Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes + FREE Printables

When I have an idea, it's only a matter of time before it's executed.  I had a grand idea to make mini bundt cakes for my husband to take into work for his birthday, but unfortunately the idea came too late.  A few weeks ago, while shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond, I found this glorious mini bundt pan and once again, there in the store...the ideas started flowing.  Mini bundt cakes for Christmas.  So we threw the pan into the cart, checked out with our 20% off coupon and headed home.  I debated over flavors for a few days and landed on red velvet because, hello, it's Christmas!  As I thought how I'd package these cuties together and what the tag would say, the phrase "We hope you have nothing bundt a Merry Christmas".  It may not be new to some of you, but it was new and original to me!  Sure I could have sent in plain un-packaged mini red velvet bundt cakes to work with my husband, and sure they would have appreciated them.  But you know how I am about my packaging, and for good reason. So I took my time roaming up and down the aisles of Hobby Lobby until I settled on my plan.  The result was well worth it!  My husband's co-workers RAVED about how adorable they were and how delicious the bundt cake was.  A gift with-in a gift.

I had a blast making these tags, so much so I couldn't leave well enough alone.  I never do.  I made tags that could be used for birthdays, thank-yous, teachers and even realtors.  (If I had emoji's on my keyboard I'd insert the laughing-so-hard-I'm-crying one here).

I layered the tags with a coordinating polka dot tag underneath.  Adding a second layer to the tag adds a whole other dimension of cuteness that I couldn't pass up.

When I saw it all come together, I was a giddy little school girl.  They all turned out so dang ca-ute!

I know what you're thinking, do I have to make my own bundt cakes?  Can't I buy them?  Yup, of course you can!  If you have a Nothing Bundt Cake store around, I'd swing buy and pick them up!  I have to say I was really tempted to do so, but you know me.  I love a challenge.

Let's break these cuties down.  

The recipe I used came from Over Time Cook. This recipe made about 29 mini bundt cakes (30 if I scraped the bowl in desperation....but I wasn't desperate so I didn't).  I used my small cookie scoop to measure batter evenly.  Each was filled halfway with batter.  My frosting recipe is my own, I honestly never really use a recipe (surprise, surprise) but I this time I wrote it down!

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz cream cheese at room temp
2 sticks butter at room temp
1 T vanilla extract
1/4 t almond extract
2-3 cups of powder sugar

Whip until fluffy and scoop into a piping bag with the end cut off.  Easy and delicious.  I try not to make mine too sweet because usually the baked good it's going on is rich, so I try to keep the sweetness to a minimum.  Start with less sugar and then add more until it's to your desired sweetness.

 Once the cakes were cool, I piped a dollop of frosting in the center.

I placed a jumbo sized cupcake wrapper in the snack cup to prevent oils from soaking into the cup. It would have ruined the whole thing, so I'm glad I did!

I very gently, shimmied the cup into the bag.

The next series of pictures, runs through how I attached the spoon and the tag to the bag.  It was a tedious process! 

Loop twine around spoon.

Add tag.

 Loosely tie tulle ONE time.

Loop tag and tie.

Tighten tulle and tie a second time.

One down, 23 to go.

The cups and wooden spoons came from Hobby Lobby.  They were both on an end cap for a burlap themed party.  They also have wooden spools with a chevron design on the handle.  (I used those in my Oatmeal Raisin Froyo post).  They also have a variety of colors of snack cups, but for Christmas I went with plain brown and added color with the tulle and tag. 

These were absolutely so fun to make and I hope you end up making them for someone too!  Whether it's for your child's teacher, a co-worker or a client these will bring a smile to their face! And by all means, if you're not a baker, buy a bundt cake!

See what I mean about oil spots?  How horrible would it have been if the cups would have been soaked?  It would have ruined the whole thing!  So please line the cups!


For the printables, I included only a .pdf of my Christmas tags but made .png files of the rest.  That way you can create your own sheet in a document program and even make your own stickers just by adding the image onto the template.  Click on each picture to download!

I hope you have nothing bundt a Merry Christmas!