One of my favorite stories is when I worked at Quiznos, age 17, and my boss who was from Bangladesh was asking me to grab some stuff from the back so we could refill the cooler case.
“Could you grab me the bund-it cakes?”
“Bund-it. The bund-it cakes.”
“Ray. It’s bundt. One word.”
“What?! I’ve been saying it wrong for 11 years?!”
Oh Ray. You were a great first boss.
Do you like bund-it cakes? I sure do. I like them more when I have a whole one that’s all mine. Serving size one half? Yeah okay.
If you’re here just for the recipe, you can skip to the bottom, if you don’t mind a little banter about my goals for next year, hang out for a minute.
This is one of the recipes from my old blog that I’m finally moving, but there’s some intention behind it. After watching my all time fave Hannah Hart cover her Cinnamon Goals for this year, it reminded me that I have a lot of heart for my blog and how I want to approach everything differently in the new year. Psh, as if I didn’t do this LAST year.
I knew as of last year that the word resolution wasn’t something I wanted to use. I wanted to go into 2016 with some things I’d like to keep in mind throughout the year, and see how far I get with them. A lot more casual, a lot less pressure, and something I wouldn’t feel bad about dropping off on and picking up again after some time.
So here are my Cinnamon Goals for 2016
- Continue to diversify my blog content & blog for me. I want to talk to and meet more of my fellow bloggers, so I’m making it a point to find some new people to introduce into my life and fill it with more experiences and less “make money, get followers.” This may be my side hustle, but I just want to contribute to some extra awesomeness in other people’s lives, I have another job for now.
- Find myself. What I mean by that is this past year I found a job that is fulfilling, as opposed to something that is filling a void – i.e. work for work’s sake. Now that I have a job that I can separate from my personal life in a normal amount of decompression time, I’m spending that reclaimed time trying to find out who I am, what makes me tick and what I can do to find the satisfaction and fulfillment I want to get out of life. I like how my Aunt describes the metaphysical and psychic as a little “woo-woo,” but I honestly can’t think of a better way to do it. After writing about how a piece of chocolate changed my outlook on life, and starting my learning on how to read tarot/cleanse stones/meditate, I’m having fun and trying not to take life too seriously, which is seriously something I have to work on.
- Travel. But isn’t this on everyone’s list? I will be going back to India this year, which I’m very much looking forward to, but I’d like to go some other places too. Like Disney at the end of January!! Woohoo! EPCOT, prepare yourself. I think Europe and some tropical island are calling my name this year. Stay tuned.
- Say yes & be more spontaneous. For a creative person, I am extremely planned out. You know, I work about a half hour train ride from the city. On a night where I’m feeling like I could hang there instead of go right home, I should. There’s no reason I can’t. Other than the 10 I can rattle off right now, but none of them are non-adult responsibility reasons. I have lots of buddies there who I’m sure could spare a minute to grab a drink (right, buddies?). I’ve seen articles about the “yes” principle too many times to not employ it myself. It’s time to start doing that more.
- Do all those other things. Read more. Take better care of myself. Cook/Bake/Experiment more (did you see I made vegan mac and cheese? all by myself? and Justin Warner even liked my post!!). Be a solid wife. Save money, but also spend it on good things. Start that magical podcast, or upload more videos. Maybe even stream some gaming. Keep learning. Do all the things!!!
Okay, you’ve earned it. Here’s the recipe for these killer cinnamon bundt cakes.
(Mini) Cinnamon Bundt Cakes adapted from Grandbaby Cakes
Looks too complicated? Never fear, bakerhi video is here!
And you might actually want to watch me, because it gets a little dicey and my surprised face is something that should not be missed.
What You’ll Need:
(For the Batter)
- 3 sticks or 1½ cups unsalted butter @ room temp
- 2 tbsp vegetable/corn oil
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs, @ room temp
- 3 cups sifted cake flour (I had 2 cups and substituted the last for all-purpose, it didn’t ruin the cakes I promise)
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
(For the Cinnamon Swirl)
- 1 stick or ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1½ tsps ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
(For the Cream Cheese Glaze)
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
- ¼ cup milk or more if needed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325°F
(For the Bundt Batter)
- In a stand mixer, put in the butter, oil and sugar and mix until combined.
- Once combined, mix in every egg individually.
- In another bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt.
- Take half the sour cream and half the flour mixture and mix into the butter/egg mixture until you can’t see any more flour.
- Repeat with other half.
- Add vanilla!
(For the Cinn. Swirl)
- Melt butter in medium sized bowl.
- Mix in the vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon & flour until combined
- In a bundt cake pan (or mini bundt cake pan, like I used), spoon out ¼ of the batter.
- Pour some of the cinnamon swirl mixture on top of the spooned out batter, then mix together using a knife
- Using the rest of the batter, fill the bundt cake space ¾ of the way full.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 min for mini cakes, or 1hr 10-20 minutes for a full cake.
(For the Glaze)
- Using a hand mixer, whip up the cream cheese so it is not lumpy
- Add sugar, milk and vanilla – put in a pastry bag and drizzle over cooled cakes.
This recipe is a little involved, but cinnamon makes your kitchen smell heavenly. Worth it! This is a good weekend project if you have a few hours on your hands to make, bake and eat these pockets of spiced cake. Did I mention these would be delicious for breakfast? All the time? With a big cup of coffee or tea? Mmm.
If you make these send me pictures!! I wanna know about it.
Bonus – here’s a picture of one of my cats. Her name is Cara and she was wondering what smelled so good.
Have any New Year’s goals? Want to be my life coach or new blogger buddy? Leave me comments! Chat me up.
If I don’t talk to you until then, have a happy new year. Drink some champagne and just own it. Cheers!