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The Bundt Cake Movement


Bundt cakes always get a bad rap for being boring. When I think of bundt cakes, I think of little old ladies and their church pot luck suppers. Bundt cakes seem to be all over the place at those events.  People seem to like bundt cakes, but they rarely get the ooohhh's and ahhhhh's they deserve. Is it the lack of frosting that gives them their less than stellar appeal? Is it that they tend to be a simple, dense cake without a lot of flavor variation? I really do not know what the reason is, but I am here today to change your mind and to convince you to give the simple little bundt cake another chance.

I needed to make a cake this weekend for a party we were having. For some reason, I had it in my mind that I wanted to make some kind of bundt cake. As I was browsing through my recipes at home I could not find anything that stood out. I did not want boring... I wanted a cake that people would leave asking the recipe for. After an unsuccessful attempt browsing through my own recipes, I decided to turn to Recipezaar. I typed in "Bundt Cake" and a zillion recipes popped up. I sorted the recipes by rating and as soon as I did that a recipe for an "Irish Cream Bundt Cake" popped up. I opened it up and started reading the reviews. People loved this bundt cake! With 23 high star reviews and all of the ingredients right in my pantry, I knew I found the recipe I would be using for my bundt cake.

This cake is amazing. AMAZING! I am not exaggerating when I say this. The Irish cream comes through nice and strong and the texture of the cake is true to bundt cake form...dense, moist and delicious.  I think we could all pull together with this recipe and change the reputation of bundt cakes around the world. We could start a movement to put bundt cakes on the "Hot List". Bundt cakes could become one of "Oprah's Favorite Things". Some hot celebrity would sign on to be the Bundt Cake activist. It may take some time for bundt cake to become cool. I suggest that you become a trendsetter now and give this recipe a try. Pass it around to your friends and neighbors and people will come around. Trust me.

Irish Cream Bundt Cake

1 (18 1/2 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup irish cream
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup irish cream
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix.
  4. Mix in eggs, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur.
  5. Beat for 5 minutes at high speed.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto the serving dish.
  8. Prick top and sides of cake.
  9. Spoon glaze over top and brush onto sides of cake.
  10. Allow to absorb glaze repeat until all glaze is used up.
  11. To make the glaze: In a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar.
  12. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  13. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup Irish cream.
On a side note, the lovely Sandi at the Whistlestop Cafe and Mimi at French Kitchen in America have both tagged me as a "Thinking Blogger"...this is an award given to someone who has inspired them to think. Well...I am so honored but overwhelmed as now I get to choose 5 bloggers who have inspired me to think. This was so hard because there are sooooo many, but here it goes:
1) Lisa over at Project Metta. Visit Lisa's blog and you will be inspired by her Random Acts of Kindness project. What a great way to change the world!
2) Karen Beth over at Zazazu. Her blog is full of lovely inspiration. She makes me think about life in a whole new way.
3) Jody at The Devil's Cloth. I am so inspired by her incredible talent and her links to others who are full of talent.
4) Kate at Kate in the Kitchen. I love Kate's writing...she makes me want to be a better writer. She is also super smart when it comes to all things wine. I love her advice and her intelligence!
5) Last but not least, The Thinking Blog. Appropriate, isn't it? This blog really does make you think about everything going on in the world and also makes you think about things you didn't know you wanted to think about. Just go visit... you won't be sorry! 


Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 at 12:59PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments42 Comments | References3 References

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You're killing me with all the bundts...yummy!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer
That picture is just not fair. The drops coming down off of the cake plate are just drool worthy. This looks insanely good.
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Oh Kristen this looks great. I saw it on Flickr ;-) and wantedto get the recipe for this. WOW!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMeeta
Hi Kristen - this bundt cake is anything BUT boring! I love Irish Cream, it's hands-down my favourite liqueur to work with!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergilly
Thanks for tagging me, Kristen! I'm honored! :)

This bundt cake looks amazing but please allow me one question: What is "Irish cream"? I've heard of Irish cream creamer and Irish cream whiskey and such but I have no idea what plain "Irish cream" is. I'm a bit embarrassed to ask!

I've always loved bundt cakes, for two reasons really. 1) I love their prominence in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a very cute movie, in my opinion. 2) I love love LOVE coffee and they seem to pair oh-so-well with it. This one looks especially good though so I might have to try it.

Thanks for sharing! I'll sign onto the Bundt Cake Movement if you start one! :)
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth
I love bundt cakes (and especially all of those gorgeous cake tins). Unfortunately we don't make these here in the UK. Yours looks wonderful, and with the addition of Irish Cream you can't go wrong.
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
I love Bundt cakes! I made mini Pineapple and coconut Bundt cakes last month,loved it:)

Photo is fabulous, with all the dripping going on in there!YUM!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAsha
Your photo is sure not boring! I always find Bundt Cakes wonderfully good and I know my husband would love an Irish Cream Bundt!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Kitchen in Half Cups
Irish cream could jazz up even the most boring bundt cake!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbrilynn
Wow! Thanks, Kristen for tagging me and always inspiring ME! :)
That Bundt cake looks so delicious!!! I have a Bundt pan somewhere.... Love the pic, too!
Thanks again!!!
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa : )
This looks so good. I have half a bottle of Bailey's Mint Chocolate Irish Cream that I need to use up and this looks like the perfect recipe to use it up in. Thanks for the recipe. The picture is divine, too.
April 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMindy
oh wow, nothing 'old lady' about that cake... mmm... look at the drippies
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterconnie
The old ladies might like that cake for all the booze that is in it!

Thanks for tagging me. I am really humbled. I look forward to a long and inspirational blogging 'friendship' with you!
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKate
That is a killer photo, Kristen - I want a big slice of that cake!
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
I agree that the lack of frosting may have something to do with the reduced popularity of the bundt cake, the recipe for the Irism cream bundt cake looks yum!
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMonisha
I'd never turn down a bundt cake! I like the flavor of yours and that picture is makin' me drool =))

April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
This is the same recipe my mom has used for many years for her rum cake (using rum instead of Irish Cream of course). It's very versatile but I've only had the rum version.
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpaula
That is a recipe I used for St.Paddy's day, only I used chocolate cake mix and chose to frost it with a cream cheese/irish cream frosting. Yours looks delicious!
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnuhea
Yes, I don't get why the bundt is so looked down on...I love me a good bundt.
This one sounds especially good with the irish cream.
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
Excellent photo and wonderful recipe.

Thanks for all the links to new thinking bloggers. I will have fun visiting them!
April 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

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