Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pistachio Bundt Cake....National Bundt Day!



How many bundt pans have you collected over the years? I am thinking about doing a wall of bundt pans in my kitchen. LOL  I twisted my own arm to bake for National Bundt Day, and this pistachio bundt cake brought back childhood memories! My birthday is in August and mom would make this cake every year for my birthday for as long as I can remember. She made it in a "regular" bundt pan and frosted it with 1/2 pt. heavy cream, 1 box instant pistachio pudding and 9 oz. whipped topping. I NOW prefer a glaze and use the Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan.  

Recipe:
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant pistachio pudding mix
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil

GLAZE:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mixes, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. In small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients, adding enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 12 servings.

The recipe is also on the Taste of Home website. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pistachio-bundt-cake#ixzz3GvI5d5Ux

The Other Mary's Frozen Bundt Wreath
Boy do I feel like a Bundt genius after doing some Googling. If you live in a cold climate like I do, you can  make a Frozen Bundt Wreath as seen on Food Librarian.

Or you use your bundt pan to roast a chicken. The obscene way to roast a chicken in a bundt pan.

I found another bundt pan that I would like. The Nordic Ware Jubilee. Santa, are you listening? Amazon

I made a White Chocolate Bundt Cake in 2012 which we loved, and the recipe came from the November-December 2012 "Tea Time" magazine. I brushed raspberries with egg white, then sprinkled with sugar and let them dry overnight. Mr. Mountain Breaths gave the raspberries 10 stars. I sugared some fresh thyme by spraying lightly with Pam, then I sprinkled with extra fine sugar.


Last year, I made the marble pound cake from the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert cookbook. The cookbook has vintage recipes reflecting the "Four Seasons".  The cake was easy enough to bake as a weeknight treat, or even to have on hand during the holiday season for unexpected guests. The recipe was different than other marble pound cake I have made. It included bourbon and lemon zest. 



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Debbie

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
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Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

42 comments:

  1. I love the look of bundts..your cakes are gorgeous..I only have a smaller version:(Still cute..
    that new find is so pretty also.
    I used to make that cake too!

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  2. Monique, my birthstone is peridot (light green) so I always thought mom made the pistachio cake because it was the same color. It is a cake I still enjoy even after all these years.

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    1. You are like our eldest daughter..Leo..August 10th..Peridot:)

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  3. The same cake is usually requested by my daughters also, Debbie :) Tradition! The pistachio cake sounds wonderful and I do love the look of bundt cakes and especially the Heritage Bundt pan but I'm always looking for other pretty designs! I have to smile at the chicken roasted in the bundt pan and the bundt wreath is so creative.

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    1. Thanks Susan! It's interesting how many of us have had the "famous" pistachio cake at some point in our lives.

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  4. I'll have to try your pistachio bundt cake, Debbie! I make a pistachio cake, but it also has some chocolate batter swirled in. It's a favorite of mine. All your bundt cakes look so pretty. I'd love to try the white chocolate one with the raspberries, too. Thanks for all the bundt cake inspiration. May you have a happy week ahead. xo

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    1. Kitty, did you say chocolate batter swirled in? I need your recipe!!!

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  5. The cake sounds great Debbie and I love the frozen wreath! Bundt pans are always so pretty and the cakes welcome at any gathering:@)

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    1. Thanks Lynn! I think bundt pans are perfect for a gathering. They make a nice centerpiece too.

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  6. Your cake sounds wonderful. So very different and so pretty. The frozen bundt wreath is adorable. I think it would be great fun to have a collection of these. Happy bundting! xo

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  7. I still have my hand written recipe for the pistachio bundt cake that you recited to me so many years ago. It was a big hit for many birthday celebrations over the years. I forgot until now that it came from you and your mom. I hope she's doing well.

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    1. Hey Deb, glad you enjoyed the pistachio cake all these years! I bet that hand written recipe is at least 30 years old. I just tried calling you but the call wouldn't go through. Mom is well, and I think of you often.

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  8. Do you believe I do not own a bunt pan? I think I better add it to my wish list. I had the very best Pistachio cake the other day on the north side of Oneida Lake at a little cafe that caters to fisherman!! Food was great, too! All the customers seemed to know everybody and it was such a cute little welcoming joint!!

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    1. Yes, you should add it to your wish list and then use it! LOL

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  9. Oh my word, this sounds delicious and it is so pretty too. I love it. Will definitely have to make this one. You asked about the gift bags, I found them at Target. I think they are fabulous. Love the sparkle and shine too.

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    1. Thanks Marty, I'll check Target for the glam bags! We love this cake.

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  10. Beautiful cakes, Debbie. I would never have thought to roast a chicken using a bundt pan, but certainly will be trying it, now!
    Have a great week...stay warm, winter has arrived and it moving eastward.

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    1. Thanks Marigene! We are preparing for the winter weather whether we like it or not.

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  11. I think a collection of bundt pans is a must for bakers. Would love to see your wall of bundts. '-)
    Your pistachio cake sounds delish and the wreath idea is clever. Wouldn't last long here in TX though.
    The Jubilee is a pretty design, but the Heritage is still my favorite. I don't have one, but it's on my wish list.

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    1. The Heritage will always be my favorite Sarah.

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  12. Great ideas! I'm really intrigued with the frozen wreath. That is really cool! Great recipes, too.

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    1. The frozen wreath is very clever isn't it! As long as you don't hang it on a glass door I suppose. We don't need broken glass to deal with.

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  13. Oh, you have one of those fun pans. I've been looking for that one but have not come up with it. My hubby would be very pleased to have this cake as anything with pistachio suits him very well.

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    1. Lulu, I hope you find the pan and surprise your hubby with pistachio cake! The Heritage bundt pan is my favorite of all. I bought mine at Williams Sonoma, and you can order online.

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  14. Chicken in a bundt pan? This is a really cool pan you have used. If I try all the great cakes I have seen tonight, I will weigh 500 pounds! LOL

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    1. Scribbler, I hear ya. I'd love to try all the cakes too - maybe we can cut the recipes in half and make minis!

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  15. My birthday is also in August . I love the way the raspberries and sugared sprigs of thyme they make the cake look extra spectacular.perfect for the season.Susie

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    1. Happy belated August birthday to you Susie! August is a great month for a birthday ;o)

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  16. That cake sounds delicious! The wreath is pretty "cool"- it gets cold enough up here to do that but I'd be nervous hanging it! A local store near me specializes in candles and they did a presentation with frozen items like this and had a pillar candle in the center.

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    1. Thanks Liz! I would only hang the wreath on a fence ;o)

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  17. What fun Debbie! My favorite is the frozen wreath! I never knew until reading all these posts how versatile my humble bundt pan can be!! I am definitely putting a new pan on Santas list! All the recipes sound good too, I haven't had pistachio cake in decades! Must try the raspberries too~
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks Jenna! You will ADORE the raspberries.

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  18. Beautiful cakes...I really need to invest in a pretty bundt pan.

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    1. BJ, you can probably find Bundt pans at consignment shops or Goodwill. Thanks!

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  19. It looks beautiful, Debbie! I bet it was delicious! I have a freezer full of Bundt cakes now. Years ago I thought about hanging the pans on my wall, but dh nixed it. He said they would be dust collectors, I have enough of those!
    Thanks for taking the challenge. I haven't figured out how to get a roasting chicken in a Bundt pan! Anyway, I don't even use that Revol chicken roaster we were talked into! :)

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    1. A freezer full of Bundt cakes is a GOOD thing Kathleen! I was just teasing about hanging the bundt pans on my wall. I agree with Mike that they would be dust collectors.

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  20. I think I'm gonna have an overdose of Bundt cakes!!! Chicken and stuffing in Bundt pans! There you go, it's infinite! I adore Bundt cake tins and I'm forever buying them for my huge collection, lol! I see you got some gorgeous ones!
    xo
    FABBY

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  21. Lovely bundt cakes.....OBSESSED with your wreath. That is so beautiful. I only wish it were cold enough here.
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    I am pinning this idea straight away! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Glad I provided you with some inspiration! Since it isn't cold enough where you are, you can make the wreath your desktop photo. LOL

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