Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TWD--All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake

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For the month of November, as TWD bakers, we are so kindly allowed to post any of the month's four recipes in any order we choose.  It worked out nicely that after I decided to make the All-In-One Holiday Bundt Cake it would be perfect for our friend, Tes' birthday.  I just realized we forgot to take a picture of Tes with a candle in her slice of cake.  We sang to her earlier in the evening, but forgot when it was time for dessert.  Whoops!  Tes' birthday is really on Halloween.  We had the cake Monday night. 

This bundt cake was chosen by Britin of The Nitty Britty.  You can get the recipe for this bundt cake on her blog, or you can just get Dorie's book, Baking From My Home to Yours and have a ton of great recipes at your fingertips! 

I followed the recipe, even using freshly grated nutmeg for the first time.  I used ground ginger instead of fresh.  And in place of the one cup of cranberries, I used 1/2 cup of cranberries and 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate arils (about 1/2 a POM).  Love POMs!  The cake came perfectly out of the bundt pan (some others mentioned sticking problems.).  All I did was spray the pan with cooking spray.  The cake sure left a wonderful smell in the house while it was baking!  Mine only baked for 50 minutes.  Dorie suggests 60-70 minutes.  It passed the knife insertion test,  so out it came.  Perfect!

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I love my Chop Wizard, it chopped the apples into the perfect little tiny squares.

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I recently made some pumpkin cream cheese ribbon bread that wasn't "ribboning" very well, so I swirled it around and made pumpkin cream cheese swirl bread.  The recipe had some orange zest in the cream cheese, and I really liked it.  I have the recipe if anyone wants it.  The bread was great and quite moist and pumpkiny flavorful!  Where was I going with this?  Oh yes, orange zest and pumpkin!

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I decided to make an orange icing for the bundt cake.  I had a little butter sitting on the counter, so I threw that in as well as some powdered sugar, pinch of salt, orange zest, some orange juice and cream.  It tasted great!

Orange Icing, by Katrina

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon orange zest

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 tablespoons butter, softened

pinch salt

6 tablespoons cream (or to desired consistency)

Mix all ingredients together and whisk until smooth and no lumps remain.  Drizzle over cake.

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Love the pecans in this cake and on the top.  The cake has many great flavors.  Tes and I loved it!  The rest of the family---pppbbbbttt!  The boys didn't even try it. (They had a little ice cream and MORE Halloween candy!  Is it gone yet?  jk)  Kevin ate a little courtesy piece, then told me he doesn't really like cranberries.  (Never knew that, he loves cranberry juice!)  I loved the juicy POMs with their little crunch.

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I gave Tes a big hunk of the cake to take home. 

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Great bundt cake!

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Thanks for the great pick, Britin!  Hey, speaking of bundts.  Do you like big bundts?  Mary at The Food Librarian does.  She loves (it may now be a love/hate relationship) bundts so much that since October 15th, she has been posting a bundt cake per day on her fabulous blog, in honor of the upcoming National Bundt Cake Day, November 15.  Why is that date important?  Hmm, yes, someone is having a BIG birthday that day.  It's me, it's me.  I just think it's so nice of Mary to make so many cakes in honor of my birthday.  Wow.  (jk)

Lovin' the bundts, Mary!  Check out her blog, if you haven't!

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39 comments:

Lisa Ernst said...

This looks so delicious! I can't imagine turning this down or not liking it. What's not to love? LOL. As always, your creativity came through, this time with the pomegranate sub. Never thought of using them in baking before, but I think I'll try it sometime.

Nina said...

Katrina--your cake looks AMAZINGLY delicious! Great job--love that you used an orange frosting--I bet that was fantastic. I cant wait to make this one! (PS - you are *so* right about the Levain cookies--they are so good, they should be illegal! Might have to sneak over there later and get one :)

Megan said...

Ok - I'll take the recipe for the pumpkin swirly bread - you know how I feel about pumpkin.

Jaime said...

looks so good - I think I need a chop wizard :) I love how you added pomegranate to this one - I would have made this for this week but I forgot to pick up canned pumpkin while I was at the store. I'm going to try to make it this week if I can :)

jillbert said...

The cake looks great! I'm looking forward to trying this one, though my husband won't eat it either.

Clivia said...

This bundt looks awesome! I'm definitely making your icing when I bake this.

Kim said...

That glaze looks wonderful. I really enjoyed this cake too and I bet the pomegranate seeds were a great addition. Everything looks delicious.

Flourchild said...

I am making this asap..your cake looks fantastic. I love it ..favortie so far!

Becky said...

your bundt cake turned out so beautiful! ahhh. i can't wait to make this. cool idea on the pom sub! :)

Kayte said...

OMW, I was sorta gonna kinda maybe skip this one but if I can have a piece with all that icing on it, I'm IN! Your photos are great. Love the POMs, too...perfect. I am queen of the sticking bundt cakes so maybe I will try it in my little ones as they don't seem to stick. New pan on Christmas list, but at about No. 12 or so, so maybe not.

Susan said...

Your cake looks beautiful. If mine looks half as good when I bake it, I will be happy. And, that bread...yum!

basicallybaked said...

The cake looks really delicious. Orange zest is one of the things I wanted for my biscotti, but I couldn't convince myself to go out the door.

Maria said...

I have got to make this one! Love the way you dressed it up!

Romaine said...

What is a chop wizard? I'm very curious. Your cake looks very enticing.

pinkstripes said...

Ooh...I can't wait to make this bundt. It looks yummy!

Amy Franklin said...

This is right up my alley...I love anything pumpkin, and I love it with cranberry. Pom seeds are a great idea! I would be scared to make it because I would eat the whole thing in a day, I know!

♥peachkins♥ said...

The cake is perfect adn the chopped apples looks cute!

Gourmified said...

Oh the cake looks delish! I had this on my menu to make for a family dinner Sunday, bought all the ingredients and everything and then, woke up sick. Arugh. I HATE that! So, still being sick, It's on my list to make next week. Hopefully, I'll be 100% by then. Your photos look amazing and just get me extra extra excited to make it, too! YUMMMMM-O!!

Valerina said...

I was wondering what this one would look like. :) I was a bit unsure about this recipe until I saw your photos.

Great job!

noble pig said...

Oh geez I want a slice of this...yum!

vibi said...

Oh! Boy! I love the nerds under! LOL LOL LOL

Your cake looks divine Katrina! That icing that you invented and added, looks so good on the bundt! Really... bravo.

Donna-FFW said...

This is PERFECT to serve on Thanksgiving, awesome fall recipe. Encompasses everything, and I love the sound of the glaze!

Anne said...

Wow that cake is stunning with the glaze on top! I love the addition of the pomegranate and I'd love to see the recipe for the bread, too!

Pamela said...

I just tried fresh pomegranate last week for the first time. So yummy! The cake looks fantastic, Katrina!

Steph said...

WOW! Your bundt looks so good! I love the glaze.

Jacque said...

Mmm, yours looks delish and so decadent with the icing.

I can't wait to make this, it sounds so good.

Megan said...

I vote for this one being the seasons best! Looks so festive and I bet that glaze is killer!

LilSis said...

I love everything about this bundt cake! I love all the fruit in it and the orange icing, oh yeah, and the pecans on top. I'll be making this one over the holidays.

Amanda said...

I have been meaning to get over here for two days! This looks fabulous and I LOVE the way you did that icing! GORGEOUS

Julie said...

That bundt cake looks super festive...just right for the holidays!

carmen said...

Hey, can I have the pumpkin cream cheese recipe? Please?

momtothescreamingmasses@gmail.com

Valerie said...

GREAT looking cake and I love orange icing so that just takes it over the top!

And definitely post the bread recipe...please.

Valerie said...

By the way, that would be awesome if you moved to Utah and we actually met. :)

Britin said...

cranberries and pomegranate's?!?! fantastic idea. your cake turned out great!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Man, this really makes me miss baking and blogging, looks fantastic, love the glaze, I just don't like plain bundt cakes. Thanks for the sweet message.

Emily said...

Haha, I love what he did with couch cushions. I would have done the same thing when I was that age. :) Muffins look GREAT!

TeaLady said...

Beautiful, gorgeous cake. Love the iceing with the pecans. WAY over the top!!!

Leslie said...

Trust you to take this one over the top! I LOVE the frosting and pecans. I would never have thought of using pomegranate arils.

lasinthekitchen said...

Wow Katrina, your bundt cake looks Fabulous! Your cake looks baked much more so than mine which looks a bit fudge-y. I love your frosting too - I was at my mom's house and I showed her your cake and she loved the looks of your cake, especially the frosting! I might have to try it next time! =)