Jacqueline shows how Bundt cakes can make a pretty alternative to Victoria Sponges. They're light and delicious too.
I made my first bundt cake!
I'm feeling rather proud of myself. I'd been meaning to buy a bundt tin for a long time and I've tucked into many a bundt cake at Clandestine Cake Club meetings. They are such regal looking cakes.
I had a look at some of the gorgeous Nordic bundt cake tins in all sort of shapes, but they are so expensive. Most of them cost over £40. I decided to start off with a heavy gauge, but somewhat cheaper bundt pan from my local bakeware shop.
I hummed and hawed over what type of cake I would make and eventually settled on a twist to a Victoria sponge. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I didn't have to worry, it was light and delicious.
I added blueberries and finely grated lemon peel to my cake batter and topped the cake with lemon icing and sprinkles.
My one tip for using a bundt pan is spray well with cake release spray and it will happily slide out of the tin.
Blueberry Bundt Cake
4 large eggs
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour, sieved
1 tsp baking powder, sieved
225g soft butter or margarine
freshly grated lemon peel from 2 lemons
1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350f/gas mark 4.
2. Spray your bundt tin with cake release spray.
3. Using a electric hand whisk, stand mixer or food processor whizz up the eggs, lemon peel, caster sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder and butter until well combined. The mixture should be quite loose and will drop of a spoon. If your mixture is heavier, you can add a little milk.
4. Fold in the blueberries.
5. Pour the mixture into your bundt pan, smooth off and bake for 35 - 40 minutes until golden. The cake should be springy, if you touch it. Leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack, before placing on a cake plate.
Whisk up some icing sugar with lemon juice to make a pourable icing. Drizzle over your cake and top with sprinkles for a nice finishing touch.
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The Spicy Pear
Beautiful looking cake. Love all the flavours Jac, perfect for the upcoming summer season.
5 May 2014