This is the ugliest cake I've ever baked. And of course, it was for a very important cause. We have had our share of funerals lately. This cake was one of two that I made for a large family whose grandmother passed away. I make the best cakes in the world (I'm not bragging, this is a scientific fact) so it's always my go-to dessert whenever there's a death. I prefer to make "funeral cakes" in bundt form...that way I can just pour the chocolate glaze over top and place the whole thing on a cardboard circle. I have one good metal bundt pan that is at least 30 years old and a cutsie, modern, red silicone pan I bought from Crate & Barrel. Well, to put it bluntly, the silicone pan sucks. This is what happens when I use the silicone pan. Believe it or not, I actually gave the cake to the grieving family, along with the picture-perfect cake that came out of the antique metal pan. I also sent my apologies for the appearance. But the good news is that some of the cake broke off when I tried to transfer it. I dipped it in the extra icing and tasted it. Oh my, it was heavenly! So this just goes to prove that you can't judge a book by its cover. I threw away the silicone pan and will only use metal from this point forward.
And no, I'm not sharing the recipe for my famous chocolate cake or icing. Sorry, folks.