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March 20, 2009

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

For the last few days I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I could bring to a little Ladies Only PJ Party I was invited to. I wanted to make something that would appeal to crowd, but needed to be easy to whip together after work. I was leaning toward a Bundt cake because I knew it would be speedy and usually tastes good warm (I knew I'd be dashing to the party the moment the cake was done), but other than that, I was at a loss.
I started digging around AllRecipes.com and came across Honey's Butter Cake. After reading the recipe and several of the comments, it occurred to me that the cake was a bit similar to my Snickerdoodle Blondie recipe. That's when the light-bulb went on! I could tweak the recipe in just a few places and I'd have myself a Snickerdoodle Cake so that's exactly what I did. I added a sugar crust, swapped a cup of white sugar for light-brown, and upped the vanilla flavor. I was a little nervous about the crust idea as I knew it had to be spot-on to be able give it the Snickerdoodle name.
(Isn't this the coolest picture of the cake's crust?)

I'm happy to report that this cake was a success! The outside of the cake had the crispy shell I had hoped for and the inside was moist and snickerdoodly! As an added bonus, this cake makes the whole house smell like a big snickerdoodle cookie while it's baking. Yummmm!

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake
Yield: It really depends on how big you cut the slices. Traditionally a 9" Bundt should serve about 12, but if you cut the slices smaller, you can feed about 18 to 24.

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup full-fat sour cream, at room temperature

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Mix together really well and set aside.

Preheat oven to 325F.

Here's the exact way I made the crust: Using a spray product like Pam with Flour (I LOVE this stuff -- seriously its changed my life!), generously spray a 9 inch Bundt pan, being careful to cover all the nooks and crannies, as well as the center tube. Don't forget the tube, I almost did. Note: If you don't want to use Pam with Flour, you can just grease the pan with shortening. Gently dust the entire inside of the pan with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. You should only need about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar, but you want to try and evenly coat the inside surface of the pan, including the tube. Don't rush. Save the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture and set everything aside.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Beat just the butter on medium speed for one full minute. Add the white sugar and mix for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and blade and add the brown sugar.

Mix for 2 minutes until the mixture looks light brown and uniform in color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each for 1 full minute. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream; beat well.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture over top the cake. Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over the top. (If you run out of cinnamon sugar, you can mix just 1/4 cup of sugar + 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon together for the top of the cake. It should be more than enough.)

Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

If you like this recipe, please be sure to try my cult classic Snickerdoodle Blondies or my Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars.

41 comments:

  1. This cake was a huge hit. I ate 2 pieces and had to refrain from eating more. This was a lovely snickerdoodley cake. Thanks Julia!

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  2. OH MAN! I have a total weakness for snickerdoodles. I've got to try this cake--maybe tomorrow. It looks so good. And what a fabulous picture of the crust. Judging from Salina's comment, this cake was a SERIOUSLY HUGE hit with everyone, and I want to take part in the fun, too! Hope you had a great time at the party.

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  3. I loved it too and I think I ate three slices and took two home. I am definitely going to make it myself. Thanks for the treat!

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  4. Yum! I LOVE Snicker doodles and this cake sounds like a "must make"!

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  5. Looks delicious and I love the kudos from your friends too. It's like built-in food reviews. I'm bookmarking it for trying soon.
    Thanks,
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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  6. OMG!! HOLY COW!! AMAZING IDEA!! I am so going to try this!! I must live under a rock not to have found your blog before, but now that I have, you'll never get rid of me:) LOVELY cake, awesome blog. There are literally 10 things I want to try here. Thank you!

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  7. That IS a great picture of the crust! Yum!

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  8. superior bundt cake, julia. i truly don't think it could be made any better. :)

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  9. You are a genius. My hubby's fav cookie is snickerdoodle, so this is going in my must try file for sure. He will love the sugary crust. Thanks

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  10. this sounds delicious! i love snickerdoodles, and that cake looks amazingly beautiful (and yummy!)

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  11. What a clever idea. I know just who to send this recipe link to; my daughter, she LOVES snickerdoodles!

    P.S. Must be a GREAT day for new visitors. I'm not quite sure how I "landed" here:) Bookmarked!

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  12. Love snickerdoodles and I am adding this to my special saved recipes so I can try it very soon!

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  13. This looks absolutely fabulous! I love snickerdoodle cookies, so this MUST be good!

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  14. I love the pictures. The cake sounds incredible, especially that crunchy, sugary crust. Thanks Julia!

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  15. JULIA!!! Just read your comment on Cristine's blog about a snickerdoodle cake. How could you not call me to tell me the good news? Well, I fogive you and still think you're "the bomb"! I love ya! And you know what? After I bake this tonight for my kiddos they're gonna love ya, too and think I'm just greatest mom ever! Thank you! I can't wait to show them your photos and tell 'em that mom's baking one up for them!

    That photo of the crust is without a doubt the awesome-est(sp?)!!!
    ~ingrid

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  16. You are on a roll! Great looking cake, I wish it was baking in my oven right now!

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  17. impossible to resist- i'm making this TONIGHT. :)

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  18. Wow Wow Wow....does this ever look amazing! What a fabulous idea, Julia.... and what a beautiful cake. I think this might fly off the bake sale table at our next church bazaar!

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  19. Oh man, that picture of the crust is totally doing me in...

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  20. This looks delicious! I will DEVOUR anything that begins and ends with snickerdoodle!!! Sooo want some right now!

    Great blog!

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  21. This sounds so delicious! Looks gorgeous too.

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  22. This is so good! I just made it and it's a huge hit. It was easy, too! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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  23. I can't wait to try this one! I am loving it already!

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  24. This looks absolutely delicious! I'm going to have to find an excuse to make one for my family! I am a sucker for snickerdoodles.

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  25. I found this recipe on Igrid's blog (by the way I think you should pay her to market for you haha) and made it for my family tonight. Everyone LOVED it. My Dad took one bite and said, "Hmmm...I'm pretty sure this is my new favorite cake" You did such a good job of capturing the snickerdoodle flavor. I could have inhaled the entire thing myself, especially that crunchy outside. I'll be making this one again for sure- thank you!

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  26. I plan to make this later this week :) What a yummy discovery!

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  27. Thanks for visiting my site and showing me this recipe - can't wait to make it!!
    ~Em
    The Repressed Pastry Chef

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  28. I made the Snickerdoodle cake for Easter dinner and everyone loved it. Vaughan said it is his favorite cake. Thanks!

    P.S. I just about fried my hand mixer on this one but it has not burst into flames yet, will have to start looking for a countertop mixer soon.

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  29. This looks great. I might have to make one this weekend.

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  30. Oh awesome!! I have to make this.

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  31. Thanks so much!
    This cake is a delicious keeper;-)

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  32. Wowzers I can't believe I missed this! I am making it ASAP.

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  33. Now that's the way to punch up an ordinary bundt cake. Delicious!

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  34. Mine is in the oven right now :)

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  35. Made this cake for my family union on Easter & it was amazing! The crust turned out perfect on the cake (crunchy) & the inside was so moist! I added cinnamon chips to the sugar/cinn filling and then glazed (powdered sugar based) the completely cooled cake lightly, then sprinkled it generously with more cinn/sugar (for a slight glistening effect)--turned out perfect!! Couldn't have been happier!

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  36. I made this for a co-worker's birthday this week and it turned out really well! It was a very moist and light cake and everyone loved it :) I love your recipes! I now know that I can depend on your website for a flawless dessert anytime.

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  37. i wanted to let you know that I baked this and my son adores it! I suspect he will be a snickerdoodle cookie fan as well. He has never tried these. I am going to link to your blog site. Thanks for the recipe.

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  38. I found this recipe on Pinterest, from another blog. She linked back to you. I just wanted to share the Snickerdoodle Cake love and let you know I've blogged about it and linked back to the both of you. :)

    http://annettefunnyjello.com/snickerdoodle-cake-recipe/

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  39. Just made this. Oh. My. Goodness. Going in the family recipe book!! So good, crunchy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside.

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    1. That makes me so happy! Thanks for taking the time to let me know :)

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  40. This cake is sooo good!. I've made it twice in two days and still only got a small, but fabuous slice. Today is rainy, so I think I will make cake #3. Maybe I won't tell anyone this time. :)

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