Baked in mini Bundt pans (about $30 at most kitchen specialty stores and home emporiums), these cakes make delicious holiday gifts. The decorative Garland Bundtlette pan used to bake our cover cakes is available at Williams-Sonoma (www.williams-sonoma.com). You can bake the cake in a standard 12-cup Bundt pan for one hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
10 tablespoon butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup egg substitute
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour (about 13 1/2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped orange slice candy (about 10 pieces)
1 cup pitted dates, diced
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1 cup fat-free buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, heavily coat mini Bundt pans with cooking spray; turn pan upside down to drain excess. Place granulated sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a heavy-duty mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add egg substitute and eggs to sugar mixture; beat well. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring well. Sprinkle candy, dates, coconut, and nuts over flour; stir well to disperse and coat candies. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
To prepare glaze, combine 1 cup powdered sugar and juice in a bowl, stirring until smooth.
Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each mini Bundt cup. Bake at 350° for 16 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of 1 cake comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; brush the top of each warm cake with about 2 teaspoons glaze. Cool completely on a wire rack. Garnish cakes with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, if desired.
I made these as gifts last Christmas and they were moist, flavorful and the icing enhanced the citrus taste. Note: I only give 5 stars to out of this world recipes. This is a definite keeper, especially with the pretty bundt cake shapes.
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