Don’t you love when you have low or no expectations and then something just completely blows you away?  It’s so much better than when your expectations are too high and lead you to be let down and disappointed.  I often have much too high of expectations for movies, for example.  I hear from everyone how great a movie is and it gets all built up in my mind and then I leave the theater thinking “What did I miss?”

I had no expectations for this cake.  To be honest, I was just looking for one more recipe from Baked to make before reviewing the cookbook.  I was intrigued by the addition of root beer to both the cake and the frosting but having nothing to compare it to, I didn’t have it on a pedestal with high hopes.  This was one of those amazing times when my expectations were completely blown out of the water and far surpassed!  What a  pleasant surprise!

This is one of the most dense and moist chocolate cakes I have ever tasted.  And the thick, fudgy frosting completely puts it over the top into chocolate-lovers’ heaven.

Another great thing about this cake is how easy it is to throw together.  Perfect for a last minute dessert to bring to a dinner party or make any weeknight meal a little more special.

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*Note:  I found it easiest to heat the frosting for 15-20 seconds before spreading onto cake.

for the cake, in a small saucepan, combine root beer, cocoa powder and butter and heat until butter is melted

add sugars and whisk to dissolve

pour into a large bowl to cool; once cool, whisk in eggs, then fold in dry ingrediets

pour into prepared pan

cool completely before removing from pan and frosting

for the frosting, combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth

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13 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Julie @ Table for Two
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Gorgeous cake! You must’ve greased the bundt pan super well for it to come out so perfectly!

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 11, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

      Thanks Julie! I sprayed it very liberally with cooking spray and it worked like a charm!

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  2. Cassie
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I love it when you don’t expect much and then get blown away. That actually happened to me yesterday. And I love this cake, it’s gorgeous. Sounds so good too!

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  3. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    OMG. This looks completely dangerous!

    I’ve got a Cocktail Contest going on right now–Come over and link up your favorite beverages!!

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks, I entered your cocktail contest!

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  4. Luv What You Do
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I love an excuse to use my bunt pan and my mouth is watering while eat my boring breakfast because it is craving that fudgy frosting!

    You made a beautiful cake!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:28 am

      Thank you Jennifer! The fudge frosting was pretty amazing! Have a great day!

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  5. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures Merc!!
    So does it taste at all like Root Beer?

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 12, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      Thanks Em! I guess I didn’t even mention that no, the cake does not taste like root beer, I think it just enhances the deep chocolate flavor!

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  6. Karen
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Can I bake it in a 9×13 pan instead? I don’t own a Bundt pan.

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 12, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

      Absolutely! I would still grease your pan and check the cake with a toothpick starting at 25-30 minutes so it doesn’t over bake! Have fun, I hope you like it!

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  7. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Gorgeous bundt! I don’t like root beer so I’m glad it doesn’t taste like root beer – anything that enhances the chocolate is a good thing! 🙂

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    • Mercedes
      Apr 13, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      I promise, it does not take at all like root beer! Just decadent chocolate!

      Reply

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