Sis Boom Bundt Cake

Sis Boom Bundt Cake
Perhaps you’ve seen her in the comments section of this blog now and then? Mary, the Food Librarian? I’m pleased to have her as my blog friend but she is also an actual, bona fide food blog celebrity — if there is such a thing. She is an actual librarian who has one of the most amazing (and prolific) baking blogs I’ve seen on the net. And, like me, she diligently takes her offerings to work to share with her fellow workers — only her office mates must be the luckiest co-workers on the planet since she bakes on a near-daily basis. While I’ve been inspired by her several times to bake muffins over the years I have up until now avoided her stock in trade: The Bundt Cake.

Sis Boom Bundt Cake
SSis Boom Bundt Cakeo why now? Well today, believe it or not, is National Bundt Cake Day. Last year I just shook my head in disbelief as Mary celebrated it by treating the blogasphere to 3o bundt cakes in 30 days. This year Mary is closing in on her 40th birthday so dementia must be setting in as she has inexplicably decided to do it once again this year! It has been quite fun to see every sort of bundt imaginable pop up on her blog. She can get quite creative and somewhat liberal inside her definition of a bundt cake but given how many she has to do each year it is forgivable. And fun. I think my favorite this time around was the “Croquembundt“, a bundt cake made from dozens of cream puffs. (I have a storied past with the dessert — I hope to one day get my mojo back enough to make a croquembouch again. Stay tuned!)

I know this will be somewhat is shocking…but… if I am to be honest with you, and you know I always am, this year I hadn’t really planned on celebrating National Bundt Cake Day. I know, right? Where was my holiday spirit? I’ve been quite busy and my company doesn’t give us the day off as a paid holiday so there wasn’t really a lot of time to plan. I suppose that is part of the appeal of bundt cakes as they don’t really require all that much planning and just about zero time for decorating. (Maybe that is why Mary likes them so much?) Had I planned ahead I doubt that I would be making a pumpkin based bundt since sweet pumpkin isn’t really my thing but felt the tangy cranberries would be a good offset to it.

So what changed and put me in the mood? Yesterday I woke up thinking about a good friend of ours whom I hadn’t gone to visit in a long time and I was feeling a bit guilty. Then while scrolling through Mary’s abundtant offerings this “bundt season” I could no longer ignore the festive spirit and decided right there to make a bundt, bring it to my friend, and have a nice visit. Surely a friend can forgive you your brief absence if you arrive offering up your bundt?

Sis Boom Bundt Cake
My bundt pan is probably one of the oldest pans I own. It was my grandmother’s and there is absolutely nothing special about it except that it is quite special to me. I’m stocked to the gills with All Clad now but I’ll never get rid of this pan. It is one of those old, cheap, supermarket pans made of a thin aluminum which has a tendency to overcook the outside of each cake it holds. The only cake I can remember her making in it is a so-called “famous” pecan rum cake which made every holiday season. THAT, will be a post for another day as today it is National Bundt Cake Day and Mary, this one is for you! (Check out Mary’s bundt pan collection here!)

Sis Boom Bundt Cake


Sis Boom Bundt Cake

Sis Boom Bundt Cake

This is what you will need:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup peach preserves (use any you have. Apple butter is good too.)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans
  • turbinado sugar (for topping)

This is how you make it:

  1. Center rack and preheat oven to 350.
  2. Liberally butter a large bundt pan.
  3. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar evenly around the bottom of the pan and then sprinkle 1/4 cup of the chopped pecans on top.
  4. Mix it up a bit with a fork. This will be a crunchy topping to the cake when inverted. If you want to glaze the cake, skip the sugar and just put in the pecans. I did both this time. Since the cake was a gift I wanted more pizazz.
  5. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinch of salt, ginger, and allspice in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  6. In a stand mixer with paddle cream the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy and volume doubles.
  7. Add eggs one at a time and let mix in before you add the next egg.
  8. Lower speed and blend in vanilla, then pumpkin, preserves.
  9. Slowly add the dry ingredients while mixer is on low and stop mixture just when they are incorporated.
  10. With a rubber spatula finish the mixing and scrape the bowl.
  11. Fold in the cranberries and remaining pecans. Scrape into the pan and use spatula to even the top.
  12. Check cake after 1 hour with a knife. If it comes out clean take out of oven. If not, keep it in for 10 more minutes or until knife or skewer comes out clean.
  13. Cool on a rack before inverting.
  14. Cake can be glazed when it is at room temperature.

Sis Boom Bundt Cake


About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don't know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]" means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small 'boom' in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a "food blog" or even myself a "food blogger".

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  1. I love how the cranberries really stand out within the slice! Great bundt!

  2. I’m home relaxing by the fire, enjoying my bundt cake. And am shocked that you are not doing the same. Honestly, I’ve brought this up with my employer several time and keep getting a blank stare. What a great bundt! Chock full of good, fall-related delights. Mine’s rather plain in ingredients, but highly recommended (it’s fabulous in flavor). So glad you enjoyed the process and hopefully see more baked goods around here???

  3. I’m very happy you decided to celebrate national bundt cake day! Frankly i did not know such a day existed, but having tasted this bundt cake i know why a day of recognition/celebration is necessary 🙂
    Got to enjoy all the wonderful flavors that remind me of fall & the upcoming holiday season. Sugar & spice & everything nice . . . the smokey flavor of pecans (let’s not forget the great crunch), tangy cranberries, sweet pumpkin . . .

  4. And a Happy National Bundt Cake Day to you as well! I wish I had a lovely bundt to celebrate with, but alas I do not. I guess my celebration will have to be a belated one. Your bundt is lovely. (Please don’t take that the wrong way.) 🙂 I was just listening to NPR this morning extolling the many benefits of cranberries, and they just happen to be a star in your in this yummy treat of yours. Thanks!

  5. I now know I will put in for a holiday day at work for this one next year. How funny to find that there are so many people who celebrate this. Your bundt look bundtfabulous!! Very festive and you have to love the pan. Brings back memories of my mothers. It has been forever since I baked a Bundt cake. Maybe…….This week.B

  6. Your bundt cake was heaven sent this morning!
    Absolutely loved it with my morning coffee.
    Keep them coming.
    Thank you!

  7. Beautiful bunt cake! I’ll have to try this one.

  8. I love the bundt. But I love the “dementia” comment even more. Sweet. I love that you used your grandma’s pan. Ahhhh. The “I Like Big Bundt” button will get us all out of work next year…or so I hear… 😉 – mary the food librarian