Not bad for a cake I started baking after midnight. I have a strange psychological 'midnight line,' where serious conversations or tasks become difficult for me after that magic hour--I can't watch the news, or discuss household crises, or really do anything useful, so when I get it together to turn out a quite decent bundt cake, I'm pleased with myself. Matt does usually have to wake me up to tell me the timer's going off, but, well, he's nice enough to do it, so there we are.
Coming off a week of Passover abstinence (if stuffing matzo muffins and brisket into my face with abandon can be called any such thing), I was excited about a cake, any cake. This one was a nice buttery bundt, made with ground nuts (Dorie suggests walnuts, I used the almonds on hand), instant coffee (I used regular espresso grounds), and some chocolate for good measure. I made it in my newest bundt pan, which is a little thin and cheap, and has many tiny ridges. I think from now on it's going to need a spray of Baker's Joy or something similar, but I managed to get the cake out without serious damage. It's a bit heavy, but Dorie says that up front, and in this cake, I think that's a buttery virtue. The nuts definitely add a good texture.