Thursday, December 8, 2011

Buttermilk Bundt Cakes

These little cakes are delicious.  My guests loved them.  They did not last very long at all.  I used the larger 6 cup bundt pan.  

Total Time:  55 Minutes
Yield:  18 Mini Bundt Cakes
Or 10-12 6 cup Bundt Cakes


Baking Spray with flour (such as Baker’s Joy)
13.5 oz. all-purpose flour (about 3 cups)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons butter, softened
3 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon grated lemon
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup powdered sugar


1.        Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.       Coat 18 mini Bundt cups with baking spray.
3.       Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
4.       Place granulated sugar and 12 tablespoons butter in a large bowl, beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla and rind.  Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
5.       Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans.  Fill about ¾ full.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out with moist crumbs clinging.  Cool 5 minutes in pans on a wire rack; remove from pans.
6.       Dust tops of cakes with powdered sugar.


Cranberry-Orange Bundt Cakes
1.       Prepare Buttermilk Bundt Cake Batter, reducing vanilla to 1 teaspoon, omitting lemon rind, and decreasing buttermilk to ¾ cup.
2.       Combine 1 cup sweetened, dried cranberries and ½ cup fresh orange juice in a microwave safe dish.  Microwave at HIGH for 1 minute, let stand for 10 minutes.
3.       Fold cranberry mixture into batter.
4.       Omit 1/3 cup powdered sugar.
5.       Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, ¼ cup fresh orange juice, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 2 teaspoons grated orange rind, stirring until smooth.
6.       Dip tops of cooled cakes in glaze; let stand until set.