Before we talk about the recipe I’m posting tonight, can we discuss the most amazing thing that happened? Two weeks ago, I published a recipe in the Ami magazine for a butterscotch bundt cake. I’ve been writing the column for more than half a year now, and have gotten some nice feedback before, but I was completely unprepared for this. Emails poured in from all over the world. People had made my cake and loved it, people who wanted to make my cake and had questions, and people who just plain love my column. My ego is still a little swollen, so bear with me because I’m still bragging.
Turns out, the cake was popular enough to cause butterscotch chip shortages in Kosher grocery stores all over. People were asking me on twitter, Facebook, blog comments and emails where they could possibly get their hands on a container of butterscotch chips. It’s totally weird to me that I have the power to do that…!
Anyway. Back to desserts. You didn’t think that I’d get a case of pomegranate juice from my friends over at Pom Wonderful and not come up with a dessert recipe, did you?
Of course I knew I’d have I come up with a good dessert idea. My mind went to cookies at first, but I wasn’t sure how I’d make the pomegranate flavor come through enough in a cookie. I figured cake would work better for these purposes. I had just made my (now famous) butterscotch bundt cake from my column in Ami Magazine, so I decided to make these as mini bundt cakes. Cuteness factor aside, mini bundts are a fun change from the usual.
There’s an entire cup of pomegranate juice in the cake, but the chocolate flavor is strong enough that the fruity flavor is more of an undertone. The glaze however, is exactly what the cake needs to really have a perfectly balanced flavor combination.
Note: I haven’t tried this in a full sized bundt pan, but it should work nicely. Just watch the baking time. I’d guess it would need about 40-50 minutes.
I know some of you might think that the Pomegranate time is over, now that Rosh Hashanah is behind us, but pomegranates are still plentiful, and the juice is always delicious. Trust me, this is a great cake for any time of year! Oh, and don’t forget to enter to win a case of pomegranate juice! Imagine how much cake that would make…
Mini Chocolate Pomegranate Bundt Cakes:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 mini bundt pans well with floured baking spray. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Add the vanilla extract, oil and pomegranate juice and beat to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pans, filling the cavities about 3/4’s full.
Bake at 350 for about 17-19 minutes. Remove cakes from the oven and set aside to cool.
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons pomegranate juice
Up to 1 Tablespoon water
In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and pomegranate juice. If needed, add a bit of water until you reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled cakes.
Hope you all had a fabulous week! Shana Tova to all my Jewish readers, and enjoy the cake! PS- Interested in sneak previews of my baking escapades? You should follow me on Instagram. You guessed it- my user name there is OvertimeCook! Can’t wait to connect with you! -Miriam