Little Bundt Pound Cakes for #BundtAMonth

Little Bundt Pound Cakes | Magnolia DaysTables were covered in crisp, white linen. Exquisite china was placed ever so carefully in front of each chair. Silver flatware lined up perfectly straight next to the china. Flowers adorned the center of the table and was surrounded by tea candles. Fine crystal glasses glistened in the glow. One look and you knew it was a fancy event. Anticipation of the food to be served on such a beautiful setting sets in and excitement builds. Each course brings delight and the last course is the star of the show. Little bundt pound cakes are simple and yet can be quite fancy too.

What defines a fancy cake? This was something I had to ponder recently. We were challenged to bake a fancy bundt in celebration of the one year anniversary of Bundt-A-Month. Fancy could mean a lot of things. It could be with perfect decorations. I knew that choice was out since I’m piping challenged and wouldn’t go near fondant (yuck). It could be the ingredients. I though of rare fruits or specialty liqueurs but availability would be difficult. It could be the shape. That was it! And so my cake pan collection grew with the addition two little bundt pans.

Little Bundt Pound Cakes | Magnolia DaysSimple can be fancy too. It’s all in how you present it. Serve a little cake on good china and it magically becomes elegant. Being baked in a pretty shape helps too. The pans I used are made by Kaiser and can be found on Amazon → KaiserCast Star Bundform Pan and KaiserCast Flora Bundtform Pan. Or you can bake it in fancy paper loaf pans and give them as gifts. The holidays will be here before you know it. (Note those are affiliate links to Amazon)

The recipe is for three small cake loaves. If you use the small 7-inch bundt pans like I did the batter will enough for two cakes and a few cupcakes. I topped the cakes with a dusting of confectioners sugar to enhance the pattern and design. You could also use a glaze and perhaps a sprinkling of toasted nuts. Serve it with fresh berries and whipped cream or homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

Little Bundt Pound Cakes | Magnolia DaysHow do you define a fancy cake? It is with the decorations, ingredients, or the shape? Be sure to scroll down and see what the talented Bundt-A-Month bakers made for the challenge. I can’t wait to visit each one and check out their amazing cakes.

Little Bundt Pound Cakes
 
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Serves: Makes 3 small cake loaves
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup half-and-half or whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour three 7- X 3- X 2-inch loaf pans. If using paper loaf pans you do not need to grease and flour.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric hand mixer on high speed until mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternatively with half-and-half in two additions, mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not over mix.
  6. Stir in brandy and vanilla.
  7. Divide batter evenly in the loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool cakes in the pans for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove cakes from pans* and cool completely on wire racks.
  11. *If using paper loaf pans do not remove the cakes from the pans.
  12. Dust cakes with confectioners sugar.
Notes
Photo above is using small 7-inch bundt pans. The batter will make enough for two of those pans plus a little extra for a few cupcakes.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living 1986 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Ready for more bundts? These fancy cakes will be inspiration enough for you to bake with us this month:

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh my! These look perfect, Renee! Can’t believe its been a year! You and Kate hopped on the first month and it has been lovely to have you bake along month on month! Thank you for everything! And happy anniversary!

    Cheers!
    Anuradha

  2. says

    What a pretty shape for your little Bundt cakes. I think these would make wonderful gifts for the holidays and already have some paper bundt baking trays I found on sale after Christmas last year. Now I know how to use them, thanks!

  3. says

    Your cake is the star of the month, Renee! What beautiful little cakes! Now I can see that my Bundt cake pan collection is seriously lacking. You will be hearing from my objecting husband shortly. He asked for your email address. (JK)

  4. says

    Beautiful presentation and those pans are perfect! The last thing I need is another cake pan but these are irresistible. I’ve enjoyed baking with you guys over the months and look forward to many more!

  5. says

    Renee, pound cake reminds me of my childhood in Mississippi. It’s one of my favorites. I love the beautiful molds. Where did you get them? Great post!

  6. says

    Uh-oh, my crystal balls sees another Bundt pan purchase in the near future for this Ninja Baker…Sorry you don’t like fondant – there are so many pretty decorations one can create with the confection…As for simplicity and elegance going hand in hand, I wholeheartedly agree =) And your mini Bundts are the epitome of mini pound cake perfection!

  7. says

    Renee,
    Totally agree with you that simple can be fancy too. . and these mini bundts are so elegant and pretty, perfect for the anniversary!!! LOVE! I would also love to dive into your bundt pan collection!!! :) hint hint, wink wink. :)

    • says

      Thank you so much Heather and it’s nice to see simple being all the rage. It goes back to people wanting good things that aren’t so difficult to do.

  8. Lora @cakeduchess says

    It is true that simple can be fancy. I am a simple cake lover. That lovely dusting of powdered sugar and the pretty cake pans make these just gorgeous, Renee. Loved having you as a part of the group from the beginning.

  9. says

    Ooh very fancy indeed!Love the beautiful design of your bundt pan and your cakes look so pretty with all those lovely detailing :)That also reminds me that I have to buy a mini bundt pan!

  10. says

    Beautiful bundt cakes! I’ve never made a bundt, primarily as I don’t own a bundt tin, but these ‘Bundt a Month’ posts always make me want to! Gorgeous. Love the clean, white setting and the dusting of powdered sugar. Can’t get better than pound cake :) x

  11. says

    Aren’t you an evil enabler, including links for the pans! Ack! :D As you know, I have pan lust for those pans and the cakes look like my favorite kind of cake. Oh yeah and hooray for eschewing piping and fondant! ;)

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