August 28, 2013

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bourbon Maple Bacon Topping

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bourbon Maple Bacon Topping
Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bourbon Maple Bacon Topping


Maybe it's just me, but it seems that customer service has gone downhill since the economy started having problems. My husband had bought a shirt from a national bookstore chain and found a very noticeable defect. There was a string that when pulled took off part of the screening on the t-shirt. It was obviously not wearable with the defect so he figured it would be easy to return. He came out of the store after attempting to return the shirt very upset. Apparently the female manager was very abrasive and kept repeating that the corporate policy stated that they weren't allowed to do returns without a receipt. Now I am a very nice person until you upset my husband or kids, then I fix the situation. I quickly called the store location where the shirt was bought (the state capital) and talked to a very nice manager. He informed me that it wasn't corporate policy and that the store manager in our city was wrong. Long story short I went back to the store where my husband had a problem and fixed the problem. They tried being rude to me until I informed them that I had already contacted corporate and the other store location. Then they attempted to apologize profusely. At the end of the day I got the situation remedied, but I was still unhappy with the whole experience. It just reminded me of how far down customer service seems to have gone. This week I was in a baking mood so I decided to make a cake. My husband and two boys are huge bacon fans so I decided to try incorporating it into my recipe. After combining a few recipes I ended up with a recipe for Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bourbon Maple Icing and Chocolate Bacon Crumbles.
Stormy Day in Huntington, WV
Stormy Day in Huntington, WV

I combined three different recipes for my final cake. The first recipe was for Double Chocolate Bundt Cake from Food and Wine Magazine. I left off the glaze and used dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet. For the glaze I followed a recipe for Vanilla Bean Bourbon Glaze. Instead of using a vanilla bean I used vanilla extract. Additionally I increased the amount of bourbon to two tablespoons. For the bacon topping I baked my bacon in the oven following a recipe from the Food Network. Then I dipped the chopped bacon in a small amount of dark chocolate. I allowed the cake to cook and then dripped the glaze over the top and added the chocolate covered bacon.
Roof of B'nai Shalom Synagogue
Roof of B'nai Shalom Synagogue (it was rainy and through a window so sorry for the blur :)

Since I did not make this cake gluten free I was not able to try it myself. I did eat a little bit of the bacon and the glaze. They were both really good. The rest of my family ate the cake. According to my kids the glaze and the bacon were the best parts. They aren't big fans of cake, so it's not surprising that they loved the glaze and not the cake as much. Eventually they tried the cake and liked it as well.

For the recipes go to Double Chocolate Bundt Cake, Vanilla Bean Bourbon Glaze and Roast Bacon.

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Bourbon Maple Bacon Topping


Recipe Type: Dessert
Summary:
A recipe for chocolate bundt cake with vanilla bourbon glaze and chocolate covered bacon. A great combination of flavors!
Preparation Time: 0h, 30m
Total Time: 2h, 0m
Yield: Serves 12

30 comments:

  1. When I get good customer service, I feel so lucky and happy. It shouldn't be the exception that customer service is so bad it makes me giddy when it's good.

    I bet the cake would be a big hit with my bacon boys over here. ;)

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    1. I get really happy when I get great customer service too :) I wish that customer service was always great!

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  2. I hate it when the customer service experience is disappointing. It takes so little for someone to be pleasant.

    Your cake looks awesome.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks :) It really does take so little to have a great experience!

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  3. OMG, you're killing me with this cake! YUM. We had a bacon-maple doughnut not long ago and it was really good.

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    1. My youngest had a bacon doughnut and loved it!

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  4. Chocolate, Bacon, Maple and Bourbon!! What's not to like:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines~ I love your pictures

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    1. I completely agree, I love them all :)

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  5. wow, I'm drooling just looking at the cake >.<

    bellagirlsbeauty.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks :) It turned out really well!

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  6. I agree that customer service has gone down...and good on you for sticking up for your husband!

    PS: the cake looks beautiful. I need to get a bundt tin too.

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    1. I love my bundt pans, you should definitely buy one!

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  7. You had me at maple bacon LOL.

    And I agree about customer service going down hill. I remember the days when the customer was always right, but it's definitely not like that anymore.

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    1. That was my favorite part too :) I miss when customer service was good!

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  8. This incident reminds me of a similar experience we had when we shopped online. We ordered something online and when we received it, it was a different product altogether! We tried to return it by going to the actual physical store and the customer service talked to us in a quite abusive manner saying that we had 'buyer's remorse' and that we changed our mind after buying the product :( It was bad and finally after a long verbal battle, we managed to return the product. We decided that we will never shop in that store anymore. even thinking about that incident makes me angry! Anyways, your recipe looks good. Chocolate is just the thing we need after experiences like this, right: :)

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    1. That would have made me so mad! I'm glad that you were able to get it resolved. Customer service has gotten so bad lately.....

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  9. Ok I might just lose my mind with such an amazing cake! I am so making this tonight and enjoying every minute of it.

    I'm sorry you had such a horrible customer service experience. I'm glad you took the time to follow up the experience with corporate. Sometimes the store managers really think they run the whole corporation, boy are they wrong! When this happens to me, I make sure to contact their supervisor and that person's supervisor. There are many people out there trying to get jobs that are better qualified than someone who half-asses their job.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments :) I agree about store managers, sometimes they seem to get their heads swelled and treat the customers badly. I do the same thing, I always complain when I'm treat badly. That way that hopefully other people don't have the same experience in the future.

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  10. I'm your newest follower! Carrie, www.amothersshadow.com

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    1. Thanks for the follow :) Checked out your blog and commented!

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  11. So yummy chocolate covered bacon wow never done that before will have to try it.

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    1. The chocolate covered bacon was so good!

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  12. Good lord you had me at bourbon maple bacon topping!

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  13. OMgoodness you sound just like me. Upset my husband and kids and the mother bear in me comes out. I've had it out with stores and schools alike. Gone are the days when the customer was always right. The cake looks delicious. I might opt for the vanilla bourbon glaze though. :)

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    1. Glad to know that I'm not the only one that gets upset with bad service :) The glaze was my husband's favorite part!

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  14. I agree, everything is automated and computerized now. Customer service no longer exists. This looks awesome-and I love the picture!

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    1. I agree, the person to person customer service seems to have gone away. It's sad. Thanks for the sweet comments :)

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  15. sad face for service happy face for cake, giggle. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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