Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Festive Bundt and Hayden Turns 3 Months Old

I realize it's already December and no one is talking about Thanksgiving anymore. But this year we were lucky enough to celebrate Turkey Day twice! My aunt and uncle hosted a post Thanksgiving dinner at their house the day after Black Friday, which was nice because they had a smoked turkey, and a few different side dishes than we usually have- including squash casserole and shrimp stuffing. It was a casual affair as everyone brought leftovers to gobble up- my contribution was mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and this cake. It was kind of a last minute idea, but I hope it's a tradition we can keep up.

I made this about an hour before I had to leave to go to my aunts' house. I wasn't sure what I was going to make but I browsed through my trusty Bundt cookbook and this cake called out to me. It uses a boxed cake mix as the base, which was fine by me since I was already running behind and didn't have time to soften and cream butter. I was also holding Hayden while making this cake, so at least you know it's easy! It also incorporates egg nog and rum, which is a no brainer because not only festive but I love baking with booze. I don't drink it, but it's more than welcome in my cakes :-).

This recipe has you butter a Bundt pan and press sliced almonds up the sides of the pan. I was going to omit the nuts, but I'm so glad I left them in. The almonds create a buttery, slightly crunchy crust to the moist and tender cake. There's a full cup of egg nog in this cake, but if you chose to omit the rum, then you can just add equal parts egg nog and add a little rum extract. But don't forget to add the nutmeg, that's what makes this cake special. This cake is pretty enough for holiday gatherings but simple enough to cut a big hunk off and eat with your hands. In fact that's how a few of my family members ate this cake last week, and that's quite okay by me. If you try this cake, I hope you like it. Even my eggnog hater husband liked this cake.

Egg Nog Bundt Cake from Bundt Classics

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  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 (18.25 oz.) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup egg nog
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup rum*
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease a 12 cup Bundt Pan with 2 tablespoons of butter (do not use cooking spray). Press almonds on the bottom and up the sides of the pan.

In a large mixing bowl, mix all remaining ingredients. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Carefully spoon batter into prepared pan.

Bakefor 55-64 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

*NOTE: I used a combination of light and dark rum. If you don't want to use alcohol in this cake, substitute the 1/2 cup rum with equal parts egg nog and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum extract to the batter.

My sweet boy turned three months old this past Thursday. It's hard to believe how much he's grown sometimes. He's a full two feet long and 14 pounds. I put him on my kitchen scale to weigh him and my scale got confused and gave me a blank reading. Come to find out, my scale isn't able to carry that much weight, so I had to stand on the regular scale, then put him on it to figure out how much he weighed. haha! He's my little chunky monkey and I'm so proud of him and proud to be his momma. Feeding him breastmilk is so rewarding for me because I feel like I'm solely responsible for his survival. Does that make sense? I put those fat rolls there. I am contributing to those chubby hands and feet and I just love it- it makes all the hard work so worth it. Speaking of hands...the boy LOVES his hands. He wants to eat them and play with them and he rub them all the time. He reminds me of a little old man sitting in a recliner rubbing his hands together. He is such a little lover.


cocoa and coconut said...

First off, Hayden is so cute! What a wonderful time it will be in your household with this new little baby and his first Christmas.

Also, the bundt looks delicious! Nuts on the top are a great decorating idea..and it contributes to the taste too!

Coleens Recipes said...

Happy quarter/birthday Hayden!! Yes, breast feeding is SO rewarding in so many, many ways (not to mention the calories it uses up for mommy). The cake looks delicious, but not as cute as your little guy.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Awww... what a cutie. I love reading about how much you're enjoying being a mommy. There's no question about it, Hayden is loved!!

Yummy cake - right up my alley. I'm saving this recipe for sure.


Ruth Hiebert said...

The cake looks delicious,but it is really all about that little Sweetheart of yours. He is so cute.I really like the picture of just those chubby little hands.Adorable!

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, Monica, I love the shot of Hayden's little hands. I can't believe he's 3 months old already! Sweet little thing. :)

Oh, yea, the cake.... LOL
Sounds delicious, and I'm not even a big fan of eggnog. I did see some pumpkin flavored eggnog the other day. WOnder how that would work?

Unknown said...

This bundy cake looks terrific and I like the idea of the crunchy nut coating :)

Baby hands and feet are the cuttest things in the world I think. They are so little and pudgy and just "awww".

Georgina said...

This definitely going on my Christmas table...delish. Your comment about holding Hayden while making the cake brought back some wonderful memories of my own early mothering days. My babies are now 35, 33 and 26, but they all were held while I made any in one arm and spoon, fork, mixer, etc. in the other! LOL

Your little guy is adorable. I've got 4 grandsons and am expecting my first granddaughter in late Jan. Already spoiling her with lots of pink!! LOL

Have a wonderful week and love your blog!!


Foodiewife said...

I was just thinking of you, and that Hayden should be turning three months old. How you manage to keep up your blog AND be a mommy to a newborn is pretty impressive. So is this cake. Perfection. Funny, I have an idea brewing in my head of making an egg nog bundt cake--and you beat me to it!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Definitely a little bundle of joy, both the cake and Hayden!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Both Hayden and the bundt are beautiful! =D

the wild magnolia said...

The new tradition is a keeper. I love it. Great Cake. I am ready for a piece right now.!

Hayden, is handsome, healthy, and happy

Unknown said...

Happy 3 months, you just wait only gets more fun every single day!

Jean said...

He is so cute and so changing every time I see him. Perhaps you will teach him to be a good cook too?

Kristen said...

Hi Monica, I haven't been blog hopping in a long while - I'm so pleased to hear about your son! Congratulations! Enjoy every precious minute with him!

Cassie said...

The bundt looks amazing, but that boy of yours is so gorgeous I couldn't help but be distracted by him. What a sweet little nugget. And I LOVE your new header!

Abby said...

I love the almonds on the cake. What a clever idea!

And what a chunk! I love chunky babies. Exactly how they should be!

Both my boys (well, H is in it now) went through the stage where they hold their hands up and look at them like their the most amazing things EVER.

Rachel said...

Sounds like a delicious cake and what a cute boy!

Little Ol' Liz said...

I'm partial to Momma's that nurse their babies. That being said -- good job Mom! Take a pat on the back from me for a job well done.

That Bundt cake is pretty awesome, too.

Kerstin said...

What a cake, I love those almonds on the sides! And happy 3 months to your little cutie, I can't believe he's already 3 months!

Pink Little Cake said...

The cake sounds and look delicious Monica. Your baby is so cute! My little one just turned 2 months. Is wonderful being a mom!

Anonymous said...

Your baking is amazing and so is your wee angel!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Happy 3 months, sweet Hayden!!!

Maria said...

Love the bundt and he is so adorable! Our little guys are growing too fast:)

amy said...

Shame on you for using a boxed mix!!!! ;) just kidding. I don't buy mixed bc of cost and all the junk in them. So, I used Martha's yellow cake out of her baking handbook, omitted the rum (I just didn't have any). Delicious!

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