Friday, August 4, 2017
The Bundt baker
Last week I made my second Bundt cake for church. The first, a week before that, was a big breakthrough.
I know, Bundt cakes are not supposed to be a huge challenge. However, years ago, I had attempted a Bundt cake, and it had stuck to the pan. I did something with the cake, I made a bread pudding. But I never forgot the outrage.
And I never attempted another Bundt cake. Until just recently. This is the beauty of participating in our church coffee hour, at St. Anthony of Padua Church. I like to make a game out of it and try to do new things.
I made a Whiskey Squash Cake out of a Reader's Digest cookbook I have. It was a recipe I had had my eye on for some time. Whiskey, got to love it. I almost subbed rum because Rum Squash Cake sounds good too, and I am sure it would work. But I had to go with Whiskey.
I baked the cake in my Kugelhopf pan which previously I had used only for yeast breads. Hmmm. Consulting Wikipedia just now I see that Kugelhopf -- well, they say Gugelhopf -- is the original Bundt pan. Nordicware copyrighted the name Bundt in the 1950s and '60s.
Whatever my pan is called, let me tell you, I oiled and floured that pan half to death.
That cake came out with its hands up!
I sugared it up and took this picture.
So, success!!! Drunk on my success I made the cake pictured at the top of this post. It is a Banana Cream Cake. Oh, excuse me, Banana Creme. It has sour cream in it, is the reason for the name.
I used my other Bundt pan for that. Remember that pan? You can make cakes in it from all over the world.
I took the cake to coffee hour. Gone in 60 seconds!!
I never had a bite!
But I can assume it was good. And so forward I will go as the Leonard Pennario of Bundt cake bakers.
Fire up that oven!
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