Honey Spice Cake in Chrysanthemum Bundt

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Honey Spice Cake in Chrysanthemum Bundt
I can stop at any time.

Caitlin the Engineer Baker seems to think I have a problem. To quote her tweet: I think you have a problem. A bundt pan problem. If you need, I can stage an intervention and take some off your hands...

Yes, I just bought TWO new Bundt pans. However, in my defense, I MAKE a lot of Bundts but don't have that many pans...I have the 12 c Nordic Ware traditional Bundt, the 6 mini Bundt pan and the 12 mini-mini Bundt pan, and the tree looking Bundt. Sure, that's probably more than most people, but wouldn't you say that it isn't the Amy Winehouse of Bundt collections?

Well, now that I'm adding these two new pans...that does bring it up to 6 Bundt pans...with more on my wish list.

Oh darn. I know I'm going to run into Caitlin at BlogHerFood in SF next month and I'm going to end up in a room with Jeff VanVonderen of Intervention.

Honey Spice Cake in Chrysanthemum Bundt
First up, the super duper pretty Chrysanthemum Bundt. You could put sludge in this and it would be pretty, no?

Honey Spice Cake in Chrysanthemum Bundt
I made the Honey Spice Cake that is on the cardboard sleeve that covers the Bundt pan! Like a recipe from the back of the box, or in this case, the back of a Bundt. It is dairy free. (I'm in week two of my no dairy, doctor imposed three-week torture test. And of course, I'm going to San Francisco this weekend and can't have butter?! Ugh.) Honestly, I think the cake is prettier than it tastes. It was okay, but it didn't quite rock my world.

Honey Spice Cake in Chrysanthemum Bundt
I think I should tap the pan on the counter next time...do you think that would remove some of the bubbles I got on top?

Honey Spice Cake
Adapted from Nordic Ware
1. Grease and flour the heck out of your Bundt. (My words there. I use shortening and flour and a pastry brush. This sucker better come out so spend time doing this!)
2. Mix 1 c hot water with 1 t instant espresso powder (or instant coffee), and set aside.
3. Mix 1 c honey, 3/4 c sugar, 1/2 c veggie oil (I used olive oil because that's what I had on hand), 4 eggs in a large bowl. The instructions say "until very light and fluffy" but I never got fluffy, even after adding the eggs one at a time. I got soupy, but never fluffy.
4. Mix together in a separate bowl: 3 c all-purpose flour, 2 t baking powder, 1 t baking soda, 1/2 t salt 1/2 t ground cloves, 1/2 t allspice (I added 1/4 t cinnamon because I love cinnamon).
5. I alternated the dry with the coffee mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
6. Pour into pan (it gets pretty full but doesn't overflow) and bake in 325 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before depanning.
7. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.
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Cristine said... [Reply to comment]

I don't think there is anything wrong with a growing Bundt pan collection! :) That bundt is GORGEOUS! Now I need to buy some more pans!

Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

This made me giggle! I have three bundt pans and I don't apologise for them!! Beautiful cake... pity it doesn't taste as good as it looks!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

How beautiful! That cake is gorgeous!

Wow, I can't imagine having to go without dairy or butter...I don't know what I'd do!

Fran said... [Reply to comment]

Absolutely gorgeous!

~Lexibule~ said... [Reply to comment]

Quel joli g√Ęteau:) xxx

Engineer Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, WANT. WANT WANT WANT. Dangit, you're going to cause me to have an unhealthy obsession with bundt pans as well. I'm thinking I need to get the mini, just to go along with all my other mini bakeware. And then all those other wonderful shapes..... Bring your bundt pans to SF so I can steal them. Wait, no - so I can stage an intervention. Yeah, that's what I meant to say :P

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I think that if bundts are your "thing" -- and clearly they are -- then you might argue that you can't have too many bundt pans. Different shapes for different cakes. :)
The honey spice cake sounds delicious, and I love the new chrysanthemum bundt pan.

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

that is a pretty pan, though. i'm itching for the heritage model that WS sells, but i don't think i need a 10-cupper...my 6-cup is just the right size.

Jo said... [Reply to comment]

I guess you can't have enough of bundt pans especially with the pretty designs that are coming up now.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

What a pretty shape! That Bundt cake must be very flavorful!



Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

ha ha ha! I love it!
I wish I could help with the intervention. I would gladly take a few of your bundt pans.
I don't think you have a problem- lol
It looks pretty and you got it on sale, so that is great.

Nithya said... [Reply to comment]

The cake looks fantastic :)

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with Caitlin...you definitely have a problem, but at least it's a delicious one!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

You think YOU have a lot of bundts? I have bundts up the bundt. The rose pan is the best. Go get it.

Larie said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely! I don't own any bundt pans, and I'm afraid to start. As for the torture test, are you being tested for lactose intolerance? I seem to have developed that within the past year or so, too :( But I didn't have the courage to go to the doctor and have my fear confirmed, so I just gave it up and started buying lactose-free milk, and cutting down my (sob) ice cream intake. It's quite depressing.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, how pretty that cake is. That bundt pan is worth having a collection for! I'm waiting to see the other bundt one. Have fun in SF!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I say bring on the bundt! the cake is gorgeous! more bundts please :)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

that is not nearly too many bundt pans (or too many of anything that you love!) you should see my cakestand collection...or the teapots...or mixing bowls...or cookbooks...

i think i am in much more need of an intervention than you!

Irina@PastryPal said... [Reply to comment]

Ha! This type of addiction is news to me, but I think you'll be ok.

Jami said... [Reply to comment]

It's definitely pretty!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Your fan,

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful pan! I'm in awe. The cake looks great. YUM.

Bundt pans are your thing, you don't have a problem. :)

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

I am so jealous you are going to BlogHer...will you post all about it so we can live vicariously and be super jealous? I want to meet the woman who writes ChezPim, David Lebovit and the wacky women who does Pioneer Woman....

betty said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful , yummy site-love the pictures! Thank you! Betty

Book Boor said... [Reply to comment]

I love a good bundt...my collection is growing too. I got the Heritage Bundt from Williams Sonoma a few months ago and I lurve it so!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

It is pretty! Nope, I don't think you're at the Amy Winehouse stage yet. I've not seen the 6 cup one. I want one. :)

Funny but as soon as I saw your bundt cake I was going to ask you about getting it out intact and what your secret was. I used my four minis the other day and sprayed them with Pam and the cakes stuck! :( Do you always use shortening, flour,and a pastry brush? Thanks!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous cake - I LOVE that pan!! I am personally in the camp that you can never have too many baking tools, including pans :) I'd buy a ton more if I had an enormous kitchen and room to store all of them.

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

This cake looks so pretty! I sadly do not own any bundt pans:( In fact I once tried to find min bundt pans at my local Bed Bath and Beyond and they didn't even carry them....sigh....

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

You sure know how to the perfect bundt cake!

That pan is awesome.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Haha I don't think 6 bundt pans is too many! You make so many bundts. I on the other hand seem to collect pans I rarely use and some I've never even used (like my brownie edge pan).

Mar Varela said... [Reply to comment]

Delicious cake.. I love with honey...
A kiss from Spain

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

I think I'm up to 7 myself and I could go for a few more I'm just running out of space to store them since they don't exactly stack nicely! Great looking cake and I don't have this pan. I have a feeling amazon will be getting an order from me soon!

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

It looks like a bee hive! How cute!

DessertObsessed said... [Reply to comment]

your cake is so cute! i love that bundt pan!

Dee said... [Reply to comment]

gorgeous baking, as per usual!

i am always in awe of your mad baking skills :p

Leah said... [Reply to comment]

Mary...you really need to get your bundt over to Kiss My Bundt Bakery (88104 West 3rd Street @ Crescent Heights Blvd, LA). You'll find a kindred spirit there!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

This bundt is so pretty! I'll see you in rehab for my cake plate addiction :-)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! And I will encourage your bundt habit. You make so many lovely ones, you deserve more bundt pans.

vibi said... [Reply to comment]

Loooooooove that mould! You lucky woman!

Jules Someone said... [Reply to comment]

My name is Julie, and I have a Bundt pan problem. I own five different types of pans. And I want more. ;-)

Peabody said... [Reply to comment]

I love that first shot....it's lovely.

Mermaid Sews said... [Reply to comment]

Ohh, this is gorgeous. For some it is shoes, others bakeware. I fall into the latter category. Nothing wrong with that!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

That bundt pan sure does make one unique and beautiful cake!!! Love it!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I covet this.

RecipeGirl said... [Reply to comment]

Now I need to go bundt cake pan shopping. Thanks for that ;)

shaz said... [Reply to comment]

It always pays to have a bundt for every occasion ;P That looks so cool

Creative Classroom Core said... [Reply to comment]

Love that pan! Gorgeous!

mimi said... [Reply to comment]

at first i was going to say, yes way too many bundts!! but then i saw that photo -- look how beautiful it came out!

Di said... [Reply to comment]

*sigh* I need to keep repeating to myself, "I don't need any more baking pans... I don't need any more baking pans..." That's a really pretty pan, and a lovely cake.

Coco Cake Land said... [Reply to comment]

mary i love how hard you love the bundt!!! you always make me want to make a bundt cake!!!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

I don't think you have a problem. i heart you bundt pans :)

mindy said... [Reply to comment]

I retired from teaching 3 years ago and decided to bake so my son would think his mom was as special as his friends' moms who always baked. So, I have now become known as the "Bundt Lady." I have 8-10 pans. I sneak them in the house so my husband doesn't see another on coming in the house. I look for them on sale. but I love the chrysanthemum pan and think I will have to buy it full price.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love bundts! I have the castle shaped bundt pan... a secret of mine for easy release from the pan: use a cooking spray instead of shortening before dusting with flour. It'll get into every crevice without the hard work!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I am a bundt collector, I just love them and use them whenever I can to make cakes for gifts. People just love the different kinds of bundts I use. In your honey spice cake recipe I use macadamia nut oil, it gives lovely flavour amongst the spices and honey.
Happy Bundting...from lamington

Mrs Johnson said... [Reply to comment]

I just found this post and am making El Molino gingerbread in this lovely pan. My last cake (my own concoction which did not turn out, a caramel, apple, green chile and pecan cake, I was trying to repeat the taste of a favorite sundae I used to get at Caliche's out in Las Cruces, NM) did not cook all the way through, problems around the center of the pan not heating up methinks. Have you had any other recipes that turned out for you with this pan? I would love to do carrot cake but I'm a fearing it's too heavy with honey and won't cook through. Any advice would be appreciated.

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

@Mrs Johnson I haven't used this pan too much since I got it. It's kinda a pain to clean. And yes, the very narrow center, I believe, has affected what types of cakes I bake. Pound cakes do okay this, but I think if your heavier carrot cake is too heavy, I would go for a traditional bundt pan with a larger hole for more even baking. - mary

miriam said... [Reply to comment]

That must be the recipe that is in the Bundt cookbook put out by Nordic Ware! I make it (in a regular Bundt pan) for Rosh Hashanah and it is a big hit with my family.

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