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Holiday Family Traditions with a Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake #Recipe

| December 21, 2013 | 43 Comments

December brings back memories of holiday family traditions. Being born and raised in Montreal, I can’t honestly remember any of our relatives or friends having a real Christmas tree in their homes. Maybe fake Christmas trees were the “in decorating style” at the time?  My parents even bought a metallic silver Christmas tree when I was a baby. Yes, those were very popular back in the 70’s. Don’t know why, but they were.  After this tree, they always purchased an artificial one that look so real, you had a really hard time noticing it was a fake one.

1970's Silver Christmas Tree

Me in the 1970’s with our family silver Christmas tree

It’s only when I came to live to Ottawa in the 80’s, that I really saw for the first time a real Christmas tree at one of my friend’s house. They cut it down themselves at a farm not too far from the city. Was it ever tall, beautiful and majestic, all decorated in their living room with garlands, silver tinsels, Christmas balls, and candy canes!  I told myself, when I get older, I would purchase a real Christmas tree for my home.  Well, what you know, when I got married, my husband and I bought an artificial one.  Go figure, the family fake tree tradition stuck with me!

christmas tree final white

I find when you tie the knot, you also blend together his family traditions with yours. My husband’s mom is an excellent cook and bakes the famous traditional French Canadian Holiday meals from scratch such as the “tourtières” (meat pies), and the “ragoût de pattes de cochon” (Pork Stew with Meatballs). Of course, I had to get the recipes from her and start baking a storm for the Holidays.  We also started our own traditions when our children were old enough, we bake gingerbread and shortbread cookies, and decorating them together.  What a great tradition we started as a family!

christmas ornaments

A tradition that I keep over the years is to purchase one new decoration for the tree that represents a memory from a trip or an event, a special moment in our lives, or relevant to our family’s habits, such as this ball that I purchased at Marineland Niagara Falls and this Timbits on a slay from Tim Hortons.  I also enjoy trying out one new recipe during the holidays. This year, I baked a Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake with my kids. It is divine and melts in your mouth!

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Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake #GayLeaFoods

Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake #GayLeaFoods


  • 1 cup of Gay Lea unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Gay Lea sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup of 35% whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. and position the rack in the center.
  2. In a saucepan, add the water, butter, salt, and cocoa powder and heat at medium. Stir until melted. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and the sugar together. Add half of the melted butter mixture and whisk until completely blended. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk until mixed. Whisk in the sour cream and the vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Butter and flour a Bundt pan.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.
  6. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a small saucepan and heat at medium. Stir until the cream is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Put the chocolate chips and corn syrup in a medium bowl and set aside. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth.
  7. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake, and let it to drip down the sides.
  8. Cut into pieces and serve with Ice Cream and Gay Lea Whipped cream (optional)


Recipe modified from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabny Gough


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What are your family holiday traditions?


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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. Florence C says:

    Black and white cookies are my family favorite cookies to make each year.

  2. Carol M says:

    Nalysnyky which are crepes

  3. Chalbe says:

    Will try that bundt cake

  4. Heidi C. says:

    I love making my Granny’s shortbread recipe!

  5. Sunshine G says:

    I have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe, and a cranberry lemon loaf – both came from the wonderful world of Chatelaine.

  6. I don’t really have favorite recipe yet. Still trying to find a good one.

  7. Joy says:

    confetti squares – so easy – butterscotch chips, peanut butter, butter, and mini marshmallows!

  8. Maggie says:

    My favourite holiday recipe is for German potato salad (olive oil, kielbassa, pickle, onion, potatoes). It is what we eat on Christmas Eve.

  9. Darwin says:

    Shortbread is my favourite holiday recipe.

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    I love making shortbread thumbprints!

  11. Juliee says:

    I like to make sugar cookies

  12. Melinda L. says:

    Favourite holiday recipe is sugar cookies recipe 🙂

  13. Andrew P says:

    My aunts shortbread cookie recipe

  14. Karla Sceviour says:

    no,I don`t have a specific holiday recipe I love,I love it all,from the turkey ,stuffing, to all the yummy desserts,cookies ,etc!

  15. ginette4 says:

    I have a favourite recipe, I love making and eating praline cookies

  16. Amy C says:

    I have lots of favourite Holiday recipes.

  17. Suzanne G says:

    That chocolate bundt cake looks so good and I used to always make bundt cake until someone borrowed my pan and never gave it back. I love bundt cakes especially the one with chewy coconut filling in center.

  18. Pamalot says:

    my all time fave is peanut butter balls and then cherry squares.
    pam w h

  19. francine says:

    I don’t have a favorite recipe but I do have favorite treats. my husband usually makes the holiday treats and sometimes uses different recipes or tweaks them a bit if he thinks it will be better

  20. Jonnie says:

    Fudge! My family just can’t get enough of it!

  21. Tammy Dalley says:


  22. Lian Wright says:

    My oldest and I love making chocolate squares this time of year.

  23. Glogirl says:

    I love a chocolate sandwich cookie made with a cake mix. It’s one of my favourite recipes! It’s made festive with red or green icing sandwiched between the cookies.

  24. Jane Hammill says:

    I make very quick and easy Peanut Butter and choc chip cookies and add a slug of Cherry Brandy for that festive kick!

  25. cheryl says:

    I love making cookies

  26. martina says:

    my omas apple cake!!

  27. We don’t celebrate the holidays but the kids are loving our new cake pop maker. Cake pops are super yummy and decorating them is lots of fun.

  28. Belinda says:

    My favorite holiday recipe is shortbread. It is always a hit

  29. Beth Gallinger says:

    My sister’s soft gingerbread cookies are my favourite.

  30. natasha severson says:

    butter tarts

  31. Brenda Penton says:

    Whipped Shortbread Spritz cookies

  32. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    yes, we do. It’s our Christmas Eve evening meal and is German. It’s called Gruenkohl and is made with Kale, mashed potatoes, cream, German sausages & Kassler. The latter being a type of smoked loin of pork similar to ham. All my children have taken on this traditional meal and now cook it themselves every Christmas Eve. 🙂

  33. Julie Bolduc says:

    I like to make sugar cookies

  34. Brenda A says:

    I love sour cream in cakes! The moisture and slight tang is the best. Add chocolate and I drool. This looks like a great (and simple!) recipe that is on my “to try” list. Thank you!

  35. That chocolate sour cream bundt cake looks absolutely delicious!

  36. Rick F says:

    will definitely be trying this recipe.

  37. Tina F says:

    nice recipe for the chocolate bundt cake.I never found one that really appealed to me with sour cream in it This one does and you dont have to go buy all kinds of extra ingredients that you probably wont use again

  38. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I am going to make this. I just need to get a nice bundt pan

  39. kathy downey says:

    Soon as I get a pan I am making that bundt cake

  40. Thank you for sharing this recioe it is my son’s birthday and I will be making this for him today 🙂

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