“Mom, Will you bake a cake just for me”? This isn’t a request I ever get, because there is always cake or cookies lying around in the house for the teen and her friends to eat. And the request is usually about a particular kind of bake. Never about a bake “Just for her”.
So, I had to pause and ask what kind. But what I wanted to know was what brought about the request. And a few minutes of ‘cake chat’ later I found out that unknowingly, I am always baking cakes either because I have a bundt cake challenge, or because there are new flavors and techniques I want to try or because weekend house guests are visiting and I want something handy because with guests in the house I don’t usually get around to baking. Except for the cakes I bake for friends to take to their birthdays and weddings and the like, I thought I was baking for her because she enjoys eating my cakes.
It was an honest talk, just the way I have taught her to express herself. It made me pause. Sometimes, in the long lists of getting things done or doing things for others we forget what’s most important. The precious moments we have with our kids while they are growing up. I already can’t believe that she will start driving soon and then off to college and have her own adult life in a short few years. I was thankful for this talk. Grateful for her direct demand and I asked her what cake she wanted me to bake for her.
“Just a simple chocolate cake. With lots of chocolate and Sprinkles on top and vanilla icing”. So that’s exactly what I made. I am still not the best mom. Because I also made this cake for the Bundt Bakers. But only because the challenge theme matched with the teen’s request.
It did mean that I was to change my plan of having a deep, dark luxurious chocolate ganache icing for the cake to the quick and simple vanilla icing.
We have decided that before the next month’s Bundt Baker’s challenge I am going to consult with her about the cake. With her inputs, we are going to make cakes that she wants to eat and help bake.
Life as a blogger can sometimes take over the simple home life. Even for a whimsical one like me who only post once a while. Menus that need to be blogged, recipes that are not on the blog yet or not cooking things that are already on the blog. Though I didn’t follow those blogging norms, Somehow without me noticing, I had fallen through the gaps and done this with my cake baking. But now, I promise to pause every now and then and ask, “So, What should I bake you today?”
What about you guys? Do you pause to ask the important people in your life what they feel like eating or trying?
Now about this particular cake – It’s so moist that my husband asked if I had used oil instead of butter. And the choice of the cocoa powder was my daughter’s. She wanted to use the Dutch processed cocoa powder because she wanted it to contrast with the white icing and the dark chocolate sprinkles that Dad got from his trip to Prague.
The recipe is adapted from the William Sonoma Recipe for chocolate sour cream cake. It’s moist, with a nice crumb and tastes very chocolatey. This is our contribution to the Bundt Baker’s monthly event and this month our host is the very FUN Terri Truscello of Love and Confections. Thank you so much, Terri for a FUN filled “Sprinkles” themed event.
Here are this month’s “Sprinkles” Bundts:
- Black Onyx Bundt Cake from Living the Gourmet
- Bourbon Walnut Pound Cake from Magnolia Days
- Bubblegum Frosted Funfetti Vanilla Bean Bundt from Baking in Pyjamas
- Bundt Cake Extra Chocolateado from la mejor manera de hacer…
- Celebration Confetti Bundt Cake from Cali’s Cuisine
- Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake from Tea and Scones
- Chocolate Sprinkles Sour Cream Bundt Cake from Spice Roots
- Chocolate Walnut Cake with Sprinkles from FoodJam
- Confetti Bundt Cake with Whipped Chocolate Ganache Frosting from How to Philosophize with Cake
- Crazy Coco Bundt Cake from Los Chatos Chefs
- Eggless Vanilla Confetti Bundt Cake from SimplyVeggies
- Funfetti Bundt Cake from Liv for Cake
- Funfetti Bundt Cake from Recipes, Food & Cooking
- ‘Guild the Lily’ Bundt from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Irish Butter Chocolate Sprinkle Cake with Ganache from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Jammin’ Jimmies Bundt from Noshing With The Nolands
- Nutella Bundt with Nutella Glaze from Food Lust People Love
- Oatmeal Cookie Bundt Cake with Sprinkles from The Spiced Life
- Orange Dreamscicle Confetti Cake from Our Good Life
- Pistachio Sprinkle Bundt Cake from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Raspberry Ricotta Bundt Cake from Brunch With Joy
- Red Velvet Sprinkle Explosion Bundt Cake from Love and Confections
- Sprinkled Jelly Donut Bundt Cake from Making Miracles
- Sprinkles of Love Cake from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Strawberry Sprinkled Bundt Cake from The Freshman Cook
- Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Sprinkles from Baking and Creating with Avril
- Vanilla Bundt Cake with Sprinkles from I Love Bundt Cakes
- Vanilla Mini Bundts from Passion Kneaded
- Watermelon Bundt Cake from Eat, Drink and Be Mighty
#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving Bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all of our lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest Board.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient.
Updated links for all of our past events and more information about BundtBakers can be found on our homepage.