Give your classic bundt cake recipe an update.
Indulge your dinner guests with this decadent chocolate bundt cake.
1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 10-cup Bundt pan. Combine the butter, milk, cocoa and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is just melted; remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
2 Sift together the flour, sugar and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the melted butter mixture, stirring to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring to combine. Add the sour cream and vanilla and stir until smooth. Scrape the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting on a cake plate to cool completely.
3 While the cake is cooling, make the glaze. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until just under a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes, without stirring, to allow the chocolate to gently melt. Using a rubber spatula, stir together the cream and chocolate until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the corn syrup. Drizzle the glaze over the Bundt cake and sprinkle the top with the chocolate shavings.
4 Let the cake sit for 30 minutes to allow the glaze to set before serving.
Prep & cook time: 1 1/2 hours
Serves: 10 to 12
A farmhouse kitchen designed by Carol Reed Interior Design
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1 Glass-fronted cabinetry gives a sneak peek at the delicate glassware inside while keeping it safe from breakage and dust.
2 Open shelving smartly fills in the empty space on each side of the range hood, and offers access to everyday crockery and oft-used serving pieces.
3 Designating a spot beside the range for essential cooks’ tools means they’re always within reach. A ladle here, a sprig of parsley there and just the right amount of flour or salt equals perfect meals every time.
4 An out-of-the-way corner in the kitchen island could have become simply dead space, but in this kitchen it’s turned into a cubby with shelves to hold both prized cookbooks and other essentials.
5 Pot drawers are a must in today’s kitchens, no matter what the style. Their deep configuration makes them ideal for storing everything from the aforementioned pots and pans to large bags of flour, mixing bowls, oversized serveware and more.
TIP: When you’ve got the luxury of having as much space as this kitchen, it’s great to take advantage and design an island that accommodates stools so you can be connected to the kids or company while you’re cooking.
Image by: Virginia MacDonald | Styling: Christine Hanlon
Designer Tara Fingold artfully mixes an array of lush textures and soft mauves and pinks to create a soothing master bedroom and bathroom for a busy couple.
More often than not, it’s a designer’s role to gently nudge a homeowner out of his or her comfort zone. But in the case of the owner of this distinctive master suite, no prodding was necessary. “The client embraces colour , texture and non-conventional pieces,” says designer Tara Fingold. “It was amazing how open she was, and how she kept pushing for something interesting.”
It was about a year ago when the homeowner and her husband purchased this 1920s Georgian abode in a well-established Toronto neighbourhood and collaborated with Tara on a top-to-bottom home renovation. “With very precise planning at the beginning, we were able to finish in six months,” says Tara. “The house has beautiful bones, so we just needed to give it an update.”
Soothing mauves and pinks, and a layering of textures (the grasscloth wallpaper, chevron-patterned silk drapery, inlaid nightstand and strie wool rug) create a sumptuous, inviting look in the master bedroom. The strie velvet channel-tufted headboard turns the bed into a show-stopping focal point.
Clean-lined shapes temper the space’s femininity – the look is sophisticated, not girlie or frou-frou – and a layered effect enhances the warm and inviting feel. The master bedroom, with its combination of textures that includes the grasscloth wallpaper, velvet headboard, wool rug and silk drapery, is especially lush. “I wanted to create a delicious mood when you walk into the room,” says Tara.
The dressing room boasts a built-in makeup desk and a bank of drawers, which serves as both a dresser for extra storage and a window seat.
For the busy homeowners (a professional couple with three small children), the overhaul included creating a 600-square-foot restful retreat that now comprises the master bedroom, ensuite bathroom, a dressing room for her and a walk-in closet for him.
These flowers goes well with the colour scheme of the suite.
The bathroom’s high-gloss lavender vanity is outfitted with a marble countertop and brass faucets and pulls. The vintage resin-framed mirrors and crystal and brass sconces lend a dose of character and balance out the vanity’s contemporary straight lines.
Gold handles go great with purple drawers.
The glass panelling and calacatta marble tiling in the shower are light and airy elements that enhance the bathroom’s serene vibe. “I like marble’s natural characteristics,” says Tara. “I could not get that random pattern and elegance without using marble.”
A mix of calacatta and thassos marble forms the herringbone pattern on the floor, which continues into the dressing room. “That’s where the homeowner gets dressed and puts on her makeup, so it’s much more durable than carpet,” says Tara. “But it’s heated, so it’s just as cozy.”
Tara used a pale lilac quilted fabric to upholster the dressing room closet doors, adding a bit of softness and texture to the space. Lucite pulls are quiet yet sophisticated.
The dressing room’s beautiful brass chandelier, adorned with crystal doves, is a whimsical touch. “The doves look like they’re dancing around the perimeter,” says designer Tara Fingold.
Toronto-based designer Tara Fingold.
Tour this soothing and sophisticated retreat.
Homeowners Monika and Troy Hibbs dream up a soothing and sophisticated retreat for their handsome little one.
When Monika Hibbs and her husband, Troy, were expecting their first child, they were told early on they were having a girl. So the Langley, B.C., blogger and jewellery designer set about planning a sweet nursery with plenty of pink touches, including feminine floral wallpaper. Fast-forward a few months, and the couple was in for a shock - though, thankfully, a happy one. Turns out the first ultrasound was quite wrong, and their little princess-to-be was in fact a prince. "It was a surprise!" says Monika. "I quickly had to adjust my mindset from powder pinks to handsome greys."
The scheme abruptly changed to a soft muted one with more masculine, but still sweet, touches. (The newly neutral nursery is in keeping with the Hibbses' predominantly white house, featured in Style at Home's April 2014 issue.) For baby furnishings, Monika chose a classic iron crib with brass accents, an heirloom-quality piece that will surely be handed down to any future siblings. And a modern rocking chair is comfortable enough for long nights with babe in arms. "I'm attracted to timeless items for baby rooms," says Monika. "It's easy to invest in something you know you'll love forever, and if it's gender-neutral, it'll work for subsequent children, too."
The beautiful grey iron crib with brass accents is dressed with simple natural linen bedding. The collection of animal heads is as fun as it is faux.
The arrival of baby Liam brought on the inevitable outpouring of love and gifts, including a lifelike deer plush toy and a black and white rocking horse to go with the animal theme of the nursery decor.
The comfortable tufted rocking chair is upholstered in a velvety fabric that cleans up easily. A sentiment from a classic children’s book is the perfect accessory in Monika’s favourite spot to read to Liam.
A pale grey palette punctuated with black accents makes for a calming yet on-trend nursery design for baby Liam. “Nurseries can be challenging to decorate when the crib is against the wall and there’s a lot of floor space,” Monika says of her decision to place the crib in the middle of the room. “Here, it’s the focal point.”
The nursery’spanelled wainscotting was already in place, and homeowner Monika Hibbs used star decals as an affordable (and easy-to-remove) alternative to wallpaper.
Monika, the blogger behind The Doctor's Closet, shares a sweet moment with Liam in his nursery.