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Fudgy Pistachio Bundt Cake

Yield 1 (10") cake
Sour cream and cocoa flavor this moist cake. It boasts a tender crumb, a thick chocolate glaze, and a festive sprinkling of pistachios.


  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachio nuts, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Combine cocoa, coffee, and boiling water in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

  2. Beat 1 1/2 cups butter at medium speed with an electric mixer about 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.

  3. Add sour cream and vanilla to cooled cocoa mixture. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup chocolate morsels. Pour batter into a heavily greased and floured 10" x 3 1/2" (12-cup) Bundt pan. (Pan will be very full.)

  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool on wire rack.

  5. Meanwhile, combine remaining 1 cup chocolate morsels and 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan; cook over low heat until melted. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream. Let glaze stand 45 minutes.

  6. Place cooled cake on rack over wax paper. Pour chocolate glaze over cake; spoon any excess glaze on wax paper over cake. Sprinkle with pistachios.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001