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This thin version of ganache provides a dark, smooth glaze that races all the way down any Bundt, pound cake, or Crunchy Feet for a pleasing visual effect.

Yield: About 3 cups (enough for one 12-cup Bundt cake or 24 Crunchy feet)*


  • Heavy cream, 1½ cups
  • Vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons
  • 60% bittersweet chocolate pistoles, 1 cup


  • 2-quart, heavy bottomed saucepan
  • Mixing bowl


1. Set the cooled cake on a wire rack with wax or parchment paper underneath it to catch any drips.

2. Combine the heavy cream and vanilla extract in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly.

3. Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a medium-sized nonreactive mixing bowl, preferably one with a handle and a small pouring spout.

4. Remove the hot vanilla-cream mixture from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Let the heat from the cream melt the chocolate for 10 to 20 seconds, then gently whisk until smooth.

5. Immediately pour the glaze over the cake. For a Bundt cake, pour the glaze in a thin, steady stream in a crisscross fashion, working your way around the cake for even coverage. If you want more chocolate on the cake, repeat until it looks right. This is a rich glaze, so let restraint be your guide. For Crunchy Feet, pour about 2 tablespoons of glaze directly onto the top of each one, letting it drizzle down the sides.

6. If the bowl is empty before you’re finished glazing, scrape any chocolate that has drizzled onto the parchment and reuse it for the remaining Crunchy Feet.

7. Serve immediately, while the glaze is still warm.


*Crunchy Feet are little pound cakes baked in small (2-ounce) brioche pans. They are so named because they have lots of toes, or ruffled edges, that get a little crunchy when they bake.

© 2008 Warren Brown

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 24 servings.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

86kcal (4%)
12mg (1%)
0mg (0%)
61mcg RAE (2%)
20mg (7%)
6mg (0%)
5g (23%)
8g (12%)
0mg (1%)

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