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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Coconut Tea Cake - Bundt Pan Giveaway

Coconut Tea 1

Coconut Tea 3

Coconut Tea 2

Coconut Tea Collage

I believe most of us in Singapore are not exactly familiar with the Bundt cake. I myself, have only recently started to become a little familiar with it. Believed to have originated from Germany, the Bundt is usually based on pound cake or coffee/tea cake recipes baked in a special chimney mold known as the Bundt Pan. Good Bundt pans are not readily available in Singapore and the price of heavy cast aluminum pans by Nordic Ware starts from S$99.(US$70) I just couldn't bear to part with a hundred dollars for a baking pan.  Thanks to on-line shopping - I now own 3 bundt pans all bought from on-line shops based in the US. I bought my first pan 3-4 years ago just before my business trip to US. I had it delivered to my colleague and picked it up when I was there(most stores would not deliver outside US). Nowadays, thanks to facilities like vPost Singapore, we can take advantage of the strong Singapore dollar and shop to our heart's content on-line! (very dangerous!)

For avid bakers/cooks, baking/cooking utensils which are either unavailable or ridiculously expensive here are now within reach at good quality on-line stores such as the CSN stores where you can find everything from barstools to cookware.
Back to the Bundt pans. The Bundt pan is characterised by the chimney in the centre of the pan, not unlike the chiffon cake mold. However, unlike the plain chiffon molds, Bundt pans are available in a wide selection of whimsical styles and designs - I am especially partial to designs that allude to Scandinavian or Bavarian motifs e.g. castles, beautiful folds and pleats. With a good quality, beautiful bundt pan, your cake needs no further adornment - my breath is always taken away when I demould my cakes. I made the mistake of buying a silicone mold once and am now packing it away to be donated to The Salvation Army. Though cheaper than the cast aluminum version, the silicone molds just do not brown as beautifully and the motifs often become blurry. As such, I would strongly recommend that one invest in a good heavy cast aluminum pan by Nordic Ware. They are possibly the best Bundt pan specialist, offering the widest range of designs and material. See here to be impressed by the beautiful designs.

Bundt pan

My favourite Bundt pan is a set of mini garland bundt pans. I love the folds and the medieval motifs. Placed directly on the oven rack when baking, the fluted hole allows for good heat circulation to ensure the cake to be evenly baked. I had no problem demoulding the cakes after greasing the molds with Crisco Spray with Pilbury flour. The details of the design was so sharp and prominent on the cake that it looked like a professionally baked gourmet cake... and with this particular pan, I get all my favourite designs with just one bake.

For readers residing in the US or Canada, this beautiful bundt pan can be yours for free, courtesy of CSN. Just leave a comment and I will randomly pick a winner. The giveaway will be opened for a week and will be closed on 1st May 2010 4th May 2010. I will publish the winner on 2nd  5th May.

The recipe I have used today is Dorie Greenspan's Coconut Tea Cake recipe - possibly the most published bundt cake recipe in the blogosphere. Made with grated coconut and coconut milk, this is a soft and moist cake that bakes well and tastes great.

Bundt pan (100)

Recipe : (for more bundt cake inspiration for the Bundt pan, check out Carmen's site)

220g     all-purpose flour
1 tsp     baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup    unsweetened coconut milk (stir well before measuring)
113g     unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
4           large eggs, preferably at room temperature
400g     sugar
1 tsp     vanilla extract
2 tsp     dark rum (optional, but so good)
3/4 cup grated coconut (unsweetened or sweetened).

Method :

Preheat oven to 165C  Don’t place the pan on a baking sheet – you want the oven’s heat to circulate through the inner tube.


Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan, add the butter and heat until the milk is hot and the butter is melted. Remove from the heat, but keep warm.

Working with a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar at medium-high speed until pale, thick and almost doubled in volume, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and the rum, if you’re using it. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed and stopping just when the flour disappears.

Keeping the mixer on low, add the coconut, mixing only until it is blended, then steadily add the hot milk and butter. When the mixture is smooth, stop mixing and give the batter a couple of turns with a rubber spatula, just to make certain that any dry ingredients that might have fallen to the bottom of the bowl are incorporated. Pour the batter into the pan and give the pan a few back-and-forth shakes to even the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a thin knife inserted deep into the center comes out clean. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool to room temperature.

The above portion will yield roughly 2 trays of bundt cake using this garland bundt mold.

87 comments:

May said...

These bundt pans are lovely. Thank you for sharing this info.

tigerfish said...

I've seen pandan chiffon cake made using this pan. Do you think it works?

Cooking Foodie said...

Gorgeous cakes and pans... count me in for the giveaway...

Quinn said...

What's with everyone having free giveaway sponsored by CSN store nowadays? Makes me wish I am living in States or Canada. Anyway, good looking bundt but what I don't like is that I have to grease it so well in order for it to be released nicely. Often a brush will not get through the crevices nicely but a can of butter and flour spray works beautifully!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Quinn, exactly! I too, wish I were residing in North America. Actually you are not too bad living down under - I have seen loads of giveaways at blogs for Australia residents only. We at Singapore and Malaysia are the most pitiful...

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Tigerfish, if this is not a non-stick pan, you may have a chance with chiffon. Never use a non-stick pan for chiffon because it hampers the rise of the cake. I would also suggest that if you use a bundt pan for chiffon, select one with very simple design - the grooves and folds may again hamper the inflation of the egg white.

edith said...

THanks for sharing such useful information and that lovely cake of yours. I hope I will be the lucky one.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Ohhh... I only bought some cheapo mini bundts from Daiso few days back :)
If I ever get lucky with this will be great news :)
Hahahaha!!1

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

hey, if you pick me, don't worry, I've got an US address that I send all my online stuff to :)
I may be in Malaysia, but my online mailing address is in Houston :)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Noted,Wendy!

Anonymous said...

Wah now I wish I was residing in US too. Haha does having a US mailing address count?

Christine

Angie's Recipes said...

No chance for me...sighs....I wish everybody else GOOD LUCK!
Angie

Stella said...

Pick me that pan is so cute

astheroshe said...

Your minis are so cute! :) I have this cookbook, but never made this cake. Now i will YUMMO!

Space Monkey 1138 said...

LOVE this pan!!

JS said...

Hope it's me, and I'll be sure to try Dorie's recipe.

Janice

Lauren L said...

This pan is so cute!

Trendsetters said...

lovely coconut cake recipe...bookmarking this recipe so i can try...
lovely shapes from the pan....beautiful bakeware...
first time to ur blog..very nice space

Margie said...

I guess I am going to have to break down and buy a scale....so many recipes are by grams anymore! This one looks great too!

Sabrina said...

I have a budding culinary student that has an awesome talent for baking. He is entering his third year as a student on the high school level and is a remarkable cook. Because of that our family is eating so much healthier and he had introduced so many new dishes to our menu that we love. I cant wait to see what he can do with a nice bundt pan ...... thanks for introducing me to this beautiful style of baking pan.

Anonymous said...

I actually haven't seen that tea cake recipe before, but now I'll be sure to save it!

Kim
kas1@williams.edu

Katherine said...

I love your pictures; your cakes came out beautifully and make me wish I had cute mini bundt pans too :)

lilaznjewel said...

I love the motifs and the how cute the mini pan is!


lilaznjewel@yahoo.com

Tayler said...

Those pans are so gorgeous.

Xue said...

Ugh, I've been meaning to pick up a bundt pan to make angel food cake! This would be perfect-- Fingers crossed!

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh, that mini garland pan is just darling! As are the bundts that came out of it. =) Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

Carla said...

I love all the cute little cakes! I would love pan
thanks!

k said...

Would love to win a cute bundt pan!

queenstover said...

Absolutely darling..Love your blog, too..

Carole said...

Me, Me, Me. Please me. I collect bundt pans and this would be a nice addition. THANK YOU for the contest.

Karen said...

I love bundt pans but only have just the boring original design. I would love love love to have a mini bundt pan! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

karenreichmann@hotmail.com

lcbannon said...

Adorable, would love to win this. Thanks

a hart said...

These pans are lovely! Every girl needs a good bundt pan :) I would love to take a pan to Japan with me when I do JET next year!

hannah! said...

aww! not singapore?? haha. they look lovely anyway!

Alison said...

The bundt pans are beautiful and the cakes look delicious!

Monica Christoffels said...

Those cakes look SO yummy!

Minette said...

I would only ever make bundt cakes I had one of these pans!! Please pick me :)

ChocolatChaud said...

aww they look so cute!

B. Roseman said...

beautiful designs, could really fit in my kitchen. :-)

mary c said...

would love to win a bundt pan and start baking@

Amy said...

Beautiful pan and little cakes!

purplelover04 said...

wow i love this pan and thanks for the giveaway

Purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

Lin said...

I'd like to be part of the giveaway! Very very cute pans...

BreeLeeD said...

So elegant!

Thank you for the chance to win,
Bree

Peachykeen said...

Cute pans!

klgrad(at)gmail.com

petite nyonya said...

CSN Store is on a roll!! I love bundt pans! I know it's really expensive in S'pore. I bought one there as I could not resist it. After having it for 1 yr, I finally made a cake with it last week and can't wait to blog abt it.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Petite Nyonya, I am looking forward to your bundt cake! :)

Sharon said...

Can't wait to try the recipe. The pans are beautiful.

Thanks for the chance to win.

La Table De Nana said...

Your cakelets are sooo cute..and perfect.

Therese said...

I love the size of mini Bundt pans for individual portions!

Therese

thecoffeesnob said...

I've been trying to keep a lid on how many cake pans I buy but these Bundt pans are just too gorgeous to resist!

Denise said...

Wow! Just seeing how the cakes turn out make me want to test-bake cakes in a bundt pan. Awesome giveaway! :)

Lili said...

These are beautiful! Thanks for the great post.

Shanda said...

The cakes look absolutely lovely. And the recipe sounds delicious. I was just looking for a good Bundt pan. Your insight is very helpful. These bundt's look hearty and whimsical.
www.delectatableendeavors.wordpress.com

Tri Chef Chick said...

These bundt pans are adorable!

Marysol said...

Please, don't include my name in the drawing; I have the cute little pan already.

I just really wanted to comment on your beautiful cakes, and equally beautiful photography! Wow!
Makes me wish I could head into the kitchen and recreate this amazing recipe, right now.

Btw, I have Dorie's book and had never even noticed this Coconut Cake recipe (with Dark Rum. Joy!).

Tuty @Scentofspice said...

I must agree the Mini Garland Bundt pan is to die for. Nordicware makes great bundt pan.

I hope I win this pan so that I can glaze some (for me who loves chocolate glazed cake) and leave some plain (for my hubby who loves everything plain)

Now, I am crossing my fingers and wishing to my lucky star :-))

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Beautiful bundt pans and lovely cakes!

Marlenie said...

Bundt cakes are the best. My husband ruined my bundt pan {don't ask}. I need to get a new one!

Beatrice and Nadia said...

Mmm, my family is Polish so there are a lot of bundt cakes in our lives. Easter, Christmas, and every birthday in between, you can believe we have a babka sitting around. Last Easter, we made a delicious lime almond babka with a salted caramel icing. It was delicious. Thank you for the recipe and the opportunity to win a bundt cake pan!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for your post! I love these pans and would be thrilled to attempt a recreation at home! They would be a great addition to my bakeware and dress up many tea parties to come!

Anonymous said...

did you find the cakes too sweet for our asian palate? I love Dorie's book but some of the bakes come out really sweet.

skiopy99 said...

very nice pans....sure a treasure....thanks for nice giveaway

ICook4Fun said...

I just love Nordicware and wish I can afford to buy all of it but it is just too expensive. Hope I am lucky enough to win this one. By the way, I just love the evenly brown of your cake. They are just beautiful.

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful cake. I love the patterns. I love them small and cute.

Klee said...

That color is amazing! Very nice.

Lori said...

I would love to win one of these adorable bundt pans!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

What a fun pan, great for company. You have a neat blog. R

Anonymous said...

Such a nice pretty pan. I'd like to be part of the giveaway!

Thank you.

Michelle

pierre said...

hi shirley nice photo I am hungry nowww !!! Pierre de Paris

Blair said...

Aww these cakes are adorable!

Amy said...

i found your post through tastespotting - what lovely cakes! i was scrolling through the nordic ware site when i came across your contest - if i don't win, i'll definitely get a set of pans like you, but i'd love to win :) keep baking!

erin said...

Great pictures and blog. Which book is this recipe from?
Thanks

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Thank you, Erin. This is from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours

Beckie said...

Your photos are just beautiful! I am such a fan of miniature cake pans. Keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway! : )

schrrobert at yahoo dot com

Andrew said...

They look fantastic. Choose me!

Bamola said...

I love petite desserts so Bundt pans like these are so cute and what I am looking for. Thank you for your post about them and the contest!

Laura said...

The bundt cakes made in my family were always sad, dry, boring things, but this makes me want to try making them! These look incredibly moist and inviting :D

Anonymous said...

You bundt cake look lovely. Can't wait to try your recipe. I try you strawberry cream jelly, it's just amazing. I reduce the amount of gelatin to 3g and it give a perfect smooth texture and the sharp can hold perfectly. Thanks again for sharing.

JM

Mia said...

How fun! I am currently bundt pan-less, but the recipe looks delicious!

shirley said...

These pans are beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win one.

Alex said...

Hey nice cake but where the recipe trick

Anonymous said...

Hi Shirley,

did you use the grated coconut that's normally found in the baking aisle of the supermarket? Or can we substitute fresh grated coconut? Thanks.

=) christine

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Hi Christine, sorry for not getting back earlier as I am traveling now. I used the fresh grated coconut which you can get at the Tofu section at NTUC.

Anonymous said...

I love bundt pans, I used them to time for cakes, they just have an amazing results.
bakeware set

KellyAnn said...

Just the recipe I was searching for! Can't wait to try it out. And I ADORE those little molds!!

Yummy Koh said...

Yeah, agree not easy to get nice bundt pans in Singapore. I recently just lug two back from the US. hahaha
The cakes baked in bundt pans are so beautiful and certainly need no adornment.

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