When I was little, I remember my mom regularly kept a Costco Pound Cake in a glass cake dome on the kitchen counter. I remember not liking it much as a kid, but I’m pretty sure it was offered to anyone who came over. We all need that kind of cake.
The kind you offer with coffee to any and all of your guests. A simple cake that almost serves more of a decorative purpose than a gluttonous one. This is that kind of cake.
But I’ll be honest, this won’t wow you. It’s a simple cake, and that was my intention. Sometimes we need simple.
Caramel Yogurt Bundt Cake
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup plain yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
Pre-heat your oven to 350F. Then start making the caramel. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to a sauce pan. Turn on heat on high until sugar starts to melt. Once sugar starts to melt, turn flame down to low and stir. Keep stirring until sugar is melted, any clumps have dissolved and you have a deep golden amber color. Next stir in butter then cream. Keep stirring occasionally.
In a large bowl or mixer, beat together sugar and oil. Stream in caramel and continue to mix. Beat in eggs, beating 1 minute after each egg. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Gradually add flour to batter, alternating with yogurt. Once combined, add milk and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth.
Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake for 30 mins, then reduce oven temperature to 325F and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until you poke it with a knife and it comes out clean. Allow to cool completely and turn onto a plate (note: I had a hard time getting it out of the bundt pan, but finally it happened! This always happens with bundt pans for me!). Dust with powdered sugar and serve or keep in a cake dome on the kitchen counter.
That’s what I would do if my counter was larger than 2 feet wide. Clearly my kitchen is a little to simple. Is yours?