I believe in guardian angels and have known many in my life. In fact, one of those guardian angels brought me a slice of the most delicious moist chocolate bundt cake last night when she dropped off my girls. Let me back up here and explain. I believe that the big guy upstairs has a lot on his plate, and one of the ways he gets everything done is by utilizing those around us to complete some of the work. I’ve had so many experiences in my life where things done for me by another who just “happened” to be in the right place, at the right time, that were nothing short of miraculous.
Yesterday I had one of those days. On Monday I had a minor surgical procedure done on my vocal cords (if you’re not familiar with my situation, I’ve been without a voice since the beginning of September after a tonsillectomy), as the next step in my course of treatment with my doctor to attempt to restore my voice. The procedure ended being a lot more involved than I had expected, and I came home that evening not feeling very good and with an order from my doctor for 24 hours of complete vocal rest. Ummmm, hello? I have 2 extremely active little girls that are at home with me all day every day! No voice + mommyhood ≠ a workable home situation Two amazing women recognized the situation for what it was and took charge. They each took my girls for part of the day yesterday, giving them all the talking and trampoline time that little girls need for a healthy productive day. Last night one of them brought my girls home, along with a slice of glorious chocolate bundt cake. I looked for a picture of her this morning, but the only one I could find was of her at a baby shower that I recently held at my house.
She’ll probably kill me for posting this, but even as she’s sitting eating in this picture, can’t you see her halo and wings? This morning when I got up, my throat still aching and sore, I looked at that slice of cake and it was calling to me saying “Eat Me!” So I did. Yep, that’s right. I had a slice of chocolate cake for breakfast and I’m proud of it. And you know what? It was just what I needed. Not only was it flat out delicious, but it was so moist that it slid down my throat without causing extra pain. That slice of cake was pure breakfast comfort at a time when I really needed it. It may sound like a small thing, but so often in life it’s the small things that can matter a lot. Luckily my angelic friend was sweet enough to share the recipe so I can now share it with you. Chocolate Bundt Cake just sounded way too normal, so I’ve given this recipe a name that is a bit more accurate: Guardian Angel Chocolate Bundt Cake with Creamy Chocolate Glaze. Oh, and when you make this cake? Make sure you take at least one slice to someone who comes to mind—you never know what it may mean to them.
Guardian Angel Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Glaze
Makes 1 bundt cake (about 16 servings)
For the chocolate cake:
1 box butter cake mix
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant chocolate pudding mix (dry)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
For the chocolate glaze:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter
2 to 3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a bundt pan.
2. Mix together the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, eggs, and sugar in a large mixing bowl until just combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Pour the batter into the greased bundt pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Bake the cake for 50 to 60 minutes (if using a stoneware bundt pan, cook the cake for 60 to 70 minutes), or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes, then invert the pan, and gently slide the cake out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
4. When the cake is cool make the glaze. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar alternately with the water until you reach your desired consistency. Stir in the vanilla, then pour the glaze over the cake.
* THIS CAKE TASTES EVEN BETTER ON SECOND DAY!!