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Mini Blackberry Lemon Bundt Cake Recipe

Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home". She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated".

Mini Bundt Cakes: Blackberry Lemon Cakes

Mini Bundt Cakes: Blackberry Lemon Cakes

Are you looking for the perfect homemade gift? Mini bundt cakes make a great hostess gift and are also a real crowd pleaser at summer luncheons or baby showers. A one-bowl recipe, mini bundt cakes are practically foolproof and so quick and easy to make. You can have them in the oven in 15 minutes and out in 20 minutes more, giving you plenty of time to attend to other details of the party.

Moist, light and delicately scented with berries and lemon zest, these bundt cakes will make your guests think you've slaved in the kitchen for hours! Decorate individual cakes with whole berries and mint leaves for an elegant touch. Enjoy!

Tips

  • Use room temperature ingredients.
  • Thoroughly butter and flour pan to prevent sticking.
  • Try raspberries if blackberries aren't available.
  • If berries aren't in season, substitute frozen blackberries. Rinse them in cool water until thawed.
  • Gently crush the berries and reserve juice for glaze.
  • If your oven doesn't bake evenly, rotate cake pan halfway through baking time.
  • Due to their small size, mini bundt cakes can go from moist to dry in a minute. Start checking them after 18 minutes of baking time. Remove from oven when only a few moist crumbs cling to the tester toothpick.
  • Cool cakes in pan for 15 minutes before inverting onto cooling rack. If you try to unmold cakes that are too warm, they may crumble.
  • Just before unmolding cakes, drench a kitchen towel in steaming hot water. Leave the towel in the sink and set the upright cake pan on it for one minute. The steam from the towel will help unmold the cakes.
  • If the pan wasn't greased and floured thoroughly, you may have trouble removing the cakes. Carefully slide a plastic knife between the cake and pan, all the way around the molds, to free cakes from the pan.
  • Allow cakes to cool completely before making glaze.
  • Use less blackberry juice for a paler glaze.
  • For extra berry flavor, make a glaze of 3 tablespoons of blackberry liqueur or blackberry brandy, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  • Package cakes in miniature boxes for beautiful gifts!

Blackberry Lemon Mini Bundt Cakes

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

6 mini bundt cakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries, slightly crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour bundt cake pan or use "Bakers Joy" non-stick spray.
  2. Combine lemon juice and milk. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  4. Add eggs & vanilla and beat until well combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour sour milk into batter and sprinkle with lemon zest. Mix well for a smooth batter.
  7. Crush fresh berries and add to batter, reserving any juice.
  8. Carefully fold berries into batter.
  9. Spoon batter into bundt cake molds.
  10. Bake at 350 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until toothpick tests clean.
  11. Cool cakes in pan for 15 minutes.
  12. Invert cakes onto a cooling rack.
  13. Allow cakes to cool completely before glazing.
Blackberry Lemon Bundt Cakes

Blackberry Lemon Bundt Cakes

Bundt Cake Glaze

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or rum
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon reserved blackberry juice, strained
  • 1 cup (heaping) powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl or cup.
  2. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Drizzle over cooled bundt cakes.
Whisk ingedients until smooth

Whisk ingedients until smooth

Moist & Tasty Mini Bundt Cakes

Moist & Tasty Mini Bundt Cakes

Comments

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 06, 2014:

RTalloni, I'd like to hear how the recipe turns out with your substitutions. It sounds delicious and healthy. Enjoy!

RTalloni on June 06, 2014:

By replacing the cow milk ingredients with alternatives (goat's milk and coconut oil) I can use blackberries that friends grew and gave us in this recipe. Having just returned from Washington state I think this will be a nice thank you for my husband making the trip possible--thanks! :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 29, 2013:

nifwlseirff, your chocolate bundt cake with Kahlua is fabulous! I hope you enjoy this one, as well. Thank you for coming by.

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on April 29, 2013:

These look delicious! I have a half-sized bundt pan, will see how that goes!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 03, 2013:

tiffany delite, it sounds like this cake is just right for you! Hope you can try it someday. Thanks for coming by!

Tiffany Delite from Wichita, KS on March 03, 2013:

this looks easy enough...and so very, very yummy! i love bundt cake, and i looooove blackberries! thanks so much for sharing...blessings!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 10, 2013:

Wouldn't that be nice? These mini bundt cakes are as moist as a cupcake and quick and easy to make, too. Thanks for paying me a visit, lindacee!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on January 10, 2013:

I really love bundt cakes. You have elevated them to an new level. Who knows, mini bundt cakes may be as a popular as cupcakes someday!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 04, 2013:

Hi MamaKim! Yes, all is well. Getting ready to move so may be off the air for a while, but I'll be back. : )

Sasha Kim on January 04, 2013:

Great thank you ^_^ I trust you're doing well also?

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 04, 2013:

MamaKim, these mini bundt cakes are always a hit and so fast and easy to make. Thanks for the vote! How have you all been lately?

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 04, 2013:

Alocsin, different frosting for each cake is an adorable idea. I may have to do another batch today and take more photos! Enjoy--one thing I really like about these cakes is how quick & easy they are to make. Thanks so much for the comment and votes.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 04, 2013:

Cabmgmnt, enjoy these mini bundt cakes! They really are moist and delicious and so easy to make. thank you for paying me a visit.

Sasha Kim on January 03, 2013:

My oh my I must get a mini bunt pan now! Those look adorable and so tasty! ^_^ These would be a super party hit. Voting a bunch!!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 03, 2013:

These are so cute. I'm going to give this recipe to the family cook to try them out. I'm seeing different frosting for each cake though. Voting this Up and Useful.

Corey from Northfield, MA on January 03, 2013:

mmmm...these look great! I can't wait to make them!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 03, 2013:

Anamika, I'm glad you like the photo. They really are beautiful and delicious cakes. Thank you for the comment and pin. : )

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on January 03, 2013:

Just looking at the cakes make me crave for them.Pinned!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 03, 2013:

Denise Handlon, thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you like my format and feel it's a personal touch. I really appreciate all the votes, comment, share and--most of all--your support.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 03, 2013:

These look scrumptious and I like the flavor combination. I love how you add your cooking tips-the way you italicize them, rather than side bar them, creates a more personal note. Thanks for sharing. UP/U/I/A and shared.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 03, 2013:

Om Parampoonya, I'll let you know if we ever move to Sacramento. I'm always happy to feed hungry neighbors. : ) As always, thanks for your support and have a great day!

Om Paramapoonya on January 03, 2013:

Your gorgeous bundt cakes really made my mouth water! Ummm....are you planning to move to Sacramento by any chance? I'd love to have you as my neighbor, and we could spend a lot of time in your kitchen. You bake, I eat! LOL

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 02, 2013:

GlimmerTwinFan, I'm glad you like the mini bundt cakes! Thanks so much for the pin and vote and have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell on January 02, 2013:

These look absolutely wonderful and are a definite must try for me. Thanks for another great recipe hub! Up, awesome and pinned! Happy New Year!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Tammyswallow, thanks for the pin and share! I know what you mean about sweets, and these bundt cakes really are irresistible.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Prasteio, these bundt cakes are so easy and delicious. If your mom doesn't have this pan, she could use another shape and adjust the baking time. Thank you for the share and vote!

Tammy from North Carolina on January 01, 2013:

What gorgeous photos! I have a soft spot for sweets. These look wonderful and simple. Pinning and sharing!!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 01, 2013:

I love the recipe. It sound delicious. As usual, I'll show this hub to my mom. I hope she want to make it for me. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Europewalker, enjoy the mini bundt cakes! Thanks for the comment and pin.

europewalker on January 01, 2013:

I can't wait to try these, they look mouth watering. Thanks for sharing:)Will pin!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Angelo52, I'm glad you enjoyed this bundt cake recipe. : )

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Moonlake, I'm glad you like these little bundt cakes. Yes, they're pretty cute. I hope you can find a pan because they're so easy to make and foolproof. Thanks for paying me a visit and have a great day!

Angelo52 on January 01, 2013:

Great recipe for mini bundt cakes.

moonlake from America on January 01, 2013:

They are so cute. Will have to find that pan at Wal-mart. I saw on a forum that you had "3" new hubs so I had to come and check them out. Voted up and pin it and shared this hub.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Troyangeluk, this recipe is great for beginners. You only need one mixing bowl and it's pretty foolproof. I'm sure your wife would be very impressed! : ) Thank you for coming by.

Troyangeluk from UK on January 01, 2013:

I think im going to ask the wife to try to make these, I'm not much of a cook but might try them myself, thanks for sharing this :).

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Peggy W, I do enjoy cooking and baking. You could definitely sub the blueberries for blackberries and the other shapes of pans would work well. You'll only have to adjust the cooking time. Another alternative is to use frozen berries that have been rinsed and partially thawed. Thank you for all your support. : )

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2013:

Wow...blackberry and lemon flavors in mini bundt cakes sounds delicious. While we cannot always find fresh blackberries, blueberries are often available. I don't have the mini bundt pan but have cupcake and mini loaf pans which I am sure would work just as well. Thanks for your recipe. You are quite the good cook and baker judging from the recipes you share.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Millionaire Tips, I hope you can use your pans soon! This recipe is so much easier and faster than making a large cake from scratch. Enjoy and thanks for coming by!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Sgbrown, I hope you can find the mini bundt cake pans. They really are adorable and make such nice gifts and desserts. Thank you for your comment!

Shasta Matova from USA on January 01, 2013:

I bought a couple of pans with these little cakes, but haven't gotten a chance to use them. They look so adorable! Voted up.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 01, 2013:

This recipe sounds delicious! I love the idea of blackberries and lemon. The mini bundt cake tins are a great idea, I am going to have to pick one up! You instructions and pictures make this look really easy to make. Thank you! Voting up and more! :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

Suzie HQ, as always thanks so much for your support and meaningful comment. It does require a special pan but we use ours often since the cakes make nice gifts. I appreciate the votes and pin, too. Here's to another great year on HubPages! : )

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on January 01, 2013:

Hi vespa,

These look absolutely yummy! The flavour combination is right up my street, love berries and lemon!! The bundt tins look cute, I am not really familiar with them but would love to give these a go! Voted across the board on this, shared and pinned to my delicious deserts of yours!!

Happy New Year my friend, may 2013 bring all you wish for and more.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 01, 2013:

MissyMac, what a great deal! Enjoy the recipe!

Missy Mac from Illinois on December 31, 2012:

I found a mail order company that sells the mini pans "signatures". You can get 4 at the price of $15. Thanks again for the delicious recipe. I hope to soon use.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:

Yum, cream cheese frosting sounds pretty good right now! I'll have to include the miniature plant for my next photo shoot. : )

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on December 31, 2012:

These look really good and a quick recipe. They look good enough to take around for friends on an evening out. Maybe they would look good with a minature plant in the middle if them :-)

i think i will have mine with a cream cheese frosting , adicted to it at the moment. Shared and voted up, thanks

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:

Carol, I'm glad you like these adorable little cakes! I'm always surprised by how brightly the blackberry juice colors the glaze. Thanks so much for the pin and comment!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:

Missy Mac, that's a great point about limiting calories with mini bundt cakes. The flavorful glaze makes the cake seem even richer. I hope you can find the pan. I use mine a lot!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 31, 2012:

I have to say that these cakes not only look delicious but adorable..I hope that isn't the wrong word. I could take a bite right now.. Going to pin this for others to enjoy.

Missy Mac from Illinois on December 31, 2012:

I love it!. I was wondering where to find the mini cake pans. I will do a Google search and perhaps Target/Walmart may have these pans. These would be great treats for dieters to limit caloric intake. Thanks for the recipe.