Love and Confections: Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

January 15, 2015

Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

In my Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake, moist and rich chocolate combines with sweet coconut that is reminiscent of a popular candy bar.

Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

 I am hosting this month's Bundt Bakers. Coconut and I have a love-hate relationship. I have always been back and forth on coconut. Sometimes I will eat it when it's fried on shrimp, sometimes not. So why choose coconut for the theme? Because there are so many ways to use it: shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut sugar, coconut oil.

Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

Even though I don't like it all the time, I have very fond memories with coconut. One of my first experiences I remember with coconut was at our house in Miami. We had some coconut palms and whenever one fell, my Dad would let us try and crack it open. Some of you might know how hard that can be, but a determined 10-year-old and her 6-year-old little sister thought they were no match for the coconuts. We would bang them and drop them on the driveway for hours - now that I think about it, he might have given it to preoccupy us at the time - makes sense now. Anyway, we would try and try and he eventually ended up cracking it open for us.

Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

We jumped with excitement as the shell cracked and little by little the coconut water started to leak out and the white flesh appeared. We tried some coconut because we had worked our little hearts out to break the thing open, but didn't like it too much. Even now I sometimes like them prepared in certain ways and sometimes not, but either way, coconuts give me some great memories of my childhood at home or the beach, trying to break them open with my little Sister and Dad. It's funny how food can do that. We associate so many memories with food.

Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

I hope you enjoy this cake. I made it for my Dad. It is a very easy, one-bowl recipe - if you're not using the coconut streusel, but you really should. No coconuts were harmed in the making of this cake. ;-)

Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake
Adapted from
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Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake Ingredients:
- 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder, sifted
- 2 & 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoon Espresso Powder
- 1 &1/2 cups warm Water
- 3 large Eggs
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 & 1/4 cups Vegetable Oil

Optional Streusel Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
- 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350F and generously grease a bundt pan with baking spray.
2. In the bowl of your stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer, mix all the cake ingredients on medium speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides as necessary.
3. Make the Streusel by mixing together the Coconut, Brown Sugar and Cocoa Powder in a small bowl with a spoon.
4. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the bundt pan, sprinkle the streusel over that, then cover with the rest of the batter.
5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let it cool a minimum 15 minutes in the pan before trying to turn out onto a cake plate. Garnish with Chocolate Ganache and Shredded Coconut. Enjoy!

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:
- 2 ounces Heavy Cream
- 4 ounces Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- Shredded Coconut (optional garnish)
- Chocolate Sprinkles (optional garnish)

Chocolate Ganache Directions:
1. In a small pot, heat the Heavy Cream just until hot and tiny bubble begin to appear. You don't want to boil it and please don't ever leave when heavy cream is on the stove as it can boil over and create a mess in seconds.
2. Have the chopped Chocolate in a small bowl and pour the Heavy Cream over it. Let it sit for 5 minutes before touching it. After 5 minutes, whisk to create a creamy ganache.
3. Place chocolate in a piping bag and pipe onto the top of the cake. Garnish with shredded Coconut and Chocolate Sprinkles

Until next time,

Here are today's Coconut themed Bundt Bakers:
Almond Joy Bundtlettes from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Candy Bar Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake from Love and Confections
Chocolate Italian Cake from Magnolia Days
Coconut & Banana Bundt Cake from Just One Bite Baking
Coconut Banana Bundt Cake from Basic N Delicious
Coconut Carrot Bundt Cake from Media Racion Doble, Por Favor
Coconut Cream Bundt Cake from Adventures in All Things Food
Coconut Hummingbird Bundt Cake from Patty's Cake
Coconut Milk Bundt Cake from I Love Bundt Cakes
Coconut Milk Bundt Cake from Un Mordisco Un Pecado
Coconut Oil Pound Cake from The Spiced Life
Coconut Sugar Banana Cake from A Kingdom for a Cake
Cranberry and Coconut Bundt Cake from La Cocina de Aisha
Cranberry, Orange and Coconut Bundt Cake from Kids & Chic
German Chocolate Bundt Cake from The Freshman Cook
Glazed Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake from Food Lust People Love
Gluten-free Coconut Orange Bundt Cake with Coconut Whipped Cream from Cassie's Kitchen
Gizzada Mini Bundts from Passion Kneaded
Key Lime and Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake from Eat, Drink and Be Mighty
Key Lime Coconut Cream Bundt from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Mini Samoa Bundt Cakes from Making Miracles
Orange & Coconut Bundt Cake from Living the Gourmet
Oreo Coconut Bundt Cake from Indian Curries/Stew
Pina Colada Bundt Cake from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Rhubarb n Rose Coconut Frosted Bundt Cake from Baking in Pyjamas
Rum Bundt Cake with Coconut and Lime from Bourbon and Brown Sugar
Toasted Coconut and Sweet Potato Bundt from Tea and Scones
Toasted Coconut Lime Bundt Cake with Chili Lime Glaze from Brooklyn Homemaker

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

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  1. My dad would have loved this cake too (coconut was his favorite). Thanks so much for hosting this month.

  2. That is one seriously beautiful cake! I looks so moist too- I just want to dive in!

  3. Thank you for sharing your memories...I can recall my dad and sisters trying to crack one open with a hammer...

    1. It's definitely a task to try and get one open.

  4. I bet the use of espresso powder made your chocolate cake fantastic. Your cake is beautiful.
    I also took inspiration from the Almond Joy. :)

    1. I thought mounds would be the perfect candy bar inspiration, since I didn't want to add almond flour to this cake. Great minds think alike!

  5. You crack me up, Terri! I am pretty sure your dad knew what he was doing. :) What a beautiful cake! You cannot beat the combo of coconut and chocolate. Thank you so much for hosting this great theme!

  6. What a scrumptious looking bundt! I'm the same as you, I can take or leave coconut, for this cake I'd definitely take a slice or two!

    1. Thank you! It honestly depends on the dish whether I will eat it or not.

  7. Thank you for hosting this month! Your cake looks absolutely delicious. Coconut and Chocolate is one of the best flavor combinations!

  8. Chocolate & coconut... delicious!!!
    Thanks so much for hosting the challenge.

  9. Mmm... everything about that just looks Yumm!

  10. I am so glad you added that little disclosure. Now I won't have to lose sleep worrying about all those poor coconuts LOL. Thanks for hosting this month Terri.

  11. Your cake is beautiful, and I bet the espresso powder takes it up a notch!

    1. The espresso really brings out the chocolate flavor!

  12. I looked at quite a few of these recipes and keep away thinking this was a winner here. I loved that you made it for your Dad. You did a # 1 job on the visual with the careful frosting----or it looks like careful. Waaaay better than what I would have produced.

    1. Thanks Carol! The frosting was super easy to do, ganache in a pastry bag or ziploc and pipe it back and forth. Nothing too precise, it kind of falls where it wants to. :-)

  13. I have cut open several coconuts as we had a few trees in my backyard. I even have a scar on my finger from a machete that "missed". This cake just looks AMAZING. Moist. Goodness. I'm drooling.

  14. What a gorgeous, chocolate-y bundt! And I am amused you chose coconut despite having a love/hate relationship with it! My dad would love that cake too. Thanks for hosting!

    1. It truly is a love/hate relationship - always depends on the dish whether or not I will eat coconut.

  15. Wow, simply wow... Now, I started craving for this delicious combination..

  16. Such a beautiful, decadent bundt! I would love to try this. xo, Catherine

    1. Thank you! I hope that you do. It is delicious!

  17. Thank you for your hosting!! Your bundt looks delicious!!! Yummy, yummy!!

  18. This is a super gorgeous cake!

  19. Lovely bundt!!! Must to be delicious!!!

  20. We would love it for sure, coconut is one of our favourite ingredients!!! Looks great!!!