Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mini Bundt Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing

The month long world cup is finally drawing to a close with New Zealand qualified in the finals and the semi-final between India and Australia is happening today. Hoping that India makes it through to the finals and makes the famous hashtag of recent times #wontgiveitback and the advertisement series of 'mauka' come true!! 

In order to cheer the Indian cricket team, I decided to bake a cake in the indian colors. I thought of a few options like white cake with blue icing, blue cake with white icing and few more. However, I finally decided to make small bundt cakes, light blue colored cakes with sky blue icing. The same method works for all colors, and if you want to eliminate the colors, make them white on white with a vanilla flavor. 

The cake recipe for this one is a basic cake recipe, with proportions adjusted to make just four 6-inch bundt cakes. The icing for these cakes is made with cream cheese, mixed with some heavy whipping cream and sky blue icing color. so enjoy this cake while watching the match, or make them to celebrate any other occasion! these cuties are always a pleasure to make and a treat to have.


For the cupcakes

All purpose flour 1 cup
Confectioner's Sugar (Powdered Sugar) 3/4 cup
Baking Soda 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder 3/4 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Eggs 2 medium
Vegetable Oil 1/3 cup
Vanilla Extract 2 tsp
Buttermilk 1/2 cup (check the end of the post)
Blue Food Color a pinch

For the icing

Confectioner's Sugar 1/2 cup

Heavy Whipping Cream 1/4 cup
Cream Cheese 1/2 cup

Vanilla Extract 2 tsp

Blue Icing Color a pinch


Baking the Cupcakes

In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to form a homogeneous mixture. Set aside. In another mixing bowl whisk sugar with eggs, oil and a pinch of blue color. Add vanilla extract and homogenize into a smooth mixture.

Pour half the wet mixture and half the buttermilk into the dry ingredients and whisk. Once combined, repeat with the remaining mixture and buttermilk and whisk on medium speed to form a smooth paste. The mixture might be flowy, but that is how it is supposed to be!

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease four 6 inch bundt cake pans with cooking spray or vegetable oil. Divide the mixture equally among the bundt cake molds, filling only upto 2/3rd of the mold as the cake will rise on baking. Bake the cakes for 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick, if it comes out clean, the cakes are done. The outer side of the cake will be light brown in color while the inside will be light blue. You may choose to add any color of your choice. I chose blue to go with the India's world cup color. You may choose to skip the color completely too. It will be a vanilla cake then.

These bundt cakes can be enjoyed just like this with a glass of milk. You may choose to top it with royal icing or with cream cheese and heavy whipping cream icing as described below.

For the Icing
Whisk together the cream cheese and sugar till it becomes fluffy. Once soft, add heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and the blue icing color. Mix well till the icing becomes evenly colored. Start by adding just a pinch of color and increase the quantity of color if desired. You may choose another color of your choice, and skipping the color completely will yield vanilla icing. The bundt cakes do not need very firm icing as the icing has to be poured over the cake. Once the icing is evenly colored, pour it over the cakes. You may choose to add a few sprinkles on it.

P.S.: Buttermilk can be made by mixing half cup milk and 2 tsp vinegar and letting it stand for 5 minutes before using it.

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