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Chocolate and Cinnamon Bejeweled Christmas Bundt Cake

Bejeweled Christmas Bundt CakeMaking this bejeweled bundt cake could not be more timely for me at the moment.  Having started work as a stylist for  jewellery and accessory company Stella and Dot I am loving all things that sparkle, shine and look pretty.  It’s maybe not surprising then that I wanted to bejewel my baking as an excuse to link baking and jewels together.  Check out my Stella and Dot page if you get the chance and if anybody reading this thinks they would like to find out more about being a stylist themselves which I have to say is proving to be a great fit with my other job of providing TLC for my 3 kidlets, take a look at this link and get in touch.  I would be happy to tell you more.Jeweled Bundt Cake

The other factor which has had influence on this cake is of course the big CD, which is now only, (close your eyes)  a week away!! It’s creeping up at what seems to be a lightening fast pace. Got to say though, I have felt a whole lot better since I wrapped most of the presents,  wrote out my cards and iced the Christmas cake.  This year we are going up to the in-laws so I don’t have to worry about hosting and I am really, really looking forward to it.  Bundt cake

I have big plans to sit and play with my children, something that sounds so simple and straight forward, but in fact is a real challenge.  This is mostly because I have so much to do that I never sit still for longer than 5 mins. It is also because with 3 children someone will most likely be needing my attention for something else within 10 minutes of sitting down, if I get that far! But whilst I am away from home and all the daily chores I reckon I have a much better chance. Besides,I have inside information that Santa might be bringing a fairly large lego construction for 1 of my 3 that will need putting together and is likely to take hours.  I’m actually quite excited about getting stuck in!

My other plans for Christmas include lots of R & R, making special memories with my family, time with hubby, frosty contryside runs, Christmas eve visit to the pub and a bit of time to pamper myself (will be packing my face mask and posh bubble bath).  Sounds ideal hey?  I’ll let you know how I get on with it all.Bejeweled Christmas Bundt Cake

Back to the bundt cake.  This was my first attempt at anything bundt and it was with a tin that I brought back from a trip to Berlin in the autumn.  In some ways I think this cake looks a bit like a Christmas wreath, especially because of the shape.  The cake itself was made in a slightly different way to which I am used to.  It requires melting the butter, cocoa and cinnamon together first before adding the remaining ingredients.  And as for the combination of cinnamon and chocolate, well in my opinion this pairing is pretty special.

To decorate your bundt cake feel free to use my pictures as an example, but I think the beauty of this is an excuse for you to have a rummage through your own cupboards and see what ‘jewels’ you can find.  I came across some glace cherries and flaked almonds that I forgot I had and they look fab as part of my decoration.  If you do make this I would love you to tweet me your pics (@homemadebyfleur)

Chocolate and Cinnamon Bejeweled Bundt Cake

Ingredients

Cake

  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 150g sugar
  • 30g cocoa
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100ml water
  • 120ml sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g hazelnuts
  • 50g cranberries

Glaze

  • 50g chocolate (milk)
  • 50g butter
  • 30g cocoa
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

My Decorations (a few of each)

  • Cranberries
  • Pistachios
  • cherries
  • flaked almonds
  • chopped peel
  • white chocolate stars
  • gold balls
  • gold leaf

How to make

  1. Pre heat the oven to 350c/180f/gas 4
  2. Grease a medium bundt pan
  3. Melt the butter, cocoa, cinnamon and water in a bowl over a pan of simmering water stirring as it melts
  4. Add this to a larger mixing bowl and add the eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla extract and whisk together
  5. Then add the flour, baking powder cranberries and hazelnuts
  6. Once fully combined pour into bundt tin and cook for 25-30 mins
  7. Once out of the oven leave for 15 mins in the tin before turning out onto a wire cooling rack
  8. To make the glaze melt all the ingredients together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and then pour over the cake
  9. Decorate with your decorations on the top of your cake

This cake due to it’s chocolate content qualifies to be entered into this month’s tea time treats challenge run by Karen from Lavender and Loveage and Kate from What Kate Baked.

It can also be entered into this months We Should Cocoa run by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog because it has chocolate and cinnamon in the ingredients.

All that remains for me to say is Merry Christmas to all my readers, and I’ll be back in the New Year with plenty more blogposts. xxx

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13 Comments

  1. SallyDecember 18, 2012 at 9:58 amReply

    That is beautiful, and very Christmassy!

    • FleurDecember 18, 2012 at 10:22 pmReplyAuthor

      Thanks Sally. It’s one of those ideas that came out just how I imagined. I’m very pleased with it.

  2. ChristinaDecember 18, 2012 at 4:18 pmReply

    looks fab- very Stella and Dot-esque!! xo

    • FleurDecember 18, 2012 at 10:21 pmReplyAuthor

      He he, that’s what I thought too. xxx

  3. Laura@howtocookgoodfoodDecember 18, 2012 at 5:11 pmReply

    What a gorgeous looking bundt cake. I have never made one before so must try and get hold of a tin and have a go. I do love your photos, so decorative and beautiful.
    I am with you on never sitting down to relax, always so much to do and loads of teaching happening in the New Year so I am going to relax over Xmas too and enjoy the children!
    Happy Christmas to you and look forward to reading more in 2013 xx

    • FleurDecember 18, 2012 at 10:21 pmReplyAuthor

      Thanks Laura. Wishing you a very happy Christmas too. xxx

  4. KatDecember 18, 2012 at 11:32 pmReply

    This looks amazing, I’m wondering how much arrangement went into the bejwellment?! Looks superb.

  5. Karen Burns BoothDecember 19, 2012 at 9:48 pmReply

    An absolute stunner of a cake Fleur and such a LOVELY idea for Christmas Tea Time Treats too! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Karen

  6. ChocletteDecember 21, 2012 at 1:11 pmReply

    That is a truly beautiful cake Fleur. I think you’ll make an excellent stylist. Thanks for entering it into We Should Cocoa and I hope you have the fabulous Christmas you are hoping for.

  7. What Kate BakedDecember 21, 2012 at 5:02 pmReply

    What beauitful pictures! Wishing you and all your family a very peaceful, relaxing and fun Christmas time all together. Thank you very much for entering this into TTT!

  8. Sarah, Maison CupcakeDecember 29, 2012 at 8:09 pmReply

    I thought I’d already commented on this – it looks so pretty! I love those little white stars on it.

  9. ElizabethDecember 30, 2012 at 10:12 pmReply

    I love the decorations, it’s so festive!

  10. Makey-CakeyDecember 31, 2012 at 8:36 pmReply

    This looks amazing! I love the gold leaf and the white chocolate stars – so pretty!

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