The fact of the matter is that everyone has a birthday. That is part of the human condition. We are born. We have a birthday. So right here at the beginning of a new calendar year, our Bundt Bakers host Sue from Palatable Pastime proposed that we share birthday cakes to celebrate. Thanks, Sue! What an excellent idea!
I immediately put my thinking cap on. Birthday cake, birthday cake. I know I bake a lot but not being much of a sweet eater, it's never for me. (My birthday is four days from now. There will not be cake. If you wanna bake me something, make it something savory!)
I drew a blank. Then I thought, what makes a party more festive? Well, sparkling wine, of course. A quick Google search for Champagne cake recipes turned up 5,300,000 results! Clearly this was not a new idea.
To make it my own, I added a little lemon to the mix. And because a good Prosecco is usually cheaper than a good Champagne, I switched that up too. Despite the cheesy cut glass bottle, this one comes highly recommended and we usually buy a decent stock at an end of the year sale.
Today just happens to be the birthday of someone very special to me, my friend, Jane. She is sweet and kind and more generous than anyone I know. She also has a wickedly delightful sense of humor. But what I love most about her is her loyalty and faithfulness and courage. It's been a rough few years for her and her family and she has managed to keep the faith and make the rest of us still smile through her tears. If you happen to read this, Jane, I love you! I wish I could send you this cake, or better yet, be there to bake it for you for your special day. Happy Birthday!
For the cake batter:
1 cup or 200g granulated sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups or 190g all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 113g unsalted butter at room temperature, plus more for pan
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup or 120ml Prosecco
For the soaking syrup:
1/2 cup or 120ml Prosecco
2 tablespoons or 25g sugar
For the glaze:
1 cup or 125g powdered sugar
3-4 teaspoons Prosecco
To decorate - optional, but, hey, it's a birthday party!
Tiny pearl sprinkles
Bundt pan: 10-cup or 2.4L Nordic Ware Blossom <affiliate link
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Grease the Bundt pan liberally with butter and shake in some flour to coat.
Zest your lemon into the sugar and mix it around thoroughly so the zest will flavor the sugar. Set the bowl aside.
Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and whisk to combine. This aerates the flour and eliminates the need to sift.
Put the butter, lemon sugar and lemon juice into a mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully incorporated, scraping the bowl down in between additions.
Add half of your flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Scrape the side of the bowl down, then add half of the Prosecco. Beat again until thoroughly mixed.
Repeat with the rest of the flour and the rest of the Prosecco.
Spoon the batter into your prepared Bundt pan.
Bake on the middle rack of your preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden on top and a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
While the cake bakes, make the soaking syrup by combining the sugar and the Prosecco. Stir till the sugar dissolves.
When you remove the cake from the oven, drizzle the bottom with a few teaspoons of the soaking syrup. Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes then invert and remove the cake from the pan.
Gently brush or spoon the rest of the soaking syrup on the cake. Leave to cool completely before glazing.
To make the glaze, put your powdered sugar in a bowl and add Prosecco a teaspoon at a time, stirring with each addition, until you have a good drizzling consistency.
Use a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with a tiny corner cut off to make drizzling easier. If you are using sprinkles to decorate, have them at the ready because the surface of this glaze dries quickly. If you don’t sprinkle them on immediately, the sprinkles will just bounce off.
Pour everyone a glass of the Prosecco, cut the cake and enjoy!
What is your favorite birthday cake? Are you committed to the same one every year or do you mix it up? Perhaps you'll find a new favorite in the ones we are sharing today.
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- >Birthday Buttered Rum Cake> from Faith Hope Love and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- >Bundt Cake de Bollo, Canela y Nutella> from La Mejor Manera de Hacer
- >Confetti Birthday Bundt Cake> fromPalatable Pastime
- >Confetti Lime and Cheese Bundt Cake> from Bizcocheando
- >Cookies and Cream Sprinkle Bundt Cake> from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Kids and Chic">>Doughnut Funfetti Bundt Cake> from Kids and Chic
- >Eggnog Bundt with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce> from A Day in the Life on the Farm >Lemon and Prosecco Bundt> from Food Lust People Love
- >Piñata Birthday Bundt Cake> from Patty’s Cake
- >Piñata Bundt Cake> from I Love Bundt Cakes
- >Sugar Cookie Bundt Cake> from Cookaholic Wife
- >Tropical Birthday Bundt Cake> from Basic N Delicious