve immediately” instruction! I’d be so nervous to do the torch thing at work. You are amazing. I am not worthy!

  30. Fae's Twist & Tango
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 01:25:10

    Wow, this chocolate bundt cake is amazingly gorgeous!

  31. markd60
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:54:31

    Looks so good it must be illegal!

  32. Anita Menon
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 13:00:28

    It looks luscious! Would love to have a taste

  33. Monica
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 19:42:11

    What an interesting dessert! Your colleagues were very lucky!

  34. Adri Barr Crocetti
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 08:26:34

    Cake Love! Oh my, but this is divine. I have Dorie’s book, and I MUST make this. I bet you were the hit of the office with this one. And what drama at work – a blow torch! I applaud your adventurous nature!

  35. melolimparfaite
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 09:01:09

    My boyfriend would melt for that one !

  36. Mary Frances
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 10:18:17

    What beautiful vibrant colors! Looks delicious!

  37. Natalie
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:43:14

    Yum yum such a decadent cake!

  38. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 14:52:23

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more moist cake than that. I’m drooling right now.

  39. Louise
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 19:58:44

    I sure wish I worked at your place, yummy! “To Die for” describes this bundt perfectly. Your presentation must have been pretty amazing!

    Thanks for sharing…

  40. Lily Lau
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 07:17:45

    Looks so tasty I’m needing it right now…

  41. Karen
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 10:12:48

    I’m sure your officemates really appreciated how special you made their dessert.

  42. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 22:42:29

    How fun for your co-workers! You are amazing. Your cake looks heavenly!

  43. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 03:06:15

    Damn delicious cake!!!

  44. Cakelaw
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 05:19:11

    What a beautiful looking cake – so moist and rich.

  45. jora
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 13:23:21

    I wish you were my co-worker! This looks delicious. And what dedication to plate each slice individually.

  46. Raymund
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 13:26:57

    Where is your office 🙂
    I wanna go there when you have potlucks

  47. Sally Sellwood (@Recipejunkie27)
    Feb 23, 2015 @ 04:12:50

    That sounds like a pretty amazing cake to me

  48. Andi
    Feb 23, 2015 @ 07:01:00

    Looks beautiful and sounds like you did a great job. Andi

  49. Zoe (@bake4happykids)
    Feb 23, 2015 @ 16:49:17

    This is ultimately awesome!

  50. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 04:19:44

    What an impressive dessert for the potluck especially as you had to plate it on the spot

  51. The Zen Kat
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 15:38:43

    This looks mouth wateringly delicious!

  52. Abbe @ This is How I Cook
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 22:31:37

    This looks worthy of fasting for a week! Totally outstanding~

  53. Kristi @ MySFKitchen
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 00:20:14

    MMMM so moist and delicious!

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