Saturday, September 12, 2009

All in One Holiday Bundt Cake




When money and time permit, I love to go to the theatre. Plays, musicals, opera - you name it, I'll watch it.

Since landing back in Brizvegas, I have been to a couple of plays at La Boite Theatre in Kelvin Grove. An unexpected joy of attending these plays for the Saturday matinee session is that I discovered the fresh food markets at Kelvin Grove. These markets are not on a large scale, and are by no means fancy - the varieties of fruit and veg on offer are often not stated, and sometimes there are no labels at all for the produce. However, there is a wide variety, and the prices are so much cheaper than the supermarket, so I happily took a bag along to the next play I attended to load up on fresh fruit and veg.

Since my excursion to the Kelvin Grove markets, I have had a piece of pumpkin living in my fridge which was starting to go past its prime. Not wanting to waste it, I thought it was the perfect excuse to make a cake that has been on my mind for a long time - Dorie's All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake from Baking - From My Home to Yours. This is a pretty amazing cake, as not only does it contain pumpkin, but also apple, cranberries and pecans - it's a health food bar in a cake! The pumpkin and apple make the cake deliciously moist, while the cranberries and pecans add texture and taste. In Australia, canned pumpkin does not, to my knowledge, exist, so I simply used mashed pumpkin.

I thought that the cake was perfect without the maple syrup icing, so I just sprinkled it with icing sugar, but if you made the icing, this would be perfect for the traditional Thanksgiving Celebration in the US.

I loved this cake, and would happily make it again - look at the fabulous golden colour:




If you would like the recipe, you can buy Dorie's book (it's wonderful and you will not regret it) , or you can find the recipe online at a number of blogs, including here. If you like spicy pumpkin cakes, then this is the cake for you.

10 comments:

Jennifer said...

This looks delicious! A perfect cake for our fall-like weather here in New England!!!!

Gloria said...

Ia a really and lovely Cake!!! xgloria

margot said...

It looks wonderful! I've had my eye on that cake in Baking. If someone doesn't select it this season, I think I'll have to make it anyway.

Palidor said...

I haven't been to the theatre since high school! I would love to go and see the market you talk about. The pumpkin cake looks wonderful.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Jennifer, with apples and pumpkin, I think it would be perfect for your season.

Thanks Gloria.

Hi Margot, I kept hoping someone would pick it too, and when they do, I will happily make it again.

Hi Palidor, I adore the theatre, and go as often as I can. Thanks :)

The Caked Crusader said...

Great looking cake - gorgeous colour. Why do cakes always look so pretty when made in ring moulds or bundt tins?

Cakelaw said...

Hi Crusader, I know - I heart bundt tins for that reason. Maximum impact, minimum effort!

jillbert said...

Yum! I've never even noticed this recipe in the book, but it sounds great. My husband doesn't like pumpkin, but it would be great for Thanksgiving like you said, or baked in mini-bundt pans to give away.

Miss High Heels said...

I have been wanting to bake my first bundt cake for a while now and I think you're post is a sign that I should get moving! Pumpkin in a cake, yummy.

pinkstripes said...

Can't wait to make this!