Vanilla Cherry Swirl Mini Bundt Cake

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This Bundt cake did NOT want to happen.  What Bundt cake am I talking about?  The one I made for  June #BundtaMonth in which our theme was Swirly June.  We had to create a beautiful Bundt cake with a swirl in it.  I immediately picked out a pink lemonade swirl cake.  When I went to the market to get the pink lemonade flavor they were out of it so I had to make a decision on the fly and went with cherry vanilla flavor instead.

When I got home I prepared the batters happy with the decision to go with the cherry vanilla Bundt and already picturing how to decorate it.  I preheated the oven, divided my batters, and went for my Bundt pan.   It wasn’t there.  I’m not kidding.  My Bundt pan was not in my baking cabinet.  So I started searching all over the kitchen, in every cabinet we have a still no pan.  I then went to the dining room and searched every drawer in there.  No go.  I got my husband involved and we searched the entire house.  Still no pan.  By this time I was seriously irritated and ready to pour the batter down the sink.  I knew I moved it into our new house because I used it last month.

Then I remembered I had a mini Bundt cake pan.  I got it out, carefully poured in my batters, and swirled it together.  It’s much more difficult getting a swirl in a mini pan then a regular one but I didn’t have much of a choice.  The cakes ended up getting really large and started looking like cupcakes in the pan.  I removed them from the oven, trimmed off the bottoms, and put them back in.

Finally the cakes came out and (thankfully) they came right out of the pans.  The turned out cute and I loved the red stripe through the middle of the white cake.  When I cut the cakes in half there was a small swirl in them, though not as much of one as I hoped.  I ended up drizzling the cakes with red and white chocolate and topping them off with a cherry.  They looked really pretty and tasted great.  So while it was a disaster making them, they turned out all right in the end.

Vanilla Cherry Swirl Mini Bundt Cakes
1 c. butter (2 sticks)
1/2 c. applesauce
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
1 T. vanilla
3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. low fat milk
1 Duncan Hines Cherry Vanilla Flavor Creations packet
1/2 c. fresh cherries, chopped, plus 6 whole cherries
2 oz. white chocolate
2 oz. red chocolate

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  In a large bowl beat the butter, applesauce, sugar, and brown sugar with a mixer until smooth.  Add in the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Stir in the vanilla.

3.  In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix well.

4.  Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well.  Stir in half the milk and mix until it is combined.  Add in half of the remaining flour and the remaining milk.  Finish by stirring in the remaining flour.

5.  Remove 1 cup of the batter from the bowl.  Add the Duncan Hines Cherry Vanilla packet and mix well.  Set aside.

6.  Gently stir the chopped cherries into the vanilla batter.

7.  Spray a mini Bundt pan with cooking spray.  Spoon 2 tablespoons of vanilla batter into the pans then gently spread 1 tablespoon of cherry batter on top.  Finish by spooning 1 tablespoon of vanilla batter on top.  Using a knife swirl the batter together.

8 . Bake the cakes for 25 minutes or until the bottoms are browned.  Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Turn upside down and remove the cakes from the pan.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

9.  Heat the red chocolate in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, checking until it is melted.  Repeat with the white chocolate.  Spoon each chocolate into a small zip top bag and snip off the end.  Drizzle the colored chocolates over the mini Bundt cakes.  Top with a Bing cherry.

***UPDATE:  I found my Bundt pan!  YAY!  We had just moved into our new house and I swore it was here but after searching and searching I went back to our other house and searched there as well.  Here it had fallen into a crevice in one of the cabinets but I found it and now I have my Bundt pan again!***



  1. Your little Bundts are adorable, Heather! I had the same problem with a missing muffin pan once and finally located in the storage area under my new oven. I hope you find your pan!

  2. I love how these came out and the flavor combo is great! I just bought a set of minis and I thought about using them this month but I chickened out because of the swirl. 🙂 Oh, and you reminded me of the time I was all set to bake a flourless chocolate cake for Passover to bring to the MIL and couldn’t find my spring-form pan anywhere. That cake had to be baked in a spring-form to have any hope of not collapsing. Never found it. Collapse. 🙁

  3. Heather, I think these came out beautifully!!! so did you ever find your bundt pan?! I hate it when I misplace things. . esp essential baking things! 🙂 I chose to do mini bundts not really knowing much about swirls. . definitely going to bake a regular sized bundt next time! 🙂

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