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Om Nom Nom Tuesdays: Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake Recipe

It’s time for Om Nom Nom Tuesdays. Even though I am on a healthy kick, today I am featuring a cake that I made in the past that I loved. It is great for birthday parties or small parties. This cake is perfect because who doesn’t like vanilla? Plus, it has this sweet effect of speckled black dots in the glaze due to the real vanilla beans. It kind of tastes like a doughnut. Yum. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe. I actually liked this cake best in the morning with coffee. Make it for your neighbor, or kid’s teacher- but don’t keep it at your house if you are trying to be healthy. You will be tempted to eat it all!

Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 and 3/4 cups sugar
2 vanilla beans, halved lengthwise and scraped
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
1 cup buttermilk

1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
2-3 tablespoons whole milk
1 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350%. Place rack in the middle. Butter pan and dust with flour, knock off. (I like to grease pan with Crisco, it works perfect every time). 
2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together well. Set aside. 
3. In an electric mixer or hand mixer, add butter and sugar and beat at medium speed until creamy, about 5 minutes. Scrape seeds from vanilla beans with a knife and add to butter mixture, and beat until combined. (Set aside pods for hot cocoa or oatmeal- yum!)
4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon. At a low speed, add flour and milk alternating each until well combined. 
5. Spoon batter into pan, smoothing and spreading evenly with a spatula. Tap pan on counter to get rid of air bubbles. Bake about 1 hour (insert a skewer into center of cake, if it comes out clean it is done. My cake was finished in less time, about 40 minutes). Cool in pan about 30 minutes. Lightly tap around pan to loosen sides, then invert onto a rack and cool completely. 

1. Using a medium to large mixing bowl, split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into milk. Mix well. Add confectioners sugar, gradually whisking, until you get desired consistency, about 1 cup. (I made mine too runny, and next time will add more sugar, add more sugar if it is not thick enough, or if it is too thick add milk. It should glaze cake but also remain thick enough to gather on top). 
2. Once cake has cooled, drizzle glaze on top. 

Boom! Done!

(Bundt Cake Recipe adapted from Epicurious. Vanilla Bean Glaze recipe from Ree Drummond, Food Network

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  • Reply Kelly Ann

    This sounds absolutely amazing, yummm!

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    January 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

    Thanks Kelly! Hope you are well! Love your blog.

    January 9, 2013 at 3:47 am
  • Reply The Frugal Exerciser

    Where do you find vanilla beans?

    January 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      I got them at a local spice shop called Savory Spice. It is an amazing little store- much cheaper than buying spices at a grocery store because you can buy bags. Plus, so fresh, it’s incredible. If you don’t have one buy you just try and find a local spice shop. We won’t go back to store bought spices.

      January 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

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