Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts #Bundtamonth

CAN WORDS DESCRIBE THE FRAGRANCE OF THE VERY BREATH OF SPRING?”  Neltje Blanchan.

Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

So many people await the arrival of spring because it means the days are longer and there is so much more to do outside.  For some, it’s the constant sunshine that they enjoy.  And for others new growth brings with it a feeling of new hope.  For me, spring is like living in a world of aromatherapy.  There is nothing that instantly relaxes me like the scent of lilacs in my yard, freshly cut grass, or even wet dirt after a soaking spring rain.  And so it is with baking.  Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora of Cake Duchess challenged the Bundt a Month bakers to use berries this month.  While blueberries are not the most fragrant fruit, when you combine them with the warm sweet scent of vanilla and bright and cheery citrus notes, your kitchen is suddenly filled with promise.  And these sweet little blueberry orange mini bundt cakes promise to be delicious!

You know how I feel.  You feel the same way, too.  Having your own little cake, all to yourself, is the best thing in the whole wide world!

 

Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

 

These little bundts are delicately sweet.  This light, moist cake is bursting with blueberries and is scented with orange and vanilla.  Drizzle them with a light orangey glaze or top them with a dab of orange buttercream.  A simple sprinkling of powdered sugar would be perfect, too. 

 

Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

Yields:  36 mini bundt cakes

Level of Difficulty:  easy

 

BLUEBERRY ORANGE CAKE:

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of freshly grated orange zest
  • the seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 12 Tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries
  • 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2/3 cup of buttermilk at room temperature

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F, and with your oven rack in the center position.  Spray your bundt pans generously with baking spray (the non stick spray which contains flour).

In a separate bowl, prepare your dry ingredients by whisking together the flour, salt and baking soda.

Slip the paddle attachment onto your electric mixer and blend the sugar and orange zest together on low speed to release the oils from the orange.  Add the seeds from your vanilla bean and beat to blend this well.  Add your softened butter and continue to beat until the mixture is light.  Add each egg, one at a time, making sure that each egg has been well blended before adding the next.  Finally, you are going to mix in your orange juice.  DON’T PANIC!  AT THIS POINT THE MIXTURE WILL LOOK LIKE IT HAS CURDLED!  IT’S OKAY!  Remember, it’s the promise of spring and hope is in the air!

 

Add the flour mixture and then the buttermilk.  Blend until everything is just combined. Fold in the blueberries by hand. Fill each mini bundt about halfway full.  Bake for about 20-22 minutes.  The tops (which are really the bottoms) should be light golden, spring back to the touch.  And a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.  Let the pans cool for about 15 minutes and then turn them over a wire rack.  Let them sit for another 10 minutes and then gently shake the pan.  My bundts popped right out.  If any seem to stick, gently run a toothpick around the edges to loosen. 

 

Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

 

One of my pans made a simple round ring bundt.  And I chose to glaze with a simple orange icing.  The other pan created a small indent on the top.  And for those, I decided to sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar and top with a little dollop of simple orange buttercream.  The recipe for both follows.

ORANGE ICING:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice

Simply mix these together in a bowl.  Let stand for about 5 minutes.  And then use a spoon to drizzle the icing over the tops and down the sides of your baby bundts.

 

Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

 

SIMPLE ORANGE BUTTERCREAM:

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of grated orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice

Slip the paddle attachment onto your electric mixer.  Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy.  Add the powdered sugar, orange zest and orange juice.  Beat until the buttercream is combined.  If the mixture is too loose, add a bit more powdered sugar.  If it feels too thick, add a bit more orange juice.  Scoop the buttercream into a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip.  Swirl a little atop the bundt cakes and top with a blueberry if desired.

 

Blueberry Orange Baby Bundts | From My Sweet Heart

I hope you enjoy these as well as the rest of the berry bundts created by my bundt-a-month buddies:

 

We have a berrilicious theme this month for #bundt-a-month. 14 gorgeous cakes using berries in every form will be inspiration enough for you to bake with us this month.

 

Here ís how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:

    Simple rule: Use your favorite berries or a combination of two and bake us a Bundt for May

    Post it before May 31, 2013

    Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title could read  #BundtaMonth: Berry Bundt)

    Add your entry to the Linky tool below

    Link back to our announcement posts

 

Even more bundt fun! Follow Bundt-a-Month on Facebook where we feature all our gorgeous bundt cakes. Or head over to our Pinterest board for inspiration and choose from hundreds of Bundt cake recipes.



Comments

  1. says

    Anne ! These are so adorable! I almost bought a mini bundt pan today and now looking at your gorgeous mini bundts, I am regretting not getting it. I love berries and citrus and blueberry orange sounds lovely.
    I am afraid though, that I wouldn’t be able to stop at just one bundt.

    Nazneen

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Nazneen and you’ve got me wanting to buy a financier pan….your cherry madeira financiers are so lovely! : )

  2. says

    Your baby bundts are much too cute and since they are small, one tray would be one afternoon tea right? :D

    Cheers
    CCU

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Ha! Thanks Uru and one tray would be one afternoon tea as long as we sneak a few of your ‘may the 4th’ marshmallowy cookies on there, too! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Kim….and I love the sentiment behind your beautiful strawberry sweetheart bundt! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Anna! As are your lovely oatmeal and raisin scones. And I’d love it if we lived closer, too! I’d be begging you to come photograph my food for me all the time! ;- }

  3. says

    Oh my what adorable little bundts! Now you have me wanting to use my mini bundt pan again soon. As far as spring goes, it is my favorite season. I love seeing the green leaves on the trees and the landscape coming alive with new growth.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Renee! And I love your orange blueberry yogurt bundt….such a pretty shaped pan and kudos to you for pulling it off at the last moment! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Paula! And I love your raspberry wine chocolate bundt! So glad I am not alone in my love for boozy baking! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Hezzi….and I loved that you used the combination of berries in your pretty bundt! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Georgia! And I’m dying to try your Italian crockpot chicken with tomatoes! A perfect meal when you don’t want to fuss in the warmer weather! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Anita! And the addition of streusel in your berry bundt is perfect for an extra kick of flavor and texture! : )

  4. says

    Hi Anne,
    I love the opening of your post. . so beautifully written. . “your kitchen is suddenly filled with promise.” I love that! And hello, your last photo is amazing. . love how the buttercream has kind of melted and filled the center of the little bundt cake. YUM!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Hi Alice and thanks so much! I have to tell you…..I cannot stop thinking about the ganache on your beautiful strawberry orange bundt. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen! I know for certain I will be crediting you for it in one of my future bundts! Just gorgeous! : )

  5. says

    Anne, I just love your photo’s of these little gems – they are beautiful. I am adding these mini bundts to my saved recipe file. What a perfect sized dessert for after dinner. I love the smells of spring too. Last night we had our bedroom window open and the light breeze brought in the freshest scents. If I could bottle that smell I would – there is nothing like it!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Eileen! I love little desserts! And I also love chocolate cupcakes and yours with the chocolate whipped cream, look divine! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Claire…and I’m slowly starting to plant some things. What I really look forward to is eating a black and white cookie and yours look incredible! : )

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Rachelle….and I’m ready to try your banana and cinnamon dessert enchiladas…..they look so good! : )

  6. says

    The last picture took me over the edge! That buttercream seeping through the center of the minibundt – YUUUUUMMMM! I bet your house smelled heavenly while these were baking. Great little bundts! Hope you’re having a marvelous weekend!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks MJ! Wishing you could make me a bowl of your amazing chipotle and feta grits. What a beautiful dish! : )

  7. says

    Yes I do love having my own personal cake! I’m on my way to teach my wellness classes and thoughts of these cakes will surely distract me. Loving the orange buttercream!

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Rosie….and I really hope to try your blueberry buttermilk rolls this summer! They look absolutely fantastic! : )

  8. says

    Ignore that last comment I left you Anne as to whether you’d make May’s entry for #bundtamonth, I can see you have. These look fantastic, I’ve never tried blueberries and orange together before, I can imagine it tastes very summery indeed.

    • Anne Boeckl says

      Thanks Angela…and you should indulge! LOVED your post on the dinner for 4 for under 10 dollars….brilliant! : )

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