Holiday Post #4: Mini Velvet Christmas Bundts

I am in Rome. With Colosseums and cute Italian boys and fascinating sculptures and cute boys that look like them. Definitely in a wonderful place right now 😉

But seriously, even though I am writing this way before I actually go, I can guarantee that I am having the best time of my life right now, travelling with my friends and enjoying Europe to its height!

Best post Christmas ever right!? 😉

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I hope each and every one of you is having just as much amazing fun, and also have had the most incredible New Year’s bash, full of fireworks, dancing and good wishes!

But now the time has come to face 2014 😀

Eat cake first, before you do anything else though (I have wonderful philosophies!) 😛

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New Year, new year, new year… and as such comes a basket load of resolutions no?

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A list written and pinned to your bulletin board to make sure you remember what you vowed to change this year, a list sitting beside your bed for you to review each night, checking to see if you broke any of them.

Decisions decisions, but I honestly, am no longer a believer in New Year’s resolutions.

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Not putting a damper on the tradition, I think it is still awesome, but I personally just don’t have the focus to follow through 😛

I feel like if a person needs to change something in there life, why wait till a big occasion. Why think your new years resolution is going to be ‘no more drinking’, if you still have six months of the year left?

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I understand – a new year symbolises a new beginning, and a chance to enjoy a fresh start, but I cannot help but think that it is still only one day – perhaps if new years day was a week, we could have more time to bring ourselves together and beginning to change, but only a day?

I question it, but that is only me. I know the idea of New Year’s being a basis for resolutions brings an emotional determination to succeed, a belief that millions of others all over the world are just like you, scribbling down words on a notebook, and hoping that this year will be different because of it 🙂

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But tell me, what do you guys think of New Years and the resolutions which inevitably go with it? I won’t lie when I say that despite not actively writing down and following something, I can’t resist  imagining a whole new amazing 2014 if I changed a couple of things about my life 😉

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While you contemplate your lists or thoughts or just enjoy a sleepy day after the hectic New Years parties you all undoubtedly enjoyed, eat some cake.

Specifically, eat some red velvet cake. Eat some green velvet cake. Just eat some cake.

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Eat it when it is small, cute and deliciously warm straight from the oven (though I admit, I almost overbaked because I got caught up in watching Christmas specials :P), and see the soft chocolatey- deliciousness inside 🙂

Eat it because it is a now 2014 and regardless of how you do it, it is a time to celebrate (with red velvet bundts) 😀 😀 😀

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Printable Recipe!

Mini Velvet Christmas Bundts 
Adapted from: Penguin Says Feed Me

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 170g butter, softened
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I used 1 1/2 cups milk with a splash of lemon juice in it)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 20g white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • Red food colouring
  • Green food colouring
  • Cachus balls, to decorate (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Butter a mini bundt tin rigorously.
  2. Place butter and sugar into a large bowl and cream till light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, till well incorporated. Beat in vanilla essence.
  4. Stir the salt and soda through the plain flour.
  5. Stir through the flour mixture  buttermilk alternating with the buttermilk into the egg mixture, stirring after each mixture to ensure the batter stays smooth
  6. Split the batter in two. In one bowl, add the cocoa powder into one bowl and mix through.
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  7. Zap the white chocolate in the microwave in 10 second intervals or until melted. Pour into the other bowl.
  8. Add the desired amount of red food colouring into the cocoa powder bowl.
  9. Add the desired amount of green food colouring into the white chocolate bowl. (I added this part in now because I found the green does not work well with cocoa powder, and comes out brown)
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  10. Spoon the batter alternating with each other into the mini bundt tins then using a skewer, mix through them
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  11. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
  12. Let rest for 5 minutes in tin before running a skewer around the edges of the cake and tipping them out – let cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

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37 Comments

  1. Happy New Year Uru! I haven’t been here for some time and I was so happy and excited to see your new look on your site! Whoo hooo! I love it love it love it! Hope you’re enjoying Europe right now (or are you back?). Looking forward to your creations this year!

  2. I can imagine the joy of being in Rome, been there and many others places in Italy. The bundts are fabulous (as usual as the rest of the goodies you have shared).

    Happy new year to all and everyone.

  3. Amy Tong says:

    Happy New Year! These mini bundts are gorgeous. I love how moist they are inside. Thanks for sharing. I can always use a festive dessert, no matter what month it is. 😛 Especially cakes that are as gorgeous as these!

  4. Debra says:

    Uru, I think your trip just sounds fantastic. What a wonderful way to begin the new year. I hope that you continue to have wonderful opportunities and adventures throughout 2014. And thank you for these gorgeous little cakes. I love the look and they would make a delightful presentation as a gift to a friend. I like to bring something with me when I visit a good friend. 🙂

  5. LOVE the new blog, Uru! Happy New Year! Hope you are having a wonderful time. I’m not much for resolutions. Too much pressure. And guilt if I don’t follow through! But I vow in 2014 to eat more red velvet mini bundts! These look awesome! : )

  6. Louise says:

    I hope you are having a fabulous time in Rome, Uru! Enjoy every moment:) In the mean while, I’ll be diving into those Velvet Bundts, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing, Uru…Happy New Year! May it be filled with delicious memories:) (I don’t make resolutions:)

  7. Annie says:

    Happy travels, CCU – and happiest of New Years! I also dispense with the resolutions. If I want to make changes, I don’t need a special time of year, but yes, I appreciate the symbolism and if it helps folks, then go forth!

  8. Suzanne says:

    Happy New Year! Italy is my favorite place in the world. The Italian boys/men are pretty wild!!! Have fun. Your mini bundt’s are gorgeous, festive and look really delicious. I think starting the year with cake is the way to do it!

  9. Couldn’t agree more. I do take time to reflect on the dumb things I’ve done the previous year so I don’t do them again but I’m pretty happy with who I am.

    I’d be better with one of your lovely mini red velvet bundts. They look fantastic.

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