Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Swirl

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A moist, chocolate sour cream bundt cake covered in a rich chocolate ganache with a luscious cream cheese swirl hiding inside. This Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Swirl is perfect for a birthday or any night of the week.


This cake was inspired by Baker Street’s Cream Cheese Swirled Chocolate Bundt Cake. I combine the cream cheese swirl idea with one of my favorite chocolate bundt cakes from the Bi Rite Market’s Eat Good Food Cookbook a Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake.

A photo collage showing the making of cheesecake batter for the cream cheese swirl.

The first step in making this cake is to make the cream cheese filling and put it in the refrigerator to chill while you’re making the rest of the cake. It’s a simple cheesecake batter. 

The key to making the cheesecake batter smooth and creamy is having your cream cheese at room temperature. 

⏲️ Time-Saving Trick: Put the cream cheese in a Ziploc bag and place it in warm water (not hot) for 10 minutes. Add the eggs to the warm water and let sit for another 5 minutes. 

collage of making the chocolate bundt cake batter.

The cake batter recipe uses cocoa mixed with melted butter to give it a rich chocolate taste.

Once the cocoa is dissolved, you add it to the dry ingredients. Then mix in the eggs one at a time, along with the vanilla. 

Step by step photo collage of filling the bundt cake with two different batters.

Put about 1/3 of the chocolate batter in the bundt pan first, then the cheesecake batter, and finish with the remaining chocolate cake batter. 

Swirling Tip: use a cookie scoop to put dollops of the cheesecake batter on top of the chocolate batter and then swirl it in with a butter knife.

A photo collage of icing the chocolate bundt cake with chocolate ganache in a Ziploc bag.

It can take quite a while for the chocolate ganache to set up before it’s the right consistency to drizzle over the cake. So make the chocolate ganache while the cake is baking. 

Once the ganache has cooled and thickened, put it in a pastry bag or a Ziploc bag and snip the corner and drizzle it over the cake. 

Ganache Tip: You want the ganache thin enough to drip down the cake, but thick enough so you don’t get a puddle of ganache on the cake pan. You can do a practice drip on the cake to see if the ganache is ready to use.

Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Swirl sliced on a plate.

I recently made this cake for my husband’s birthday and decorated it with some fun colorful confetti sprinkles. However, It’s such a pretty chocolate bundt cake that it doesn’t need any extra decoration at all.

Almost everyone loves a chocolate bundt cake, I know my crowd is crazy about it. I’m sure your family will love it too.

Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Swirl
Yield: 16 servings

Chocolate Bundt Cake with a Cream Cheese Swirl

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate Ganache

  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Prepare cream cheese filling: In a small mixing bowl, beat 1/4 cup sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, and beat at low speed until combine; set aside.
  2. Preheat to 350°. Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan or spray with non-stick cooking spray with flour.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until butter is melted and cocoa is dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking soda. On low speed, gradually mix in butter mixture. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla until batter is smooth.
  5. Pour half of the batter evenly in to the prepared bundt pan. Dollop the filling around the middle of the bundt. Drag a butter knife through the cheesecake filling to swirl some chocolate batter into the cheesecake filling being careful not to let the cheesecake filling touch the side of the pan. Pour the other half of the batter on top of the cheesecake filling and if necessary, spread evenly around pan.
  6. Bake at 350º for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto a rack to cool completely before adding ganache.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Place half of the chocolate in a mixing bowl. Heat heavy cream on medium high heat until it comes to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and immediately pour cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add remain chocolate and stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Cool until ganache is thickened but still thin enough to drip down the sides of the cake. (I cooled mine in the fridge for over 2 hours.)

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