I have been looking forward to joining the weekly challenge with Baked Sunday Mornings and have finally started. And what luck, I'm starting with a recipe that really intrigued me.
I've never made a bundt cake, but had two new bundt pans waiting in the dugout for just such an occasion. (not sure why I bought two....not like I'd be making a layered bundt cake!!)
With the ingredients at the ready I was all set to go.
I was a little anxious about making the burnt sugar liquid, as I've never made caramel before. But I think it turned out the way it was supposed to.......at least it smelled yummy. :o) I was surprised by the addition of coconut milk; wasn't expecting that at all.
The cake batter came together nicely. Though I wasn't sure if it should seem so thick. Was different than other cake batters that I've made.
But it baked up nicely...though it did take at least 10 more minutes than the time suggested in the recipe. I decided to use the regular oven, rather than convection so I'm not sure if that made a difference. And thankfully it came out of the bundt pan perfectly. (whew) Now I just have to be patient and let it cool completely before I try frosting it.
I decided to go ahead and make the caramel shards, as I thought I should do the complete recipe. Shards are waiting to finish off the cake. (I think maybe I made the shards to small)
Now on to the frosting. This tasted good, but I never seem to get the thickness that the Baked boys got with their frosting. I ended up adding more icing sugar to it (probably 3 cups total) as it was way too thin with only 2 1/3 cups.
Even with the extra icing sugar, it still didn't look thick and when I put it on the cake it ran down the sides of the cake....which I don't mind, but I was trying to make it look like the photo in the book. (not so much luck with with)
Well was it a home run? The officials (hubbie and I) are calling it a double. The frosting was good. But the cake was overdone. (totally a baker issue) I think I am always a little anxious about underbaking a cake....which ends in an overdone cake. Sigh. I will give it a go again though, as I do like the idea of a bundt cake.