Tuesday 20 December 2016

Christmas Gingerbread Bundt Cake

It has been 9 months since my last post but it might as well have been a lifetime ago! Since my last post we have welcomed our gorgeous little girl into the world and the months have just flown by. Life is so full and hectic and magical with a little one. It has been the most incredible experience watching her grow and become a little person. And now all of a sudden Christmas is here!

Christmas is a million times more fun with a kid isn't it? For our first Christmas as a family of three we decided to go with a living Christmas tree! The idea is that we will get to watch the tree and our little girl grow up together.  New traditions for our brand spanking new family.

Running after a little one has curbed my baking mojo somewhat but I restarted Baking for Hospice last weekend and for my first big bake in a loooong time I decided to go with something that looked spectacular with minimal effort.

I have always been drawn to bundt cakes. They are just so beautiful. I even got given a bundt tin for my birthday a while back. But visions of having to dig lumps of cake stuck to the bottom of the tin had kept me from trying it out until now. I have to admit I said a little prayer and held my breath before flipping the cake over. Luckily only a tiny bit stuck to the bottom and that was probably because I was so impatient to see if it had worked or not I didn't wait for the cake to cool properly.

Now that I've caught the bundt bug bad I'm eyeing up the gorgeous Nordic ware Kugelhopf tin to add  to my collection! Pretty please Santa?

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

360g golden syrup (1 1/4 cup)
230g salted butter
280g flour (2 cups)
200g brown sugar (1 cup firmly packed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg, room temperature
1 cup milk 

extra melted butter for greasing pan
icing sugar for decoration

1. Preheat oven to 150oC with your oven rack in the middle of the oven. Grease your bundt cake tin liberally with melted butter - really go to town with it!

2. Microwave butter and golden syrup in a pyrex bowl/jug for 1 minute to melt.  In a separate small bowl whisk the eggs into the milk.

3. In a large bowl whisk the dry ingredients squeezing out the clumps of brown sugar as you go and make a well in the centre.  Pour in the melted syrup/butter into the well followed by the milk and eggs. Whisk to just combine - the mixture will be runny. 

4. Pour batter into your prepared bundt cake tin. Bake at 150oC for 60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool. Decorate with icing sugar when completely cooled.

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