Here it is the middle of the month already. And Christmas month at that. This year has just flown by. Lots of baking done this year and lots more to do before the year is out. Holiday Baking!!

Like this cake for Bundt Bakers.


Peppermint is a major flavor this time of the year. Candy Canes are everywhere. On the tree. On the mantle. On the cake.

    3 c all-purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 3/4 c granulated sugar
    1 c vegetable or canola oil
    1/2 cup applesauce
    3 large eggs, room temperature
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp peppermint extract {I think it could have used more.}
    1 c buttermilk
    1/4 tsp red food coloring
    3/4 c white chocolate chips
    3 Tbsp cream or half and half
    3/4 c powdered sugar
    1/2 tsp peppermint extract
    3 Tbsp crushed candy canes or star mints or soft peppermints

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
Grease and sugar the bundt pan.
Using a stand mixer, beat together oil, applesauce, and sugar until well mixed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add both extracts and beat well.
With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Scoop 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the batter into another bowl and add 1/4 tsp {or so} of red food coloring.
Pour half of the white batter into the bottom of the pan. Top with half of the red batter. Top with white batter.
Finish with the remaining red batter. Gently swirl the batter with a knife.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool the cake for 2 minutes in the pan then carefully flip it upside down onto a cake plate. Cool cake completely before glazing.
Melt chocolate and cream in a double boiler. Let cool slightly. Whisk in powdered sugar.
Drizzle over the cake. Let set for 1 minute.
Sprinkle with crushed peppermint.


Original Recipe

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