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Not sure if it was on this site or another but there was a request for a Tunnel of Fudge Cake but without nuts.  Every recipe I have ever seen including the origional one used lots of nuts.&nbsp
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Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 2/2/2012 12:40 PM EST
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Not sure if it was on this site or another but there was a request for a Tunnel of Fudge Cake but without nuts.  Every recipe I have ever seen including the origional one used lots of nuts.  I found one in the paper yesterday that does not call for nuts.  The photo looks great, moist and fudgy in the center.
This is the recipe from the Chicago Tribune, Good Eating section form 2/1/12.  I am sure if you go to their site you could view the photo. (Just noticed the date was/is a palindrome!)

Tunnel of Fudge redux
2 1/2 Sticks of butter, room temperature, plus melted butter for pan..
3/4 Cup cocoa powder, plus more for dusting the pan.
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 Cup boiling water
2 Cups flour
2 Cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Cup cacao nibs
1 Cup packed brown sugar
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1 Tb vanilla
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Brush the inside of a 12 cup bundt pan with butter, dust lightly with cocoa powder.  Tap out excess.
Place bittersweet chocolate in heat proof bowl; pour boiling water over chocolate, whisk until smooth.  Let cool.
Whisk together the 3/4 Cup cocoa powder with the flour, confectioners sugar, salt and cacao nibs in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
Beat the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed in a bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 - 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time; beat in vanilla.  Add the cooled chocolate mixture; beat just until combined.  With  the mixer on low add the flour mixture; beat just until combined.
Pour the batter into prepared pan; smooth top.  Bake until edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 minutes.  (You can not use traditional cake testing methods on this cake)
let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack 1 1/2 hours.  DO not try to take the cake out any earlier.
Invert the cake onto the rack or onto serving plate; let cool completely another 1 1/2  hours.
Drizzle with Ganache if desired.

While cake is cooling prepare Ganache.
3/4 Cup heavy cream
8 ounces chocolate, I would use semi sweet or bittersweet.
Heat cream to a boil
Pour over chocolate.
Allow to sit for 3 to 4 minutes.  Stir until smooth.

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 2/2/2012 2:04 PM EST
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That sounds really good I am going to make it .

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posted at 2/2/2012 2:06 PM EST
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Wow!m  Thank you.

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 2/4/2012 4:53 PM EST
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I made tunnel of fudge cake once a long time ago.  I don't remember the recipe but it didn't have cacao nibs.  I know that because I've never used them.

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 2/4/2012 5:05 PM EST
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In Response to Tunnel of Fudge Cake:
Not sure if it was on this site or another but there was a request for a Tunnel of Fudge Cake but without nuts.  Every recipe I have ever seen including the origional one used lots of nuts.  I found one in the paper yesterday that does not call for nuts.  The photo looks great, moist and fudgy in the center. This is the recipe from the Chicago Tribune, Good Eating section form 2/1/12.  I am sure if you go to their site you could view the photo. (Just noticed the date was/is a palindrome!) Tunnel of Fudge redux 2 1/2 Sticks of butter, room temperature, plus melted butter for pan. . 3/4 Cup cocoa powder, plus more for dusting the pan. 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate 1/2 Cup boiling water 2 Cups flour 2 Cups confectioners sugar 1 tsp salt 1 Cup cacao nibs 1 Cup packed brown sugar 3/4 Cup granulated sugar 5 large eggs 1 Tb vanilla Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the inside of a 12 cup bundt pan with butter, dust lightly with cocoa powder.  Tap out excess. Place bittersweet chocolate in heat proof bowl; pour boiling water over chocolate, whisk until smooth.  Let cool. Whisk together the 3/4 Cup cocoa powder with the flour, confectioners sugar, salt and cacao nibs in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Beat the butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed in a bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 - 3 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time; beat in vanilla.  Add the cooled chocolate mixture; beat just until combined.  With  the mixer on low add the flour mixture; beat just until combined. Pour the batter into prepared pan; smooth top.  Bake until edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 45 minutes.  (You can not use traditional cake testing methods on this cake) let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack 1 1/2 hours.  DO not try to take the cake out any earlier. Invert the cake onto the rack or onto serving plate; let cool completely another 1 1/2  hours. Drizzle with Ganache if desired. While cake is cooling prepare Ganache. 3/4 Cup heavy cream 8 ounces chocolate, I would use semi sweet or bittersweet. Heat cream to a boil Pour over chocolate. Allow to sit for 3 to 4 minutes.  Stir until smooth.
Posted by nikki p


Nikki it will be interesting to see how this cake turns out because all the recipes say nuts are essential for success.  I remember this recipe was a Pillsbury Bake-Off winner years ago.  The original one called for a package of some kind of Pillsbuty frosting mix, but since they discontinued that product and people wanted to make the cake, they came up with a scratch version that didn't use the frosting mix.

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 2/4/2012 5:22 PM EST
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Judy I think it may be the use of the cacao nibs that takes the place of the nuts.
They would be about the same texture and density as the nuts would be.
I will be making the cake as soon as I get my hands on the cacao nibs.  I think the "Nut Warehouse" by me may have them if not I am sure they can get them. Have to stop on Tuesday...senior day so if they have them I will at least get 10%off.

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posted at 2/5/2012 5:29 PM EST
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Judy I think it may be the use of the cacao nibs that takes the place of the nuts. They would be about the same texture and density as the nuts would be. I will be making the cake as soon as I get my hands on the cacao nibs.  I think the "Nut Warehouse" by me may have them if not I am sure they can get them. Have to stop on Tuesday...senior day so if they have them I will at least get 10%off.
Posted by nikki p


That makes sense.  I don't know where I'd buy the nibs around here.  I like nuts so if I make it I'll just use the old nutty recipe

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 5/27/2012 6:39 AM EDT
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Reading the comments as well as the recipe, brought back memories of my early days as a married young woman. My husband and I loved to eat the tunnel of fudge cake. I think that I might just try it to see "if from scratch" is as good as the Betty Crocker mix was/

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 6/2/2012 9:42 AM EDT
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I did find the cacao nibs.  Whole Foods was the only place that I found that had them.
Pretty expensive.  I have not yet made this cake.  I was doing a lot of other baking and much of it "by request" so this recipe got put on the back burner so to speak.

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 6/2/2012 1:05 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake:
I did find the cacao nibs.  Whole Foods was the only place that I found that had them. Pretty expensive.  I have not yet made this cake.  I was doing a lot of other baking and much of it "by request" so this recipe got put on the back burner so to speak.
Posted by nikki p


What are Cacao nibs? I have never heard of them.

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posted at 6/3/2012 9:16 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake : What are Cacao nibs? I have never heard of them.
Posted by Sara S


Once the cacao beans are roasted they are broken up to make almost like a paste.  The more it is pressed and worked the smoother it becomes.  The cacao nibs are just the broken bits of the cacao bean before it is pressed. So it is pure chocolate bean, no sugar. They are not bitter like unsweetened chocolate.  They taste like chocolate and are crunchy like nuts would be. (Or more like a roasted coffee bean if you have had them)

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 6/3/2012 1:31 PM EDT
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Sounds great - thanks Nikki!!

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 4/13/2013 10:06 PM EDT
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REVIEW.......
Better late than never.
At last I got around to making this cake. 
Very moist.  Not overly sweet. Much less sweet than the original Tunnel of Fudge cake that I recall from years ago. 
A nice little crunch thanks to the cacao nibs. 
This is a cake I will make again. 
I thought I would have problems getting the cake out of the pan.  I did use melted butter then sprinkled cocoa powder in the pan as directed.  The cocoa sort of landed on the bottom and it was difficult to dust the whole pan like you would dust with flour the cocoa sort of clumped on the bottom.  So I thought the cake would stick or be bitter due to some rather large lumps of cocoa but the cake came out of the pan just fine and it did not taste bitter at all. 
I do hope some one else tries it as well. 

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 4/13/2013 11:09 PM EDT
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Thanks for the review, Nikki, and happy to hear it worked. I like the idea of dusting the pan with cocoa powder. I'll be trying this when my sons come 'home' to visit the next time, probably around Mother's Day!

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 4/14/2013 12:54 AM EDT
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This is a famous family recipe my mom would make. She did the version with nuts, and I think I would too as the nuts really add to the rich flavor. The recipe used to be on the back of the flour bag also. 

My story is when I was going to be 10, I asked for this cake for my birthday. My mom slaved over it on a Friday evening, and when it was cooled she inverted it on a plate and went to bed. In the morning I went to the kitchen and the cake was on the counter and someone had dug out the "tunnel of fudge" and left the cake a big hollow mess. Of course the whole family (8 total) were called to the kitchen to find out what had happened to my birthday cake? My little brother who was 4 1/2 came in to the kitchen. His face was all brown, as well as his fingers and hands. He SWORE it was not him, but of course it was pretty easy to figure out he had gotten up to watch cartoons, found my cake and helped himself to the tunnel of fudge.....Frown  I don't remember the details but I think it was the first and only time my mom went to a store and bought a cake. She was a great baker and many of our happy memories are related to her lovingly made baked goods.

So my advise to you is to make the cake and enjoy it. It is delicious. Just don't  leave it out on the counter overnight!

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 4/14/2013 4:44 AM EDT
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I have a Nordic Ware " Unusual Old World and American Recipes"  with the price 10 cents booklet. I think it was published in 1971 with the Tunnel of Fudge recipe. It also has tips and tricks for the use of your Bundt Pan

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posted at 4/14/2013 7:12 AM EDT
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 it was very good.

Re: Tunnel of Fudge Cake

posted at 4/14/2013 8:28 AM EDT
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I just made this and it turned out fabulous! Thanks again, Nikki!

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posted at 4/14/2013 12:45 PM EDT
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interesting

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