Are you looking to spice up your neighbor and friend gifts this year? Then look no further than these delicious Mini Spiced Orange Buttercream Bundt Cakes.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that a few weeks ago, I splurged and bought a Nordic Ware Duet Bundt pan.
I’ve been wanting a Nordic Ware Bundt pan for ages and when I saw that cute duet pan, I knew it would be perfect for Dave and I now that there’s just the two of us at home. The pan makes two pretty mini bundt cakes. We can eat one for dessert and freeze the other one for another night.
I also knew those cute little bundt cakes would be perfect to make for neighbor gifts!
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Day 11: You’re here!
It’s Day 11 and we have been in the kitchen making something sweet to share!
On the inside of the paperboard wrapper on the Nordic Ware duet bundt pan was a recipe for Buttercream Bundt Cake. And while it was really good, I wanted something that tasted a little more like Christmas for our neighbor gifts.
One of our family’s favorite Christmas cookies are Spicy Christmas Shortbread so I took my cue from that recipe and did a bit of experimenting. This Spiced Orange Buttercream Bundt Cake recipe is the result.
Spiced Orange Buttercream Bundt Cake
- ½ c butter, softened
- 1½ c sugar
- 3 large eggs
- ½ c whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1½ c all purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ freshly ground pepper
- ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
- Zest of one medium organic orange (approx. 1 tbsp)
Please note: Whenever possible I try to use organic ingredients but if you don’t have or can’t afford organic the recipe will still taste delicious. However, I do encourage you to at least make sure to use an organic orange as oranges are one of the most sprayed crops in the world.
Before you begin, have the butter and eggs at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 325ºF.
Grease and flour the pan.
Add the dry ingredients to a small bowl and stir with a whisk to combine thoroughly.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
Zest the orange and add the zest to the batter. Add the vanilla. Stir both in.
Alternating between the cream and flour mixture… add half the cream and beat. Add half the flour mixture, beating until just incorporated.
Add the remainder of the cream and beat and then add the remaining flour mixture.
Spoon the batter into the pan, dividing it evenly between the two mini bundts.
Bake at 325ºF for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove the cakes from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
Invert the pan onto a cooling rack. Lift the pan off the cakes and allow them to cool completely.
If you’re baking a bunch of them for gifts, allow the pan to cool, give it a good wash and start the whole process over again.
I just love how pretty these mini bundt cakes turn out. They don’t even need to be frosted. Just a light sprinkling of icing sugar is all they’ll need.
They fit perfectly into quart size Ziplock™ freezer bags. These will go into the freezer until just before Christmas.
That’s five neighbor gifts checked off my list. Two of the cakes we’ll keep for us to have over the holidays.
I’ve even got the gift tags ready!
I decided it would be fun to add a small strainer and a little bag of icing sugar to the gift.
Aren’t they cute!
To make miniature cake takers, I’m interverting cookie bins that I found at Dollar Tree. The lid will become the base to hold the cake.
A couple of days before Christmas, we’ll get the mini bundt cakes out of the freezer, let them thaw and then put them in the cake takers.
Then we’ll have fun delivering them to our new neighbors!
After all that baking, it was nice to sit down and have a small slice of cake.
It goes really well with tea!
I hope you’ll give this recipe for Mini Spiced Orange Buttercream Bundt Cakes a try. They really are yummy!
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