Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TWD: Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

I love a Bundt cake. Bundt cakes are so simple. With little effort, you get such a pretty cake. This one has the added bonus of being delicious.


First of all, the name called to me. Brown sugar bundt cake? What's not to love. Dorie's original recipe called for pears and prunes. I trust Dorie, but the fruit was not calling out to me. As always, she offered up a variation for this cake. I made a variation of Dorie's variation.

Her variation makes it a brown sugar nut bundt cake. I decided to do that version. And then I changed it a bit more. After realizing that I ran out of almond meal, I went to plan B. Being that I was too lazy to get out the food processor and make my own almond meal, I found a stand-in. I subbed in the peanut flour for the ground almonds. I used some toasted slivered almonds. And then I added in toffee bits. Yeah. It was a good choice.

The cake smelled amazing at it was baking. I was a bit nervous about how long it baked because it smelled good for a long time. It baked for just about an hour, and it was the right amount of time. The crust was a gorgeous brown color.

Mmmmm. Brown sugar, almonds, and toffee bits. Mmmmmm.

I let it ripen overnight. Another good choice. This cake is such a winner. I could see using it as a base for so many delicious add-ins. I left mine unadorned, but a bit of powdered sugar wouldn't have been bad. Neither would a chocolate glaze. Or a cinnamon glaze. Or an almond glaze. You get the idea.
Please don't let my lousy photography deter you from making this. Thank you Peggy from Pantry Revisited for choosing this one. YUM!

A very goofy, very enthusiastic thumbs up from the Boy.

15 comments:

Chaya said...

Lookin' good.

Clivia said...

Can't beat that thumbs up! Gorgeous cake.

Peggy said...

Cute thumbs up. Love your cake. I think toffee sounds delicious. Thank you for baking with me this week!

Mary said...

You are so patient to let it ripen overnight..I tried mine right away!

Nicole said...

I made the nut version too! I think toffee chips would be a great addition. The caramel flavor of this cake was excellent.

natalia said...

Well done ! I'm sure it was great ! I love the boy photo ! i never saw toffee bits I should make them !

Jaime said...

try the prunes next time :)

spike. said...

looks like it deserves that thumbs up!

Pamela said...

I skipped the fruit and added butterscotch chips. Pretty good and everyone I shared it with LOVED it.

Cindy said...

Beautiful cake. Brown sugar is such a great flavor. Have a great day.

Lauryn said...

he's so cute!! Your cake looks perfect! Glad it was such a winner for you! I loved this cake too!

Leslie said...

Ooo toffee! That sounds great (and I'm glad you received the coveted two thumbs up rating!!)

Cakelaw said...

I agree that this was one fab cake. The boy has it in one.

Kayte said...

Doesn't look like a goofy photo of The Boy to me...looks like one that says I should go back and make this one for sure. Yours looks delicious...and The Boy IS SMILING!!

Jessica said...

Thumbs up from me too! I think toffee bits are always an excellent addition to just about anything. Funny how few people actually went with the prunes. (I actually love prunes, but rarely bake with them.)