Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt CakeA luscious chocolate bundt cake full of peanut butter chips and dark chocolate chips. Smothered in chocolate and peanut butter ganache, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt cake looks so indulgent you’ll be shocked at how easy it is!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt CakeThis May will mark our family’s one year anniversary of living in Dubai.  I’m shocked at how that creeped up on us.  We absolutely love it here and we won’t be moving back to the States anytime soon, mostly because my husband has at least 5 years of work left!  Dubai is growing like crazy and they’ve been on a theme park craze lately.  (Chris is a project manager for an indoor theme park that’s being built) It’s only one of the may under construction right now.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

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Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry Jam

Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry JamMake summer feel like fall with these Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry Jam.  Juicy pears baked inside cinnamon spiced mini tea cakes and smothered in fresh blackberry jam.

Spiced Pear Tea Cakes with Blackberry JamDubai has schooled me on what a real summer feels like.  Scorching sun all day, everyday, with highs of 120 and lows of 100.  Lows of 100?!!  On a positive note, I will say that bright sunshine everyday makes for great lighting while taking photos of food.  You food bloggers would love it here!

Some facts about Dubai summers:

If taking a shower in the middle of a summer day, turn the water all the way to cold and it will be too hot to use.  The water has been boiling in your outside pipes all day, while the hot water tanks are inside being cooled by the air conditioning.

You will definitely incur third degree burns on the bottoms of your feet if you decide to step outside on the pavement without foot wear.  Even for a couple of seconds to run the trash out.

Nice summer night winds?  Think of the hottest setting of your blow dryer hitting your face continuously.  Or opening an oven in your face.

And yes, you can definitely fry an egg on the sidewalk.  In the shade.

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Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake

Star Wars Sarlacc Caramel Bundt Cake dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs and drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.yummycrumble.comButtery caramel flavored moist bundt cake drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce and dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbles.  Two Biscoff madeleines with salted caramel buttercream teeth make the monster of this Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake.

I have a little confession about my family.  We’re a bunch of geeks.  Geeks to the core.  I’m a Disney fanatic sprinkled with a little Harry Potter and drizzled heavily with I Love Lucy.  My husband is a Trekkie who’s obsessed with Star Wars all while being a loyal Battle Star Galactica fan.  But geeks are awesome. So while October comes to a close, this Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake is for you geeks!

Star Wars Sarlacc Caramel Bundt Cake dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs and drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.yummycrumble.comSo for all you non-geeks, a Sarlacc is a horrific plant-like omnivorous creature found across the galaxy.  It’s got huge tentacles and a beak and was in the famous pit scene from Return of the Jedi.  This is where Bobba Fett met his maker.  This thing gave me the heebie jeebies the first time I saw Return of the Jedi, so this is my little tribute to him.  I know the Sarlacc traditionally does not have teeth on his beak, but  I just couldn’t resist.  Teeth made of frosting is my new favorite thing.

Would this trigger PTSD for Luke?  Maybe…But I could totally hear him say,

“But I don’t remember the Sarlacc ever having teeth…”

And all the Star Wars trolls nod and clap in agreement.  Hey guys, just think of this Sarlacc as the suped up version with CGI teeth.  I know, CGI is a sore subject.  Either way, this guy is super delicious.  You should make him now.  Teeth or no teeth.

Star Wars Sarlacc Caramel Bundt Cake dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs and drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.yummycrumble.com

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Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes

Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes with Marshmallow spider webs and chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comMiniature chocolate bundt cakes covered in a hard chocolate ganache shell, then smothered with melted marshmallow spider webs.  The perfect little home for a friendly little chocolate spider! 

Blogging this October has been so much fun!  Halloween and all her spookiness has sparked my baking imagination.  First came the Ferrero Rocher Spiders which turned into Chocolate Tarantula Cupcakes, and then my Monster Strawberry Cupcakes (my favorite so far).  I’m a Christmas girl through and through, but I gotta say I’m kind of sad to see Halloween go.  There’s only a little under 2 weeks left of October and it will all be over.

Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes with Marshmallow spider webs and chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comThese little Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes were incredibly easy to make!  A tiny bit messy, but if you have little kids they would have a blast getting their little hands dirty with you.  It’s the perfect fall kiddie afternoon project, and the end result is edible.  Win win!

Chocolate Spider Nest Bundt Cakes with Marshmallow spider webs and chocolate spiders - www.yummycrumble.comWhen I mean messy…I mean messy.  But all in good fun!  I got the idea from The Cake Blog.  You just microwave the marshmallows for 30 seconds and stir until they’re cool enough to touch.  Then just stretch thin strands all over the little cakes.  Easy!

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Strawberry Shortcake Bundt With Fresh Lemon Curd

strawberry shortcake bundt with warm lemon curdStrawberry Shortcake Bundt drizzled with warm fresh lemon curd and topped with tart strawberry buttercream and strawberries.

For ten years I have never had a weekend off from work.  My Mondays always started on Wednesday and my Friday was Sunday.  Confusing right?  I’ve worked in hospitality for as long as I can remember so I was quite used to it.  That was my life.  Even when the kids came along nothing changed with my schedule. Chris and I both work, so we pretty much tagged each other into the ring. Like a crazy wrestling match.  The only time our clan is all together in the same house at the same time (and awake), is for a few hours.

Kind of lame.

Until recently…I snagged a job at Disney World (pretty cool huh?). My new schedule allows me to pick at least one day off during the weekend.  So now, for the first time in 10 years I have Sundays off with my family!  I’m loving it!  I’m beginning to really see how important it is to spend time as a family and just be together.  Last Sunday we decided to splurge and head to the local flea market, dramatically called “Flea World”.  Extravagant, I know.  My husband likes to plunder for used cd’s while I hit the dishes, antiques, and bake ware.  That day I snagged some cute baby bundt cake pans.  I finally put them to use with this dreamy Strawberry Shortcake Bundt.  I had some fresh lemon curd I made earlier in the week and drizzled it all over the finished cakes, and topped them with some strawberry buttercream frosting.  I see you drooling :)

strawberry shortcake bundt cake with warm lemon curdI just took my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe found here, and added fresh chopped strawberries to the batter.  That was it!  The lemon curd recipe is super easy and can be found at My Baking Addiction.  These are pretty small, so they are the perfect serving size for one person.  These would be great at a bridal shower or tea party.

Strawberry Shortcake Bundt With Fresh Lemon Curd
 
Ingredients
Strawberry Shortcake Bundt
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2-½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 large eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1 cup milk, Room Temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ cups chopped strawberries
Instructions
Strawberry Shortcake Bundt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt)
  3. In your mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time mixing each one well into the batter.
  5. On low speed, mix the flour and milk alternating between each one. Start and end with flour.
  6. Mix in vanilla until just blended.
  7. Fold in strawberries.
  8. Pour into greased mini bundt pan ⅔ full and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check with a toothpick to see if they're done.

Here are my favorite strawberry cupcakes:

strawberry cupcakes with mascarpone frosting and basil sugarStrawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting and Basil Sugar