It’s my birthday month! My actual birthday isn’t for another couple weeks, but why not start celebrating early? My 28th year has certainly been a crazy and different one, full of unexpected things, but a good one, nonetheless. It seems only fitting to kick off the final year of my twenties with a fun, celebratory cake: a Birthday Bundt Cake!
A couple weeks ago, my boyfriend surprised me with a gorgeous KitchenAid stand mixer for an early birthday present. I’d been wanting one for a while, knowing it would make my life so much easier (and his, too, by default). Well, one day I came home from a stressful doctor’s visit, and there it was, waiting for me on our kitchen counter! He’d sneakily ordered it and had it shipped to our friend’s house so I wouldn’t get suspicious.
Needless to say, this Birthday Bundt Cake was its maiden voyage. And y’all, I am obsessed. Now I look for reasons to use it.
Let me tell y’all, my new stand mixer makes a WORLD of difference. I joked with my fellow stand-mixer-owning friends that I finally know what actual creamed butter and sugar is supposed to look like. The batter for my cake was also super light, fluffy, and silky. And the final result? *chef’s kiss* Not to mention whipping egg whites will be so much easier, as will kneading bread dough.
Another important factor: Remember to keep your cake ingredients at room temperature. Why does this matter? As Sally’s Baking Addiction says, when eggs, butter, and other dairy ingredients are at room temperature, they form an emulsion and trap air. When baked, that trapped air expands, resulting in a light and fluffy cake. Room temperature ingredients also bond together better when mixed, which creates a smoother texture. It’s all about texture.
I have a bit of an obsession with bundt cakes. They’re just so pretty and unique. Preparing bundt cake pans can be a bit tricky, but it’s so important! A bundt cake pan that’s not properly greased or floured will make your cake stick to the pan, and tear and crumble. And that’s no good.
To properly prepare your bundt cake pan, rub the inside with a stick of semi-softened butter, making sure that butter gets into every little nook and cranny. Then dust some flour over the butter, and rotate the pan to make sure the flour coats every inch of butter. Chill the pan in your fridge until the batter is done and you’re ready to bake!
My Birthday Bundt Cake is similar to a pound cake. It’s a little more dense than a regular cake, but not quite as dense as a real pound cake. Honestly, I didn’t have enough butter to make a real pound cake when I first made this cake. But I’m super happy with how it turned out!
I love a classic almond pound cake, so I made my Birthday Bundt Cake almond flavored (with a splash of vanilla, because I put vanilla in everything). If that’s not your thing, feel free to make it vanilla or lemon. And since it’s a Birthday Bundt Cake, of course there are rainbow sprinkles. Lots of rainbow sprinkles.
Ready to bake? Let’s make a Birthday Bundt Cake!
Birthday Bundt Cake
- 2 1/2 cups sifted AP flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs, unbeaten
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup rainbow sprinkles, plus extra for decorating
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp cream cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare your bundt cake pan with butter and flour. Place buttered and floured pan in the fridge until ready.
Cream butter. Slowly add sugar and cream until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add almond and vanilla extracts and mix.
Add flour, alternating with the milk. Mix well after each addition. Add flour first and last.
Fold in sprinkles, being careful not to over mix or let the colors bleed.
Carefully pour the batter into the prepared bundt cake pan.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top is golden brown and it just starts to pull away from the edge of the pan. A toothpick should come out clean.
Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then carefully turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, make a glaze with powdered sugar, cream cheese, and milk.
When cake is cool and ready to serve, drizzle the glaze over the top and sprinkle with sprinkles.