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Chocolate Bundt Cakes

A little BTS, a recipe, and some cute pics all in one post!


I first found the recipe to these chocolate bundt cakes back in January, but combined elements from two different recipes and then added a lil ganache to the mix because, well why not.




So here it is - I really hate those super long recipe posts where you have to scroll all the way to the end to see it so I'm starting this post with the recipe, and if you wanna see the BTS stuff, you can keep scrolling? Cool? Okay good.


Also, I'll be posting a story highlight with a step by step on my Instagram showing you how to make these so head over there for that!

Ingredients:


Cakes:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 tsp vanilla


Ganache:

  • 200 g chocolate

  • 2/3 cups cream


Make em:


  • In a saucepan, melt the butter, cocoa and water together on medium heat and set aside to cool

  • Preheat your oven to 175C

  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together

  • Add the salt and vanilla then mix until combined

  • Add the chocolate mixture from the saucepan to the bowl and combine them

  • Add the flour, baking soda and sour cream to the mixture

  • Combine and pour into greased pans about 2/3rds full (i also sifted some cocoa powder onto the greased pans so that they would slide out easier)

  • Bake for 45 mins or until a knife comes out clean when inserted

  • Cool for 10 mins before removing from the pans


Ganache:

  • While your cakes are cooling, melt the chocolate and cream together in a saucepan over medium heat

  • Transfer to jar or container to store


A tip in getting the cakes out of the pan nice and clean is to make sure they don't sit in there too long. The ten minutes should be perfect as long as you greased and floured the pans enough.


Additionally, if you want your bundt cakes to have a straight edge instead of the risen bump that most will have - you can slice the top off while the cake is still in the pan to ensure a straight edge (trust me, I tried a few once I removed them from the pan and it wasn't cute).


Plate and pour the ganache over the cake and serve!


Alright, time for the BTS of these bad boys!


If you've already seen the story with the step by step shots, then these are for you. I've always wanted to try and do an entire recipe shot by shot and this was my chance to do so. I recently nailed an easy overhead setup so I've been able to experiment more with my shot composition instead of worrying about how my tripod is doing and whether or not I can see what I've shot.



So this is the great setup I mentioned earlier - so high tech right. Essentially all three legs of my tripod are at different heights and one of them is actually out further than the other. I then have a grocery bag with oranges as a weight because I haven't purchased sandbags yet. Thats making sure my camera doesn't tip over into the saucepan. I also have my diffuser against the window because there was a little sun coming through and I was on a timeline.


As you can see I have a little pink notebook (which I'll talk more about in a future blog post) that I'm constantly referring too. It has all my shots and I can check them off as I go!



So this is one of the steps further along in the recipe, and as you can see I've tried to clean the bowl up with my paper towel to keep a cleaner look for the photos, but if you've seen the highlights on my Instagram, you know I gave up on that pretty quickly.


I also can't tell you how much my remote shutter gets used in every single one of my shoots. It just makes it SO much easier to get action shots alone, do more with my hands - and move elements in the set without constantly having to go back to the shutter.


Okay lets move on to how I got this shot:


Well here it is:


So got the props out first, I knew I wanted lots of stacking and layering so I made sure to incorporate this wooden box I featured in my last blog post as well as lots of plates! You can also see me faking the stack of those two little measuring cups and the jar that holds our spoons (paper towel / tissue is your friend here).


I shot some with this set up, and then you can see I changed it up and removed the wooden box, and added more plates of cakes for it to look something like this:

Lastly, I really wanted a nice pour shot of the ganache on the cake. Here's how I did that:


So a lot of these pre shot steps aren't in the time lapse but:


  • Make sure your camera settings are right before you do the actual pour!

  • Then do a couple of mock pours to make sure your focus is good, and you're getting the desired amount of hand or jar in your shot.

  • I personally set my camera to continuous and then just reach out and hold down my shutter as I pour, but if you have some help, use it!

And now for our hero pour shot:


So once I was done with that pour shot, I got a few extra images of the cake with the ganache on it, some extra angles and fiddled around with spoons, no spoons, different spoons. I also took a bite out of the cake (perks) and shot some like that. This is what I liked the best:


I really liked the texture, and the realness of the way this ended up turning out - just like someone was eating it, set it down for a quick second and I managed to get a quick shot.


That just about sums up this post! Hope y'all enjoyed this mish mash of a post - I know some of my followers want recipes, some want the BTS content and some just want the pretty pics! So I thought this would be something that included a little bit of everything for everyone.


Until next time friends!

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