2024's Hottest Baking Trend: Maple-Bacon Bundt Cake

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Whisk the Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. This ensures even distribution of the leavening agents for a light and fluffy cake

Cream the Butters and Sugars

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This step incorporates air into the batter, contributing to a good rise

Sweeten and Flavor

Beat in the maple syrup and pure vanilla extract, ensuring they are well combined. These ingredients add the signature fall flavors of maple and warmth of vanilla.

Incorporate the Eggs

One at a time, add the large eggs to the creamed butter mixture, beating well after each addition. This technique allows the eggs to fully emulsify and bind the ingredients.

Alternate Wet and Dry

In three batches, alternately add the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the wet mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix

Fold in the Bacon

Gently fold in the cooked and crumbled bacon. Be careful not to overmix, as you want flecks of bacon throughout the cake, not a uniform brown batter.

Bake to Perfection

Pour the batter evenly into your prepared bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The golden brown color on the outside is also a good indicator of doneness

Cool, Glaze, and Enjoy

Let the cake cool completely in the pan before inverting it onto a serving plate. To add an extra touch of maple decadence, drizzle the cooled cake with a simple maple glaze made of powdered sugar and maple syrup

Gather Your Ingredients

Ensure you have all the necessary ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, unsalted butter (softened), brown sugar, granulated sugar, pure maple syrup, large eggs, buttermilk, pure vanilla extract

Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and generously grease your bundt pan with butter or baking spray. Dusting the pan with flour after greasing helps ensure easy cake removal.