#BUNDT BAKERS ORANGE CRUNCH BUNDT CAKE

This recipe gives you a delicate and tasty orange flavor without tasting too sweet, or a “fake” orange flavor. I have to say that even if it is my own adapted Bundt, I cannot sing enough praises for it.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our ohref=”http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/p/bundtbakers.html”>home page.

It is important to thank the people who help these monthly events come together.  Probably, first and foremost is Stacey Livingston Rushton who orchestrates #BundBakers each month with the assistance of Renee Dobson and Wendy Klik; and to all the fine bakers who volunteer to host the event that changes every month.  This month, we have Felice Geoghegan of All That’s Left Are The Crumbs, who  prepared and updated  our list of bakers and their offerings; and the ever important job of choosing the theme or main ingredient.  This month, our talents have the theme of “Orange” to work with.  Sounds easy, right? Think again, it really gives us incredible choices ~ I mean, wide open.  So please check out all the bakers’  submissions to see the wide array of bunts prepared.  Im often amazed at what these bakers come up with.  Recipes that are so creative, it boggles the mind!

I, personally, also need to thank Gretchen of Gretchen’s Bakery for this beautiful, orange Bundt.  I was able to adapt it to my needs and abilities.

#BUNDT BAKERS ORANGE CRUNCH BUNDT CAKE
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A very delicate flavored orange Bundt cake that is easy to come together, but looks and tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours to achieve a satisfying cake that is not too sweet and the orange enhancement is light and delicious
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
#BUNDT BAKERS ORANGE CRUNCH BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
A very delicate flavored orange Bundt cake that is easy to come together, but looks and tastes like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours to achieve a satisfying cake that is not too sweet and the orange enhancement is light and delicious
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
Servings Prep Time
10 Servings 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 10 Minutes + completely cooled
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
The Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and prepare a 6 cup Bundt pan with cake release. Set aside.
  2. Cream the room temperature unsalted butter with the caster sugar until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes.
  3. Sift both flours together with the salt and baking powder.
  4. Combine eggs and extracts {Or Grand Marnier in lieu of Orange Extract) together.
  5. Slowly add the egg mixture while mixing on low to medium speed, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl until well~incorporated
  6. Add 1/3 of the sifted flour mixture and mix just to incorporate.
  7. Combine the buttermilk with the freshly squeezed orange juice and zest and then add 1/2 of this liquid mixture to the creamed mixture.
  8. Remember to scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl and then add 1/3 addition of the sifted flour.
  9. Add the remaining buttermilk and juice mixture then the last of the flour, mixing just until combined after each addition.
  10. Pour into the prepared Bundt pan. Tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to help the batter settle in to the nooks and crannies, and let any air bubbles out.
  11. Bake for about 45 ~ 50 minutes or until it is done. It will be springy to the touch when gently pressed in the center or when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. You can always use a Bundt cake thermometer to check for doneness as well.
  12. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Assembly
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the orange marmalade on low heat until melted. I used the microwave, in 10 second bursts, stirring frequently. This would be a dandy time to add in a little more Grand Marnier, no more than a teaspoon, if it suits you. The next time I make this cake, and I promise I will definitely make it again, I will add a little more Grand Marnier just to further enhance the flavor and make the marmalade a little easier to brush on. Finally, brush the melted orange marmalde mixture over the completely cooled cake and press the crushed wafer cookies into the entire outside of the cake. Enjoy. Tasty and scrumptious.
  2. Crushing the cookies and melting the marmalade are both very simple to accomplish. However, this cake does not come across as simple on your serving plate or palate.
  3. As an aside, I purchased my orange wafers online and honestly, they were a bit pricey. For cakemasters, I’m sure you would be able to find them in the cookie aisle of your favorite market.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes a somewhat small cake (6 cup Bundt cake pan is used).  It comes together quickly and easily and I must admit, even the batter was tasty.  For some reason, we are all receiving instruction these days regarding test tasting batters that contain eggs.  I’ve grown up enjoying batters for cakes or cookies with no symptoms or any negative reaction.  If I can make it this far, I’m simply not worried about it at all.

Again, this cake is quite simple to make and offers a very nice, light orange flavor.

I used my tried and true homemade cake release and the cake literally fell right out of the pan.  The recipe and instruction can be found elsewhere on my blog.  This “stuff” is absolutely wonderful.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a nice surprise.  The recipe is not a secret, you can find it in many, many food blogs.  Please do try it.  You have nothing to lose and cakes practically jump out of the pans.  It works great in the intricate designs found on the many Bundt cake pans that sport the designs, or your basic round pans.  The interesting designs in many Bundt cake pans add a lot of interest to the cakes being baked.  This cake release works wonders.

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#BUNDTBAKERS PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM BUNDT CAKE

Well, now that I have tasted it, all I have to say is Holy Cow, this cake is a winner. I do caution you to be careful of your baking time. You don’t want to overbake it. This little nugget would also go in my comfort foods list. One bite takes you back. It is very reminiscent of childhood, if you like peanut butter of course. Either creamy or chunky would be equally delish. This recipe produces a great tasting, easy to make dessert or lunchtime delight. Just add cold milk or, in my case, a lovely cup of tea.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our <a href=”http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/p/bundtbakers.html”>home page</a>.

Well, first things first.   In order for #BundtBakers to function, some knowledgeable and helpful baker has to step up and host for each given month.  They need to choose an ingredient or theme and know enough about computers to create the list of participants and update that list once all the bakers publish their cake recipes.  It sure looks like a lot of work and I just wish I could take a turn.  I do all my postings on an IPad and you must be able to use a computer to create and update the lists.

This month, our theme is Back to School and Freeze Bundts. Our hosts are Stacey Livingston Rushton and Wendy Klik  of Food, Lust, Love.  Thank you so much ladies, I really admire you for taking on this task.

When  I learned that the theme this month was “Back  to School and Freeze”, the first thing I thought of was when my kids were little, I always laid in a big supply of peanut butter and jelly to have on hand anytime I needed a quick, last minute school lunch.

Both of my kids liked peanut butter and jelly so it was not a problem for me .  Whenever I had to make some last minute lunch or after school snack I would grab the PB & J and go to town.  Fast, easy and my kids actually ate it.

One of my granddaughters does not like peanut butter ~ sacrilege!  Every kid loves peanut butter in any form, sandwiches, morning toast, cookies and other sweets.  You name it, they would inhale it.

When my kids were young, we had a swimming pool when we lived in California, so every summer all their neighborhood friends hit the water by 10 a.m. and I was assigned lunch duty.  PB & J to the rescue.

This Bundt, would surely go over well for the kids lunches.  You could slice it up and freeze each piece separately.    When it’s time to put the lunches together, just pop a frozen slice into their lunch bag.  The frozen cake slice will travel well, and while defrosting, it would help keep the rest of the lunch fresh.

#BUNDTBAKERS. PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM BUNDT CAKE
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*This recipe was adapted from Marsha's Baking Addiction. This is a simple yet unique BUNDT cake . Thanks Marsha. The cake is really enjoyable. You can switch out the flavors, i.e. Grape jelly which was my first thought, crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth and those easy changes will give you a new favorite. It's really fast and easy to put it all together. I do suggest that you give it a try.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
#BUNDTBAKERS. PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
*This recipe was adapted from Marsha's Baking Addiction. This is a simple yet unique BUNDT cake . Thanks Marsha. The cake is really enjoyable. You can switch out the flavors, i.e. Grape jelly which was my first thought, crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth and those easy changes will give you a new favorite. It's really fast and easy to put it all together. I do suggest that you give it a try.
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 ~ 50 Minutes 1 1/2 Hours
Ingredients
FOR THE BUNDT CAKE
FOR THE GLAZE
Servings: Servings
Instructions
FOR THE BUNDT CAKE
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F and prepare your Bundt pan by using cake release (homemade or purchased) and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer, Whisk the eggs until blended. Add the caster sugar and whisk until combined and gets light and fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla, melted butter, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter and whisk until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Remove the bowl of your stand mixer and fold in the dry ingredients by hand until well blended.
  5. Pour half the mixture into the prepared Bundt pan. Use your spatula and make a small "trench" down the middle of the cake batter, to ready it for the jam. Spoon the jam over the batter, without touching the sides of the pan and top with remaining batter.
  6. Bake for 45 ~ 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs, or use your Bundt cake thermometer.
  7. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.
FOR THE GLAZE
  1. Sift confectioners sugar; whisk together the sifted icing (confectioners) sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Add more milk or cream if too thick or icing sugar if too thin, as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  2. Drizzle over completely cooled cake and place your cake on your serving plate or stand to serve.
  3. Slice up the cake into individual servings, place in a seal top bag and freeze. When it's time to put lunches together, just pop a slice right into their lunch bag. The cake will defrost during the morning and be ready to enjoy for dessert.
Recipe Notes

Notes :  If you don't have cake flour in your pantry, Relax,  you can make your own.  Just measure out  3 cups of plain all purpose flour, remove 6 tablespoons, and replace with 6 tablespoons of corn flour or corn starch and sift three times.  Yes, 3 times.

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground dry roasted peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners or emulsifiers. Peanut butter is popular in many countries. The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter and itself consumes $800 million of peanut butter annually.

Peanut butter is served as a spread on bread, toast or crackers, and used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich). It is also used in a number of confections and packaged foods, such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (made of chocolate-coated peanut butter), candy bars (e.g., peanut butter in  Snickers) and peanut-flavoured granola bars. Comparable preparations are made by grinding other nuts. A variety of other nut butters are also sold, such as cashew butter and almond butter.

The use of peanuts dates to the Aztecs and Incas, and peanut paste may have been used by the Aztecs as a toothache remedy in the first century of the Common Era.

Marcellus Gilmore Edson (1849 – 1940) of Montreal, Canada obtained a patent for peanut butter in 1884. Edson's cooled product had "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment" according to his patent application which described a process of milling roasted peanuts until the peanuts reached "a fluid or semi-fluid state". He mixed sugar into the paste to harden its consistency.  George Bayle, a businessperson from St. Louis produced and sold peanut butter in the form of a snack food in 1894.

John Harvey Kellogg, known for his line of prepared breakfast cereals, was issued a patent for a "Process of Producing Alimentary Products" in 1898, and used peanuts, although he boiled the peanuts rather than roasting them.  Kellogg's Western Health Reform Institute served peanut butter to patients because they needed a food that contained a lot of protein, yet which could be eaten without chewing.  At first, peanut butter was a food for wealthy people.  Initially, it  was a product served at expensive health care institutes.

Early peanut-butter-making machines were developed by Joseph Lambert, who had worked at John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium, and Dr. Ambrose Straub who obtained a patent for a peanut-butter-making machine in 1903.  "In 1922, chemist Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil"; Rosefield "...licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut butter" in 1928 and in "...1932 he began producing his own peanut butter under the name Skippy".  Under the Skippy brand, Rosefield developed a new method of churning creamy peanut butter, giving it a smoother consistency. He also mixed fragments of peanut into peanut butter, creating the first "chunky"-style peanut butter.  In 1955, Procter & Gamble launched a peanut butter named Jif {my preference},  which was sweeter than other brands, due to the use of "sugar and molasses" in its recipe.

As the US National Peanut Board confirms, "Contrary to popular belief, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter."  Carver was given credit in popular folklore for many inventions that did not come out of his lab. By the time Carver published his document about peanuts, entitled "How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption" in 1916, many methods of preparation of peanut butter had been developed or patented by various pharmacists, doctors and food scientists working in the US and Canada.

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day in the United States.  In my opinion, it should be a National Holiday.

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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient.

You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

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All I know is, I still keep it on hand in my pantry for both Mr. B and myself.  The standard peanut butter cookie is my long time favorite {especially if adding a Hershey's chocolate kiss}.  There are, however, several peanut butter~based cookies that regularly find their way into my shopping cart.  🐝💜

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#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.
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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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BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers, can be found on our <a href="http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/p/bundtbakers.html">home page</a>.

 

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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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#BundtBakers White Chocolate Bundt Cake With Raspberry Glaze And Fresh Raspberries

Since I decided to make an extra special cake for our anniversary, I really wanted to make the tastiest cake in my repertoire. This recipe is adapted from both Bettycrocker.com and Food.com. I put it all together and baked it up in my new Bundt pan that I’ve been coveting since I first saw it. Hopefully, you’ll agree this bundt is spectacular.

Our theme for February is “Red”.  In addition to St. Valentines Day, its Mr. B’s and my anniversary on February 10, so this cake was an extra special treat for me to research, prepare and enjoy.

Heartfelt appreciation  to Wendy Klik  from  A Day in the Life on the Farm for this “red” treat.  I really had a good time deciding which cake to make and the choice was not easy.  I had a good idea of what I wanted for the finished cake and drew from a couple different recipes to make this, my own creation.

At this time, I would like to add that while it may appear difficult with a long list of ingredients, it is really straightforward.  And even though a tad labor intensive,  it is WELL worth it.  It’s quite delicious and perfect for any celebration.

#BundtBakers White Chocolate Bundt Cake With Raspberry Glaze And Fresh Raspberries
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A beautiful, lightly almond-scented, white chocolate bundt cake with luscious white chocolate baked throughout the cake itself and a white chocolate ganache decoratively drizzled on top. Finished with a raspberry glaze, and dollops of whipped cream and fresh raspberries to complete my masterpiece. It's rich, chocolaty and fabulous, in my opinion.
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
#BundtBakers White Chocolate Bundt Cake With Raspberry Glaze And Fresh Raspberries
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A beautiful, lightly almond-scented, white chocolate bundt cake with luscious white chocolate baked throughout the cake itself and a white chocolate ganache decoratively drizzled on top. Finished with a raspberry glaze, and dollops of whipped cream and fresh raspberries to complete my masterpiece. It's rich, chocolaty and fabulous, in my opinion.
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 Minutes 15 -75 Minutes
Ingredients
The Bundt cake
White Chocolate Ganache
Raspberry Glaze
Topping
Servings: Servings
Instructions
White Chocolate Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees. Prepare a 10-inch Bundt pan with homemade cake release or use food release spray for baking, and dust with two tablespoons sugar. Be sure to tap out the excess sugar. I was not careful enough, in my opinion. And it looks like excess flour caked on the Bundt. It's actually sugar not tapped out. While it may appear a bit unsightly, it will only sweeten the finished Bundt. The sugar coating adds a very nice crunch to the finished cake. Here is my spectacular new Bundt cake pan. Don't you just love the final, gorgeous Bundt cake it produces?
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Chop 8 ounces of baking white chocolate. Reserve 4 ounces of the chopped chocolate to be added to the cake before baking. Melt the other 4 ounces and set aside.
  4. In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.
  5. Stir extracts and the melted white chocolate and flour mixture into the creamed mixture alternating with the sour cream. Beat just until combined.
  6. Pour 1/3 of the batter into your prepared bundt cake pan. Sprinkle 1/2 of the reserved chopped white chocolate on top of the batter. Repeat and Pour the remaining (1/3) batter on top.
  7. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean. I turned the pan at 30 minutes to facilitate an even bake.
  8. Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan to a rack and allow to cool completely.
White Chocolate Ganache
  1. Place 8 ounces of chopped white chocolate baking bar pieces in a small bowl, set aside
  2. Bring 1/2 Cup whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon butter just to a boil.
  3. Pour over chopped white chocolate pieces and stir until smooth. Cool completely, about 5 minutes. Then refrigerate 1 hour until thoroughly chilled
Raspberry Glaze
  1. Place a strainer over a saucepan; pour thawed raspberries into strainer and press the berries with the back of a spoon through the strainer to remove seeds. Discard seeds.
  2. Stir Raspberry juice with cornstarch and sugar. Blend well and cook over medium heat until the mixture boils and thickens, STIRRING CONSTANTLY. The raspberry juice is a bit tart so I added a touch of sugar. The remaining tart flavor is a nice balance to the sweet cake. Cool about 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
Assembly
  1. Drizzle melted and cooled white chocolate ganache over the bundt cake and give it awhile to set up. Then, spread the raspberry glaze on top of the ganache. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving
Serving my masterpiece
  1. Whip 1 cup heavy whipping cream, add sugar to taste and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add dollops of whipped cream over the glaze and finish with fresh raspberries. Serve and enjoy your masterpiece.
Recipe Notes

~The History Channel~

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

THE LEGEND OF ST. VALENTINE

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Did You Know?
Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

ORIGINS OF VALENTINE’S DAY: A PAGAN FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

VALENTINE’S DAY: A DAY OF ROMANCE

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY GREETINGS

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. 💜

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#BUNDTBAKERS TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE

This cake is “old” enough to be considered a vintage recipe and is almost solely responsible for the rise of popularity and sales of Bundt pans.

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Today’s recipe, is from The Cook’s Country Cookbook, and is for an updated version of the classic Tunnel of Fudge Cake. The bakers at America’s Test Kitchen made two dozen cakes before arriving at this rendition, and swaps half of the granulated sugar for brown sugar.  This cake was very popular in the 60’s and fondly remembered by the baby~boomers.  Later, as I recall, there were “cake mixes” available in the local supermarkets.

I have substituted Splenda white and Splenda brown sugar to make it a healthier version.  I’ve been baking and cooking with both Splenda sugars for quite awhile.  I’ve always had success in texture and taste.  It’s an even swap, 1 to 1.

When testing this cake for doneness, do not use the inserted toothpick method as the tunnel of fudge will always look underdone.   Instead, look to see if the sides are beginning to pull away from the pan. When pressed, the top of the cake should feel springy.

This month, our theme is a Healthy cheat, sneak or substitute hosted by Andrea Potter Kruse.  It didn’t take me too long to decide which recipe to use.  My brother~in~law has been asking for this cake even before #BundtBakers became a part of my interests.  So, thank you Andrea for this ingenious theme which also required a bit of thought and research.  But my brother~in~law thanks you in a BIG way {plus, it’s his birthday this month}.

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE:

Tunnel of Fudge Cake
1 1/2 cups soft Land O’ Lakes Butter
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups Pillsbury’s Best Flour (Regular, Instant Blending or Self Rising*)
1 package Pillsbury Double Dutch Fudge Buttercream Frosting Mix
2 cups chopped Diamond Walnuts

Oven 350° [ed. 350 F / 175 C]
10-inch tube cake

Cream butter in large mixer bowl at high speed of mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add sugar, continue creaming at high speed until light and fluffy. By hand, stir in flour, frosting mix, and walnuts until well blended. Pour batter into greased Bundt pan or 10-inch Angel Food tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60 to 65 minutes. Cool 2 hours, remove from pan. Cool completely before serving.

Note: Walnuts, Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix and butter are key to the success of this unusual recipe. Since cake has a soft fudgy interior, test for doneness after 60 minutes by observing dry, shiny brownie-type crust.

It originally required Pillsbury “Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix”, which was later discontinued by Pillsbury.   In response to widespread complaints, Pillsbury released a revised version that introduced cocoa powder in place of the frosting mix.

REVISED  RECIPE FOR TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE FROM PILLSBURY

This revised recipe makes up for the now-extinct ingredient of “Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix.” Note that Pillsbury introduced a glaze, whereas the original did not have one. Pillsbury notes that the cake will not work without the called-for amount of nuts.

For the cake:
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups margarine or softened butter
6 eggs
2 cups icing sugar
2 1/4 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups chopped walnuts

For the glaze:
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 to 6 teaspoons milk

Start heating oven to 350 F / 175 C.

Grease and flour a 12-cup (3 litres) fluted tube cake pan or a 10-inch (25 cm) tube pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat after each one. Add the 2 cups of icing sugar a little at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in flour (if you have been using an electric beater, switch to hand for this) and all remaining ingredients in the cake section. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth it out. Pop into oven and bake until edges start to pull away from the pan and the top is set. Don’t go by standard tests such as a dry toothpick test; they won’t work with this cake. The cake should be done in 45 to 50 minutes. Remove cake from oven, leave in pan, and set on wire rack to cool 1 1/2 hours, then invert onto a plate and let cool a further 2 hours.

Now, mix all the glaze ingredients. You want the glaze to be runny enough to drizzle, so add a bit more milk if you have to. Drizzle over top, and let some run down the sides of the cake.

#BUNDTBAKERS TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE
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My dear brother~in~law has been asking for this cake ever since he heard about my joining the #BundtBakers group. What makes this a perfect opportunity is that I substituted Splenda for both brown and white sugars. He is diabetic and so swapping out the sugars is perfect timing. I know he will love it and I'm sure I will too.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
#BUNDTBAKERS TUNNEL OF FUDGE BUNDT CAKE
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My dear brother~in~law has been asking for this cake ever since he heard about my joining the #BundtBakers group. What makes this a perfect opportunity is that I substituted Splenda for both brown and white sugars. He is diabetic and so swapping out the sugars is perfect timing. I know he will love it and I'm sure I will too.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt cake 30 ~ 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 Minutes {approximately} 2 1/2 Hours
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Glaze
Servings: Bundt cake
Instructions
  1. For the cake: preheat oven to 350º F And prepare a 12 cup, non~stick Bundt pan by brushing the interior with 1 T butter plus 1 T cocoa powder. Or use your own homemade cake release, then dust with cocoa powder.
  2. Whisk the boiling water and chocolate together in a small bowl until melted and smooth; let the mixture cool slightly.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, nuts, confectioners sugar, cocoa and salt together.
  4. In a large bowl {Kitchen Aid if you're lucky enough to have one.} beat the butter, sugars and vanilla together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined, beat in the chocolate mixture and blend on low for about 30 seconds. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until just incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  6. Scrape the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Wipe any drops of batter off the sides of the pan and gently tap the pan on your work surface to settle the batter.
  7. Bake the cake until the edges start pulling away from the sides of the pan and the top feels springy with pressed finger, about 45 minutes. The toothpick method will not work with this cake as the tunnel of fudge will not appear done at any point.
  8. For the glaze: In the meantime, whisk all the ingredients for the glaze together in a medium bowl until smooth and thickened.
  9. Allow the cake to cool in the pan, on top of a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then flip it out on a wire rack. Let the cake cool completely, about 2 hours. Drizzle the chocolate glaze over the top and sides of the cake. Allow the glaze to set up ~ about 25 minutes, before serving.
  10. Once completely cooled, mix all the glaze ingredients together until the desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cake while it is still on the wire rack, putting a sheet pan beneath to catch the drips. Move to serving plate and add chopped, toasted walnuts to the finished cake.
Recipe Notes

The Bundt pan was invented in the 1950s by a man named H. David Dalquist. The pan was based on a traditional ceramic dish with a similar ringed shape. Though Dalquist's version was lighter and easier to use than the clunky previous version, sales were disappointing.

Then, in 1966, a woman named Ella Helfrich took second place {and won $25,000 dollars} in the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off with her recipe for Tunnel of Fudge Cake. The walnut-filled, chocolate-glazed cake had a ring of gooey fudge at its center. Eating a slice was reminiscent of indulging in under-baked brownie batter. Helfrich's cake was an overnight sensation. Pillsbury received more than 200,000 requests for the pan she used, and Dalquist's company went into overtime production. Today, more than 50 million Bundt pans of all shapes and sizes have been sold around the world.

Though her recipe only won second prize, it was enough to clinch her place in American cooking fame. The first prize recipe from that year has been forgotten. Ella's, though, was an immediate sensation.

Pillsbury ran newspaper ads across America showing a photo of a slice of the cake with the large, bold caption "Makes its own tunnel of fudge as it bakes". The ad (accompanied by an 8 cent clip-out coupon) said:

"Sensational Tunnel of Fudge Cake is a  Rich, yummy chocolate cake that makes its own thick, fudgey center as it bakes. What an idea! And Tunnel of Fudge Cake is easy. Shortcutted, streamlined, up-to-dated (sic) by Pillsbury's Best. Makes baking from scratch easy as baking from a mix! Just one bowl. Six ingredients. Ten minutes' preparation time. Because Pillsbury Double Dutch Fudge Frosting Mix goes right in the batter—makes the flavor, the tunnel as the cake bakes! You'll bake Tunnel of Fudge Cake again and again. The recipe's at your grocer's. Pick it up at the same time you get your Pillsbury's Best —Plain or Self-Rising."

Mrs. Helfrich continued to enter the Bake-Offs after 1966, but never won again. She felt it was owing to her resisting the pressure to go "light and lively" in her recipes. She told reporters there were four major food groups for her: butter, chocolate, pecans and sugar. "You can't go low-cal when you're using pecans and brown sugar," she said in 1999, I like her style.  She especially liked cooking with pecans, as she had a pecan tree in her backyard.

You may notice that this cake has many similar versions:  the original from Mrs Helfrich; The new recipe from Pillsbury once they stopped making the fudge frosting included in the original; and the one from Cooks Corner which I have adjusted and chosen to share with you all today.  Similar yet distinctive, this version just works for me. 💜

 

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#BUNDTBAKERS APPLE~CREAM CHEESE BUNDT CAKE

This is my second try this month, I don’t know how it happened but in my opinion, my first one was not suitable for anything other than the garbage disposal. It very well could have been Operator error. This one went together nice and smooth. While the ingredient list may make seem intimidating, it’s really very easy to pull this delicious bundt cake out of your own oven.

This tasty morsel has been adapted from Baked by Rachel and I want to thank her for this little beauty.   Our theme this month is apples. I know there are hundreds of Apple bundt cake recipes but this one really struck me. Maybe it’s  the spice combinations but I couldn’t resist.   Thanks and much gratitude to Wendy of A Day In The Life On A Farm. Apples is such a nice idea since they are so versatile to work with. Lots and lots of recipes. The hard part was choosing the one for me to bake and enjoy.  Good job Wendy!

 

#BUNDTBAKERS APPLE~CREAM CHEESE BUNDT CAKE
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This one made the kitchen smell fabulous. Ohhh~Kay, here she is. After only two attempts, this one came out beautifully. I was pretty disheartened when my first attempt failed so miserably. But, going forward, with plenty of determination, a second recipe and plenty of time, it turned out alright. This cake is sweet, tender, flavorful and spicey. I would have no problem offering it as an alternative to pumpkin pie; move over Thanksgiving for something different and delicious.
Servings Prep Time
1 Large Bundt 35 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 ~ 75 Minutes 2 + Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Large Bundt 35 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 ~ 75 Minutes 2 + Hours
#BUNDTBAKERS APPLE~CREAM CHEESE BUNDT CAKE
Print Recipe
This one made the kitchen smell fabulous. Ohhh~Kay, here she is. After only two attempts, this one came out beautifully. I was pretty disheartened when my first attempt failed so miserably. But, going forward, with plenty of determination, a second recipe and plenty of time, it turned out alright. This cake is sweet, tender, flavorful and spicey. I would have no problem offering it as an alternative to pumpkin pie; move over Thanksgiving for something different and delicious.
Servings Prep Time
1 Large Bundt 35 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 ~ 75 Minutes 2 + Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Large Bundt 35 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 ~ 75 Minutes 2 + Hours
Ingredients
The Filling
The Cake
The Praline Frosting
Servings: Large Bundt
Instructions
Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 300º F
  2. To make the filling. Add cream cheese, butter, and sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment
  3. Beat at medium speed until well combined and smooth.
  4. Add the egg, flour and vanilla and continue beating just until incorporated. Set aside.
  5. Place the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes or just until fragrant. Remove baking sheet to a wire rack to cool.
  6. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, both sugars, the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and allspice together.
  7. Add the eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla and mix just until combined. It is recommended to use a whisk then switch to a spatula.
  8. Fold in the toasted pecans and chopped apples until distributed throughout the batter.
  9. Spoon 1/2 to 2/3 of the cake batter into the prepared bundt cake. Top evenly with cream cheese filling leaving a 1 inch border around the edge of the pan. This can be a little tricky, just do your best. Use a thin paring knife to swirl the cream cheese filling with the cake batter, just a few times ~ less is more. Top the filling with the rest of the cake batter.
  10. Bake at 300ºF for 30 minutes then increase the heat to 350ºF for an additional 45 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.
  11. Transfer the cake pan to a cooling rack for about 15 minutes, then invert cake onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely {at least 2 hours}
Frosting
  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, and milk into a saucepan. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil, whisking almost constantly. Boil for 1 minute whisking constantly.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Whisk in the confectioners sugar, a little at a time until it is completely incorporated and the frosting is smooth.
  4. Gently stir the frosting until it starts to thicken, then pour it over the cooled cake. The frosting will set up quickly, so don't make it in advance. Also be very careful as I am sporting a small scar from my last praline recipe.
  5. Be certain to wait until the cake has cooled completely {at least 2 hours} before starting the frosting as it sets up quickly. Garnish with extra pecans if desired.
Recipe Notes

Johnny Appleseed
John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia.
Parent(s)‎: ‎Nathaniel Chapman; Elizabeth Simonds‎
Nationality‎: ‎American‎
Occupation‎: ‎Missionary and gardener‎ 💜

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#BundtBakers ~ The Blue Djinn of Babylon Persian Cardamom Bundt Cake

When I heard that our new theme was “One Thousand and One Nights”, I immediately conjured up visions of beautiful flying carpets, magic lamps and wise~cracking Djinn and genies . This is a one~off Persian, Cardamom and Orange cake adapted from Amy Glaze at Amy Glaze’s Pommes d’Amour. Thank you Amy for this fabulous cake which was adjusted only a little.

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#BundtBakers ~ The Blue Djinn of Babylon Persian Cardamom Bundt Cake
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A beautiful, aromatic Bundt that will tantalize your senses with new and exciting flavor and aromas.
Servings Prep Time
10 ~ 12 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 - 60 Minutes 60 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 ~ 12 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 - 60 Minutes 60 Minutes
#BundtBakers ~ The Blue Djinn of Babylon Persian Cardamom Bundt Cake
Print Recipe
A beautiful, aromatic Bundt that will tantalize your senses with new and exciting flavor and aromas.
Servings Prep Time
10 ~ 12 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 - 60 Minutes 60 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 ~ 12 People 45 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 - 60 Minutes 60 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease and flour Bundt pan or two 8 inch round baking pans or use Bakers Joy
  2. In a small mixing bowl sift together cake flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and saffron
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter adding the sugar little by little into your mixer and mix until light and fluffy, add vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract and food coloring, incorporate completely
  4. To the creamed mixture, add the egg yolks one by one, incorporating fully after each addition. Add the orange zest.
  5. In a clean mixing bowl with a clean whisk beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry and put in the fridge until ready to use.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter in three parts alternating with the milk and orange juice beating until smooth.
  7. Using a rubber spatula fold one quarter of the egg whites into the batter
  8. Then add the rest and continue to fold until no white streaks remain. Since I've added food color, this may take awhile. Just continue folding gently until completely incorporated.
  9. Pour batter into the bundt pan and smooth surface with spatula to even out. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean
  10. This cake fills your kitchen with a very pleasant and heady aroma. Watch it closely so it's not over~done.
  11. To make the glaze, make a miixture of orange juice and powdered sugar simmered in a small pan on stovetop until reduced.
  12. When the cake is done, Immediately invert cake on a cooling rack and glaze with citrus syrup; or sift powdered sugar over the top.
  13. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream, some chopped pistachios, and candied orange rind or zest and rose petals
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THE HISTORY OF THE DJINN:    Jinn ~ (Redirected from Djinn)

This article is about the traditional concept.

Jinn (Arabic: الجن‎, al-jinn), also romanized as djinn or anglicized as genies, are supernatural creatures in early Arabian and later Islamic mythology and theology. An individual member of the jinn is known as a jinni, djinni, or genie (الجني, al-jinnī). They are mentioned frequently in the Quran (the 72nd sura is titled Sūrat al-Jinn) and other Islamic texts and inhabit an unseen world, another universe beyond the known universe. The Quran says that the jinn are made of a smokeless and "scorching fire", but are also physical in nature, being able to interact in a tactile manner with people and objects and likewise be acted upon. The jinn, humans, and angels make up the three known sapient creations of God. Like human beings, the jinn can be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent and hence have free will like humans.   The shaytan jinn are akin to demons in Christian tradition, but the jinn are not angels and the Quran draws a clear distinction between the two creations.

Jinn is an Arabic collective noun deriving from the Semitic root jnn (Arabic: جَنّ / جُنّ‎, jann), whose primary meaning is "to hide". Some authors interpret the word to mean, literally, "beings that are concealed from the senses".  Jinn is properly treated as a plural, with the singular being jinni.

The anglicized form genie is a borrowing of the French génie, from the Latin genius, a guardian spirit of people and places in Roman religion. It first appeared in 18th-century translations of the Thousand and One Nights from the French, where it had been used owing to its rough similarity in sound and sense.

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This cake was a lot of fun to make.  The look, texture and taste are beyond compare.  The addition of the saffron and cardamom give cake a whole new meaning.

This cake is simple, needs very little, if any, adornment and is well~received by those lucky enough to try it.  But, the additions and adornments is why dessert of almost any kind is appealing. Over~the~top is still okay and usually encouraged.

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I failed to mention earlier that Lara of Tartacadabra came up with this wonderful theme.  Except for MY screwup, I had great fun with the theme and the final result, my fantabulous cake.  It's not only beautiful but quite delicious.  Thank you Lara, I really did enjoy your theme, so clever.

 

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CARIBBEAN RUM CAKE

Mr. Bee just had a momentous birthday but declined a big party. Me, on the other hand would like a big party every birthday. He agreed to a small gathering with just our son and his family so I really wanted to at least make an epic cake. If it doesn’t turn out well I’ll still post it . . . On Pinterest fails. Keep a good thought for my success.

He is an avid “Game of Thrones” fan so when I found a dragon cake pan, both my heart and mind were set on it immediately.

This pan holds 10 – 12 cups, 2 complete recipes with no extra batter. I wanted to play around a little on the decorating. I’m seriously thinking of making up a mix cake just so I can practice a bit. What the heck am I going to do with all that cake! I was able to level off the bottom which gave me a “practice” cake.

CARIBBEAN RUM CAKE
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This is no ordinary Bundt cake. The very decorative cake pan requires two full cake recipes, needs a time adjustment and a lot of patience. While it's not the epic cake I had in mind, it turned out pretty well, tastes great and I'm sure the family will love it.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt 30-40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt 30-40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 minutes 12 Hours
CARIBBEAN RUM CAKE
Print Recipe
This is no ordinary Bundt cake. The very decorative cake pan requires two full cake recipes, needs a time adjustment and a lot of patience. While it's not the epic cake I had in mind, it turned out pretty well, tastes great and I'm sure the family will love it.
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt 30-40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 minutes 12 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Bundt 30-40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
55-60 minutes 12 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Bundt
Instructions
For the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Spritz a 10 to 12 cup Bundt pan with baking spray. Sprinkle on the pecan or almond flour and turn the pan to coat evenly. Set aside.
  2. Place all of the cake ingredients except the rum, vanilla and rum flavoring in the bowl of your stand mixer and blend on medium for 2 minutes. Be sure to scrape the bowl down after one minute. Mr. Bee got me a new paddle that helps do this while mixing, No need to scrape it down, it's automatic with my new blade.
  3. Add the rum, vanilla and rum flavoring, if using, to the batter and blend for another minute. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt cake pan and spread level with a spatula.
  4. In order to make the dragon cake I made two identical recipes and added them together to the stand mixer and mixed till I felt satisfied they were well blended.
  5. The original cooking time was not nearly long enough. I kept it in the oven, turning it 1/4 turn every 30 minutes. The final cooking time for this "double" cake was about 110 minutes. It rose ALOT!
  6. When done, the cake will test clean on a cake tester. Bundt cakes are difficult to test properly with a toothpick. Instead, try a piece of dry uncooked spaghetti or linguini. I have a special cake tester I got on Etsy and I love it! He's my little bear with a big heart and he even has a backpack.
  7. Leave the cake in the pan to cool slightly while you make the soaking syrup.
Soaking Syrup
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan combine all of the syrup ingredients, except the vanilla. Bring to a rapid boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for eight to ten minutes, until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. If you double the cake as I did, make sure to double the syrup also. {Theoretically, but I found 1 recipe of the syrup is ample}.
  2. Use a long skewer to poke holes all over the cake. Pour about 1/4 of the syrup over the cake while still in the pan. Allow the syrup to soak in then repeat again and again until all the syrup is used.
  3. Cover the pan loosely and allow the cake to sit out overnight to cool completely and soak in the syrup. When ready to serve, loosen the edges of the cake and invert to your serving plate.
  4. Serve with coffee or tea . The cake is very moist, fragrant and potent. The yield is one large or two small Bundt cakes. Luckily, this cake freezes well.
  5. In the final process, I did not keep pouring the syrup on. I gave it One~fourth of the syrup and kept the rest for later. I did not want a soppy, soggy cake but I did brush the completed cake with the remaining syrup. Then I added gold glitter over all of the cake, mixed up the luster dust for the eggs and finally, I brushed a liquid gold glaze over the back, wings and face to highlight those features. While ultimately not a perfect replica of the idea in my mind but it's really very nice and the flavoring . . . Fabulous. The cake mold worked well and the cake released easily.
Recipe Notes

In the final process, I did not keep pouring the syrup on. I used One~fourth of the syrup and kept the rest for later. I did not want a soppy, soggy cake but I did brush the completed cake with the remaining syrup. Then I added gold glitter over all of the cake, mixed up the luster dust for the eggs and finally, I brushed a liquid gold glaze over the back, wings and face to highlight those features.
Ultimately, not a perfect replica of the idea in my mind but it's really very nice and the flavoring . . . Fabulous. The cake mold worked well and the cake released easily.

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