Friday, May 20, 2011

Mini Bundt Cakes for Little Guests

This week it was my little one's Birthday ! He couldn't wait for the weekend for his party with grandparents( nana-nani) and friends. So my little Dennis the Menace decided to have a pretend party in his 'Castle of Let's Pretend'. Both me and my husband were excited with his detailed preparation. From  arranging tiny flower pots  to some jigsaw puzzles followed by a fabulous party with a cute idea of doing potluck at home. He asked us that each one of us shall make something special for his party with Diego, Dora, Spongebob, Backyardigans and of course we too. Now we had to make something yummy for his party. His nani made him a tasty platter of aloo-puri and I made him mini bundt cakes for his little friends. Now I was in a fix which glaze I should go for - Tres Leches or Dulce de leche, hence ended up doing both.

The recipe for these mini bundts is pretty simple, Check out the details:

1 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tsp vegetable oil

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
Place sugar in a bowl. 
Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder over the sugar and whisk to combine. Set aside.
In a separate bowl whisk milk, vanilla extract, eggs, sour cream and vegetable oil together.
Gently fold flour mixture into liquid mixture until combined.
Pour into bundt cake moulds (grease moulds with vegetable oil before using)

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

And our cakes are ready to get dressed.

Dulce de leche is avaiable in the supermarket but incase you want to make it yourself, here is the recipe.

Ingredients for Dulce de leche:
1 can of sweetened condensed milk. (We will cook it in the can) 

Remove the labels from the cans and wrap them in aluminum foil . Set the can in a slow cooker and completely cover them with water.  Cook on low for ~8 hours depending on how you like your caramel.  If you do it longer you will have it darker. Take the can out & let it cool  and then open and its ready for use. Refrigerate any unused dulce de leche.

Ingredients Tres Leches Glaze:
1/2 cup  low-fat evaporated milk
1/4 cup  low-fat milk
1/4 cup  low-fat sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon  vanilla extract

Whisk together all glaze ingredients in small bowl. Set aside for 15 mins & whisk again.
And our glaze is ready to use.

Brush cooled cakes with glaze. 
We will make six Tres leches & six dulce de leche cakes using this method. Allow cake to absorb glaze and continue to repeat a few times, use approx half the amount of each glaze for this purpose. Now, pour approx 2 tablespoons of glaze on top of each cake. 

For a stronger flavor, brush a layer of plastic wrap with the last glaze coating and then tightly wrap the cakes with it and refrigerate them overnight.

My son enjoyed his birthday treat, hope my readers enjoy it too... !!!

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