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The Secret to a Show-Stopping Valentine’s Day Dessert: Try This Technique to Create a Chocolate-Coated Bundt® Cake!

Imagine this, you just baked an incredible Bundt cake, fresh out of the oven, for a Valentine’s Day dessert or even just a dinner with friends. As you let the cake cool on a cooling rack, you think, should I serve as is? Add a glaze or powdered sugar? Add decorations of any kind? Now, the BEST part about Nordic Ware Bundt pans are the detail of the pans- decorations are not needed! But adding a fun flavor in a glaze or beautiful dusting of powdered sugar adds a little something extra. Recently, we tested out another technique that can be added to a Bundt cake or loaf cake with intricate details you want to highlight. It involves chocolate and the results are incredible!

How to Make a Chocolate Coated (or Dipped!) Bundt® Cake

We were inspired by this chocolate method on social, like this adorable Snowman Loaf Pan example. We had to try this out with one of our stunning floral designs with Valentine’s Day around the corner.  The results were truly stunning using our 6 Cup Floral Heart Bundt Pan, as the pink chocolate highlighted the beautiful flowers on top of this heart shape Bundt!Floral Heart Whitesweep Outside of pan

To create this, we used white chocolate with added food coloring and coconut oil to make a beautiful pink hue and baked our Vanilla Bean Pound cake recipe. Once the cake fully cools, you add the melted white chocolate mixture to the bottom of the pan, place the cake back into the pan and freeze! After the chocolate sets and freezes, you simply unmold the cake again revealing a perfect hard chocolate layer molded into the cake design.

It is a really fun and unique way to serve or gift a Bundt cake. It can also be applied to any of our Bundt pans, detailed loaf cakes or any of our cakelet pans. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate could also be used if desired. Note, the amount of chocolate does depend on the size pan used. Follow the full recipe and steps below using our 6 Cup Floral Heart Bundt Pan or watch our how to video here!

Vanilla Bean Floral Heart Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Coating

6 Cup Bundt Cake: use this recipe or another recipe of choice!

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt

Chocolate Coating:

  • 1 ½-2 cups white chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli)
  • 1-2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring


Bundt Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare pan with baking spray and use a pastry brush to evenly coat the details of the pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar. Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated. Add vanilla, flour mixture and yogurt. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared 6 Cup Bundt filling only 3/4 full. There could be a small amount of batter left over. Tap gently on counter to release air bubbles.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cake cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
  • Let cake cool completely and thoroughly clean Bundt pan.

How to make Chocolate Coating:

  • In a microwave-safe-bowl, melt white chocolate chips with coconut oil. Amount of chocolate is based on how much of the design you want covered.
  • Add about 2 drops red food coloring (or more until you reach the pink color desired) and mix until smooth. Be sure not to wait too long in case it starts to harden. Should be easily pourable.
  • Pour white chocolate into the bottom of Floral Heart Bundt Pan. Tilt pan so it goes up the sides of the design as desired or quickly use a brush.
  • Take cooled cake and place back into the pan. Freeze for about 30 minutes so the chocolate can freeze and set around the design of the pan.
  • Invert onto a serving plate. It should pop right out! Let cake come to room temp when ready to serve.
  • A great gift and treat for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day!

*A few other sources have suggested placing the clean pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before adding white chocolate. If you do this, be sure to act quickly when pouring chocolate and placing cake back in pan as the chocolate will harden faster.

We love this option for a great way to add a chocolate coating to your cakes and also highlights the design in an incredible way! Be sure to add this option next time you are debating how to decorate or serve your next Bundt cake. It will wow your family and friends!