I have just finished 3 long day shifts which is a little bit like torture for someone like me who really prefers to work night shifts. The one advantage to them is that today I don't feel like my head is on another planet as I live my day is a sleepless, post night shift haze...actually I'm sure the boys will also say the other advantage is that I'm far less likely to be grumpy by the afternoon when the real exhaustion hits and I can barely say a word! So because I was going to be out of the house from 8am to 9.30-10pm each day I knew that I would have to bake on the day before the shifts started. I made enough for the Friday and the Saturday as I really didn't want the baking to be sitting around for too long before it was eaten so therefore Sunday missed out.
On the Wednesday I decided to bite the bullet and buy a proper Nordic Ware Bundt tin. I have wanted one for ages and I know from previous experience that the cheaper versions just don't work. I was looking for the classic Bundt tin but for some reason no one is bringing them into the country so the choice is very limited. I ended up finding the Bavaria one but I do have my eye on the chrysanthemum one too. The price you pay is well worth it as I had no problems getting the cake out of the tin looking so beautiful although I also used Wilton's cake release just to make sure.
One of the blogs I follow had her making 30 bundts in 30 days. Aside from the admiration I had in her ability to do so, she also made some delicious-sounding cakes (as well as a couple of savoury options too). Therefore the recipes I used were from her blog as she is clearly quite an expert in making bundt cakes. This one for the Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt Cake is apparently her most favourite recipe. I can see why. The cake itself has a beautiful soft texture and a really lovely flavour with the cinnamon added giving it a whole new dimension. It was my work offering for Friday and it really went down a treat. It does have buttermilk in it which I think really helped with the cakes texture. I did ice it with a chocolate ganache but I really think this cake speaks for itself and doesn't need the icing to sing. Aside from all that it was extremely easy to make and all you need is a pot and a bowl so there is no excuse for not trying this recipe...you could bake it in a normal tin too if you don't have a bundt tin.
You can find the recipe here.