Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

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Hey, there! While I am away snuggling this brand new babe and trying to navigate parenthood (aka keep him alive) I’ve asked a few friendly bloggers to share a recipe with you. Next up is Sarah from the ever-fantastic The Sugar Hit! Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

I like big BUNDTS, and I cannot lie. Sorry, that joke just never gets old. Hello! I’m Sarah, from The Sugar Hit, here to guest post while Cindy miraculously produces and becomes accustomed to caring for a human child. I know – it’s nothing short of incredible.

Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

I tried to think what I might bring along to meet with Cindy after she gets her new bebe home/just before she heads off to bring it into the world, if we didn’t live a few oceans away from each other. I settled on this Jam Donut Bundt Cake. There are so many reasons why, let me run through them for you.

Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

Firstly, it’s delicious. Secondly, it actually keeps really well, so it’s perfect if you want to give your new mom-friend a lil’ something to snack on over the coming days. Thirdliciously, it’s brushed with butter and coated with cinnamon sugar, which is a good reason to do just about anything in my opinion. And fourthly, it’s so versatile; have it with coffee, have it for breakfast, or nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds and have it with a scoop of ice cream (no really, do that).

Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

The other cool thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple – everything comes together in one bowl, and the jam comes straight out of a jar. So this is just the kind of recipe that would be nice to deliver hand written along with the cake itself, because it’s pretty perfect mom-material. So, Miss Cindy, consider this my virtual hand written recipe for you. And congratulations in advance, Mama!

Blackberry Jam Donut Bundt Cake

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JAM DONUT CAKE!

For the cake:

2 + 2/3 cups (400g) all-purpose flour

2 + ½ tsp baking powder

1 cup (225g) superfine sugar

1 + ½ sticks (175g) butter, melted

1 cup (250ml) milk

2 whole eggs

1 tsp grated nutmeg

½ cup (125ml) blackberry jam

For the coating (optional):

½ cup superfine sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 stick of butter, melted.

  1. Grease a 9 inch (23cm) bundt tin well, and preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and sugar until well combined.
  3. In a separate jug, stir together the melted butter, milk, eggs and nutmeg.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir everything together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the bundt tin, and spread the batter up the sides of the tin with the back of a spoon. Don’t worry too much about this step – basically you just want to make sure the jam is encased in the batter, and doesn’t leak out.
  6. Dollop the jam on top of the batter, forming a ring of jam without touching the edges of the tin, and then dollop over the rest of the cake batter, and smooth it out gently, so that all the jam is covered.
  7. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean (don’t poke it into the jam).  Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, and then carefully turn out onto a wire rack to cool further.
  8. When you’re ready to serve the cake, brush is with the melted butter, and then stir together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle the cake liberally with it, pressing gently if necessary to make it adhere. Serve, warm, cold, hot, with tea, coffee or with ice cream! [/recipe]

Betty Crocker: Recent Favorites

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It’s been a crazy week, guys! I went to Reno to for a visit and to spend time with my wonderful friends and family, squeeze my nieces and baby friendlings (the term Sean uses to call our friends new babies). My mom and BFF threw me a perfetly casual, relaxed baby shower at The Chocolate Bar–there was fondue and lots of chit-chat involved.  Along with the shower and the near constant somersaults/tumbling this babe is doing, this whole pregnancy thing is starting to get really real.

Anyway, I did a lot of lounging and hanging out and absolutely zero cooking. So, to end this week I’ve gathered a little round-up of some of my current projects with my girls at Betty Crocker. There’s a good mix of indulgent desserts and dinner appropriate fare, I hope you enjoy!

Rainbow Chip Bundt with Fresh Raspberry Glaze 

No-Bake Lemon Mousse Tart with Fresh Berries

Slow Cooker Beef Fry-Bread Tacos 

Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts

 Peanut Butter and Potato Chip Layered Cookie Bars

Black Forest Mini Pies

 Skillet Roasted Whole Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes

Crunchy Panko Fish Sticks with Quick Lemon-Herb Aioli

Raspberry Donut Cakes

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I’m back!

…and I come bearing donuts. Donuts masquerading as shortcakes, topped with juicy, sweetened raspberries and lots of whipped cream.

This is the very first post I’ve prepared for you from our new apartment. I’m hoping to do a quick tour of the place once things get a little less crazy lookin’ around here, but for now just know that it has a great, south-facing window and a cozy kitchen, both of which I plan to utilize for much posting in the future.

But, for now, let’s talk these donuts. They’re the springy and tender like the best of cupcakes and scented with vanilla and almond. I love almond, especially with raspberries. So fragrant and delicious! The berries are simply macerated with some sugar and the cream is whipped and unsweetened. I actually over whipped my cream, which kinda drives me nuts but it was all I had so I went with it. Pay attention and whip that cream to the softest of peaks, don’t be like me.

Regardless of the over-whipped-cream debacle, these cakes were reminiscent of those shortcakes that don’t actually involve a biscuit-y shortcake but those spongey, little yellow cakes you find at the store near the strawberries…except, way better, ovbs, since they’re DONUTS and we’re baking them fresh.

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Raspberry Donut Cakes

Adapted from THIS recipe, originally from Saveur.

Makes 12 baked donuts.

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

scant 1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup canola oil or other neutral oil

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly coat a donut pan with cooking spray (I like coconut oil spray).

In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl whisk together the canola, buttermilk, egg, and extracts. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and fold until just combined. Spoon (or pipe) batter about 1/2 way up each donut well and bake in the center of the oven for 8-9 minutes, or until the donuts spring back to the touch. Remove from the oven, cool in the pan about 1 minute before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter.

For the raspberries:

3 cups raspberries, rinsed and dried

sugar to taste ( I used a scant 1/4 cup)

In a bowl mix the raspberries with the sugar and set aside until the sugar dissolves and the raspberries begin to slump. You can expedite this process by placing everything in a saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

For the cream:

1 cup cream

sugar and a dash of vanilla, if desired

Whip the cream using a hand mixer, immersion blender, or whisk until soft peaks form.

To assemble the cakes:

Place 1 donut on a plate, top with a generous amount of cream and berries, repeat on top with another donut, cream, and berries. [/recipe]