#BundtBakers: Secret Garden

4ae7b-bundtbakerspostI have been sitting on this cake for months! And that is not an exaggeration. Sue of Palatable Pastime is hosting and announced the theme of “Secret Garden” earlier this year. She defined the task by making a cake with flowers, herbs or summer vegetables. #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.

I opted for the “herbs” qualification and used up my massive amount of mint! I quickly decided on doing a mojito bundt. For Cinco de Mayo we met with some of my husband’s new coworkers at a local Mexican restaurant to celebrate their project kick-off. Neither of us are really big margarita fans and we figured we’d try the mojito instead. I had forgotten about that particular cocktail over the years. I remember first having one at my neighbors house some 6-odd years ago with some homegrown sugar cane and mint – delicious.

This recipe was the first that I photographed with my new macro lens. In addition to my obsession with photographing blood oranges, I’ve found zoomed-in photos of zest to be fascinating.

As you probably know by now, I am not a huge fan of frosting in general, but specifically on my bundt cakes. I hate covering up the intricate details of my bundt pans. This cake did need more than just powdered sugar, so I decided to create a simple lime glaze and toss in some finely chopped mint for extra measure to top these moist, boozy cakes.

I used my Bundt Duet Pan for these Mojito Bundt Cakes.

Mojito Bundt Cakes

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 C rum
  • 1 1/4 C applesauce

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • juice 1/2 lime, or to taste
  • lime zest
  • fine chopped fresh mint

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 2.5 C bundts.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the lime zest, mint, and rum and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Add 1/2 of the apple sauce, mixing until combined. Repeat, ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. Divide batter between the bundt pans. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out cleanly. Allow cakes to cool in the pan before removing to a cooling rack.
  6. Make the glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar and lime juice until smooth. Fold in the lime zest and mint. Top cooled cakes with the glaze. Garnish with extra lime zest and mint, if desired.

*This recipe is modified from Kat at http://www.gooseberrymooseberry.com/2012/03/mini-mojito-cupcakes.html*

Mojito Bundt Cakes for #BundtBakers from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Almond Lavender Bundt by The Queen of Scones

Carrot Bundt Cake with Chamomile Orange Icing by Patty’s Cake

Chocolate and Mint Cake by Baking Yummies

Ginger & Lemon Crackle Courgette Bundt Cake by Baking in Pyjamas

Elderflower and Lemon Bundt by Jane’s Adventure in Dinner

Lavender & Honey Bundt by Living the Gourmet

Lavender & Lemon Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes

Lavender Lemonade Bundt by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

Lemon and Rosewater Cake by Palatable Pastime

Lemon Balm Bundt Cake by Magnolia Days

Lemon Zucchini Bundt with Sugared Pansies by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Roses & Lemon Bundt Cake by kidsandchic

Spiced Zucchini Bundt Cake by Making Miracles

Sweet Chocolate Feel the Beet Cake by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Vanilla Rose Bundt with Edible Flowers by Our Good Life

Yorkshire Parkin Mini Bundt by Food Lust People Love

Zucchini, Cheddar and Chive Bundt by Cookaholic Wife

#BundtBakers: Tropical Vacation

4ae7b-bundtbakerspostIt’s that time of month for me to share a bundt cake with you alongside #BundtBakers. #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. This month Christiane of Taking on Magazines is hosting and selected the theme of Tropical Vacation.

What a perfect theme for this time of year! I think we can all use a little slice of sunshine right about now. Spring is almost here but Winter doesn’t want to quite let go just yet. Maybe with a cake inspired by the tropics we can force the cold out for good!

We will be moving in under two weeks and I have been in a “use all the food” frenzy! I had an Orange Supreme Cake Mix in the pantry that my mother-in-law gave me. She wanted me to make a bundt cake from her friend’s daughter’s blog, Southern Plate, which called for that particular cake flavor. (Apparently, it’s not a flavor carried in all stores.) I looked at the recipe for Christy’s Grandmama’s Orange Supreme Cake and headed to the store to check out the nectar varieties available to me. There weren’t any that I could consume so I scratched the idea. Instead, I decided to turn that boxed cake mix into a tropical inspired bundt cake! I replaced the water called for in the recipe with pineapple juice and added some macadamia nuts. (To really go all out with the tropical theme I bet you could use melted coconut oil instead of the vegetable/canola oil!) But because this theme was Tropical Vacation and not just Tropical I felt a pull towards alcohol so I created a rum glaze, using rum extract so it’s still family friendly. I’m definitely happy with the resulting creation, and if you close your eyes you can almost forget you’re not sitting on the beach drinking a cocktail.

An Original Recipe

Tropical Supreme Cake with Rum Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (16.5 oz) Orange Supreme Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C pineapple juice
  • 1/3 C canola (or vegetable) oil
  • 1/4 C chopped macadamia nuts (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, juice, and oil. Beat using a hand mixer until batter is smooth. Fold in the nuts.
  3. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan. Bake 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out cleanly.
  4. Allow cake to cool in the pan at least an hour before unmolding. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Make the glaze: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and extract using a hand mixer until smooth. Pour glaze over the cake. Garnish with extra macadamia nuts.

Tropical Supreme Cake with Rum Cream Cheese Glaze for #BundtBakers from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Banana Coconut Pineapple Bundt by Food Lust People Love

Banana Pineapple Mini Bundt Cakes by I Love Bundt Cakes

Banana Rum Cake by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Bounty Bundt Cake by Baking in Pyjamas

Bundt Cake Tropical by La mejor manera de hacer …

Chocolate Coconut Tres Leche Bundt Cake by The Whisking Bowl

Drømmekage (Danish Dream Cake) Bundt Cake by Brooklyn Homemaker

Golden Tropical Coconut Bundt Cake by Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Key Lime Bundt Cake by Taking On Magazines

Lava Flow Bundt Cake by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

Lime-Coconut Bundt Cake by Palatable Pastime

Piña Colada Rum Bundt Cake by Making Miracles

Pineapple Upside Down Coconut Cake by Adventures in All Things Food

Speckled Tropical Bundt Cake by I Camp in my Kitchen

Tequila Sunrise Bundt Cake by Los Chatos Chefs

Tres Leche Bundt with Pineapple and Strawberry Whipped Cream by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Tropical Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Tartacadabra