#BUNDT BAKERS STRAWBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Once I saw this cake, I knew I had to make it. It fit the theme, looks fabulous and I’m salivating just thinking about any leftover ganache, which will go right in my tummy. Hope I don’t increase the recipe by much,{lol}. This cake does contain a lot of ingredients, some a little pricey like the white and dark chocolate. If it seems to be too much of a task to make, remember it can be accomplished over a couple of days. If I can do it, I’m sure you will too. Plus, it really IS worth the effort.

Tammy Pappas of Living the Gourmet is the genius who chose and  declared our theme for August as strawberries, the epitome of summer delicious bounty.   Great and fun theme, yeah? Thanks for hosting this month Tammy, you brought imagination and interest with our current theme.

Also, big thanks to Alexandra of Bright~Eyed Baker for this lovely strawberry bundt recipe.  While searching for a good bundt with strawberries to fulfill our August theme, most strawberry cake recipes started out with some flavored box cake mix, enhancing further flavor with strawberry gelatin.  Yuck!.  Then I found this little beauty and needed to look no further;  I could adapt it for my needs and abilities.

It’s not only fabulous to look at, the cake itself is strictly from scratch, including puréed, roasted strawberries.  The flavor is out of this world.  I can hardly wait to finish it and get several good pictures before diving in.  I’ll share with my 90 year old mother~in~law who is sadly fading.  The family cannot get her to eat much, she’s down to skin and bones.  The one thing she gobbles up is baked goods so yes, I’ll share with her but right now I’m feeling kind of stingy about the whole “sharing thing”.  I should feel guilty about that but I’m not.  At this point, all I’ve been able to sample is the mixed cake batter left behind in the bowl after filling my bundt pan.  Based on that alone, most of it stays with me. {lol}

As an aside, my homemade cake release (posted earlier on my site) works very well.  My Bundt pan this month is crazy with nooks and crannies and the cake just popped right out.  Try it, you’ll see.

Lucky for me, this cake can be done in sections.  Today, the cake, tomorrow, the dipped strawberries and ganache.  I’m looking forward to sampling any left~overs in those mixing bowls.

#BUNDT BAKERS STRAWBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
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This light, tender and moist Bundt cake has a vibrant taste of strawberries, matched with the perfect amount of sweetness. It easily stands alone but is made even more special with creamy white chocolate glaze and chocolate ~covered strawberries, our theme this month, "strawberries". It makes a beautiful presentation. It's so beautiful and so delicious it's suitable for any special event or holiday.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
#BUNDT BAKERS STRAWBERRY BUNDT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
Print Recipe
This light, tender and moist Bundt cake has a vibrant taste of strawberries, matched with the perfect amount of sweetness. It easily stands alone but is made even more special with creamy white chocolate glaze and chocolate ~covered strawberries, our theme this month, "strawberries". It makes a beautiful presentation. It's so beautiful and so delicious it's suitable for any special event or holiday.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 1 Hour
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Ingredients
Strawberry Bundt cake
White Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate~covered Strawberries with White Chocolate Drizzle
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Strawberry Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 375º F, prepare a 12 Cup Bundt pan with cake release {homemade or Pam for Baking.} Set Aside. Make sure to well~coat all the nooks and crannies of the pan.
  2. Place the chopped strawberries in an 11" X 7" baking dish and sprinkle 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar on top. Roast in the pre~heated oven for about 15 minutes, then set aside for 15 Minutes to cool
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325º F
  4. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla sugar, and brown sugar until mixture is even in color and texture and the color has lightened a little. One at a time, add the eggs and the egg yolk, beating between each addition until well combined, scraping down mixing bowl as needed.
  6. In a blender, purée the cooled strawberries with yogurt until smooth. Add to the batter in the stand mixer along with the vanilla extract and red food coloring.
  7. Beat on low speed until the batter is even in color and everything is well~combined, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
  8. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold in well with a spatula until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! I was so careful not to overmix the batter, I actually under beat it a smidge.
  9. Pour the batter into the greased Bundt pan, spreading it out to fill every crevice of the pan and smooth it out on top.
  10. Rap the pan firmly on the counter to eliminate any trapped air bubbles.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 53 minutes until a toothpick into the center of the cake comes out "almost" clean. The toothpick, or your cake thermometer should still have just a tiny bit of crumb attached, being careful not to overbake it.
  12. Cool in the pan set on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. Then, rap the pan on the counter a few times to loosen the cake.
  13. Place the cooling rack upside~down over the pan, and turn the cake out onto the rack.
  14. Cover the top and sides with plastic wrap, and allow the cake to let cool completely until it is no longer warm to the touch.
  15. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature until it is ready to decorate.
  16. Make the chocolate~covered strawberries and plan out how you will decoratively place them on the cake before making the ganache glaze. Recipe follows:
Chocolate~covered Strawberries with White Chocolate Drizzle
  1. Rinse and dry strawberries. Take care that they are COMPLETELY dry before continuing
  2. If your strawberry stems don't look fresh, you can choose to cut them off. Cut off just enough to remove any unsightly and/or inedible area. Take care that you do not cut into the juicy part of the berries. Dry the cut area thoroughly by dabbing with a paper towel.
  3. Line a large tray with parchment paper. Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a microwave~safe bowl in 30 second intervals, gently stirring between intervals, until smooth. A container that is more tall than wide, like a Pyrex liquid measuring cup, works well.
  4. For strawberries with stems, dip each strawberry into the semi~sweet chocolate, tip~side,down, holding the strawberry stem.
  5. For strawberries without stems, dip into chocolate stem~side down, holding by the tip. Using this method, it helps to use a spoon with your free hand to lift the strawberry back out of the chocolate. Lift out and let the excess drip off.
  6. Place dipped strawberries on the parchment lined tray to set up. Once set, use a knife to trim off any chocolate that pooled around the strawberries. I refrigerated my dipped strawberries before cutting away the excess at the bottom. Don't do that. Keep the dipped berries at room temperature until assembly.
  7. On a side~note, chocolate~covered strawberries are really best served the same day they are made, Be sure to use a good quality chocolate, its the real star In this recipe and will definitely stand out.
  8. When dipping the strawberries in chocolate, the chocolate level will eventually lower to a point where you'll need to use a spoon or chocolate candy spoon to scoop it up the sides of the strawberry. Also, if the melted chocolate gets too thick and isn't applying smoothly, place it back in the microwave for 5 second intervals, stirring it between until melted and smooth again.
White Chocolate Ganache
  1. Place the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. In a separate, microwave-safe container, microwave the heavy cream for 20-30 seconds, just until it starts to boil. Pour the cream over the white chocolate, making sure that most of the white chocolate is covered. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then, stir in a gentle, circular motion until the white chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is smooth. If needed, microwave for another 10 seconds at a time, stirring gently between intervals, until smooth. If a few small bits of chocolate aren’t melting or you happen to get air bubbles in the ganache, strain it through a sieve before continuing. The ganache should be very thick, so that it falls in a slow stream from the bowl. If needed, chill it in the fridge briefly, about 5-10 minutes, and then stir again until smooth
Assembly
  1. Drizzle the ganache over the bundt cake, pouring over the top and letting it pool slowly down the sides. Arrange the strawberries on top, and let the ganache set. Serve cake the day it is assembled. Any leftovers should be covered tightly in plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator. I've read that placing a piece of sliced bread over the cut ends will help it stay fresh. Be sure to put plastic wrap over cut edges well to keep the cake moist. Enjoy!
  2. This is the piece I set aside for my mother-in-law. She was already in bed when Mr. B took it over to her. I'm waiting for my critique in the morning.
Recipe Notes

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Drizzle the ganache over the bundt cake, pouring over the top and letting it pool slowly down the sides. Arrange the strawberries on top, and let the ganache set.

NOTES

Make sure to find the most attractive, fresh, firm strawberries to use for dipping and decorating.

Use the best quality white chocolate that you can afford for this recipe, the chocolate really is a focal point in this cake.  If you can find white chocolate made specifically for melting, that’s probably an easier way to go.

Remember,  this  cake can be made in "sections".  I baked the cake one day, let it cool completely and wrapped tightly in plastic and kept  it at room temperature until putting it all together.  The next day, I dipped the strawberries, made the white Chocolate Ganache and assembled shortly before serving.  It was well received.

If you aren’t sure whether your ganache is at the perfect consistency for drizzling on the cake, you can test it by pouring a little bit on and seeing how it flows down the side. If it's too liquid, you can chill the ganache in the fridge for about 5 minutes.  If you end up getting it a little too thick, microwave it for 5-10 seconds, just until it’s reached the right consistency.  It should drip down the sides of the cake easily, but not too fast.

Decorate with your beautiful dipped  strawberries and fight over who gets the biggest piece.  🐝💜

Strawberries

The garden strawberry (or simply strawberry; Fragaria × ananassa) is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria, collectively known as the strawberry.   It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as preserves, juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry flavorings and aromas are also widely used in many products like lip gloss, candy, hand sanitizers, perfume, and many others.

The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.Cultivars of Fragaria × ananassa have replaced, in commercial production, the woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), which was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century.

The strawberry is not, from a botanical point of view, a berry. Technically, it is an aggregate accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries. Each apparent "seed" (achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it.

Fresh summer strawberries are one of the most popular, refreshing, and healthy treats on the planet. They also appear to carry a number of health benefits.

Today, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries. The sweet, slightly tart berries rank among the top 10 fruits and vegetables for antioxidant content.

The benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds, including strawberries, are varied. As plant food consumption goes up, the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer goes down.

A high intake of fruits and vegetables is also associated with healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and lower weight. Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.

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#BUNDT BAKERS BOSTON CREAM~FILLED BUNDT CAKE ** double the Sponge recipe

I consider this recipe a bit labor intensive but after tasting the completed cake, it’s worth the effort. After sampling, It is definitely one of my favorites. But in all honesty, I won’t be turning this out unless it’s for a special occasion. The cake is, in my opinion, simply fabulous. I suggest doubling the cake recipe to create a larger cake.

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First and foremost, a great big thank you hug for this fun and tasty theme,  “Filled Bundt Cakes”.   This months recipes are brought to you by           Christina Lopez Vera of Bizcocheando and Patricia at Pattys Cake.           And, thanks especially for the translation.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what cake to bake.  I just went straight to the horse’s mouth, Mr. Bee, he knew right off what he wanted this month and I like to include his favorites for him.  This Boston Creme~Filled Bundt Cake will definitely be added to his favorites list.  I’m already sampling that chocolate drizzle in my dreams.

Now, Boston Cream Pie is not a difficult cake to bake but turning it into a Bundt took a little research and reading potential recipes. This recipe is adapted from several recipes, including  “Unsophisticook.com and The Cake Book”.   Great start!   Now if you know anything about me {and if you are following me, you would already know a few of my simple rules}.  If not, please come join me.  I’m not a proliferate Pinner but what I lack in numbers of pins, I make up for it with enthusiastic fervor.   My homemade recipes are really very good.

I prefer baking from scratch.  Yes, I have used boxed cakes plenty of times, but  I consider #Bundt Bakers more than worthy of offering a scratch- baked Bundt as opposed to cake mix. I really wanted to make it special because my daughter arrives on Tuesday along with my two granddaughters.  Two weeks of Heaven in my house…….

I much prefer heavy whipping cream to any “fake” whipped cream product.    So, {a} heavy whipping cream instead of cool whip}; { b} No instant pudding, just a perfect custard, using Bird’s custard mix or your own favorite filling or use the one provided in this recipe.  It’s fast, easy and tastes absolutely great;  and [c} Homemade rather than “store-bought cake mix”.  There is a big  difference between the pre-made in all of my three “almost-scratch” choices.

This hot milk cake is the perfect recipe for this yummy morsel.  This recipe makes up a small cake and next time,  ** I will definitely double the recipe.  Now, add the homemade Custard and finishing touch of irresistible chocolate and I’m your girl.

 

 

 

#BUNDT BAKERS BOSTON CREAM~FILLED BUNDT CAKE
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This recipe requires some advance planning, as the cake has to cool completely before it is filled and frosted. This hot milk cake is the perfect recipe for this yummy morsel. This recipe makes up a small cake and next time, I will definitely double the recipe. Now, add the homemade Custard and finishing touch of irresistible chocolate and I'm your girl.
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
#BUNDT BAKERS BOSTON CREAM~FILLED BUNDT CAKE
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This recipe requires some advance planning, as the cake has to cool completely before it is filled and frosted. This hot milk cake is the perfect recipe for this yummy morsel. This recipe makes up a small cake and next time, I will definitely double the recipe. Now, add the homemade Custard and finishing touch of irresistible chocolate and I'm your girl.
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20~25 Minutes 1 ~ 2 hours Set up
Ingredients
Hot Milk Sponge Cake
Vanilla Custard Filling
Chocolate Ganache Drizzle
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Hot Milk Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees and prepare baking pan with homemade cake release, or Bakers Joy
  2. Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt twice. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, and butter and heat over medium heat just until the butter is melted. Remove the pan from heat and set aside.
  3. Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat the eggs at high speed until blended. About 1 minute.
  4. Gradually add in granulated sugar and vanilla extract and beat until pale and tripled in volume, about 6 minutes.
  5. Sift 1/3 cup of flour mixture over the egg mixture and GENTLY fold in with a rubber spatula. Repeat with the remaining flour in two more additions. Do not over~fold or you will deflate the mixture.
  6. Reheat the milk mixture to just under a boil. Add it all at once to the egg mixture and gently fold it in.
  7. Pour the combined mixture into a prepared Bundt cake pan, and gently tap the pan on on the counter, several times, to release any large air bubbles
  8. Bake the cake on the lowest rack of the oven at 350º degrees for approximately 20 to 25 minutes until it springs back when lightly touched and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the Bundt pan and reinvert the cake so it is right side up to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  10. I froze my cake for easier handling. After the cake is about half~way thawed, cut the cake horizontally. While you are waiting for the cake to finish defrosting, it's a dandy time to make the Custard.
  11. When the cake is mostly thawed, use a small paring knife and a teaspoon to dig a good sized trench in the top and bottom cake layers to give you more filling space.
Vanilla Custard Filling
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and the cornstarch, set aside
  2. In a medium sauce pan, bring the milk to a gentle boil. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk about 1/3 cup of the hot milk into the yolk mixture. Return the entire mixture to the sauce pan, place over medium high heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly for one minute. Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the butter until completely melted .
  3. Immediately strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl . Whisk in the vanilla extract. Cover the surface of the custard with plastic wrap and let cool to room temperature then refrigerate for two hours or until well chilled.
  4. Just before assembling the cake, transfer the custard filling to the bowl of your stand mixer. Add 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and using the whisk attachment on your mixer beat the mixture at high speed until it is light and forms into soft peaks about one minute.
Chocolate Drizzle
  1. In a small sauce pan, (or in the microwave). bring the cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate to the pan. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the glaze is smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract. Transfer the glaze to a small bowl , cover the surface of the glaze with a piece of plastic wrap and let cool for about 10 minutes before using.
Assembling the cake
  1. I froze my cake, well-wrapped in plastic wrap, to allow it to firm up before I attempted to cut into it.
  2. Allow it to come to almost room temperature, but still a bit firm. Using a long serrated knife, cut the cake horizontally in half to make two layers.
  3. Place the bottom half of the cake cut side up on a serving plate. Using a small paring knife and a teaspoon carve around the inside edges of the cake leaving a border of cake and scrape out a little bit of the cake with your teaspoon. Make a nice "trench" on both halves to allow for a generous portion of custard.
  4. Now, spread the filling onto the bottom layer and using a small offset spatula spread it into an even layer in the trench that you've dug in the bottom half. Repeat this technique to the cut side of the top layer to allow for plenty of Custard filling.
  5. Add more custard to the small trench you made with a teaspoon and very carefully add the filled top to the filled bottom layer on your serving dish.
Glaze the cake
  1. Pour the warm glaze over the top of the cake allowing some of it to artisticly drizzle down the sides serve the cake immediately or refrigerate.
  2. Store in refrigerator in a covered container for up to a day before serving. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  3. Note: the Custard can be made ahead of time stored carefully with plastic wrap form fitted over the top of the custard.
  4. Note: that Hot Milk Sponge can be made a day or two before serving. This will allow time for the cake to firm up in the freezer for easier assembly.
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WESTERN SKILLET RICE

This is an easy, inexpensive and tasty dinner that can be assembled, placed in a casserole and finished in a 350ºF oven at a later time in the day. Add salad, bread and your dinner is table~ready.

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Every now and then we all need a quick, easy but still tasty dinner.  This is just one of those recipes.  You can also prepare it up to the addition of the cheese, put it in a casserole dish, top with cheese and when ready, put it in a 350ºF oven to finish.  This takes about 20 minutes.  Fast, easy, inexpensive, tasty and can be made ahead.

WESTERN SKILLET RICE
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This is a one~pot dish that can be prepared early in the day and finished in a casserole dish. It's also, easy and tasty. If you add the peas, there's your vegetables. Add a salad, some homemade bread {in the machine} and dinner is ready to eat.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes in oven 5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes in oven 5 Minutes
WESTERN SKILLET RICE
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This is a one~pot dish that can be prepared early in the day and finished in a casserole dish. It's also, easy and tasty. If you add the peas, there's your vegetables. Add a salad, some homemade bread {in the machine} and dinner is ready to eat.
Servings Prep Time
4 People 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes in oven 5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 People 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 Minutes in oven 5 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Brown hamburger, drain
  2. Stir in soup mix, stock, rice, tomatoes and peas, if using
  3. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the RICE is done
  4. Top with Parmesan cheese, return lid for about 5 minutes to let the cheese melt. Serve.
  5. Or; place in casserole add cheese and finish later in the day, in the oven.
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