Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TWD: Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

Back in my pre-blogging days, when I was a young idealistic lass, I thought that when I had a food blog, I would bake yummy foods and take pictures of them and write about how yummy they were. My eyes sparkled with naivete and hope.

Ah, foolish youth.

Instead, what I mainly write about is bundt cakes, and my lack of success with unmolding them. Seriously.

It's kind of a problem.

I got a new bundt pan and the past few attempts have gone swimmingly. I was confident--cocky, even!--that my days of bad bundts were behind me. Smoooooth sailing ahead. You see where this is going?

Weeping. Wailing. Gnashing of teeth.

Honestly, I'm not so young anymore. I don't know that I can take the heartbreak and the emotional rollercoaster of baking bundt cakes. It's exhausting. I'm happy--the batter tastes good! The bundt cake looks beautiful! What could possibly go wrong?! And then--DISASTER. Someone cover this cracked mess with powdered sugar, stat.

I am willing to accept some blame. Maybe the cake was a little underbaked, maybe I should have waited a little longer to unmold it. Perhaps. But maybe it's just a sign from the universe that I should never, no never, no NEVER make bundt cakes again.


Well, this was a pretty good cake to go out on. I nixed the fruit options and instead used ground pecans in the batter, and added mini chocolate chips and toasted pecan chunks as mix-ins. It was nice and moist, although perhaps I should have kept in some fruit for a bit more texture. But it makes a nice, low-key tea cake, assuming you don't have a conniption fit upon trying to unmold it like I did.

Want to try your luck at bundt roulette and make this cake? Peggy has the recipe and some lovely pictures over at her blog, Pantry Revistited.


  1. Very funny post. We've all been there. I use glaze to trick the eyes of my eaters.

  2. Silicone. The answer is silicone. Mine NEVER sticks. When I remember to us it.

    Try it. You will bake bundts again!!!

  3. Don't give up! Try mixing in the add ins when the batter is the pan. The bundts I've made without add ins (and this one with the nuts mixed in after because I forgot them) haven't sticked. I also used a ton of baking spray with flour. I hope it works for you!

  4. Mine stuck too! I trimmed it down and frosted it with Nutella frosting. See, you can always adapt! I think your cake looks just fine.

  5. Girl you have made me laugh out loud at work! Very cute post. And your cake looks perfect. And you liked the taste, right? You really should try the bundt cake again. I use Pam spray on my non-stick pan and then a light dusting of flour. Thank you so much for baking along with me and for sharing such a cute post.

  6. Aww that sucks, happens to me all the time. But it all goes down the same right ;)

  7. Oh no! Don't give up on Bundts!! I'm sure your luck will turn around soon :)

  8. How good to know that I'm not alone! I just did a post this morning about a bundt cake that I made this week. Unmolding it was a DISASTER! I had to drench it in a chocolate glaze in a feeble attempt to hide the destruction. I feel like I've won a prize every time I unmold a bundt cake successfully. I'm glad to know it's not just me! :)

  9. Mine stuck, too. NOOOOOOOOOO. I hear ya. But my bundt don't usually stick, this one I halved and baked in a loaf pan and it stuck like crazy.
    I like the weaping, wailing and gnashing quote. ;)

  10. Your look great compared to mine. It is delicious though and I still love bundts.

    I enjoyed this post enough to make me laugh.

  11. I enjoyed this post enough to make me laugh.