Friday, December 23, 2011

cranberry citrus bundt ~ cinnamon glaze

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bundt- a funny little word isn't it?

there is just something about a bundt cake that hollers holiday right at you -
 in nice and wonderful way of course

i had a morning free from work the yesterday and decided it would be fun to cram in as many things possible for me to complete with just four hours - yeah that is my idea of crazy fun

9 times out of 10 it ends up just plain crazy without the fun

this was the exception though - i was able to :
go to the gym
make the fabulous cake you see here today
and make it to work on time with said fabulous cake

i say that is a win-win for everyone involved

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citrus and cranberries are just meant to be together
cinnamon & spice make everything nice - or is that sugar and spice
oh well. no worries they all play nice in this cake

 
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i love this bundt pan - mostly because i didn't have to buy it
and also because its my moms- probably from like 1985

you will want to coat your pan with vegan butter, sugar & flour

a stuck bundt is not a very good bundt - been there, done that
lesson learned

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whip up your batter while singing "its beginning to look like christmas"
except  you replace look with smell - while the animals sit to watch your performance

thank goodness they can't speak -i'd be in trouble

i am known for my cooking - not my singing

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the cranberry speckled & zesty batter is poured into the bundt

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beautifully baked

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bathed in an amazingly wonderful cinnamon glaze
which tastes just as wonderful as it smells

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warning - just the smell of this cake will tempt you to eat the entire bundt if kept within close proximity - probably not the best idea to keep it on your desk 

i would suggest picking the skinniest co-worker and putting it on their desk for the day

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cranberry citrus bundt - you are the best thing since sliced bread

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once plated , a little extra drizzle of cinnamon glaze is strongly suggested
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Cranberry Citrus Bundt ~ Cinnamon Glaze
serves 16

you will need:
  • 1/2 cup sugar + 1 tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp vegan butter for greasing pan
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • zest of 1 clementine, tangerine or other citrus
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup soy yogurt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup blood orange juice or regular oj
  • 2 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
for the glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

assembly:
  • preheat oven to 350 - grease, sugar & flour a 10 inch bundt pan
  • combine flour through salt in a medium bowl- set aside
  • beat soy yogurt, remaining sugar and brown sugar - add apple sauce, oil, blood orange juice & vanilla, beat well. gradually blend in flour mixture and mix until well blended
  • fold in cranberries - pour batter into bundt pan
  • bake 50-55 minutes - until a skewer or knife inserted in the center comes out clean - or with a few moist crumbs
  • let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes - invert onto the cooling rack and let cool completely
to make the glaze:
  • in a small bowl whisk together all ingredients - if powdered sugar is lumpy sift prior to whisking with other ingredients
  • drizzle over completely cooled bundt cake
enjoy!

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I'm not usually a fan of bundts. I'm not even sure why, maybe a bad experience once? But this certainly sounds delicious - cranberry and orange is one of my favorite flavor combinations and it sounds delicious with those spices :D

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  2. Cranberry & Citrus is definitely a fave flavor combo of mine this time of year too!

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  3. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

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  4. HAHA! I love your suggestion about putting on the skinniest person's desk. Hilarious! What a beautiful BUNDT! I think you are quickly becoming my go-to girl for ideas on what to bake :)

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  5. Thanks for the invite FoodEpix!

    Cara - I thought you would enjoy that line - great minds think a like :-)

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  6. I don't bake much but this is just gorgeous.

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  7. Thank you for the wonderful compliment & for visiting Dawn :-)

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  8. I love anything with cranberry.....this bundt cake looks amazing!

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  9. That cinnamon glaze looks awesome, I can almost smell it from my desk!
    Anyway, I've nominated you for the Liebster Award, details here: http://tofoodwithluv.blogspot.com/2011/12/eggs-cooked-in-tomato-sauce.html

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  10. I soooo agree, citrus and cranberry go together like peanut butter and chocolate. They are just the perfect combo!

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  11. @ Culinary College- thank you for visiting and for the compliment!

    @ Food with Love- THANK YOU for the nomination, what a great award/idea the Liebster is!

    @ Julia- OMG I am a HUGE fan of your Blog, I feel like a Celebrity just stopped by to say hi!

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  12. I just replaced my bundt cake for my recent rum-nog pound cake experiment, and I was thinking I need to use it again so that I don't feel silly for buying it. This cake looks fabulous and I must eat it!

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  13. Are the measurements correct for the glaze? 2 cups of powdered sugar doesn't mix let alone whisk into 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp of liquid. Either it needs more liquid, or it needs maybe to be heated? I added at least 3 or 4 Tbsps of the milk to get it to look like a glaze & not lumpy cookie dough.

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    1. That is correct, you have to mix it really we'll but the liquid and sugar ratios are as written asit is the ratio I use for all my glazes.

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