Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Greek Independence Cake: Honey Pistachio Bundt Cake

Greek Independence Cake: Honey Pistachio Bundt Cake

Happy Greek Independence Day!! A few weeks ago, my friend and coworker Myrsini and I were discussing the cinema masterpiece that is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. You may recall the hilarious scene when Ian's parents meet Toula's extended family and Ian's mom brings a bundt cake to the party. Toula's mom is confused, having never seen a bundt cake, and scoffs to another relative,"There's a hole in this cake!" After watching this scene, Myrsini and I decided to plan a Greek Day celebration at work. Mainly because I wanted an excuse to make a Greek-themed bundt cake and for Myrsini to cook delicious Greek food for me! Keep reading to learn how you too can make a delicious honey pistachio bundt cake to honor a wonderful movie, and an even more wonderful country!

Cake Ingredients
· 2 ½ sticks butter, softened
· 2 1/4 cups sugar
· 3/4 cup brown sugar
· 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
· 6 eggs
· ¼ cup honey
· ¼ cup pistachio pudding mix
· ¾ cups pistachios, crushed
· 1 tablespoon vanilla
· 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
· 3 cups cake flour
· 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 1 ½ teaspoon salt

Glaze Ingredients
· 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

· 1 teaspoons vanilla
· 1 1/2 teaspoons milk
· Blue food coloring (keep adding until glaze is desired shade of blue)

Cake Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.

2. Grease a bundt pan.
3. Combine ingredients in an electric stand mixer in the order listed.
4. Pour the batter into pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Remove cake to a wire rack and let cool completely in the pan before removing it.
6. Turn the cake onto a plate or cake carrier.
7. Make glaze

Glaze Instructions
1.Once the cake is cool, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk with a whisk. 

2. Divide mixture evenly between two bowls.
3. Leave one bowl as is, and add blue food coloring to the other. 
4. Pour white glaze over the bundt cake, and then pour blue glaze on top. 
5. Let cake cool in the refrigerator for about an hour. 
6.Divide and conquer (and enjoy), just like the Ottomans!

 Whenever possible, eat cake, celebrate, and when in doubt, bake!

<3 Dena

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