This gluten-free chocolate bundt cake gets its fudgy interior and fine crumb from nutrient-rich teff flour plus loads of butter and crème fraîche, all crowned with dark chocolate ganache. Serve slices with whipped cream.
Prep Time: 20minutes
Cook Time: 1hour
Servings: 16small but rich servings, makes one 10-inch bundt cake
2teaspoonssoftened butter, for the pan
1 ½cup(233 g) GF teff flour, plus more for dusting the pan (or sub oat, chestnut, or AP flour by weight)
1tablespoonGF whiskey or bourbon (or brandy, dark rum, or extra cream)
1/8teaspoonfine sea salt
Make the cake:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350ºF. Use a pastry brush to very thoroughly butter the inside of a 9 or 10-inch (10 or 12-cup) bundt pan, being sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies. The butter should be at room temperature and the consistency of mayonnaise so that it clings to the pan, not melted which will run down the sides of non-stick pans and not do any good. When the pan is thoroughly coated, dust the pan with a few tablespoons of teff flour, tapping it around the the interior to cover every surface. Turn the pan over in the sink and gently tap the pan to remove any excess flour.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the teff, sweet rice, and tapioca flours with the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the brown sugar, crème fraiche, melted butter, vanilla, and hot water to the batter. Add the eggs and quickly whisk the batter until smooth and no lumps remain.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs, 45-55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 10 minutes. Invert a wire rack over the bundt pan, grasp both with oven mitted hands, and flip the whole thing over. Remove the bundt pan and let the cake cool completely on the wire rack, about 1 hour.
Make the ganache:
In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a bare simmer over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate. Let sit until melted, about a minute, then gently whisk until smooth. Whisk in the crème fraîche, whiskey, vanilla and salt. The ganache should be thick but pourable; if it’s too thin, let sit at room temperature to thicken up a bit. If it’s too thick, warm over a low flame for a few seconds, stirring constantly.
Pour the ganache over the cake. Let set at room temperature until firm enough to slice, 20 minutes or so.
Nutritional values are based on one of sixteen servings.