So over the holidays we had ALL the family over. And I mean ALL! And with our very modern, blended family it was quite a houseful. Christmas morning we opened presents and it was wonderful, if not a tad gluttonous. My fantastic sister must have noticed I have started to at least try to do more cooking at home. She gifted me with a bundt cake pan and also a cake stand. I took it as a hint.
So after the wrapping paper was cleaned up and the kids were preoccupied with their new toys, I got my $3 box of cake mix and got started. It might be considered cheating but come on, that boxed cake mix is damn good and you couldn’t make it from scratch for $3. Making it is as easy as pie (no, cake), a little bit of water, a little bit of vegetable oil and a mixer is all it takes. So after it is all mixed you pour it into a sprayed bundt pan. It will fill about half way. Pop it in the over for about 35 minutes and voila! Bundt! When it came to the frosting, that’s where I had to use my imagination a bit (and by imagination I mean Google). Bundt cakes usually don’t have frosting like a regular cake with its thick globs of butter cream. I instead scooped a couple spoonfuls into a bowl and microwaved it until it was soft and pourable. When the cake came out of the oven I let it cool, then flipped it upside down. It popped out and was perfect and round. Like a doughnut on steroids. After it was cooled, I poured the warm gooey chocolate frosting on top (next time I will use both vanilla and chocolate for a zebra cake). Dang! It smelled delicious! It looked delicious and I would soon find out it tasted delicious. Don’t let the funny shape intimidate you. Try the funny cake. I decided to top it with strawberries and it was the perfect mix with the chocolate. You could also top it with a dusting of powdered sugar. I saw some images online of people putting a doily on the cake and sprinkling the powdered sugar on top, to leave behind a delicate and beautiful pattern. What is your favorite way to make your cake a little different?
Remember this scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding?