I really love Sugar and Crumbs’ Natural flavoured icing sugars and was really keen to try out their new limited edition flavours brought out for this Christmas and the Winter season. I was lucky enough to win a £25 gift voucher from them in a Great British Bake Off competition on their Facebook page. We had to predict the winner of the Bake Off for this year. My name along with another lady, won because we were drawn out of the names who predicted Candice would win. I was so happy when I heard I’d won the prize as I wanted to buy packets of the new four flavours released in time for Christmas. Not only that but I wanted to get some more packets of my favourite flavours, like Chocolate Mint and Salted Caramel.
The four new flavours included the decadent sounding Creme Brulee. I love Creme Brulee although I never make it at home. It sounded like a perfect creamy vanilla flavour to enhance a Christmas themed sponge, cupcakes or fudge.
Those of you who read my blog regularly might see I’ve not been writing much recently. This is down to me working full time with a position in a nursery. It has been very long hours and as soon as I get in on an evening, the last thing I think about is baking or blogging. But baking is a massive part of my life, it keeps me sane and helps me relax. I really missed it.
Before the end of last term it was going to be a Christmas tea party at the nursery I’ve been working in. I baked some plain vanilla cupcakes with glace icing and snowflake sugarpaste shapes for the children. I didn’t want the adults to miss out, after all in the busy lead up to Christmas you definitely need a sugar boost to get you through the day.
The Snowflake Creme Brulee Bundt was a great excuse to use my Nordicware snowflake bundt pan bought back in July when on holiday in Canada. I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw it on the shelf in Williams Sonoma in Edmonton. I made sure I greased the bundt pan carefully with cake release, then got on with baking the bundt itself. The recipe I used is adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery’s book Life Is Sweet. On page 28 there is a delicious recipe for a Tunnel of Fudge Bundt cake. Here is my adaptation:
SNOWFLAKE CREME BRULEE BUNDT
390g unsalted, softened butter
375g caster sugar
6 large eggs
250g icing sugar (Sugar and Crumbs’ Creme Brulee natural flavour)
395g plain flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
extra icing sugar to dust
To begin with preheat the oven to 170oC/ 325oF or Gas Mark 3.Grease the bundt pan with Cake release.
In a mixing bowl with a hand held electric mixer or a freestanding mixer, beat the softened butter and the caster sugar together until it is light and creamy.
Then add the eggs one at a time, beating the mixture after each addition. Then add the icing sugar to the bowl, followed by the vanilla extract.
After that, add in the plain flour. Mix this with a metal spoon by folding in the flour until everything is incorporated.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared bundt tin. I found that there was some mixture left over when I use a smaller bundt pan. I ended up having enough mixture to bake several cupcakes. Of course this does depend on the size of your bundt pan, just make sure it is filled to three quarters full.
Bake your bundt cake in the oven for about 55-60 minutes. I usually need to check with a skewer inserted into the cake but it is usually done when the cake starts to come away from the side of the tin.
As the snowflake bundt has so much pretty detail on it, I felt it didn’t need any icing. All it needed was a dusting of the creme brulee icing sugar on top and it was finished.
The remainder of the 500g packet of creme brulee icing sugar was turned into a simple glace icing for the top of the cupcakes.I then cut out some sugarpaste snowflake shapes with some mini plunger cutters bought from Lakeland. They were gorgeous and looked pretty on top of the cupcakes in their sparkly foil cases.
Everything went down very well at work. Though it’s nearly 3 weeks since I made them now, such a distant memory. But I’m determined to get myself organised and blog more in 2017. Wonder if I’ll still be saying that next month!
Love Sam xx