Meyer Lemon-Cranberry Bundt Cake

Tangy cranberries and fragrant and bold Meyer lemons add refreshing qualities to this moist cake. Meyer lemon fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavour than the more common supermarket lemon varieties. As the cake bakes, the cranberries are transformed into a sweet-tart compote-like texture. Ideal for brunch or afternoon coffee or tea.

Lemon Cranberry Bundt Cake_AMN

Ingredients:

12 Tbs (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter (at room temperature) plus some for greasing the pan(s)
2 cups fresh (or frozen) cranberries
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 Meyer lemons
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 eggs
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan or 12 mini Bundt pans with butter.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Finely grate the zest from the Meyer lemons over the sugar and mix briefly.

Squeeze the juice from the Meyer lemons. In a cup, combine 4 Tbs. of the lemon juice, the buttermilk and vanilla.

Add the butter to the lemon zest–sugar mixture and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk mixture in 2 batches. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again, raise the mixer speed to medium-high and beat for 1 minute to aerate the batter. Fold in cranberries.

Scrape the batter into the prepared Bundt pan or mini Bundt pans. Spread the batter and smooth the top. Bake until the cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes (Note: if mini Bundt pans are used, 20-25 minutes). Let cool in the pan(s) for 5 minutes, then invert the cake(s) onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

Once the cake is cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar just before serving.

This cake can easily serve 12 people.

Note: The recipes on this site are my original creations or have been adapted from existing recipes with the original sources attributed. All recipes on this site have been tested at least once in my kitchen. Any and all errors are entirely mine.

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Passion Fruit Almond Cake

This recipe creates a light cake with a moist crumbly texture, and it has perfectly subtle pineapple and passion fruit flavours. It’s lovely for afternoon tea or as an after dinner dessert.

Passion Fruit Almond Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
8 ounces blanched almonds, ground
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
6 large eggs, at room temperature
2 ounces grated unsweetened coconut
4 ounces candied pineapple
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons rum

Passion Fruit Syrup
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup passion fruit juice

Direction:

Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Grease a 9-inch cake or spring form pan with butter, dust it with flour and tap out any excess. Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then beat in vanilla, almond extract and rum. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour, baking powder and salt in three parts. Mix the ground almond, chopped candied pineapples and grated coconut.

Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake the cake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is deep brown and feels set when you press in the center.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan on medium-high heat, combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup passion fruit juice. Heat, stirring gently until the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture has reached a full boil, let it continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove the mixture from the heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Remove the cake from the oven and run a sharp or serrated knife around the perimeter, loosing the cake from the sides of the pan.

Use a skewer to poke holes all over the cake, going right to the bottom. Pour the passion fruit syrup over, letting it completely soak in after each addition.

Let the cake cool completely in the pan. Once cool, tap the cake out of the pan, remove the parchment paper, and set on a cake plate until ready to serve.

This cake can easily serve 8 people.

Note: The recipes on this site are my original creations or have been adapted from existing recipes with the original sources attributed. All recipes on this site have been tested at least once in my kitchen. Any and all errors are entirely mine.

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