Tangy Key Lime Bundt Cake #BundtAMonth

[ 7 ] January 16, 2013 |

It’s #Bundtamonth time everyone!  I am so excited!  I have become addicted to baking bundt cakes.  The thrill of seeing IF it pops out of the pan all in one piece keeps me on the edge of my kitchen chair!  This month’s theme is citrus, and what better way to celebrate citrus than with a Tangy Key Lime Bundt Cake.

Fine dry bread crumbs & Pam for Baking (for coating pan)
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz unsalted butter, at room temp.
2 cups sugar
4 extra large or jumbo eggs
1 cup milk
Finely grated zest of 3 limes, preferably key limes ( I used more since they are small)

1/2 cup fresh key lime juice or 1/4 cup each lime & lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees, spray bundt pan with Pam for baking and dust with plain breadcrumbs
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and set aside.
3. Beat butter till soft, gradually add sugar, beat ’till light & fluffy.
4. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition.
5. On lowest speed, alternately add dry ingredients & milk, scraping bowl as nec. and beating just to mix each addition.
6. Stir in lime zest by hand.
7. Pour half the batter on one side of pan, half in other. Level top by briskly rotating pan back and forth.
8. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool slightly on wire rack – 10-15 mins.
9. Stir lime juice and sugar together just to mix for glaze.

Place cake rack on tube pan and invert and place rack over foil. Using pastry brush, brush glaze all over warm cake until completely absorbed. Brush on any glaze that drips onto foil.

Let cake cool completely & transfer to cake platter. Let stand loosely covered for several hours or preferably over night. When ready, outside of cake will be completely dry.

Making my bundt, I was, once again, not prepared with whole milk.  Sheesh.  You would think I would just keep it in the house, but we only drink skim.  In the past I have substituted flavored creamer in a pinch, and it worked well.  This time I wasn’t stocking a coffee creamer that would layer nicely with my key lime juice.  International Delight needs to get on that Mounds flavor asap (chocolate and coconut totally would have worked).

I ended up using skim milk.  Do not do this.  The cake has delicious tangy lime flavor all through the cake, but was a little dry.  With a cup of warm tea or it would be perfect for an mid-morning or afternoon break, as it is not an overly sweet cake.  However, I learned a good lesson on not to skimp on the fat content for a bundt cake.

Hindsight also being 20/20, I may have baked this cake a little longer than necessary.  I called it golden brown while I was glazing the cake, and I was quickly corrected by Baby saying “It’s more chocolate brown than golden, Mommy.”  I couldn’t do anything by laugh.  She was right.  I found the recipe HERE from Chow, and I definitely want to give this one another try and see if I can do better.

Speaking of better…check out these beautiful (as well as delicious) other bundt cakes from the lovely bloggers participating this month.  I don’t even know where to start!  They are all amazing!

Almond Clementine Bundt Cake by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Citrus Bundt Cake with Sparkling Wine and Fiori di Sicilia by Laura from The Spiced Life
Citrus Cocktail Mini Bundt Cakes by Renee from Magnolia Days
Citrus Lust Mini Bundt Cakes with Lemon Curd by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Dried Tomato Cherry & Yuzu Cake by Ann from Anncoo Journal
Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom
Grapefruit Poppyseed Bundt Cake by Deb from Knitstamatic
Grapefruit Yogurt Bundt Cake by Kate from Food Babbles
Lemon Bundt with Lemon Curd by Holly from A Baker’s House
Mini Orange Bundts with a Grand Marnier Glaze by Tara from Noshing With The Nolands
Orange Chocolate Marble Bundt by Paula from Vintage Kitchen
Orange Olive Oil Cake by Katerina from Diethood
Orange Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Bundt Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street
Soaked and Glazed Lemon Cake by Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
Zesty Lemon Bundt Cake by Anita from Hungry Couple NYC

Want to join in the #BundtaMonth fun?
- Simple rule: Use mandarin, orange, citrus lime, yuzu, lemons, key lime or anything citrus – and bake us a Bundt for Tangy January
- Post it before January 31, 2013
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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. Holly says:

    This cake is so pretty! And I bet the limes added a wonderful flavor to the cake. Thanks for the info about skim milk vs something with more fat. I sometimes wonder how that will change the taste of my baked goods and will take your advice, thanks!
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  2. Laura says:

    Oh my gosh I love Baby! And the cake sounds wonderful! I love lime anything!
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  3. Stacy
    Twitter: srushton1

    Your Bundt turned out beautifully and I adore the shiny glaze. We tend to drink low fat milk but I always seem to have a liter of cream in the refrigerator as well as my husband likes a splash added to his milk when he eats Grape Nuts in the morning. Not healthy, I know, but I like to think the cereal makes up for it.

    I love your lacy tablecloth too. It’s so pretty under your glass cake stand.
    Stacy recently posted..Citrus Lust Mini Bundt Cakes with Lemon Curd for #BundtaMonthMy Profile

  4. I wish I could get key limes here. I´ve had real key lime pie once in Miami, but apart from that I never saw the fruit. The best combo I found is lemon and lime (the small green ones) together. Gorgeous cake Karen!
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  5. Renee says:

    I prefer cake over pie so a key lime cake is good for me. I agree not to skimp on the fat for a cake. Luckily I have half-and-half in the fridge because that is what I use in my coffee. I mix it with skim milk when I forget to buy whole milk for a cake.
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  6. Oh so pretty… that is the perfect texture! Beautiful bundt.
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  7. Baker Street says:

    Oh my! That’s one gorgeous bundt! And you’re so right – no matter how many bundts I bake – the thrill to see it pop out of the pan is unexplainable! :)

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