Italian Anise Bundt Cake #BundtaMonth

[ 26 ] November 7, 2012 |

It’s #BundtaMonth time people! We are a little delayed this month. We wanted to give friends dealing with #Sandy time to take care of affairs as necessary. This month’s theme was SPICE. The group came up with some extrordinary flavors using single and unique combinations!
I am glad the time is here so I can share my latest bundtastic success…
Italian Anise Bundt Cake.

After the catastrophe that was my last attempt at this cake, my bundt loving friend, Paula, from Vintage Kitchen, sent me this recipe for a basic vanilla bundt.  The recipe was from a cute recipe book called Kiss My Bundt and after how this cake turned out, I am definitely buying my own copy!

2 ½ cups flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup unsalted butter
1 ¾ cup sugar
3 eggs, room tº
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cups whole milk
3/4 oz Anise extract

1. Preheat oven to 350º
2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside
3. Beat butter until creamy. Slowly add sugar and beat 2 minutes.
4. Add eggs one at a time, then beat for 2 minutes.
5. Add vanilla. Beginning and ending with dry ingredients, add in three parts alternating with milk in two parts.
6. Spray bundt pan (or butter it) and flour or sprinkle it with breadcrumbs.
7. Pour batter, spreading evenly.
8. Bake about 40-50 minutes until knife comes out clean.

It’s funny, that as much as I prepare to start baking something specific, I always end up forgetting an ingredient. This time I realized I didn’t have any whole milk. We only drink skim. Luckily, my parents just left and I still had a container of half and half in the fridge, plus I had some Coffee Mate Natural Bliss vanilla flavored creamer too…time to improvise. I used 1 cup of the regular half and half, and 1/4 cup of the natural creamer (which is also essentially half and half).

I don’t know for sure if it was my milk substitution that added the extra moisture to this cake or not, but it was Ah-MAZING! The warm cake tasted like delicious pizzelle cookies fresh from the little waffle iron. I definitely liked the enhanced vanilla notes from the flavored creamer, and the anise extract added so much depth to the cake without being in your face, black licorice flavor. I’ll be honest, it makes me want to experiment with a little sambuca in this recipe to create a fun holiday cake!

This bundt looked so golden and pretty out of the pan, but also looked kind of plain, so I decided to add some glaze.  I mixed some softened butter, powdered sugar, anise extract and a little milk together until it was a nice consistency.  I didn’t really want to make a ton, so I was winging it.  As I drizzled the glaze over the cake, it melted and slid right down the sides.  Guess I should have waited until it was a little cooler, but after it did finish cooling the amount of glaze left on the cake was perfect.  I moved it to another plate and it was good to go.  Needless to say, after the first few slices were out the cake, and the pictures were done, the remaining cake started to disappear rather quickly.

So now it’s time to share all the other fabulous bakers showcasing their own #BundtaMonth creations! I can guarantee that with this group, all of the cakes are not only beautiful, but delicious as well!



Do you want to join in the fun baking your own bundt cake?

Here’s how you can join the #BundtaMonth party:

  • Bake your Bundt for November following the theme – Spice.
  • Post it before November 30, 2012.
  • Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read
  • #BundtaMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
  • Add your entry to the Linky tool below
  • Link back to both Lora and Anuradha’s announcement posts.

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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Anise is such a left-behing spice. I´m glad you used it! I will definitely have to try it. Thanks for the shout out Karen!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Cardamom Bundt Cake with Saffron Rosewater Cream #BundtaMonthMy Profile

    • karenhartzell says:

      I am so excited to work on the next one for the 15th! I’ll be using the basic recipe again and seeing what I can do to mix it up again! :-)

  2. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious
    Twitter: shockinglydlish

    You got me with “it takes like a pizelle cookie.” Sold!

    • karenhartzell says:

      If you like pizelle cookies, then you def need to try this cake! my co-workers all loved the leftovers. After each one tasted it, the would get this look on their face and then ask…what is that I taste. LOL Love the surprised looks on their faces and all reviews were yum!

  3. Renee says:

    I’m so glad you were able to find a recipe for a successful anise bundt. I love that flavor and want to bake with it more.

    Oh, and when I need whole milk but forgot to buy it I use 1/2 skim and 1/2 half-and-half.
    Renee recently posted..Cinnamon Crown Bundt Cake for #BundtAMonthMy Profile

  4. Hi! You can use the Sambuca for next month’s theme! :P
    what a lovely bundt cake. . I love it! Golden and pretty are the words I would use too!! It’s just lovely! and I am the same way with cake. . once the photos are done and that first slice has been cut! Watch out! :)
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Mexican Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze for #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  5. This bundt sounds fantastic and I’m sure it would have been perfection with or without a glaze ;) I love that you used anise. That’s a flavor I really like and come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever worked with it before in my own kitchen. This cake may make me change that in the near future. Lovely job!
    Kate | Food Babbles recently posted..Chocolate Spiced Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze – #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  6. I can just smell the anise now. I bet this is one delicious cake, and I can’t wait to try the recipe. I love anise.
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..Maple Pecan Bundt~ #BundtAMonthMy Profile

  7. Holly says:

    The thought and taste of a pizelle really caught my attention and the beautiful glaze took this cake over the top! I am hoping you do experiment with sambuca as I’d love to follow your lead.
    Holly recently posted..Ginger-Pear Bundt Cake #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  8. Gorgeous and golden bundt. I usually use anise in bisoctti and now really want to try it in a bundt. I’ve been dreaming of a slice since you shared your first photo. Thank you for baking with us again, Karen:)
    Lora @cakeduchess recently posted..Gingerbread Apple Bundt Cake- #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  9. baker street says:

    I always feel anise doesn’t get treated as well as it should be! What a gorgeous cake, Karen! Love your pictures too! Thanks for baking along with us :)
    baker street recently posted..Blueberry Cinnamon Bundt Cake #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  10. Kim Bee says:

    Oh my gosh this looks so good. I love anise, you really outdid yourself on this bundt.
    Kim Bee recently posted..Peach and Roasted Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Sugar #BundtamonthMy Profile

  11. Lindsey says:

    I am loving these bundt cake posts! This one looks amazing! I loved the substitution you did with the half and half and creamer instead of whole milk. I’m going to have to try that when I try out this recipe! Thanks! :)

  12. Kimberly Davis
    Twitter: Kimba247davis

    These bunt cakes are making my mouth water. Yummmm!

  13. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Anise is one of my favorite ingredients to bake with! Your cake looks just gorgeous!
    Ashley – Baker by Nature recently posted..Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa SaladMy Profile

  14. Just pinned this – it is so perfect with the anise. I’m so glad you mentioned it during our tweet chat tonight!
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..#SundaySupper Gifts From the Kitchen : Harissa!My Profile

  15. Laura says:

    I have never liked anise–except in pizelles. So now I am intrigued by this cake! Thanks for sharing!
    Laura recently posted..Indian Inspired Pumpkin & Chickpea CurryMy Profile

  16. Elena says:

    Looks so delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  17. Deb @ knitstamatic
    Twitter: knitstamatic

    Anise is an awesome idea! I must, must give this a try. And by the way, Paula is right, that book is great!
    Deb @ knitstamatic recently posted..Apple Cake with an Attitude for #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  18. Elena says:

    Looks so delicious! Thank you for the recipe

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