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I do have family and friends that celebrate birthdays in January but none for whom I bake a cake. The last birthday cake I made was served on Christmas Day when we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus whose birth we were celebrating.
I made a wonderful Eggnog Bundt with a Buttered Rum Sauce and we sang Happy Birthday to our Lord as is our tradition that has been passed down from when I was a child. My mother would always make a sheet cake with a bed of coconut holding a baby Jesus. My Mom would have birthday candles on the cake and the youngest child would have the honor of blowing out the candles. I don't make the same cake each year and I don't have candles but we do sing and recognize why it is that we are all gathered at the table.
This cake came about because I had Frank on a mission to make me a Hot Buttered Rum for this post. He was doing a google search and evidently liked this recipe because he printed it out and left it on the kitchen counter for me. The recipe was for a pound cake that I knew from experience would bake up very well in a bundt pan.
Frank loves eggnog, so I am sure that is what caught his attention with this cake. I love buttered rum so I was game. I also liked that I could make this cake on Christmas Eve before we left the house for our visit at Frank's brother's house.
I knew that I could make the buttered rum sauce early in the day and just reheat it right before serving.
I served it up simply with a dollop of whipped cream on the side. This cake was a huge hit with everyone but was especially loved by my sister, Dawn, who said, no less than 3 times, "you have to blog this cake, this is the best cake ever". Every cook and baker loves to have their creations praised so this was a wonderful Christmas gift for me.
This cake is filled with Holiday flavors, however I think it would be good for any of the cold winter months. Why not serve it up to your Valentine or to your next loved one that celebrates a winter birthday. They will be thrilled.
Eggnog Bundt with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce
slightly adapted from McCormick Spice Company
2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. half and half
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1 t. vanilla paste
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 stick butter
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. dark rum
1 T. vanilla extract
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, set aside. Mix milk, half and half, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a 2 c. measuring cup, set aside.
In the large bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Gradually add in the flour mixture, alternating with the milk mixture, on low speed until just combined. Pour into a bundt pan that has been liberally treated with baking spray.
Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center removes cleanly. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Rum Sauce: Combine brown sugar, butter and cream in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, over med high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in rum and vanilla and return to a boil.
You can pour the rum sauce over the entire cake or (as I did) slice the cake and drizzle each piece with a generous amount of sauce and a dollop of whipped cream. Print Recipe
Don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:
- Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze from All That’s Left Are the Crumbs
- Birthday Buttered Rum Cake from Faith Hope Love and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Bundt Cake de Bollo, Canela y Nutella from La Mejor Manera de Hacer
- Confetti Birthday Bundt Cake from Palatable Pastime
- Confetti Lime and Cheese Bundt Cake from Bizcocheando
- Cookies and Cream Sprinkle Bundt Cake from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Doughnut Funfetti Bundt Cake from Kids and Chic
- Eggnog Bundt with Hot Buttered Rum Sauce from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lemon and Prosecco Bundt from Food Lust People Love
- Piñata Birthday Bundt Cake from Patty’s Cake
- Piñata Bundt Cake from I Love Bundt Cakes
- Sugar Cookie Bundt Cake from Cookaholic Wife
- Tropical Birthday Bundt Cake from Basic N Delicious