Did you know that today, November 15, is National Bundt Day? If, like me, you're a devoted reader of Mary The Food Librarian, you've been counting down the days!
Mary, a lover of all things bundt, has been keeping new and exciting bundt cakes coming our way for the past month. Her devotion to these circular cakes, as well as her baking stamina, must be celebrated. And her "I Like Big Bundts" logo never fails to make me giggle, because I guess I'm a little immature.
So to celebrate National Bundt Day, and to pay homage to our Bundt Queen, Mary, I did the unthinkable.
I used a cake mix!
Oh yes, I did. Turn your nose up all you like. People like cake mix cakes. Which is why I bought a copy of the recently released The Cake Mix Doctor Returns by Anne Byrn. Her formula is simple: doctor up those boxed mixes within an inch of their lives, and always, always use homemade frosting. These are cakes that you can bring to a party or potluck and expect everyone to ask for the recipe. I've made five or six Cake Mix Doctor recipes and they've all been home runs. Just saying...
I chose Cathy's Marbled Spice Cake because I had all the ingredients on hand, and it just sounded perfect for fall. Because I don't like to post copyrighted recipes, I'll just tell you that it involved a box of yellow cake mix, sour cream, molasses, spices, and almond extract. As the recipe name implies, it's a marbled coffee cake, although mine had more of a tunnel look. As it turns out, it's hard to marble in my festive Bundt pan. It would have worked better in a standard Bundt. I've been enjoying it with my morning coffee, and at all other times of day.
(I also made an Applesauce Spice layer cake out of the book a few weeks ago, and it was amazing.)
So if you need a break from all that scratch baking, check out this book. Just don't let it sit next to your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours on your bookshelf. You'll feel much better about it.