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Cake #49 peppermint hot cocoa Bundt

 

cake # 49

Peppermint hot cocoa bundt

Friends it is a busy time of year around here! So many rehearsals and concerts on the calendar, it’s hard to keep up. But I am working hard to keep up and finish these last few cakes of the year!

Last week’s cake, which I’m just now managing to post was wonderful! I combined to really yummy recipes to create something new! I used the recipe for milk chocolate pound cake, from several weeks ago and then the ganache from the recent Whoopi pie Bundt. I added peppermint extract to the cake and crushed candy canes to the top of the cake!

Guys! It was a winning combination! The cake is perfectly soft and dense with a milk chocolate flavor! Adding the peppermint made it just like tasting a cup of peppermint hot cocoa! Of course adding the ganache and candy cane put it over the top!

This is one of my favorites for sure!

pS: I made minis too, because that milk chocolate pound cake makes a huge amount of batter!!

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Cake #47 – confetti bundt

Simply put, I needed something (and quick) to take to a pot luck Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to bake something that would have a broad appeal.  I couldn’t help but think about funfetti cake mixes, so I decided to try a homemade version, with lots of brightly colored sprinkles.

And I do mean lots.

I found a recipe on Bunsen burner bakery’s blog.   This time I dont’ think I made any changes at all.  With all of the bright colors and the easy-going almond and vanilla flavors, it is sure to please everyone!

 

INGREDIENTS:
FOR THE CAKE:
4 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles

 

FOR THE GLAZE:
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
sprinkles, for decorating

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease and flour bundt pan.
Using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Continue to beat until ingredients are fully incorporated and smooth. Add in the sprinkles and mix until evenly dispersed.
Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back gently when pressed with a finger. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely before glazing.
To make the glaze, whisk together the confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add additional powdered sugar for thicker glaze or more milk to thin. Pour over the cooled cake, letting the glaze drip down the sides of the cake. Decorate liberally with sprinkles.

 

 

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Cake #46 Gingerbread Bundt with double rum glaze

 

If you know me at all, you know that one of my favorite things to bake, especially at Christmas time is a gingerbread blondie.  It’s one of my absolute best baked goods that I love!  So it’s only natural that I might want to to try making a gingerbread Bundt!  I found a wonderful recipe on Pinterest from King Arthur Flour’s website.

One thing I was looking for was a cake recipe that made a really warm and spicy batter, so that I would top it with a bright, cool flavored rum glaze!  and in fact I wanted to do two different glazes!  Crazy, right?  The first was a sugar rum glaze I poured over the cake while it was still warm in the pan.  the second one, I made with cream and rum flavor and painted it on to create a nice crunch glaze like what you might find on a Donut.  yum!!!

Here’s the recipe:

CAKE #46 – Gingerbread Bundt with double rum glaze
2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons gingerbread spice; or 2 1/2 teaspoons ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup water

GLAZE #1
1/3 cup rum or water
1/2 teaspoon gingerbread spice; or 1/4 teaspoon ginger and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar

GLAZE #2
2 tbsp cream – or two preferred consistency
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp rum extract

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 10- to 12-cup bundt-style pan.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, gingerbread spice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl after each addition. Stir in the molasses.
Add the flour mixture in three additions alternately with the water, starting and ending with the flour. Mix just until smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Bake the cake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
While the cake is baking, make the glaze by stirring together the water spice and sugar. Set aside.
Remove the cake from the oven, cool it in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack.
Brush the cake with the glaze, and allow it to cool completely before serving.

 

 

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Cake #45 – Queen Elizabeth Cake

My mom often reminisces with me about her experiences as a child, learning to cook and bake with her mom. One of the things she remembers is helping her mom make Queen Elizabeth Cake.  The thing is, normally the QE cake is not a Bundt cake.  but today, in my kitchen it was!

I should be clear – this is not the cake my mom used to make with her mother.  This is a bundt cake that might remind you of the Queen Elizabeth Cake.  I wanted the flavors to remind my mom of something special!  I hope it does!

This is what I did:

Ingredients:

Golden cake mix
coconut pudding mix
4 eggs
one cup chopped dates
one tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup almond milk

 

Topping:
3 tbsp butter
5 tbsp grown sugar
2 tbsp creamer
1/2 cup coconut
chopped nuts

 

Instructions:

preheat the oven to 350.  Chop dates and sprinkle the baking soda over them in a bowl.  Then pour 1 cup boiling water over the dates and let them cool.  Mix the remaining ingredients together – on medium speed for 2 minutes.  then, fold in the date mixture into the cake batter.  spray flour/butter into the Bundt pan.  Sprinkle coconut over the bottom and sides of the pan.  then spread batter into then pan and bake for 45-55 minutes.

When the cake is done and partly cooled remove from the pan to an oven save cake round or plate.  Then make the topping by melting the butter in a small pan and add sugar, creamer and coconut and bring to a boil form about 3 minutes.  Spread topping over the cake.  At this point you should set the oven on broil and put the cake back into the oven to brown.  I accidentally put my cake on the wrong round that I could not put back in the oven, so I wasn’t able to put mine into the oven.  So sad.  but I did sprinkle chopped pecan over the topping!

Here’s hoping my mom really enjoys it!

 

 

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Cake #37 popcorn snack bundt

On this cake journey, Ive found myself wishing for a diversion- something different.  I don’t always indulge in that desire because there are just too many cake recipes to test!

But this week, I let myself try a new idea!  A popcorn cake!    It was kind of like salty snacks meet rice krispy treats and combine into a cake! It was super yummy – the kids loved it and it was pretty simple, although sticky, to make! Really, it is a lot like a giant popcorn ball.   It seems like the perfect treat in the fall!

I used the recipe from cookiesandcups.com – its a great site with lots of good recipes!   Next time, I’m going to experiment and make this recipe more my own – maybe with other mix-ins, and some peanut butter somewhere in the gooey mixture.

Cake #37 Popcorn cake.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped with unpopped kernels removed
  • 2 cups M&M’s and Reese’s pieces
  • 1½ cups broken pretzel sticks
  • 16 oz mini marshmallows (8 cups)
  • ½ cup butter

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a large tube or bundt pan by spraying with cooking spray. (I actually lined my pan with press and seal instead – and the cake came out of the pan no sweat) In the bottom of the pan sprinkle a few m&ms to make the top of the cake look colorful.
  2. Microwave the 2 bags of buttered popcorn, dump in a large bowl and pick out the unpopped kernels.  Add the other mix -ins- 2 cups of M&M’s and 1½ cups broken pretzel sticks to the bowl.
  3. Melt 1 stick of butter over low in a large saucepan and then add in a 16 oz bag of mini marshmallows (8 cups). Stir until melted and smooth and remove from the heat.
  4. Allow it to cool for about 2 minutes, while stirring constantly and then pour it over your popcorn mixture.
  5. Stir until all the ingredients are combined and then press into the prepared pan (I make sure I grease my fingers really well for this step).
  6. Cover with foil and let your cake set for at least an hour to cool and set up.
  7. When you are ready to serve the cake, Flip your pan over onto your serving platter. Your cake should come out pretty easily if you lined with press n seal.

 

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Chocolate mascarpone Bundt and a happy birthday!

Cake #36 was a delight to make because it was for my husband’s birthday – we chose a recipe for Chocolate Mascarpone Bundt Cake.   And, yes, it was very yummy!  Michael’s parents came over for a birthday dinner and shared cake with us!

There’s not a lot to say here, simply because it was a good recipe – and it turned out well!  However, I would say – don’t bake it the full time as recommended.  I baked this one just over and hour and I’m afraid it was just a tiny bit dry around the edges!

Chocolate is so complicated when it comes to baking because it is hard to tell when it is finished baking.   I believe that if there is cocoa in the recipe, the cake bakes and then dries out quickly.

Here is the recipe from thebakingfairy.net.    It is definitely worth attempting!

Cake #36 Chocolate Mascarpone Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup {10.5 tbsp} unsalted butter, softened
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese {about ¾ cup}
  • 1¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1¾ all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour a bundt pan very well.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla, and beat until fluffy. Stir in the sour cream and mascarpone, and mix until combined.
  • Add in the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, and beat until creamy and fluffy.
  • Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan, and bake for 60-70 minutes (I wish I had only baked it for about 55 minutes, instead of 60), until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cake cool slightly in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

happy birthday, Michael!

 

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Cake #35 Milk Chocolate Pound Cake

One would think that at week #35 I might be growing weary of cake.  I certainly expected to be reticent by now.  However, I don’t know how I could be with this in my oven!

Cake #35, looks and smells like the epitome of a perfectly light and sweet, chocolate pound cake. Thankfully, I needed to make a thank you gift for a friend and this seemed to fit the bill!  She said she only wanted a few pieces – and since I’m actually really wanting to try this one myself, we will go halve-sies.   (I don’t even know if that’s a word, but I’m saying it anyway.)

The batter was light and fluffy – and the cake calls for milk chocolate, so we are not dealing with a dark, rich, chocolate cake.  It uses one of my favorites : a can of Hershey’s syrup.

(My apologies about these photos!  I used my phone – and they are okay, but just not as good when I use my camera.  I got so excited about the cake, I almost forgot to take any photos, so in a hurry I grabbed my phone!  better pics next time, I promise!)

   

Here’s the recipe for Cake #35: milk chocolate pound cake

( I found this recipe on Pinterest as Granny’s Chocolate Cake, on the blog : cookingbythewater.wordpress.com. It is super simple, but, I think it is going to be very, very yummy!  I will say that I’m hopeful it isn’t dry after baking so low and slow… )

Ingredients
2 sticks margarine (softened)
1/2 cup Crisco
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 – 16 oz. can Hershey’s chocolate syrup
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Directions
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Cream margarine, shortening, and sugar.
Add eggs one at a time, and beat well.
Add vanilla.
Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with milk.
Add chocolate syrup.
Mix well.
Bake in greased and floured 10-inch tube pan for 1 hour 45 minutes.