Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

A few years ago, I came across this snickerdoodle bundt cake recipe.  I knew that my husband would love it because it looked like a cross between his favorite cookie and his favorite cake, pound cake.  But, silly me, I printed out the recipe and filed it into my giant recipe box.  So, of course, it got lost in my abyss of recipes.  Well, I knew my obsession with Pinterest would payoff eventually and it did.  I came across this recipe again and this time, I wasn’t going to take any chances.  I would make it right away!

This cake has the taste and texture of pound cake, but with a hint of brown sugar.  And, who wouldn’t love a ribbon of cinnamon sugar running through the middle?  But, the best part is the coating of cinnamon sugar on the outside.  Not only does this give the cake its snickerdoodle flavor, but it also gives the outside a crispy, cinnamon sugar crust.  Unfortunately, I have had quite a few baking failures past 2 weeks.  So, I was nervous that the problem here would be in the release.  A broken cake can be so frustrating.  But usually for me, it is the bottom that sticks.  So, I just flip it upside down and hide it with whipped cream and strawberries.  It still tastes delicious.  But, to my surprise, this cake released super easily.  It must have been the sugar crust.  Hmmm…maybe I’ll sprinkle a bit of sugar on the pan of my next pound cake?

When I take pictures, I usually take them outside because I have such trouble with light if it isn’t natural.  So, I left a piece of cake on the table for my husband while I took my pictures outside, in the heat, like a crazy person.  (I wonder what my neighbors think?)  All of a sudden, our sliding door swings open and my husband yells, “Oh. My. God!  This has to be the best thing you ever made!”  So, I guess he liked it okay. 😀  Usually, I give out most of what I bake.  But, for this, Justin was not going to share. Nope, he said he’ll eat the whole thing himself by Saturday.  Well, he might have some competition though.  My son, Jack, just had two pieces and was asking if two was all he was allowed to have.   Yes, two is plenty and besides, I think dad is keeping tabs.

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

For the cinnamon sugar topping/swirl
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup white sugar

For the cake:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Mix together until uniformly combined.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 325F.

To make the cinnamon sugar crust: Using a nonstick spray product,  generously spray a 9 inch Bundt pan.  Be careful to spray into all the creases and coat the tube.  Gently dust the entire inside of the pan with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the cinnamon sugar.  You want to try and evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube.  (Pour some cinnamon sugar into the pan and turn the pan like a steering wheel to get it all around the pan.)  Set aside the remaining cinnamon sugar.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Beat just the butter on medium x 1 minute. Add the white sugar and mix x 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and blade.  Add the brown sugar.  Mix x 2 minutes until the mixture looks light brown and uniform in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each x 1 minute.  Mix in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream (I did flour-sour cream-flour-sour cream-flour). Beat well until all incorporated.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture over top the batter. Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the top.

Bake for 55 – 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Source:  Dozen Flours

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

If I had to pin down a recipe that I am known for, my signature recipe, it would have be one-step pound cake.  And, before me, it was my mom’s signature recipe.  I just kind of took it over. 😀  Mostly, because my husband’s family is so crazy about it.  I just love the ease of dumping everything into the bowl, mixing and baking a delicious pound cake.  So, why even mess with it as my husband would say?  Well, because I am always on the lookout for something better.  There is only one recipe that I love so much that I can’t see making any other way, and that is the Baked brownie  (please excuse the picture, it was one of my 1st posts :D).  Sure, I’ll make different flavor brownie recipes but as for a plain brownie, the search is over. Perfection I tell you.  Mmmm. Sorry, I digress.  Back to poundcake.

I had a giant stack of Cook’s Country magazines and I decided to go through them and write down what I would like to make in each one.  Man, that is a lot of recipes.  A bit overwhelming, but I decided to dive in right away with this cream cheese pound cake.  Because it is one of my favorite desserts, I have eaten more than my share of pound cake.  But I don’t think I have have ever had one with cream cheese.  While this recipe certainly isn’t one bowl, three bowls actually, it is worth the extra effort.  And really, it isn’t that much extra work, just more dishes.  In the end, you get a buttery, velvet textured pound cake with a tight crumb and a pleasant tang from the cream cheese.  To me, the flavor is very reminiscent of cheesecake.  Pound cake that tastes like cheesecake?  That can only be a good thing.  In fact, it was so good that Sammie had to create a new high to our rating scale.  Instead of a sky high thumbs up, it got all ten fingers sky high.  Now that my friends, is a good pound cake.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Yield: 1 bundt cake

3 Cups (12 oz) cake flour
1 Teaspoon salt
4 large eggs plus 2 large yolks, room temperature
1/4 Cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 Cups (21 oz) sugar
3 sticks unsalted butter , softened
6 oz cream cheese, softened

Adjust the oven rack to middle position and preheat your oven to 300F.  Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.  Combine flour and salt in a bowl.  Whisk eggs, yolks, milk and vanilla in a 2 cup liquid measuring cup.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat sugar, butter, and cream cheese on medium high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Reduce the speed to low and very slowly add the egg mixture until incorporated (batter may look a bit curdled).  Add flour mixture in 3 additions, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Give the batter a final stir by hand.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and gently tap it on the counter to release any air bubbles.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 80 to 90 minutes.  Rotate the pan halfway in the baking time.  Cool the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes only.  Longer than 15 minutes, and it may be hard to remove from the pan.  Remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely, about 2 hours.  The cake can be wrapped with plastic and held at room temperature for 3 days.

I like to serve with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream.

Source:  Cook’s Country April/May 2012

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