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Cake #48- The Whoopi Bundt

     

Cake #48 was more of a concept I’m going to share with you, rather than an actual recipe, I guess.

I made two in different flavors, and both were super delicious!  I WILL be making these again!  I made a Chocolate Whoopi Bundt and a Pumpkin Caramel Whoopi Bundt.

Here’s what I did:  I made 2 of my favorite cake recipes. Once they were cooled I cut the cakes in half horizontally.   Then I spread cream filling over the bottom layer and topped with the second cake layer.  For the Chocolate Whoopi Bundt, I topped the cake with a ganache.  I included the ganache recipe below.  On the Pumpkin Whoopi Bundt I drizzled my yummy caramel bourbon sauce.

In my case I added cinnamon to the cream that I made for the pumpkin cake, and vanilla to the cream that I made for the chocolate cake.

Here’s the recipe for the cream, and I have to tell you – it is one of the best things I’ve made all year!  I could have eaten the whole bowl of filling with a spoon!  De-Lish!!!

Whoopi Pie Bundt Cream

10 Tbl. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 (7 oz.) carton marshmallow creme
pinch of salt
1½ tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar

Whip butter and marshmallow cream together, slowly add vanilla, salt and powdered sugar.  Add the sugar in small portions until you have the desired consistency

Chocolate Ganache:
½ c. chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
3 Tbl. whipping cream

Place chocolate in a bowl, heat cream in microwave or on stove until bubbly, then pour over the chocolate.  Let stand for 3-4 minutes and then stir until smooth  and ready to spread on cake.

 

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Cake #44 Pumpkin Maple cake with browned butter frosting

 

In the fall, I look forward to all things pumpkin.  Specifically, I love my Grandma Brubacher’s pumpkin pie, which has very strong maple overtones.  It is my favorite!

So, this week, my cake is a tribute to Grandma B’s pie.  And, really, it turned out beautifully! Unlike so many of the others I’ve gotten to taste his one and I think it may be a keeper!

here’s what I did:  I used last week’s pumpkin cake recipe, but made a few changes.

Ingredients
FOR CAKE:
2 and ¼ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
2tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. salt
1 and ⅓ cups canned pumpkin
¾ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp maple extract
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
3 eggs (I use extra-large)

extra cinnamon sugar for the pan.

browned butter frosting:

1/2 cup butter
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp maple flavoring
a few tsp of cream

Melt and brown the butter until the butter gets a nutty fragrance and begins to brown, then remove from the heat. Whisk in the sugar, then add add the cream and wet ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Pour warm frosting over cooled cake.

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a Bundt pan (I use a Bundt pan with 10 to 11 cup capacity) with Baker’s Joy (or grease and flour). Then create a coating by sprinkling a thick layer of cinnamon sugar all over the inside of the pan.  Set aside. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Mix pumpkin, buttermilk, vanilla and maple extract in another bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer and a large bowl), beat the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures, alternating (beginning and ending with flour mixture). Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for about 60 minutes (I recommend checking at 45-50 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (crumbs on the toothpick are okay since it should be moist). Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pan. Then frost.

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Cake #43 – pumpkin pecan spice bundt

Guys!  I’ve been baking a cake a week for 43 weeks now.  Truly, some weeks have been more stellar than others.  Some cakes have been delightful, others not so much!  But this week’s is divine!  It’s that simple!  The crumb was perfect and the flavor was just what I was looking for in a pumpkin – fall – flavored cake.  This one definitely rates pretty high up there on the keeper list!

(I found this recipe on Pinterest, on the cozycakescottage blog! However, I did a few things to make it my own, and I did not make a frosting this time. )

Ingredients
FOR CAKE:
2 and ¼ cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
¾ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. salt
1 and ⅓ cups canned pumpkin
¾ cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
3 eggs (I use extra-large)

extra cinnamon sugar and pecans for the pan.

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a Bundt pan (I use a Bundt pan with 10 to 11 cup capacity) with Baker’s Joy (or grease and flour). Then create a coating by sprinkling a thick layer of cinnamon sugar all over the inside of the pan.  Sprinkle chopped pecans win the bottom of the pan. Set aside. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. Mix pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla in another bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer and a large bowl), beat the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures, alternating (beginning and ending with flour mixture). Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for about 45 minutes (I recommend checking at 40 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (crumbs on the toothpick are okay since it should be moist). Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pan.

I dare you to let this one cool, but I bet you’ll find you need to eat this one warm!!!

 

 

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Cake #42

This week brought around a unique opportunity to bake for a brunch we were having for our Sunday School teachers at church.  Our children’s minister asked for people to bring food – and so, I thought it would be fun to sign up and bring a Bundt cake!  But what to bring???  I found what sounded like a yummy recipe online – Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake.

The recipe had all the ingredients to make it moist and delicious, so I thought I should try it!  I had second thoughts about the whole thing since I was baking it for a lot of people and I’d never made it before.  I used to believe I should never bake something for a crowd that I had never tried before.  Well, I’ve had to get over that this year, right? I’m giving away new cakes that I’ve never tasted to people and I have to be okay with it!

Snickerdoodle – normally is a yummy light, buttery, cinnamon tasting cookie that I love to make in the fall.  But, it was perfect for this occasion.  Also, I did sneak into the kitchen after the teachers had been served and snuck a bite.  Guys!  It was just right:  not too dense, perfectly moist and really did taste just like a snickerdoodle cookie!  🙂 update: because this cake was sooooo good, I was hired to make 2 more for a men’s prayer breakfast!  How exciting!!!

Here’s the recipe:(from DozenFlours.com)

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

Yield: It really depends on how big you cut the slices. Traditionally a 9″ Bundt should serve about 12, but if you cut the slices smaller, you can feed about 18 to 24.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup white sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature

Instructions:
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix together really well and set aside. Preheat oven to 325F.
Here’s the exact way I made the crust: Using a spray product like Pam with Flour (I LOVE this stuff — seriously its changed my life!), generously spray a 9 inch Bundt pan, being careful to cover all the nooks and crannies, as well as the center tube. Don’t forget the tube, I almost did. Note: If you don’t want to use Pam with Flour, you can just grease the pan with shortening. Gently dust the entire inside of the pan with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. You should only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar, but you want to try and evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube. Don’t rush. Save the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture and set everything aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Beat just the butter on medium speed for one full minute. Add the white sugar and mix for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and blade and add the brown sugar.
Mix for 2 minutes until the mixture looks light brown and uniform in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each for 1 full minute. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream; beat well.
Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture over top the cake. Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the top. (If you run out of cinnamon sugar, you can mix just 1/4 cup of sugar + 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together for the top of the cake. It should be more than enough.)
Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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Cake #41 Maple Cream Bundt and a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you!

Cake #41 Maple Cream Bundt and a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you!  🙂

Each year when Columbus Day rolls around in the United States, my family begins our time of Thanksgiving.  We start intentionally working at planning acts of gratefulness and thanks at Canadian Thanksgiving, and we celebrate all the way to American Thanksgiving late in November.

This year was no exception and so, I needed to (obviously) bake a cake.  Because it is fall, I thought it would be a good time to break out one of those “fall flavors” I’ve been waiting to try and so, I made this maple cream cake!  And friends – if you ever thought you needed to have pancakes and syrup in the form of a cake – this would be it!  It was moist and syrup-y sweet.  Fantastic.  We loved it!

Here is the recipe. (I found it on Pinterest, but made a few adjustments to make it my own. )

Cake #41 Maple Cream Bundt

For the cake:
¾ cups Canola Or Vegetable Oil
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Maple Extract
3 whole Eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
½ cups Milk
¼ cups Pure Maple Syrup
2-¾ cups Cake Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoons Baking Soda
¼ teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 Oz)

Frosting recipe
¼ cups Softened Butter
¼ cups Pure Maple Syrup
1 cup Powdered Sugar
½ teaspoons Maple Extract
1 cup plain whipped cream (optional)
½ cups Chopped Walnuts (for Garnish)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat bundt pan liberally with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In large bowl, whip oil, sugar, vanilla, eggs together until combined.
In small bowl, stir together sour cream, milk and maple syrup.
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
With mixer on low, alternate milk mixture with dry ingredients until everything is just incorporated. Scrape sides of bowl and mix briefly.
Pour batter into prepared bundt pan, level the top and bake 55 min-1 hour 5 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean after being inserted.
Remove from oven and cool in the pan 15 minutes. Poke small 1 inch deep holes into the top (which ends up being the bottom) of the cake and spoon 1/3 of the sweetened condensed milk into the holes and over the visible cake. Let this soak in 15 minutes and then turn cake out of pan onto cooling rack. {You may want to run a knife along the sides to ensure the cake will come out of the pan nicely.}
Poke more small holes {about 2 inches deep} into the top of the cake and spoon the remaining sweetened condensed milk into the holes and over the entire cake so it is completely covered. Let cake sit 1-2 hours so sweetened condensed milk can be absorbed.
Carefully remove cake from cooling rack and place onto cake stand. {It will be sticky!}
For the frosting, whip butter and maple syrup together until combined. Stir in vanilla and powdered sugar until completely smooth. Spread frosting over top of cake and down the sides slightly. Top with chopped walnuts.
Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

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Cake #39- Perseverance

Friends – cake #39 was actually 3 cakes.  The first two were for a wedding reception.  I was planning to try a slightly different version of Aunt Belva’s lemon pound cake. They would have been wonderful had I not slightly over baked them.  It was completely stressful and horrifying!  There are some things I can work around, but a cake that looks a little too dark is not one of them.

In the end – I took one lemon pound cake – (the way I’ve made it before with success – and it was a huge hit) and a caramel bourbon cake, which I had just practiced the week before.

When I decided to bake a cake a week, last January, I had no idea just how much I’d learn about myself or how much This process would stretch and grow me.  There’s nothing more humbling than admitting my failures publicly.  But there’s nothing more rewarding than learning to push through and keep going even when the going gets tough!

Thankfully it’s time to dive into fall flavors and holiday deliciousness.  I’ve Got some yummy recipes in the works that I can’t wait to share!   There’s so much to look forward to in my kitchen!  Thanks for taking this journey with me!

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Cake # 38 Kentucky bourbon cake with caramel bourbon glaze

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Well, long time, no cakes,  right?  I promise, I’ve been baking! We’ve had a little glitch with our technology around here and that’s complicated things a bit (to say the least).  But I’m up early this morning, with a good cup of coffee and I’m catching up!

The good news is – two weeks ago I made a cake for a friend’s birthday and it turned out to be pretty darn good!  I took the Kentucky butter cake recipe that I tried back several weeks ago in the summer and turned it into a Kentucky bourbon cake. I also took my favorite caramel sauce recipe and made it into a caramel bourbon sauce.

Here’s the recipe:

Kentucky Butter Bourbon Cake with Caramel Bourbon Sauce

Cake:

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp bourbon
3 cups cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk

bourbon butter glaze:

1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp Bourbon

Caramel bourbon sauce:
3/4 butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp Bourbon

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 325.  Prep the Bundt pan.  Put all of the cake ingredients in the mixer – mix on low for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for three minutes.  Pour batter into the pan and bake for 65 -70 minutes.

Make the butter glaze once the cake is finished baking.  Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small pan over medium heat – just until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolves. Do not boil.  Poke holes all over the cake and pour most of the glaze over the cake.  When the cake is cooled, invert it onto your serving platter and cover with the remaining glaze.

at this point I made the caramel sauce – combine the butter, brown sugar and water in a small pan.  Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Then remove from Heat and stir in evaporated milk and bourbon.  (1/2 cup for moderately thick sauce, 3/4 cup for a thin sauce.  ) serve the sauce warm with the cake.

I think the cake would be super yummy without the caramel bourbon sauce.