Showing posts with label Bundt cake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bundt cake. Show all posts

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Graham Cracker Bundt with Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Marshmallow Frosting #BundtBakers

A s’more in Bundt form: This tender crumb cake is made with crushed graham crackers and chopped pecans, then covered in dark chocolate ganache. And, of course, the final ingredient has got to be marshmallows, so I added marshmallow frosting and toasted it with my handy kitchen torch.

Years ago, when I was a Girl Scout, I liked nothing better than to camp out with my fellow scouts – we were primarily a camping/hiking troop as we grew up and headed into high school – and the highlight of our trips was always the evening campfire, singing camp songs and roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Girl Scouts transformed me from the foreign girl to a friend, gave me my first real job out of college and helped me pass down skills and values to my daughters. But they also gave me a lifelong love and appreciation of campfires and making s’mores as a way of bonding in a group. Take this Bundt cake along to a potluck and see if folks don’t love you too!

The graham cracker cake is slightly adapted from this recipe from The Country Cook.
The marshmallow frosting is adapted from the boiled frosting recipe in Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook.

For the cake batter:
2 3/4 cups or 270g graham cracker crumbs (32 squares or two sleeves of the  three that come in a box) Good substitute: McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup or 200g sugar
1/2 cup or 113g butter, softened
5 egg yolks (Save two of the whites in a clean bowl for making the marshmallow frosting. Make meringues with the other three.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup or 240ml milk
1 cup or 120g chopped pecans

For the dark chocolate ganache:
200g dark chocolate
7 oz whipping cream

For the marshmallow frosting:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons water
2 egg whites, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your Bundt pan by greasing and flouring it or spraying it with non-stick spray for baking. I used my classic 12-cup Bundt because I knew any pan details would be lost under the ganache and frosting but this would fit in a 10-cup Bundt pan without any problems.

If you are starting with actual graham crackers, pulverize them in a food processor or crush them into crumbs inside a plastic bag using a rolling pin.

Measure your flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into the cracker crumbs and mix well.

Cream the butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy.

Add in 1/3 of the graham cracker mix and mix briefly.

Add in 1/3 of the milk and mix again. Continue adding 1/3 of the crumbs and 1/3 of the milk until it’s all mixed in.

Fold in the chopped pecans.

Spoon your thick batter into your prepare Bundt pan and baked for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you are using a small pan, it may take longer since the resulting cake will be deeper.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before turning the Bundt out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the ganache: Break or cut your chocolate into small pieces. Heat your milk till just at the point of boiling and then remove it from the stove. Tip in the chocolate pieces and give it a stir.

Let the chocolate melt for a few minutes and then stir vigorously to combine. Keep stirring occasionally as the ganache cools and starts to thicken. If you'd like it to cool more quickly, pour it out of the hot pot into a clean bowl.

To make the marshmallow frosting:
Heat your sugar, cream of tartar, salt and water and in a small pot until it begins to boil. Insert a candy thermometer and continue boiling the mixture, without stirring, until it reaches a temperature of 260°F or 127°C.

Remove the pot from the heat. Whisk your egg whites on high in your stand mixer or with electric beaters until soft peaks form.

Still whisking at high speed, pour the hot sugar mixture into the egg whites in a thin but steady stream until all of the mixture is incorporated into the egg whites. Continue whisking until the bowl is no longer warm to the touch.

Finishing up
Once your Bundt is cool and the ganache is a good consistency for pouring – that is to say, still thick enough to spread out a little but not thin enough to drip right off the cake – spoon it over the Bundt cake. You can test this by lifting up a spoonful and dropping back in the bowl. The ganache should not settle right back in but sit in a mound of the top briefly before, once again, becoming one with the greater bowl.

Let the ganache harden up further until it’s fairly well set before piping on the frosting. Use a piping bag and a large hole tip to pipe the frosting onto the top of the Bundt.

Use a kitchen torch to gently toast the marshmallow frosting. This was the best part! It smelled just like marshmallows on a fire!

I honestly had no idea what this layering of toppings would do over time so I am delighted to report that the cake, ganache and frosting and all lasted several days – until it was eaten – just as pretty as day one. Only one word of warning: You cannot cover it with cling film so a cake cover is your best bet for keeping it fresh. I tested a small corner to see and even though the toasted marshmallow frosting feels a bit dry to the touch, cling film will stick to it.


Many thanks to our host for this Creative S’more Bundt cake challenge from this month’s BundtBakers host, Lauren at From Gate to Plate.

Check out all the creative s’more Bundts we have for you this month!


#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 home page.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Banana Pecan Bundt with Bananas Foster Frosting #BundtBakers

Mashed bananas and cream cheese add moisture and flavor to this wonderfully nutty Bundt cake, topped with rum-spiked bananas Foster frosting. 

Thanks to our creative host, Shilpi from Simply Veggies, this month’s Bundt Bakers theme is fruit and nuts. Any fruit or combination of fruits AND any nut or combination of nuts, but the Bundt has to have both fruit and nuts. My mind was swirling with the infinite possibilities, but I finally settled on bananas because there is hardly anything that adds both flavor and moistness to a cake like mashed ripe bananas, unless it’s softened cream cheese. And, with the two together, magic happens. My favorite nut is always pecan, so I added a generous helping of those. And then, the bananas and pecans reminded me of a muffin I made a couple of years back, based on that famous New Orleans dessert, Bananas Foster, and before I knew it, I was making a sort of Bananas Foster frosting too, but with added cream cheese. I hope you are going to like this one as much as I did!

3/4 cup or 170g butter, softened
8 oz or 227g cream cheese, softened (13 Kiri squares, if that’s your brand, like it is mine here in Dubai.)
1 1/2 cups or 300g sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups or 375g all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (1 1/4 pounds or 570g unpeeled bananas, about 4 medium)
2 cups or 210g chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Bananas Foster frosting:
2 tablespoons or 45g butter
1/3 cup, packed, or 66g dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch salt
1 medium banana
2 tablespoons rum
1/4 cup or 26g chopped pecans
2 oz or 26g cream cheese (4 1/3 Kiri squares)

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease and flour a large Bundt pan. (I like to use the baking spray that has flour in it. The pan is my Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt pan.) Add a 1/4 cup or about 26g of the chopped toasted pecans to the pan. Set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl. In another smaller bowl, mash your ripe bananas with a fork.

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat butter, cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy and light. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well in between.

Add in the flour and mix well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the mashed bananas and the vanilla. Beat again for about one minute.

Fold in the rest of the pecans.

Spoon the batter into your prepared Bundt pan and bake in your preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes, tenting the top with foil if it looks like it’s browning too quickly near the end. Do not do what I did which was to turn the oven off when the timer rang and forget to take it out for another 10 minutes! As you can see from the photos, it turned out a little darker than it should have.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before  turning the banana pecan Bundt out of the pan. Leave to cool completely before frosting.

To make the bananas Foster frosting, melt your brown sugar and butter in a small skillet, along with the pinch of salt and cinnamon.

Chop your banana into small pieces and add them to the pan.

Cook for several minutes on a low to medium flame, stirring occasionally. When the mixture has thickened a little, add in the rum and stir well.

Add in the chopped pecans and stir again. Remove from the heat leave to cool for a few minutes.

Now add in the cream cheese, cut or broken into small pieces. Stir until it’s all melted and no little white bits are showing. I must confess that I prefer the color of the frosting without the cream cheese because it’s a nice warm shiny brown and the cream cheese dulls it, but the flavor is great!

Spoon the frosting on your cooled Bundt cake and spread it around so a little slides down the sides.


Dark still delicious!


#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 home page.


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Trios (Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Oat) Bundt #BundtBakers

A tender Bundt cake recipe with oats, chocolate chips and peanut butter, made gluten-free, just like the new-this-year Trio Girl Scout cookies. 

I’ve had a long and happy relationship with the Girl Scouts for many, many years so I was delighted when this month’s Bundt Bakers host Kelly from Passion Kneaded suggested the theme of Girl Scout cookies, using either the actual cookies or the flavors for inspiration.

As I wrote here, joining a Girl Scout troop was one of the main reasons I solidified friendships and settled in at a new school, in a new country that was ostensibly my own. That supportive environment allowed me to grow and explore in a safe and creative way. I was a Girl Scout through elementary school and into high school and my fellow scouts have remained my lifelong friends.

My first real job after I graduated from university was at the Girl Scouts and I worked with a woman who taught me grace under pressure, how to cooperate with and motivate volunteers and how to comport and express myself articulately in meetings with financial backers. Among other valuable lessons. She gave me scary big responsibilities and made sure I had the support to fulfill them. She reminded me, in fact, very much of my former troop leader in that regard. Our volunteers and area coordinators came from every race, every socio-economic group, every religion. What they had in common was a staunch belief in the innate ability of girls to succeed, to grow, to become responsible, contributing members of society - a society that would be made greater by the educated and creative influence those girls would have, as the strong and capable women they would become, through participation in the Girl Scout program.

Years passed and I was blessed with girls of my own. At the first opportunity, I made sure they were able join Girl Scout troops and took turns being troop leader for one of the other throughout the years they were involved in scouting. I saw them learn resilience and perseverance, both leadership skills and how to be a supportive team member, and I saw their natural curiosity and creativity enriched by being part of the Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout cookies come in some wonderful flavor combinations, many new since I was involved with the program. My absolute favorite is the Thin Mint, closely followed by the peanut butter cookies, called either Do-Si-Do or Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, depending on the bakery and region, but I decided, in the spirit of a true Girl Scout, to explore the new and base my cookie on the latest addition, called the Trio.

It tickled me to bake my Trio Bundt in a Nordic Ware Duet pan (<Amazon affiliate link) which has a 5-cup capacity but you can use a six-cup pan if you prefer. Or even full size pan but the Bundt will just be shorter.

3/4 cup or 70g five-minute oats (These are the step between quick cooked and rolled oats.)
1 1/4 cups or 125g gluten-free bread flour mix (I like this one from Dove Farm. <Amazon affiliate link)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 140g creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup 100g packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup or 120ml milk
3/4 cup or 150g semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional for serving: A good sprinkling of powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C. Grease and flour your Bundt pans or pan or use a gluten-free baking spray.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.

In large bowl, beat the brown sugar and peanut butter with your electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping the bowl down occasionally. Beat in the vanilla and the two eggs.

Beat in flour mixture and then pour in the milk as it mixes till well blended, scraping the bowl occasionally.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter evenly in your prepared pans or pan and smooth out the top.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Leave the Bundts to cool for about 10 minutes and then turn them out on a wire rack to cool

Sprinkle with a little icing sugar before serving, if desired. Of course, Trio cookies don’t have icing sugar but I’m taking poetic license here because it looks pretty.


Were you a Scout growing up? What's your favorite cookie? Perhaps it's been recreated as a Bundt cake in this fabulous list of Girl Scout Cookie inspired Bundts! Many thanks to Kelly from Passion Kneaded, our host this month's Bundt Bakers for this great theme.


#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send me an email with your blog URL to

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Glazed Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

As if deep dark chocolate cake with coconut macaroon filling wasn’t rich enough, I poured on a dark chocolate ganache and topped it with more sweet coconut. 

Sometimes when I have a few minutes to spare, I troll the interwebs doing random searches. Once upon a time, a search on my surname led me to an old 1932 MG-D Tourer that was for sale, and according to the original sales receipt, it was a gift, brand new, from my husband’s grandmother to his grandfather! So, of course, we had to buy it. Another time I located the father of my long lost best friend in third grade (Campo Alegre – Caracas, Venezuela 1971-1972) on a genealogy site and wrote the webmaster to please pass on my desire to reconnect. He wrote Stella’s dad and the next thing I knew, we were chatting away a mile a minute on Skype and I was being introduced to her adorable girls. The internet is awesome in the truest sense of the word.

But I must admit that most of my web searches center around food or recipes or ingredients. While searching for information about National Bundt Day last fall, I came across the blog of a baker who for several years challenged herself to bake a Bundt a day for the month leading up to that great day.  Can you even imagine! Thirty Bundts in 30 days! And she, in turn, led me to other bloggers who love Bundts through her National Bundt Day round ups. Sadly, she doesn’t seem to be blogging anymore but I hope that somehow, somewhere, she’s still baking.

The cake I am sharing with you today was a link in one of those round ups and that blogger, Tracey by name, doesn’t seem to be active any more either. In fact, I’d love to find out what happened to her because her very last post (and tweet) more than a year ago is the announcement that she finally got a blog design revamp. And that’s it. No more posts. No tweets. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Weird, right? This glazed chocolate macaroon Bundt cake, however, is great consolation and fits our Bundt Bakers coconut theme perfectly, with coconut on the inside and coconut on the outside, so I hope Tracey doesn’t mind my sharing. She says on her post that the recipe is slightly adapted from Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson. I have no idea how slight is slightly because I don’t have the book and the only other post I could find with it didn’t give the amounts but just referred back to the book.

So here we go!

For the meringue filling and batter:
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 cups or 400g sugar, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract, divided
2 cups or 230g sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups or 250g plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup or 50g cocoa powder
3/4 cup or 180ml hot coffee
1/2 cup or 120ml sour cream
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup or 115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons canola oil

For the ganache:
1/2 cup or 120ml whipping cream
3 1/2 oz or 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I just bang the chocolate bar around on the cabinet before I open it.)

More flaked coconut, for garnish, if desired

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup Bundt pan by greasing and flouring it or spraying it liberally with nonstick cooking spray for baking that has the flour in it already.

Crack your eggs and separate them, putting the whites in the bowl of your mixer and the yellows into two small bowls of two yolks each. You’ll use them two at a time later and this helps you keep the amounts correct in case a yolk breaks.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of the salt to the egg whites and use the whisk attachment to start beating them slowly. Gradually increase the speed until the egg whites can form soft peaks.

Then, with the mixer still running, gradually stream in 3/4 cup or 150g of the sugar and continue beating until the mixture reaches stiff peaks. Congratulations, you have made meringue!

Transfer 1 1/2 cups or 75g of this meringue to another bowl and fold in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, the coconut, and 1 tablespoon of the flour – this is the filling for the cake.

Transfer the remaining meringue into another bowl and wash out your mixing bowl.

Whisk the cocoa powder, hot coffee, and sour cream together until smooth and lump free.

In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the remaining 1 1/4 cups or 250g of sugar, the butter, the oil, and the remaining 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Scrape down the sides occasionally and beat until the mixture turns pale yellow and is light and fluffy.

Add 2 of the egg yolks and beat until incorporated, then add the remaining 2 yolks, again beating until combined.

Second two, going in!

With the mixer on low, alternately add the dry ingredients in three additions and the coffee/cocoa mixture in three additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until combined.

Finally, fold in the extra meringue – not the filling! – until just combined.

Pour just slightly less than half of the batter to the prepared pan and spread in an even layer.

Use a spoon or scoop to transfer the coconut macaroon filling to the Bundt pan, making sure to keep it in the middle of the batter, never touching the sides of the pan.

Pour or scoop the rest of the batter on top of the coconut macaroon filling, making sure it’s completely covered.

Bake in your preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. Tracey says the toothpick should come out with just a few moist crumbs but I found that hard to check because of the filling.

When it’s done, take it out of the oven and put the pan on a wire rack to cool for about 15 minutes.

Gently turn the Bundt out onto the wire rack and allow it to cool completely before adding any ganache.

To make the ganache:
Warm your cream to just before boiling, either in a small pot or a microwavable bowl. Add in the dark chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to melt.

Stir until the chocolate and cream are smooth and shiny and completely combined.

Allow to cool until your ganache is at your perfect pouring or drizzling consistency. It gets thicker and thicker as it cools. If it thickens too much, a quick zap in the microwave will loosen it back up.

Pour or drizzle over the cooled Bundt.

Sprinkle on more coconut to decorate, if desired.


Many thanks to our host for this coconut Bundt Bakers challenge, Terri from Love and Confections! Check out the lovely long list of coconutty Bundts we have for you this month!


#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to

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