Saturday, 11 January 2014

Cranberry, Coconut and Cream Cheese Bundt Cake


Isn't this cake beautiful? I love the shape of the cake and the dusting of icing sugar makes it look so inviting. I have to say a huge thank you to John for buying me this cake tin for Christmas. It has been on my wish list for a while now and I'm so pleased that I finally own one. I absolutely love Nordicware tins and have started a small collection of them.  I'm sure he had an ulterior motive buying the cake tin - a cake from the tin! I promised that he would have the first cake out of the tin and I knew I had to choose a good recipe to impress and show my gratitude. 

I saw this recipe on Jo's Blue Aga and bookmarked it immediately to use with my new bundt tin as it looked and sounded amazing. I'm so glad I did as I made it twice in the same week and have had endless positive comments about the cake. It's a lovely light sponge with coconut and cranberry and a delicious cream cheese filling in the middle. The cake is fragrant and looks stunning especially with a dusting of icing sugar. It would be perfect for Christmas as it has a festive look and feel to it or for any special occasion. 

John's reaction was "Wow- Ros's cake is amazing. One of her best yet!" Other reactions were " Too beautiful to eat", "How did you get that shape?" "Terrifyingly good!" "It's like a hidden treasure puzzle - there's a different taste and texture to every bite" 

I have to admit that I really did enjoy the cake even though I don't like coconut. I'm not just saying that because I baked the cake! It really was that good and I'd recommend you try it for yourself. 

I'm entering this to Bookmarked Recipes hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes


I'm also sending it to Tea Time Treats guest hosted by Jane from The HedgeCombers and run by Karen from Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is eggs, eggs, eggs! This would make a stunning tea time treat.





 my lovely new bundt tin :) 


 

 I love the colours of the cranberries and coconut - reminds me of Christmas! 

 Half fill the tin 

 add a ring of cream cheese - you can just about see it here then fill with remaining batter 

 fresh from the oven 

 looks better with a dusting of icing sugar 


 you can see the cream cheese filling 


Recipe from Jo's Blue Aga

For the cake
270g unsalted butter, softened
250g caster sugar
4 large eggs, beaten
270g self-raising flour
100ml double cream
100g desiccated coconut
100g Dried Cranberries

For The Filling
200g full fat Philadelphia
3 Tbsp Caster sugar
30g Desiccated coconut

  • Preheat the oven to 170c
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl and gradually add it to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. 
  • Sift in the flour and mix well. 
  • Add the cream and mix again until smooth.
  • Stir in the coconut and cranberries. 
  • Spoon half the mixture into the prepared tin and spread level using a palette knife. 
  • Mix the ingredients for the filling in a small bowl. 
  • Place the filling in a ring on the cake batter as shown above.
  • Cover with the remaining cake batter. 
  • Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 15-20 minutes before turning out to a wire rack to cool completely 
  • Dust generously with icing sugar. 

32 comments:

  1. It is absolutely beautiful! I have been hankering after a bunt tin for a while. Maybe I need to get some nordicware too. You don't need a special recipe for bundts you you. I know that sounds like a stupid question and probably is, but I don't have a clue. i'm assuming the bake quicker in the centre?

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    1. No special recipe required but you may have to alter the proportions as bundt tins tend to bake a very large cake! They take about 40-50 minutes to cook and appears to cook evenly from my experience.

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    2. Thanks Ros, I went out and bought one and made a cake for cake club. It was really good. Very pleased with my pan, although it isn't as fab as yours. ps the Bookmarked Recipes roundup is live :)

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  2. I also own one of these tins and they make even the plainest of cakes look spectacular.
    This cake looks fabulous however, and I'm always on the lookout for new Bundt recipes to use, so thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I totally agree about how a bundt tin can transform the plainest cake.

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  3. I thought my eyes were deceiving me...Ros baking with coconut?! Haha...I knew you'd catch on eventually!! That is such a beautiful bundt tin, I'd be in love with it too if I owned it! I always shy away from bundts cause I feel they lack moisture without having an abundance of frosting...so I love the idea of that cream cheese filling in the middle! yum!

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    1. Ha ha I knew this wouldn't slip past you unnoticed - you must have a radar for coconut bakes! I absolutely love the tin and it was the perfect recipe to try it out in.The cream cheese filling in the middle is pure genius.

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  4. Beautiful cake! Great combination of flavours too. The pattern on your new tin gives interestingly shaped slices.

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    1. It was absolutely delicious and yes you could slice the cake according the pattern although I didn't!

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  5. Great combination of flavours, and the pattern on the tin gives some interestingly shaped slices!

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  6. Lovely cake - I got the same tin for Christmas!

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    1. What a coincidence! Can't wait to see what you make with it.

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  7. Beautiful - you've used one of my favourite tins! Love your combination of flavours here...one slice would not be enough!

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    1. This is going to be one of my favourite tins now :) Everyone said the same about the cake ... I have a feeling I'll be baking this again and again!

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  8. The cake looks great, I love that bundt tin!

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  9. Looks gorgeous. I have a Bundt that looks like a crown, I use it a lot, mainly for the kids, just a chocoronge mix then we just decorate it with loads of chocolates!!

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    1. I want a whole collection of bundt tins now!

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  10. Wow, this must be an amazing cake if you've baked it twice in one week and it's converted you to like coconut!

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    1. It is honestly amazing and I'd highly recommend it. Not quite converted to coconut but I'd happily eat a slice of this :)

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  11. this is an amazing and lovely cake!! Love your mold!!

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  12. YUM! It looks incredible, and it seems I am also on the Bundt tin envy list :)
    Janie x
    PS thanks for linking it up to Tea Time Treats!

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  13. Beautiful cake! I love Nordicware, the quality is fantastic.

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  14. Ooh my Ros, this cake looks absolutely stunning. I can see why it's a winner. The flavours sound good too and I like the surprise cream cheese layer. I'm bookmarking!

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