What do you desire more than anything else in this life? Chocolate. More chocolate. All the chocolate. And world peace. In that order. This is probably the least appropriate recipe title and discussion topic for an Easter-related post but this is my blog and I do what I want. I’ve been obsessed with new Fox Monday night show, Lucifer. He’s all about fulfilling your deepest, darkest desires and this cake definitely does that. There is an obvious connection here.
This all-the-chocolate bundt cake is a riff of my mother’s go-to party cake, a triple chocolate bundt cake made with chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, a bag of mini chocolate chips and not much else. I’ve created a from-scratch version because, while I had no cake mix in my milk crate pantry, I did have flour, sugar and cocoa. I also added Nutella and Greek yogurt (Surprise health!) for extra richness. Top with more Nutella and chocolate treats for a strong all-the-chocolate finish. This recipe got the stamp of approval from my grandparents who are familiar with my mom’s chocolate cake and all other manner of sweets!
And now onto the cake’s devilish namesake… ‘Lucifer’ is a new Fox TV series that combines police procedural, fantasy and dramedy elements into a hilarious, intriguing soup! The title character, Lucifer Morningstar, is adapted from a comic book character that started in a supporting role in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and later became protagonist of a spinoff series, Lucifer. In the comics, Lucifer is depicted as the Biblical fallen angel and Devil. Much of his portrayal is owed to John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Lucifer is sick of ruling Hell so, obviously, he abandons his throne and opens up a nightclub called Lux. During the premiere episode, he meets ostracized LAPD Detective and former actress Chloe Decker and decides to help her track down and punish criminals. Lucifer is immortal and can compel people to speak the truth, revealing their hidden desires. Decker appears to be immune to his abilities. The cast includes a number of other interesting characters. Amenadiel, an angel hell-bent (haha) on returning Lucifer to his throne. Mazikeen, bartender, war leader of the Lilim and Lucifer’s best special friend. Beatrice, or Trixie, precocious daughter of Chloe Decker and her ex-husband, fellow LAPD detective Dan Espinoza. Last but not least, Dr. Linda Martin, Lucifer’s therapist and sex buddy.
The show sparked some controversy even before the premiere aired. One Million Moms launched a petition against its airing in May 2015, claiming it would “glorify Satan as a caring, likeable person in human flesh.” Well, they weren’t wrong. Of the controversy Neil Gaiman had this to say: “It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the Concerned Mothers of America announced that they were boycotting The Sandman because it contained lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans characters. … I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either.”
You can check it out for yourself here or catch it Monday nights at 9/8c on Fox.
Devil’s Smile Nutella Bundt Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
5.9 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
13 oz Nutella, divided
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup canola oil
½ cup water
1 ½ cups mini chocolate chips
Assorted chocolate egg and bunny singles (such as Mars or Hershey’s)
*You can also use an 18-20 oz Devil’s food cake dry mix here. Simply omit the first six ingredients (the flour through the salt).
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Sift or whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pudding mix.
In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup Nutella, eggs, yogurt, oil and water.
Add to flour mixture.
Mix in chocolate chips.
Spread half of batter in bottom of greased bundt pan.
Top with remaining batter.
Bake 50-60 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes in pan.
Invert onto plate and allow to cool 15-20 minutes.
Microwave remaining Nutella and pour over top of cake.
Top with chocolate eggs.