I absolutely love when my adult children come home. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen as often as I would like. Of course they are busy and have lives of their own. However, when they do come home I am always thrilled. Daughter Number Two joined us at home this past week and we celebrated her birthday. I chose to make one of her favorite cakes; Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake.
My memory doesn’t serve me as well as it used to. I cannot remember the first time we ate Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake. It was probably in the early 2000’s. One of my sisters-in-law served it at a family get together. D2 fell instantly in love.
Over the years Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake made appearances at many more family gatherings. Every time people gushed.
For D2’s 18th birthday she specifically requested Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake. While I have made almost every birthday cake for my children throughout their lives I did not make that one. I reached out to my SIL and asked if she would make it. She did not hesitate.
So, when D2 let us know that she would be home to watch D4 play softball I asked if we could celebrate her birthday. Although it would be a little early she agreed. Right then I asked what kind of a cake she wanted me to make. She said that any cake I made would make her happy. Again, she doesn’t get the chance to come home often and eat mom’s homemade cooking. I decided I would make Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake.
As often as I have eaten it I have never once made Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake. I got ahold of my SIL and asked her if she would mind giving me the recipe. She said that she was 30 minutes away from leaving town for vacation but she would get it to me. That speaks to the very heart of my SIL. I texted her to tell her not to worry, but as I was driving down the street (she and my brother live 2 blocks from my house) she stepped out holding a piece of paper; the recipe.
The smile on my daughter’s face when she saw Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake was worth it. She really loves this cake. I hoped that this cake would be as good as she remembered, especially because I had never made it.
After eating a birthday celebration meal of Tacos de Papa, D2’s new favorite as well as mine, we sang Happy Birthday. D2 got the first piece of Brooke’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake. It was good. Everyone in the house liked it. I saved one piece to share with my mother the next day, but sent the uneaten portion of the cake home with D2.
It is moments like this that truly fill my heart and soul. Spending time with family is so wonderful and I cherish the time with oldest 2 daughters so much now. Also, sharing food makes me truly happy. My SIL sharing her recipe with me so that I could make it for D2 was an act of love. My making this cake was an act of love. Food is my passion and definitely one of my love languages. The fullness I feel from sharing food and stories goes beyond the fullness I feel from merely eating food.
Truly, my heart and soul are full right now.
Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake
- 6 ounces chocolate (chopped into chunks (milk, semi-sweet, or dark))
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix (3.4 oz)
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray inside of Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Dust with flour; shake out excess.
- In a large bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl.
- Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Fold in chocolate chunks.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes or until golden and top springs back when touched gently.
- Remove pan to wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
- Run long knife along edge of cake and invert onto rack to cool completely.
- Place cake on serving platter.
- Sprinkle top of cake with confectioners sugar.