Tuesday, January 28, 2014

nothing bundt cake

In the blogging world, last week was pretty much an ideal week for Wonderfully Complex. As a writer, I always hope to create posts that inspire action, tell a beautiful story or capture the perfect feeling. My journalism professor always said that "words mean things" and they have the power to speak incredible truth into people's lives. Thank you to everyone who read my words and responded with such encouragement - especially those from my hometown. 

If you missed last week's posts, you can find them here: 

1. welcome home
2. t3 - a letter to a lady little john
3. ...and I said yes!

But the pressure to always write quality posts can be tough, so I struggled deciding how to follow up last week's posts. I finally settled on the only obvious answer: cake.

A couple of week's ago, I had the privilege of attending a ribbon cutting for "Nothing Bundt Cakes" with my work. There I got to try so many delicious samples - white chocolate raspberry, red velvet cream cheese, and chocolate turtle. 

Each bite was so moist and flavorful - these were not the typical dense, dry bundt cakes I remembered from young.  Curiosity got the best of me, and I started doing a little Pinterest research on bundt cakes. My poor Kitchenaid mixer had been out of work for a while, and the bundt cake pan that we received as a wedding gift had sat unused in the back of my pantry since the move. I was ready for a new baking adventure.

True to my nature, I instantly headed straight for the Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake from Six Sisters {3x the chocolate? Count me in!}. However, since I planned on sharing this with some of my girlfriends and I wanted to make it from scratch - I decided to venture outside my comfort zone. 

The result? Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Almond Cake from Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake.

I'm currently trying to think of a better name for this deliciousness - the current one is kind of a mouthful. I think "Almond Swirl" would be sufficient.

You can find the ingredients and the instructions here. {Sorry, I like to abide by copyright laws. These are all, however, my pictures.} But, I do have some serious tips for you.

#1 Make sure that your bundt cake pan is sufficiently greased and floured. I didn't do mine quite well enough and a chunk on the top didn't come out clean. Thankfully, I'm a master of disguise when it comes to hiding baking flaws.

#2 What looks like half the batter, isn't necessarily half the batter. Maybe I subconsciously made 2/3 of the cake chocolate, but it wasn't intentional.

#3 You might not want to use as much powdered sugar as she recommends for the frosting. My frosting came out a little bit granulated, and I think it would have helped if I had used less sugar. 

#4 You also might not want to make as much frosting as she recommended. I had way too much left over {which isn't necessarily a bad thing} it was just a little too sweet for me to go at it with a spoon.

#5 Give as much as possible away. This stuff is DELICIOUS, and I could have eaten half the cake by myself. Thankfully, my lovely friends took some home with them, and the rest made it's way to the company break room where it disappeared before noon.

Next time? I think I might try out the Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake from My Baking Addiction or Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake from Julie's Eats and Treats. The possibilities are endless!

One thing's for certain, though. My bundt cake pan has a new home at the front of the cabinet.

What are your favorite bundt cake recipes to bake OR to eat?


  1. I love bundt cake! My grandma used to make a yellow bundt cake with cinnamon swirl for me when I was a kid. That'a probably still my favorite to this day, but I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe. It looks fantastic!

  2. I have a bundt pan, but I haven't used it yet! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  3. Oh, come to MAMA!!!! This looks delicious!!!!!!!! I may have to buy a bundt cake pan now!

  4. Oh, wow, that does sound delicious! I think Daniel would love that. And, you definitely should. Everyone loved it - and I especially loved the almond undertones.

  5. I don't really have memories of eating bundt cake as a child {or a grownup}, so I never had any desire. But, I definitely suggest you try it out. Let me know how it goes!

  6. I hear Target has some for a great price. And, let me tell you, it will definitely be worth it!