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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Candy Cane Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

This month's #BundtBakers theme: Naughty or Nice. Because perception is reality, I chose to be Nice...

Holiday season is always an excessively busy time of year! Candy Cane Bundt Cake is an impressive yet simple addition to a holiday party. Use of cake mix makes this festive cake a snap. I have always been a pro- cake mix home baker. It is sometimes difficult to get a scratch cake recipe 'balanced.'  When making a bundt cake from scratch, you will often not know until turning the cake out of the pan. If the cake crumbles into a million pieces, it is very disappointing. 

Cake mixes were developed to be very forgiving, meaning if too much or too little of any of the added ingredients will still yield a decent end product. Allowing you more time to be naughty...



  • 1 white cake mix (16.25 oz / 461 g), (not with 'pudding in the mix')
  • 1 small box (3.4 oz / 96 g) vanilla flavor instant pudding
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 teaspoons red food color
  • 1 teaspoon alkalized cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Andes peppermint crunch baking chips 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Prepare bundt pan with shortening and flour.
  3. Blend cake mix with pudding mix until well combined.
  4. Add egg whites, oil, water, sour cream and peppermint extract. 
  5. Blend 30 seconds on low speed of electric mixer. Scrape bowl. Mix 2 minutes on medium.
  6. To 3/4 cup cake mix batter, add red food color and cocoa powder until well incorporated.
  7. Add half of the white cake batter to the bundt pan and spread evenly. Spread red colored batter on top and finally layer the remaining white batter. 
  8. Bake 40 - 50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool 10 minutes in bundt pan. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack. 
  10. Combine confectioner's sugar with milk and corn syrup beating well with electric hand mixer. 
  11. Drizzle icing on cake and top with baking chips. 

I'm quite impressed with what the other #BundtBakers have been baking up this month to celebrate the 'Naughty or Nice' theme selected by our host Olivia at Liv for Cake. Please take some time to look at these fun bundt cakess to see who's been naughty and who's been nice:

#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. 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.


Eficiencia y sostenibilidad said...

It looks wonderful and delicious. kiss from lamejormanera

Teri said...

What a beautiful cake! I love that you used the Andes peppermint pieces! Great idea!

Stacy Rushton said...

Love the flavor combination! Peppermint everything is my Christmas motto!

Unknown said...

I like that you took some help from the box caked mix. We can all use a shortcut at the holidays. And with all that peppermint goodness and the use of sour cream, no one will know!

Unknown said...

Wow, I love that pop of red inside the cake. It looks stunning and I bet it tastes delicious! I'm a big candy cane fan, so I would be all over this!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cake, and what a great idea to marble the red and white to give a candy cane effect! Very clever!

Catherine said...

A perfect cake for the Christmas table. It is so festive and the recipe sounds moist and delicious. xo Catherine

Lara Tartacadabra said...

A really beautiful and very Christmas-like cake, love the title too!! Merry Christmas from Spain Xx

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

Such a pretty cake. Perfect for the holidays.

Mondo | I bake he shoots said...

what a lovely bundt! nothing says Christmas like candy canes. #BundtBakers

Gloria Baker said...

Cali what lovely cake!! Look awesome!!

Cocoa and Lavender said...

I love this recipe! What a great holiday idea.

Unknown said...

Love that streak of red inside of the cake. It's always nice to have a Christmas surprise!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Your cake is so beautiful and festive, and I love that from the outside no one would expect the beautiful tunnel of red.

Unknown said...

What a perfect cake for this challenge. I love the candy cane ripple in the middle!

Unknown said...

Pretty cake inside with the red and white. Fantastic flavor too.

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Your cake would be wonderful for Valentines weekend! Just add some heart candies on top as garnish - we love peppermint flavor all winter long ... This is a winner ! Thanks Cali!