Because cakes are the solution to world peace (though no one’s realized it yet), there are important decisions to be made, extended debates to be had, and much research to be done in every kitchen around the globe.
Take this morning for instance… a critical verdict had to be reached, a resolution made: whether to pick a combination of chocolate and dark cherry or do a cream cheese pound cake and swirl the black cherry jam through it.
As you can imagine, the pressures of diplomacy combining with necessary aggression and willful participation is not a balance that is maintained by the faint-hearted.
I was leaning towards chocolate but a last minute resolution and considering the prudence politics needs, I decided to go ahead with the cream cheese pound cake with a swirl of the cherry jam in it. The reason for tipping over to cream cheese decadence: apprehension that the lovely cherry swirl wouldn’t show in the chocolate batter.
Oh but the best laid plans…. the cake – that missive of global peace – went another way and I landed up making a chocolate cream cheese batter and swirling the cherry jam through it! The batter was thick and luscious and firmly held the cherry swirl in, I had an inkling it would stick to the pan and burn but it didn’t. I dusted the cake with powdered sugar and served us a warm slice with our coffee this morning. And the world was a better place.
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup hersheys cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup black cherry jam
- Preheat oven to 350° and generously grease a 14 cup bundt pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour and cocoa powder and set aside
- In a large bowl beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese, beating until creamy.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
- Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour one-third of batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (14-cup) tube pan (about 2? cups batter). Dollop 8 rounded teaspoonfuls cherry jam over batter, and swirl with wooden skewer. Repeat procedure once, and top with remaining third of batter.
- Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).
Looking for inspiration? Here are some fantastic jammy bundts from the bundtamonth headquarters –Aloha Cake by Veronica at My Catholic Kitchen Blueberry and Lemon Bundt by Holly at a A Baker’s House Butter and Jam Bundt by Anne at From My Sweet Heart Cranberry Pear Pumpkin Cake by Kate at Food Babbles Crabapple Yogurt Bundt Cake by Alice at Hip Foodie Mom Cream Cheese Black Cherry Bundt Cake by Anuradha at Baker Street Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Blueberry Jam by Sandra at The Sweet Sensations Guava Cream Cheese Bundt Cakeby Kathya at Basic N Delicious Peachy Keen Spice Cake by Kim at Ninja Baking Raspberry Jam Bundt with Peanut Butter Glaze by Lora at Cake Duchess Spiced Bundt Cake with Berry Jam & Cream Cheese Swirl by Heather at Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks Sticky Toffee Bundt Cake with Cranberry Jelly Glaze by Felice at All That’s Left are the Crumbs Sticky Fig Bundt by Anita at Hungry Couple NYC Strawberry Jam Glazed Spiced Pound Cake with Buttermilk and Orange by Laura at The Spiced Life
Strawberry Lemon Bundt with Strawberry Jam Glaze by Stacy at Food Lust People Love Triple Blackberry Bundt by Tara at Noshing with the Nolands
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