This gluten free orange bundt cake is both easy to make and ridiculously satisfying to eat. It definitely has that old fashioned dessert vibe, that takes you back to your best childhood memories. Infused with plenty of orange flavour from the orange zest and juice, this gluten free bundt cake is moist, buttery and utterly scrumptious.
Bundt cakes. Such a strange thing, aren’t they?
Tell someone you’ve made a bundt cake and all you’ll be met with are blank stares. A what cake? And it’s surprisingly difficult to explain the concept of a bundt cake. The conversation usually goes something like this:
“I’ve made a bundt cake.”
“A what cake?”
“A bundt cake. It’s a cake with a hole in the middle.”
“So… a donut?”
“No. It’s a bundt cake. A cake. With a hole. In the middle.”
“Huh. Never heard of it. What’s the point of the hole?”
(At this point, you usually start feeling the urge to bang your head against the nearest wall.)
“It’s… it’s… Oh for goodness’ sake, just google it.”
This gluten and dairy free orange polenta cake is supercharged with citrusy goodness. It’s soft and dense, moist and crumbly, and most certainly delicious. The cake is soaked with an orange and lime syrup, which brings it to a whole new level. (Psst, there’s a video with step-by-step instructions, as well!)
Okay, first of all: raise your hand if you know what “polenta” is.
Polenta is basically the Italian version of grits. If you go into more detail, it turns out that polenta and grits are made from different types of corn… but they’re both some sort of coarsely ground cornmeal in the end.
These coconut orange mini cakes may be ‘mini’ but they have the taste of a cake giant. Fluffy yet dense sponge chock-full of dessicated coconut. Silky and rich ultra orange-y buttercream. Smooth orange curd with just the right amount of tartness. Textures galore. These mini cakes have the ability to transport you to an exotic island where you can enjoy the feeling of sand between you toes and the heat of the sun on your skin, all in a single bite.
How many people are already fed up with winter? Raise your hand. That many (on the northern hemisphere, at least)? Thought so. It’s all wet and cold and dreary and not nice at all. Oh, you’re not from the UK and all you can see is brilliant sunshine and fluffy snow and it’s all basically straight from a fairytale? Well, good for you. For the rest of us, I’m providing an escape – in the form of these delectable coconut orange mini cakes. They may look like adorable little heaps of fluffy snow but they taste like a vacation on an exotic island. Where it’s sunny. And pleasantly hot. And there’s a clear cerulean ocean stretching beyond the horizon. And warm sand between our toes. And also the potential hazard of a coconut falling on our heads. You know, that kind of island. You’re welcome.
Orange juice in the buttery, crumbly cookie form. This no fuss recipe ensures you go from craving delicious warm cookies to stuffing your face with them in under an hour.
Sometimes, you just want a cookie, you know? A simple, no-fuss, just cookie cookie. Not a triple-chocolate-salted-caramel-stuffed-rockie-road-ice-cream-sandwich cookie (though it does sound delicious, I’ll give you that – perhaps something for a later post?). Everything in our lives is blown out of proportion, nowadays. The news isn’t just news, it’s oh-my-god-everyone-save-themselves-the-end-is-near-oh-wait-it-isn’t-yes-it-is news. You see where I’m going with this? While you may not have the power to decide what kind of news you get (barring, of course, you tune out of all media, but.. let’s be honest here, that isn’t going to happen), you totally can decide what kind of cookies you make. And eat. Duh.