This cake is gorgeous, the recipe is from Baked Explorations: American Desserts Reinvented which is one of the most exciting baking books I have bought in a long time. This bundt cake was one of the simpler recipes in the book but it has absolutely floored me, I cannot fault this cake it is quite simple perfect. The flavour is like no other cake I have tried and although my frosting was a little thinner than pictured in the book when I tasted it I almost fell over, it was unbelievable so decided not to tweak it at all.
The book suggested you may like to top the cake with caramel shards but I didn't want the crunch so I left mine plain, I have provided the recipe for the caramel shard topping anyway so do as you wish.
All I can say is make this cake and get the book too, some of the recipes are pretty epic and I can't wait to make the Monkey Bubble Bread, Buttermilk Doughnuts, Chocolate Coffee Cake and the Caramel Popcorn, all of which look totally scrumptious.
I have added this recipe to Sweets for Saturday at Sweet as Sugar Cookies as requested by the lovely Lisa so head over and check out all the gorgeous recipes on her fantastic blog.
Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake Recipe
For the Burnt Sugar Liquid
½ cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
Approximately 3/4 cup coconut milk
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
For the Bundt Cake
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Make the Burnt Sugar Liquid
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, slowly melt the sugar. Use a wooden spoon to stir it continuously to ensure even melting. When the sugar turns a dark caramel color, remove the pan from the heat and slowly stream in the cream while continuing to stir (don’t worry if mixture starts to clump). Return the pan to medium heat and stir until completely combined; cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring. Transfer the burnt caramel mixture to at least a 2-cup heatproof liquid measuring cup (like Pyrex) and add enough coconut milk to make 1 1/4 cups liquid. Add the lemon juice. Whisk to combine, divide the mixture in half, and set both portions aside.
Make the Bundt Cake
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously spray the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray; alternatively, butter it thoroughly, dust it with flour, and knock out the excess flour. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 5 more seconds. Retrieve one of the reserved portions of burnt sugar liquid. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the burnt sugar, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat again for 10 seconds. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a small sharp knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Gently loosen the sides of the cake from the pan and turn it out onto the rack.
Make the Caramel Rum Frosting
Put the butter, rum, confectioners’ sugar, and remaining portion of burnt sugar liquid in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until the frosting is shiny and smooth. Use an offset spatula to spread the frosting over the crown of the Bundt in a thick layer. Let the frosting set before serving.
Caramel Shard Topping
This caramel shard decoration is entirely optional—but it looks spectacular. Ingredient – 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Place the sugar in a small saucepan. Add enough water—it takes approximately 1 teaspoon—to make it the texture of wet sand. Cook on high heat until the sugar turns amber. Pour the caramel onto a half-sheet pan lined with a Silpat (or other silicone nonstick) baking mat. Let cool. Break the cooled caramel into small shards and use them to decorate the frosted cake.
Makes one 10 inch Bundt Cake.
In other news I have been really busy at the bakery so will get to posting cupcakes very soon and I'm finally filming my teddy topper tutorial tomorrow. Also my Mum and I have decided to throw my little sister a pink party for her birthday in February, mainly because we love her dearly but also so I have an excuse to make Martha Stewart's pink layer cake. I can't wait!◦