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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Bundt #BundtBakers

A big THANK YOU to #BundtBakers for allowing a new blogger to play with them in their sandbox! Special recognition to Anne at From My Sweet Heart for hosting this month. 

This month's theme: LEMONS! My bundt creation: Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Bundt. I selected this because there is a Blueberry Lemon loaf cake alongside muffins and other breakfast baked goods at my favorite supermarket. It was love at first bite (or I was overly hungry when I first tasted it). Blueberry Lemon is a divine combination! 



Lemons are a staple ingredient in my kitchen. We use lemons like most people use salt. A bit of lemon juice makes food P-O-P. A neighbor from across the street once knocked on our door to ask if we happened to have an extra lemon. He was surprised to see a load of lemons front and center our refrigerator (he actually thought they were a decoration - who has decorations in the fridge?). He ended up leaving with several lemons.  


I digress. On to this month's Bundt Cake... 

It seems the older I get, the more lazy efficient I become. I am a firm believer in making things simple, not complicated. Due to my efficiency mantra, this bundt uses two blueberry muffin mixes that are 'doctored up' with lemon juice and lemon zest (and a little buttermilk) to hit the perfect note of lemon 'zing.'

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Wild Blueberry Muffin Mixes (the mix with the canned blueberries) 
  • Eggs (as called for in mix. Mine called for 2 eggs per mix, so 4 total)
  • Vegetable oil (as called for in mix. Mine called for 1/4 cup per mix, so 1/2 cup total)
  • Lemon Juice to replace Water in one mix (my mixes called for 3/4 cup water each, so I replaced with 3/4 cup)
  • Buttermilk to replace Water for one mix (my mixes called for 3/4 cup water each, so I replaced with 3/4 cup buttermilk)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Powdered Sugar for garnish.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Prepare Bundt pan with a generous amount of cooking spray.
  3. Prepare muffin mixes as directed, substituting one mix's water with lemon juice and the other mix's water with buttermilk and adding 1 teaspoon lemon zest. 
  4. Bake 40 - 50 minutes, or until cake is slightly shrunken away from sides of pan and wooden toothpick inserted in middle of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool 15 minutes and invert onto plate. Allow to cool completely prior to slicing. 

I'm a fairly experienced baker and am the first to admit that Bundt Cakes can be a bit daunting.  On more than one occasion, I have turned out a bundt cake only to find half of it wanted to stick in the pan. This go round, I used an excessively heavy hand when spraying my non-stick pan. 

My bundt cake turned out a bit dark. In troubleshooting the issue I have come up with two causes: my bundt pan has a dark (not so) non-stick coating and the amount of baking spray I used was overly generous. Dark pans are known to bake faster and darker. Baking spray contains soy lecithin, a magical ingredient with wonderful functional properties found in many foods (including chocolate). Soy lecithin is known to turn dark with heat. I masked the brownness with a light dusting of powdered sugar.  Sprinkle the bundt with sugar just prior to serving as the oils from the cake will make the sugar 'disappear' over time (it is really still there, it just isn't so apparent). I have an idea about how to remedy this in the future, so stay tuned!



BundtBakers
#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving Bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board right here. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers can be found on our homepage.

Take some time to peruse what other #BundtBakers have put together this month. I'm impressed with their ingenuity and creativity!

21 comments:

I Love Bundt Cakes said...

Blueberries and lemon it´s a great combination and looks so yummy!

Renee Dobbs said...

Cake for breakfast!!! I'm all in! And welcome to Bundt Bakers.

Padmajha PJ said...

I love blueberries and I can imagine how great it would taste with lemon!

Stacy Rushton said...

Interesting info on the baking spray. I tend to use it quite liberally when coating a Bundt pan since it's so depressing if a cake sticks after all the trouble that goes into making it. I love the combination of lemons and blueberries too! So glad you have joined our group!

Aisha said...

I like the combination so much... Thanks for the information about baking spry... very useful :)

grace said...

it never would've occurred to me to use muffin mix in a cake--clever thinking! that's not lazy, it's just smart. :)

Rebekah Hills said...

Love the idea of a muffin-style bundt!! Delicious!

Lauren Everson said...

Blueberry and Lemon IS a great combination. Great idea to use a muffin mix, too. Welcome to the group!

Wendy Klik said...

I love the blueberry and lemon combo. I think this would be perfect for a summer brunch.

Ansh said...

Blueberry and Lemon is such a great combo and it screams summer from the hill top. Welcome to Bundt Bandits group :D

shilpi prasad said...

Nice combination of Blue berry with Lemon... Would love to enjoy, a slice with my cup of coffee.

The Foodie Physician said...

This looks amazing! Lemon and blueberry is such a wonderful combination! Can't wait to check out so many more on that list :)

brooklynhomemaker.com said...

Your cake looks and sounds amazing. I LOVE blueberries and lemons together and would have done a similar cake to yours but I already have a similar recipe on my blog that I didn't want to repeat.
Well done, and welcome!

Terri Truscello Miller said...

Blueberry and Lemon is a favorite combination of mine - so bright and flavorful!

Shaina Wizov said...

Blueberry and lemon is such a beautiful flavor combination. I would love to start off my morning with a slice of this!

Catherine said...

Lemon and blueberries are a perfect match, and this is a beautiful bundt cake. What delicate, moist treat. Sounds wonderful dear. xo, Catherine

Lara said...

Ooooh blueberries and lemon are such a great combination! Your Bundt cake is absolutely gorgeous Cali!! -xx-

Olivia B said...

Lemon and blueberry is such a delicious combo! One of my faves. And I love how dark your bundt cake turned out on the outside! Such a great contrast with the light and fluffy cut pieces :)

Kelster said...

Cheers to efficiency!

Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas said...

Lemon and blueberries are a classic combination, this cake looks wonderful.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Cali, I just love everything lemon and I also love blueberries and this Bundt looks like such a wonderful creation - what a treat to enjoy at breakfast time or any time of the day. I especially like to sip a cup of hot Earl Grey tea with a nice slice of Bundt cake!