Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Incredible Bundt Cake

Sometime over the course of the last year or so I acquired a cookbook called 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix. I pulled it out yesterday as I had just been to the grocery store and cake mixes were on sale (gotta love 10 for $10 items!). I decided to whip something up for the NICU nurses. I make brownies and cookies a lot, so I decided to go with a cake. I originally chose a chocolatey cake, but then I remembered something.

Last week I was telling Lily's primary nurse Julia about my plan to bring in cupcakes for the babies 2 month birthday and Julia informed me that "Lily" was not a fan of chocolate cake and preferred vanilla. As not to disappoint "Lily," I ditched the chocolate cake and went with this one instead. The problem with making a cake to give away is that you can't taste it beforehand. However, if the aroma it made while baking is any indication, this cake is awesome! I got many compliments on it from the nurses today, so I think it's a winner! While typing this recipe I realized that I forgot to divide the chips and nuts and instead put them all in one layer. I'm not sure if it made much of a difference, but next time I'll try to pay attention to the directions!

Incredible Bundt Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 small box vanilla pudding
1 cup sour cream
3 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 cup chopped pecans, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using and electric mixer, blend the cake mix, pudding, sour cream, eggs, oil and applesauce 5-6 minutes. Grease and flour a bundt or tube pan. Pour 1/3 of the batter into pan and sprinkle one half of chocolate chips and nuts over it. Pour in remaining batter and top with remaining chips and nuts. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool about 5 minutes, then turn out onto a serving plate; cool completely.


Stephanie said...

welcome back! This looks delish- I love baking with a cake mix base.

Erin said...

I just love bundt cakes! Cute idea to fill the center with candy!

Colleen said...

Yay welcome back! And those are my favorite candies in the middle there!

Jade said...

It is so sweet of you to make a cake for the nurses. I know they loved it! Glad you are back in the kitchen.

One Particular Kitchen said...

Welcome back! This looks incredible -- very similar to what I just made!

Katrina said...

Oh my gosh, I didn't realize you were baking again and was so happy to see your posts!
Great looking bundt!
I've been keeping track on your Three Cheers blog and think of you often!
Love the "Lily" doesn't like chocolate thing!
And the cookies down below look awesome, too!Good to see you getting back in the kitchen, Brooke!

Claire said...'re back! My mom makes a cake like this except it's a chocolate chip pound cake. I love that you made it with reduced oil and applesauce. I bet it's still just wonderfully moist!

Bec said...

I'm so glad to see you back! I came over to find a dessert recipe for a work potluck, and was pleasantly surprised to find some new posts. Keep it up!

Colleen said...

thanks for the yummy recipes. i hope charlie and lily are doing well.

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