Friday, November 11, 2011

Mini 7up Bundt Cakes

What a wonderful treat these little cakes are.  My husband especially loves to have them with his coffee in the morning.   They are soft and dense inside with a light almost crumbly exterior almost like a crusting around the outside.  Sweet and bright would be the best way to describe their wonderful flavor.  And I think that gorgeous would best describe their appearance.  Great with coffee to ice cream at any time of the day.

1 1/2 cups of real un-salted butter (softened)
3 cups of sugar
5 eggs (that have stood at room temperature for at least 20 minutes)
2 tsp. of lemon extract
3 cups of all-purpose flour
6 oz. (1/2 of a can) of 7up soda
powdered sugar for garnish

-Preheat your oven to 350*.  Grease the inside and the flat top of a mini 6 bundt cake pan or a regular bundt pan more than generously-soak it- and set it to the side.  In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and the sugar until it is creamy.  Then mix in the eggs and the lemon extract well.  Then beginning with the flour and then ending with the flour, alternate adding in the flour and the 7up soda.  Then just pour the batter into your mini bundt cakes, filling them about 3/4's of the way up in each.  If you are using a standard-sized bundt cake pan, then just pour the entire amount of the batter into it.  Bake at 350* for 35-45 minutes, carefully watching at the end.  They are finished when they are a nice medium golden color around the edges.  Remove from the oven and let stand about 5-10 minutes to cool, then run a butter knife in along the inside wall of the pan to separate the cake from it.  Then, using pot holders for your hands, flip the pan over onto either a wooden cutting board or a towel-lined counter top (so you don't scratch it with the pan).  You may have to flip it over with a little force to pop it out.  Sometimes mine flips out on the first try, other times I have to go back and redo it with the butter knife and flip it again and then it will come out.  Garnish with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar as soon as they are flipped out, while they are still hot (so it will stick to the cake).  Makes either 6 mini bundt cakes or 1 large bundt cake.  Enjoy!

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