Thursday, April 16, 2015

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake #BundtBakers

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I am so excited to have joined a group of amazing bakers, #BundtBakers.  My friend, Anne, at From My Sweetheart, invited me to join in this baking fun. Let me tell you, I have only made one or two Bundt cakes in my life. My mom always gets frustrated by them, and when things annoy my mother that much, I tend to avoid them. But, I have had a Bundt pan that needed some dusting off, so this sounded like a good challenge.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. The theme for April is "Hidden Surprise" - Bundt cakes with fillings or stuffing. There was no constraint on filling and flavor choices.The only requirement was that the cake be filled/stuffed inside. Anshie from SpiceRoots was our host for this month. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.


What a challenge it was, and I am soo excited and already looking forward to more. I have been doing a lot of reading and research on how to succeed at making a Bundt cake or bread, and am starting with baby steps on all this. I hope to be able to share some of these tips with you along the way, as I learn them myself. Tip #1 that can not be stressed enough, make sure that you grease every nook and cranny of that pan. Dust with flour or cocoa. Then double check to make sure that you didn't miss any spots, if you did go back and grease, and dust!  Martha Stewart has a short video on how to prepare your pan. Worth a watch if you are new to using a Bundt pan.



Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake  (Adapted from: Southern Living)

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3 cups sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 eggs, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp almond extract
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup strawberry glaze

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare bundt pan by greasing, then flouring. Remove any excess flour. Set pan aside.

In large stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy, on medium speed. Slowly add sugar, one cup at a time. Beat until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese, beat until completely incorporated and mixture is creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Change mixer speed to low and add flour. Add one cup at a time. When all flour has been added, stir in almond and vanilla extracts.

Pour 1/3 of cake batter into prepared pan. Smooth batter a little with back of spoon. Spoon in half of the strawberry glaze. Take a knife, and gently swirl the glaze around. Be careful to not let the glaze touch the edge of the pan. Pour 1/3 batter over top glaze, smooth again with spoon. Add remaining glaze, swirl, cover with remaining batter. Smooth to cover all glaze.

Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake for 20 minutes then turn cake out to wire rack to cool completely.

Strawberry Sugar
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
1/4 cup sugar

Add strawberries and sugar to food processor. Process until only small bits of strawberries remain. Set aside.

Powdered Sugar Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp half and half
1 tsp vanilla
Milk, as needed

In medium mixing bowl, sift powdered sugar. Add melted butter to sugar, stir until combined. Add half and half, and vanilla mix well. Add additional milk if needed, to reach desired consistency. Once cake has completely cooled, pour or drizzle glaze over cake. Sprinkle immediately with Strawberry Sugar.


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32 comments:

  1. Welcome to Bundt Bakers! What a striking cake you have there. That strawberry filling just pops.

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  2. the girly girl part of me is super excited about all the pink--the strawberry sugar dust is awesome!

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  3. What a pretty spring cake! That strawberry sugar is really cool.

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  4. I love the strawberry sugar! Clever idea! Your cake came out so pretty and looks luscious!

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  5. This cake looks beautiful! And wow, good job on that filling! Yum.

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  6. Oh wow, look at that lovely swirl, nicely done!!

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  7. What a truly stunning cake! I wish I had a slice sitting right in front of me right now!

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  8. Cream cheese and strawberries are a match made in heaven! This looks so good!

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  9. Welcome to the club....I am very impressed with this beautiful bundt cake and I don't think you can ever go wrong with strawberries and cream cheese.

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  10. You are so talented! This looks bakery worthy, really amazing work! Can't wait to see what you whip up next my friend :)

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  11. Lovely cake, and brilliant strawberry sugar idea, Welcome to Bundt Bakers:)

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  12. Lovely cake, and brilliant strawberry sugar idea, Welcome to Bundt Bakers:)

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  13. Your cake is GORGEOUS and the flavor sounds so perfect - yumm!!

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  14. Lovely Bundt!!!! looks really beautiful and must to be delicious!!!

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  15. Ummm!! It is lovely!!! I love strawberries and your cake looks so delicious!!! Congratulations!!! XO

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  16. It's not only beautiful, but it's also quite yummy looking :) How I love strawberry! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderufl weekend. Hugs!

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  17. This is such a pretty cake, great for having the girls over.

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  18. Hi,
    I love baking with Bundt pans. This will be fun.
    Yummy!
    Carla

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  19. Welcome to the group Kris, so happy to be baking with you :) This cake looks beautiful, I love fruit glazed filled cakes and would love to try this. Pinning for trying sometime soon!

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  20. Welcome! I'd never made a bundt before joining the group and now it's been a year! It's such a fun group - even though it is a little nerve-wracking each month.
    You cake is absolutely stunning. Love the flavors too.

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  21. This looks yummy and I love strawberry so I'm saving this one to try out.

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  22. Looks yummy! Reminds me of the bundt cakes that my mom used to make when I was growing up. Food memories...

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  23. Welcome to the group! Your bundt looks amazing! LOVE the colours. Love the swirl. A beauty!

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  24. Wow, this looks amazing!! My 2 yr old daughter LOVES strawberries and I know she would absolutely devour this gorgeous cake :)

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  25. Can this be made in a regular cake pan? I am looking at making a brain cake for Halloween with fondant brain folds and large blood vessels and raspberry jam spread thinly across it but the recipe I looked at was red velvet, which my husband hates, so I thought a white cake with jam swirls would look lovely.

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    1. I love your idea Maggie, it sounds great for Halloween! However, I don't know that recipe would be the best. I have never personally make a bundt, in a 9x13, so I did some research, and you would likely have to leave some of the batter out of the pan. So, if you were careful about not overfilling the pan, and watched your baking time carefully... maybe it would work. I would definitely do a test run before Halloween.

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  26. How delicious is this? Such a wonderful recipe that I can't wait to bake. My happy place is in the kitchen and baking is my therapy! YUM!! Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck this week. We love having you share your recipes with us.

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  27. What a beaut of a cake! How fun for you to take on that challenge and come up with this hidden treasure. Love it. So glad you are faithful to share with us at Weekend Potluck.

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  28. Congrats! This great cake got our attention and is being featured at this week's Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day. http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2016/05/homemade-hot-dog-sauce-weekend-potluck.html

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  29. Such a pretty cake! Thanks so much for all your wonderful shares at Weekend Potluck!

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