Best Bundt Cake and the Secret Ingredient Is Prunes!

Updated on January 17, 2018
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I love to cook, bake, and share my favorite recipes. Food brings our families together to talk, celebrate, and create memories.

My Favorite Bundt Pan Recipe: Priscilla's Perfectly Pleasing Holiday Prune Cake

The prunes take bundt cake to an all-new level!
The prunes take bundt cake to an all-new level! | Source

Let's Make a Bundt Cake!

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 8 slices of cake

Assemble the Ingredients

You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator.
You probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. | Source

Prune Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup oil
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup pitted prunes, cooked until soft, mashed
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped

It All Starts With a Bundt Pan

If you love to bake, you should have a bundt pan!
If you love to bake, you should have a bundt pan! | Source

Let's Make a Bundt Cake!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously grease and flour a bundt pan.
  3. Place prunes in boiling water until softened. Drain. Mash
  4. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Pour into prepared bundt pan and place in oven. While the cake is baking, make the glaze.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Stick toothpick into cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done!

Mash the Prunes

The prunes are the secret ingredient for this bundt cake.
The prunes are the secret ingredient for this bundt cake. | Source

Glaze Ingredients

  • I cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
  • 1 stick margarine

The Glaze Ingredients Cook Together in a Large Saucepan

The glaze will turn a darkish brown.
The glaze will turn a darkish brown. | Source

Let's Make the Glaze!

1. Mix glaze ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook together until the margarine melts and the mixture boils. It will change to a darkish brown or form a soft ball.

2. When the cake comes out of the oven, prick it all over with a fork.

3. Pour glaze over warm cake.

What Do You Think?

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Holiday Prune Cake—It's So Much Better Than It Sounds!

If you have a bundt pan taking up space in your pantry, pull it off the shelf and put it to good use by making Priscilla's Perfectly Pleasing Holiday Prune Cake. Oh, all right, I hear those groans as you say: “Prune cake? That's sounds awful!” But before you go making hasty judgments and equating this recipe to everybody's least favorite holiday dessert—fruitcake—please give me a few moments to change your mind!

This Bundt Pan Recipe Is Transcendent!

Making this moist, delicious, and unique bundt cake has become a holiday tradition in my family. When I was a eight, my 73-year-old grandfather married a 71-year-old woman whom he characterized as both “well-preserved” and “well-heeled.” After their marriage, we began to spend the holidays with grandpa's new wife, her extended family, and their wide circle of wealthy friends. Our simple Christmas traditions that I had cherished—opening presents while eating cinnamon rolls and drinking hot cocoa, staying in our pajamas until noon, and playing with our new toys, games, and bikes all day at home—came to an abrupt end.

Christmas was now a strictly formal affair as we gathered at a stately mansion with caterers cooking and serving the meal. Most everyone in attendance was a senior citizen, drinking alcohol in excess and trying to outdo one another with tales of their recent travels. My three siblings and I were left alone to entertain ourselves. I felt an overwhelming nothingness—a void where the holly, jolly goodwill on earth feelings should have been. Today, four decades later, I'm so happy to celebrate the holidays with just my husband and two sons—at our little home, enjoying our simple family traditions.

Looking back on those miserable Christmases at the mansion, I remember only one with fondness. A young woman on the catering staff saw my sadness, took pity on me, and reached out to help in a way I'll always remember. She took me into the enormous chef's kitchen and tied an over-sized apron around my waist. She explained that we were about to tackle the most important job of all: making the Christmas Day dessert, Priscilla's Perfectly Pleasing Holiday Prune Cake!

This total stranger made me feel so special and showed me the true meaning of Christmas. That's why this bundt cake recipe means so much to me—why it transcends being just a yummy morsel. It's not only elegant, unique, and scrumptious; it represents sharing the best of yourself. No matter how you spend your holidays—in a stately mansion or a cabin in the woods—it will make them extra special. Enjoy!

I Love This Unique Bundt Pan That Turned My Prune Cake Into a Masterpiece

Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan, Metallic
Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan, Metallic

While my prune cake recipe is one of my favorites, I didn't like how it looked. When it was time to replace my old bundt pan, I splurged and bought this unique-looking one, and I'm sure glad I did. It turned my prune cake into a masterpiece so it looked elegant and just as amazing as it tasted. Now I feel proud to serve it at dinner parties, donate it for bake sales, and offer it as a holiday gift.

 

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      • letstalkabouteduc profile imageAUTHOR

        McKenna Meyers 

        3 years ago from Bend, OR

        It's a good one!

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        Bill Holland 

        3 years ago from Olympia, WA

        It passes my test...if I drool while reading about it then I'll try it. :)

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