Citrus Cocktail Mini Bundt Cakes for #BundtAMonth

by Renee on January 16, 2013

Citrus Cocktail Mini Bundt Cakes | Magnolia Days

It’s time for a little something lighter. At least lighter in flavor. The holidays were filled with chocolate, caramel, and plenty of heavy holiday foods. Citrus to the rescue! What a fresh and flavorful way to start the new year. I celebrated New Year’s Eve with with these citrus cocktail mini bundt cakes. I had a few left over and it was the first dessert I enjoyed in 2013. It won’t be the last time either.

January #BundtAMonth is all about citrus. The first thing I thought of was my citrus cocktail. I made the drink last summer when it was blazing hot outside. I wanted something cool and refreshing. The blend of four citrus juices gives it a nice sweet/tart combination. It is balanced and easy to sip on either with out without the added vodka. I thought it would be wonderful in a cake. I quickly discovered it sure is.

I only have one mini bundt pan. The batter is enough for a full-sized bundt. I wound up making 6 mini bundts and 12 cupcakes. I dusted the mini bundts with powdered (confectioners) sugar because I wanted to bring out the pretty designs on them. I used the citrus glaze on the cupcakes. You know I can’t pass up the opportunity to glaze or frost a cake or cupcake.

How about more citrus bundts? The #BundtAMonth group has a lot of great recipes to share. Click on the links to get all the, ahem, juicy details:

Which is your favorite citrus fruit? Grapefruit is mine. I remember when I thought it tasted like battery acid (way back in my youth). Now I could eat one or drink the juice every day. Or use it to make my citrus cocktail and these incredible mini bundt cakes.

Here’s how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:

  • Simple rule: Use mandarin, orange, Citrus lime, yuzu, lemons, Key lime or ANYTHING citrus – and bake us a Bundt for Tangy January
  • Post it before January 31, 2013
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Happy Baking!

Citrus Cocktail Mini Bundt Cakes

Makes 12+ mini bundts - or - 6 mini bundts plus 12 cupcakes - or - 1 full-sized bundt cake

Citrus Cocktail Mini Bundt Cakes

    For the mini bundt cakes:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs (large), at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated citrus zest
  • 1/2 cup citrus cocktail mix, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons citrus flavored vodka or liqueur
  • 3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar or optional citrus glaze for topping
  • For the citrus glaze:
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons citrus cocktail mix

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two mini bundt cake pans - or - one mini bundt cake pan plus a 12-cup muffin pan (or line with cupcake liners) - or - one 12-cup bundt cake pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the citrus zest, citrus cocktail mix, and liqueur. Beat until combined. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with the yogurt in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the vanilla.

Fill mini-bundt pans and/or muffin pan 2/3 full with batter. Add all the batter to a 12-cup bundt pan (if using). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes for mini bundts or cupcakes or 1 hour for a full-sized bundt cake.

Cool mini bundts or cupcakes in the pan 5 minutes then remove them from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Cool a full-sized bundt cake in the pan for 15 minutes prior to removing the cake from the pan.

Dust cakes with confectioners sugar or drizzle with citrus glaze.

For the citrus glaze:

In a small bowl, stir in the citrus cocktail mix one tablespoon at a time until it has reached desired consistency.

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Recipe adapted from one found on the Martha Stewart website.



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baker street January 16, 2013 at 4:20 am

Citrus to the rescue is right!! Love the use of your citrus cocktail mix! And I totally want to buy that mini bundt pan! Your cakes turned out fantastic, Renee! :)

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thank you An! I’m having so much fun with #BundtAMonth. I’m already looking forward to the next event.

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Stacy January 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

What gorgeous little Bundts, Renee! As much as I love a good glaze, I do love the way the light sprinkling of powdered sugar brings out the design from the mini Bundt pan.

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

So true. It’s hard to cover up a pretty design with glaze.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen January 16, 2013 at 6:23 am

It turns out I´m a fan of grapefruit too, and love using a mix of citrus in cakes. So this is perfect Renee! Those little bundts couldn´t be cuter. And with vodka, absolutely!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thanks Paula!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

I’ve had the same mini bunt pan for years and never used it. Seeing your pretty little cakes makes me want to break it out of e closet.

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Oh yes, please use your bundt pan and soon. Join in the #BundtAMonth fun!

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Anita at Hungry Couple January 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

I love the citrus cocktail mix! Mini bundts are so cute. :)

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Anita!

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Kate@Diethood January 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

Ooooh that is SO pretty! I agree, we really needed something refreshing after all that chocolate and caramel. :)

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thank you Kate! Of course I’ll be back on the chocolate wagon again soon. Just needed a break after the holidays.

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

What cute little bundts! Yes, citrus is the perfect way to cleanse our palates at the start of a new year–and after the decadence of the Christmas season! Love your mixture of flavors here!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thank you Carrie!

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CJ at Food Stories January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

OMG – How cute – I bet these are very light & refreshing :-)

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

They sure are and a great size for a snack.

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Kate | Food Babbles January 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

Your mini bundts are adorable and your recipe sounds light, bright and refreshing! Beautiful job.

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thanks Kate! I am so glad I got that pan. Such pretty little bundts.

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Linda | The Urban Mrs January 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Yes to citrus flavored vodka! Lemony citrusy cake for January, what’s not to love. And yours came out so great. I just can’t wait to give this a try. Sweet!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thanks and cheers Linda!

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Deb @ knitstamatic January 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Oh how pretty! Mini Bundts are so adorable. I agree, citrus was a really nice choice for this month’s BundtaMonth after all the indulgences over the holidays.

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I did enjoy the celebrating citrus and I’m glad An and Lora picked it for January.

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Tara January 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Love the idea that you incorporated your cocktail into these gorgeous little bundts. Great idea and I would love one, okay maybe two please!!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thanks Tara and it’s okay to have two of these little bundts.

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The Ninja Baker January 16, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Starting the New Year with a citrusy zing sounds great, Renee. Love to join the Bundt-of-the-Month. Coincidentally, I just made a Nutella Bundt. But I’ll make sure to do a yuzu or other citrus mini or regular Bundt before
31 January 2013.

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

We would love to have you join in #BundatAMonth Kim. I’ll let An and Lora know you are interested.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Renee, I love these. . they are so pretty and perfect! I love that you added citrus cocktail mix in the cake and glaze for the cupcakes, what a great idea! I bet these had a wonderful texture and flavor!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Thanks Alice. Yes, the cupcakes were great with the glaze. The cakes/cupcakes did have a light texture. Nice change instead of a dense one like a pound cake.

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Holly January 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm

What beautiful cakes! I love all the ingredients you used, really creative and not your standard recipe. What a treat these would be on my table, hope I can recreate them in my kitchen!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Thanks Holly! I’m sure you can recreate them in your kitchen. Have fun and bake up some bundts.

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Laura January 17, 2013 at 12:01 am

LOVE these. My first citrus cake for this month was a mojito bundt, I really enjoy booze and citrus together too.

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Oh…a mojito bundt – sounds delish!

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Lynn at Southern Fried French January 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Renee, so excited b/c someone gave me one of these mini-bundt pans and I’ve never quite known what to do with it. Now I do! These are beautiful. thanks!

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Renee January 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Lynn! Yes, please bake with your mini-bundt pans and soon. I’m sure they would be a hit in France.

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Katherine G January 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

This looks so delicious!!

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Ann@Anncoo Journal January 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

I love the mini bundt cakes, so pretty. Can’t wait to give this a try :)

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Renee January 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Thanks Ann!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog January 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I love that we both had the same idea. I, too, am making a bundt cake based on my favorite citrusy cocktail. These little bundts are just darling, Renee.

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Renee January 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Cheers Jennie & here’s to boozy bundts!

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Terra January 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

This girl who loves baking with booze loves that you added citrus vodka!!! The mini bundts just mean I get to devour one of my very own cakes, YUM! Hugs, Terra

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Renee January 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

Thank you Terra! And Cheers to baking with booze!

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Tiffany January 21, 2013 at 12:43 am

Oh yum! I am not big into sweets, but those little cakes are just screaming my name!

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Renee January 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

Thanks Tiffany!

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