|Amy & Tunnel of Fudge birthday cake, with fiancee Trevor.|
The Tunnel of Fudge Cake proves the point that sometimes maybe the judges aren't always right. In 1966, the Pillsbury Bake-Off winner was Golden Gate Snack Bread, flavored with cheese spread and onion soup mix. The Tunnel of Fudge Cake, made by Ella Rita Helfrich, took second place. But the cake with the molten fudgy center captured America's interest, and brought the bundt pan from obscurity to booming sales almost overnight.
Bundt pans are known for their decorative fluting, the center tube that conducts heat and the very dense, moist cake that results.
They were very popular through most of the '70s and part of the '80s, until people lost interest in baking, according to a spokesperson from Nordic Ware.
For glaze: In small bowl, combine glaze ingredients and microwave about 1 minute. Stir until well blended. Spoon over top of cake, allowing some to run down 2 cups chopped walnuts
sides. Store tightly covered.