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Buttermilk Bundt Cake (Nigella Lawson)


Buttermilk Bundt Cake (Nigella Lawson)

It was a national public holiday in Malaysia yesterday. A friend who just gotten married last month invited us over to her house for a small gathering.

At the mean time, over at I Heart Cooking Clubs, it's Pot Luck week and we can choose to cook anything from these chefs: Diana Henry, Nigella Lawson, Mark Bittman, Giada de Laurentiis, Jamie Oliver, Tessa Kiros, Rick Bayless, Madjur Jaffrey, Yotam Ottolenghi, Donna Hay, and Nigel Slater.

And so, I chose to bake Nigella Lawson's famous (and fail-proof!) Buttermilk Birthday Cake (I baked it in a Bundt pan, so I named it Buttermilk Bundt Cake) to bring over.

Recipe from Nigella's "How To Be A Domestic Goddess" cookbook or here. 

Ingredients:
(Makes one cake in a 23-cm ring mold cake pan)

1 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (I used 2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (omitted)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk*
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar (I used demerara sugar)
3 large eggs

* If you don't have off-the-shelf buttermilk, you can substitute with 1/3 cup plain yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup low-fat milk. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before using.


How to:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 23-cm ring mold cake pan. Note: I used a 10-cup Bundt pan, so I also sprinkle some flour after greasing it. By the way, the 10-cup Bundt pan is a bit too big. I've yet to find out which size will be more suitable.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

3. Pour buttermilk into a measuring cup and stir in vanilla extract.

4. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.

5. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between additions.

6. Add alternating increments of the flour mixture and the vanilla-buttermilk, blending well after each addition; this should take 3 to 5 minutes.

7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes (30 minutes if using layer cake pans) until the cake is beginning to shrink away from the sides and a cake tester comes out clean. If using a mold with a lot of patterning, leave to cool for 20 minutes.

8. Loosen the sides of the cake with a round-bladed knife and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


My hubby said, "Look, a giant doughnut!" LOL!

Initially, I planned to drizzle some frosting on it but in the end, I didn't do so. Something like praline frosting would be nice. Hmmm...


Moist and super yummy!

Thanks Nigella! Even my non-cake-eating-hubby said the taste is really good! Yay!



I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, October Pot Luck!


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I'm also submitting this post to Cook-Your-Books #17 hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.


16 comments

  1. Hi Joyce,
    Lovely cake! I love simple cakes like this, without any frosting. The kind of cake that I would love to have a slice or two with a cup of warm tea! Great choice for Potluck!! :)
    Thanks for linking to CYB!

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    1. Thanks Joyce! I had way too many slices. Haha.

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  2. That IS a lovely cake, isn't it? I have made it a few times for my little church's coffee hour. It's always gone at the end of the fellowship hour! Great choice for this week!

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    1. Thanks Susan! I agree this is a lovely cake. :)

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  3. That cake looks incredibly moist and sounds delicious, perfect for sharing with friends.

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  4. I bet that is such a gloriously moist cake - lovely choice, and the bundt pan really makes it look so pretty and special.

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  5. I like your husband's sense of humor. The bundt cake does in fact look exactly like a giant donut! Buttermilk is such a joy to bake with. It always makes for a wonderfully moist and tender cake or loaf. Would love to enjoy a slice of this:)

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    1. At first I was disheartened when he said that after helping me to turn the cake out of the pan. Then I took a look, and I was like, yeah, it did look like a giant doughnut. Haha!

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  6. What a lovely cake out of a lovely tin.

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  7. Simple bundt cakes are always a treat. This one looks so moist and good. ;-)

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