Do you ever think about foods you had when you were a kid? How about foods that are now considered "retro"? This week Sunday Supper is sharing retro food recipes from the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's and I'm the host! I was so excited to see what recipes everyone came up with and also to find the perfect retro recipe myself.
As a side note, I'm also super excited for the Food & Wine Conference coming up in July! It brings together bloggers, small business owners, wine makers, chefs, public relations professionals, brands, and more for three fun filled days in Florida! This year Food and Wine Conference will be held July 17-19 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. Want to join me? Use the code FWC15kingh and receive $50 off your ticket price! www.foodandwineconference.com
But back to the retro recipes. After looking long and hard on many lists, in old cookbooks, and asking other foodies, I came up with the Tunnel of Fudge Cake. Let me give you a little background on this amazing cake. Back in 1966 a woman by the name of Ella Helfrich entered her chocolate cake that made its own fudge center in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Ella won second prize and $5000 for her creation while the first prize winner won $25,000. Days after Ella came in second place people wanted to know where she got the pan to make her cake. While the Bundt pan was invented in the 1950's, it didn't really become popular until the Tunnel of Fudge cake came out at the 1966 Bake-Off.
The funny part about the Pillsbury Bake-Off is that the winner that year entered a yeast snack cake and almost everyone has since forgotten about it. The Tunnel of Fudge Cake has withstood the test of time and is still popular today. In fact, Pillsbury updated the recipe in 2004 because one of the main ingredients, Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix, was no longer being produced. I couldn't wait to get started on this cake. My assistant at school was having a birthday and she loves chocolate so I wanted to make this for her. While I had never made it before, I have heard of it and knew it would be an instant success. It is important to realize that you cannot skimp on the nuts. Without the nuts the fudge tunnel will not appear in the middle of the cake. I have no idea why that is but it's the truth. It's also important to note that this cake is not for the faint of heart.
This cake contains almost 4 cups of sugar, 6 eggs, 3 ½ sticks of butter, and ¾ cups of cocoa powder. I'm not joking.....these are the correct amounts. When I poured the batter in the pan I thought for sure it would overflow in the oven. The batter in the pan weighed over 5 pounds. I put it in the oven and crossed my fingers that it would work. I followed the directions exactly. I can honestly say that this is one of the prettiest Bundt cakes I've ever made. It came out of the pan cleanly and looked amazing. I agonized over it for 24 hours waiting to take it to work and have my aide cut it open. The funny thing is when she got it she asked if I wanted to cut it and take a photo....she knows me so well! I closed my eyes as I took out the first piece and...success! There was a clear tunnel of fudge in the middle of the cake. I was psyched.
The cake was rich, fudgy, and delicious. The nuts added a nice crunch and contrast to all that chocolate. The cake was moist and the fudge in the middle was awesome. I will definitely be making this again as a special occasion cake for someone who loves chocolate.
For the cake:
- 1 ¾ c. sugar
- 1 ¾ c. butter, softened (3 ½ sticks)
- 6 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 2 ¼ c. flour
- ¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 c. walnuts, chopped
For the chocolate glaze:
- ¾ c. powdered sugar
- ¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 - 6 teaspoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12 cup Bundt pan. I used baking spray instead of greasing and flouring.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add the powdered sugar a half cup at a time, beating after each addition.
- Stir in the flour and cocoa powder, beating until the batter is smooth.
- Fold in the walnuts.
- Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt Pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the edges start pulling away from the pan. Do not stick a toothpick into the cake as it will not come out clean even when the cake is cooked.
- Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool, in the pan, for 1 ½ hours.
- After 1 ½ hours, run a knife around the edges of the Bundt pan and turn the cake onto a plate. Allow the cake to cool 2 hours.
- In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients and mix until smooth. Drizzle over top of the cooled cake, allowing some to run down the sides of the cake.
Slightly adapted from Pillsbury and Ella Helfrich
Bodacious Breakfasts and Appetizers:
- Classic Chex Party Mix from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Healthy Green Goddess Dip from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
- Homemade Donuts from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Made in the Shade Main Dishes:
- Bacon Individual Meatloaf from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken ala King from Recipes Food and Cooking
- Chicken and Rice Casserole from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chicken in a Basket from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Chicken Parisienne from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
- Chicken Pot Pie from Whole Food | Real Families
- Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast from FoodieTots
- Creamy Baked Pork Chops from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Individual Beef Wellingtons from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Mom's Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Biscuits from Simply Healthy Family
- Mom's Shepherd's Pie from Momma's Meals
- Ravioli di Magro from Manu's Menu
- Salisbury Steak with Onion Gravy from Webicurean
- Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs from Palatable Pastime
- Tuna Noodle Casserole from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Uptown Goulash from Family Foodie
Swell Side Dishes:
- Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ritz Topping from NeighborFood
- Creamy Lime Gelatin Salad from Magnolia Days
- Harvard Beets from Take A Bite Out Of Boca
- Retro Crockpot Crabby Soup from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Seven Layer Salad from Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Wedge Salad from Our Good Life
- Bananas Foster from The Redhead Baker
- Creamsicle Jello Mold from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Dream Balls from Wallflour Girl
- Hummingbird Cream Cheese Cookies from Dandelion Greens
- Jello Poke Cake from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
- Mom's Heath Bar Cake from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Old Fashioned Banana Pudding from Pies and Plots
- One, Two, Three Jello from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Original Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake with No Cook Fudge Frosting from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Raspberry Crunch from Peaceful Cooking
- Tunnel of Fudge Cake from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
The Bee's Knees Beverages:
- Crème de Menthe Parfait from Food Lust People Love
- Side Car from Nosh My Way
- Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned from The Texan New Yorker
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