Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

by Kelli on December 4, 2013

Salted Caramel Icing is the perfect compliment to these lightly spiced Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes.

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

It’s a special day over here, friends!  A really special day!  Today some blogging friends and I are teaming up to throw a surprise virtual baby shower for Audra, aka The Baker Chick!  In just a few weeks Audra will be welcoming her first baby (a boy!) and I couldn’t be more thrilled for her!!

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If you’re not already in the know about The Baker Chick, stock up on butter, flour, sugar and chocolate, get your stretchy pants out and prepare yourself to be wowed by her decadent desserts.  If you’re in need of some baking inspiration, Audra is your gal!

I met Audra this past summer at the Big Summer Potluck.  We went all the way to Pennsylvania to meet when in fact we live in the very same city!  She is the lovliest person with a great sense of humor.  Oh yea, and she also has a thing for salted caramel (yum!).

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

These little cakes are soft, moist and have just the right amount of spice and eggnog flavor.  You may notice that the cake batter doesn’t smell very fragrant or all that eggnoggy.  I only mention this because that’s kind of what I was expecting and it didn’t happen.  I so wanted a cake bursting with eggnog flavor, and as I put these mini bundts in the oven I didn’t have high hopes that these would turn out to be the cakes I was hoping for.

Thankfully something magical happened in the oven.  Like, an eggnog flavor explosion.

I could have eaten the entire bowl of Salted Caramel Icing with a spoon.  Oh my heavens!  The only thing stopping me from this was that the recipe makes just enough icing for all the cakes.  That’s on purpose in case you’re wondering.

While a good sweet-salty combo is totally my thing, I still like to go light on the salt.  The icing has a quarter teaspoon of fleur de sel (flaky sea salt), to give it the tiniest hint of saltiness.  I also like to sprinkle a little more on top of the Eggnog Bundt Cakes for garnish.

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

Please join me in congratulating to Audra and her husband!!!  Now, let’s eat some cake and see what my blogger friends brought to the shower…

Espresso Salted Caramel Buttercream Brownie Bites by Keep It Sweet Desserts
Coconut-Cream Meringue Cupcakes by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Sausage and Cheese Wonton Cups by The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate-Caramel Tart with Sea Salt by Eats Well with Others
Sugar & Spice Layer Cake by Girl Versus Dough
Chocolate Mousse Mini Cupcakes by Bake or Break
Gluten-Free Cranberry Bread by The Dusty Baker
Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini by The Lemon Bowl
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter by Warm Vanilla Sugar
Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream by Baked by Rachel
Grapefruit Rosemary and Sage Spritzer by Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons by Running to the Kitchen
Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies by Table for Two
Bananas Foster Cupcakes by Culinary Couture

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing felt like the perfect dessert to bring to Audra’s shower!  ’Tis the season for all things eggnog, and the only thing better than a bundt cake is mini bundt cakes!  And, of course – salted caramel!

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

Yield: Makes 8 mini bundt cakes

Ingredients

    For the Mini Bundt Cakes:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Salted Caramel Icing:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel (or sea salt), plus more for topping
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted

Instructions

For the Mini Bundt Cakes:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a mini bundt pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.

Using a stand mixer (or handheld electric mixer), beat the butter until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.

Combine the eggnog and vanilla in a measuring cup.

Add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture in four additions, alternating with the eggnog, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Spoon the batter into the bundt cups, filling about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown, springs back when lightly touched and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes, Invert the pan onto a cooling pan, and the cakes should easily come loose. If the cakes don't easily come free from the pan, use a paring knife to gently ease it out.

For the Salted Caramel Icing:

Combine the butter, brown sugar and heavy cream in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat and transfer to the bowl. Let cool slightly.

Add the fleur de sel, and using an electric mixer, beat for 1-2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup confectioners sugar and beat for 2-3 minutes, scraping the sides as necessary, until no lumps remain.

If the consistency of the icing is too thin add the remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Place the bundt cakes on a parchment covered baking sheet or platter. Spoon the icing over the bundt cakes and top each cake with a small sprinkle of fleur de sel.

Serve immediately.

Notes

Cake adapted from Simply Recipes // Icing adapted from Poet in the Pantry

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/mini-eggnog-bundt-cakes-salted-caramel-icing/

Mini Eggnog Bundt Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren at Keep It Sweet December 4, 2013 at 7:44 AM

I love all of the salted caramel desserts, great minds;-) These mini bundts are adorable!

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

High five for the salted caramel love today!

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Audra| The Baker Chick December 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Aw Kelli, thank you so much for making such sweet and beautiful little cakes for my “shower.” :) You are right- salted caramel is my jam and these look like the perfect holiday treat. I’m so glad I got to meet you this summer- but we need to plan a NYC get together too!!! oxo

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Yay! Congratulations!! Hope you were surprised by today’s festivities. And yes, we most definitely have to plan an NYC get together!

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Jennifer | Bake or Break December 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

These look so very good! I love the eggnog and salted caramel combination.

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Thanks, Jennifer! The sweet-salty-spice is such a tasty combo!

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Marissa | In My Yellow Cardigan December 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Thank you for including the link to the mini bundt cake pans! I plan on getting two of them! These cakes look awesome! :)

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Awesome, I’m so glad you like it! You’re going to love these pans….mini’s are the best, and 2 pans is definitely the way to go! Enjoy.

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Natalie @ Tastes Lovely December 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

These are so cute and individually sized! The salted caramel icing sounds amazing.

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Individual cakes will always beat out even the biggest slice of a big cake :)

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough December 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I love these mini bundts so much! I actually (randomly) have a mini bundt pan so basically, it’s fate — I have to make these. :)

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Thanks, friend! These cakes were meant to be in your life :)

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Eggnog and salted caramel together? What a wonderful idea.

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Thanks, Erin!

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Jacqueline Raposo December 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I had to just go eat a HUGE piece of (somehow still leftover) Apple Pie because I wanted something sweet so much after reading this! These are PRECIOUS! Love the sheen from the salt and the idea of them bursting with egg-noggy love. So lovely to “meet” you through Audra now! Yay for babies!

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Kelli December 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Ok, somehow I still have leftover apple pie, too. How?!?!?! You can totally have pie and mini bundts in the same day…it’s a celebration :)

So nice to “meet” you, too!!

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Mimi @ Culinary Couture December 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

These are gorgeous! I love little bundt cakes! Admittedly though, I threw out my pan because my cakes kept sticking to it…which brand pan do you use?

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Thanks, Mimi! What a bummer about your cakes sticking to the pan…that’s the worst! I have a Nordic Ware pan (there’s a link to the exact one in the recipe section), and I’m really happy with it! I always butter and flour the cups. I usually let the cakes cool for a little while after coming out of the oven, and when I flip the pan they literally fall right now.

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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Oh, what I would give to have one of these cakes! Love the salted caramel icing. Congrats, Audra!

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I will definitely be using this icing on a lot more desserts….it’s amazing!

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Tracey December 4, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Is there anything better than a mini bundt?! They are seriously the cutest things ever. I need to get going on my eggnog baking this holiday season, thanks for the inspiration :)

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Thanks, Tracey! And, there’s nothing nearly as awesome as a mini bundt cake!!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Oh my gosh!! How absolutely perfect! Now I need to get some mini bundt pans!

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Thanks, Rachel! Mini bundt cakes have become my go-to party desserts….so fun!

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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens December 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM

A virtual shower?!?! So cute and totally fun! And what an amazing flavor combination, too! Just gorgeous – I so wish I was enjoying one this very moment! :D

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Thanks, Shelley! The eggnog and salted caramel is so fun for the holidays :)

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Joanne December 5, 2013 at 8:05 AM

I kind of want to bathe in that salted caramel glaze…and in the eggnog batter. Such a great combination and so perfect for Audra!!

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Umm, I may or may not have licked the remainder of the icing out of the bowl.

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Julie @ Table for Two December 5, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Yum, yum, yum! Love the eggnog and salted caramel icing!! This is definitely perfect for the holidays and this shower. They’re so cute :)

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Thanks, Julie!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Love, love, love everything about these. And big congratulations to Audra!

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Kelli December 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Thanks, Laura!

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Dina December 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

i like baking with eggnog. that icing sounds amazing!

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Kelli December 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Thanks, Dina!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats December 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Oh boy do these look rich and delicious! What a perfect shower treat :)

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Kelli December 9, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Thanks, Amy! Eggnog flavored cake (or, anything for that matter) is so perfect right now!

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Meg December 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

These cakes look absolutely fantastic — love the addition of sea salt! I’m a sucker for anything sweet/salty (like so many of us). The virtual baby shower is such a sweet idea — I love it!

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Kelli December 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Thanks, Meg! I can never resist a good sweet-salty combo!

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