Peachy Keen Spice Cake, #BundtaMonth

Do you ever miss someone so badly your whole body hurts? My heart aches a bit right now as I remember my grandmother, Nona. She’s resided in Heaven for decades. But this bout of Nona nostalgia came about with November’s Bundt-a-Month assignment from the talented baker/leaders of the group, Anuradha of Baker Street and Lora, the Cake Duchess.

For November's  #BundtaMonth Jam Theme: 
A moist spice bundt with peach jam in the cake and whipped cream topping. 

Jam is the star ingredient of our cakes this month. And when I think of jam, my mind tumbles back in time to childhood summers in Colorado. However, slight and short in stature, Nona’s spirit and spunk were gigantic.  Precariously perched over rushing rapids, she’d hook a chokecherry tree branch with my grandfather’s cane. “Get as many as you can!” Eager to smother my toast with Nona’s homemade chokecherry jam, which would ensue, I dutifully complied.

Nona was a maestro in the kitchen. Family and friends drove miles through the Big Thompson Canyon to fetch her chokecherry jam (and other goodies).. Nona was also one smart lady. She almost graduated with a Master’s degree from New York’s Columbia University in the 1920s. (A rare feat for females in the '20s.) Wifely duty called her to follow Granddad’s work out West…Nona’s fire and fearlessness were remarkable.

The Ninja Baker's Peachy Keen Spice Cake is delicious plain.
The bundt is also yummy when topped with peach jam whipped cream & caramel sauce.

To honor my grandmother, the lady whose tight hugs would chase away the blues, a chokecherry jam bundt would be perfect. However, as the item is a rare commodity in Santa Monica, CA, I chose peach jam. Why? Nona’s care made my world peachy keen. Her love righted every wrong. So, with a few tweaks and substitutions to a Vintage Cakes recipe, I baked a peachy keen spice cake; grateful for Nona's love which still resides in my heart. I believe the bundt will bring you a taste of heaven, too

Peach Jam Spice Bundt Cake

Perfectly spiced this bundt cake recipe is a keeper. Don't expect a big peach flavor. Do look forward to a cake made moist by the jam. Plain or with whipped cream (flavored with peach jam) and caramel sauce, this is a divine dessert.

This recipe is adapted from Julie Richardson's Vintage Cakes. 

  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½  teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups peach jam
  • ¾ cup buttermilk at room temperature
  • ¾ cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature

Preheat an oven to 325 degrees. Coat a bundt pan with baking spray and a generous shake of panko breadcrumbs.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer for five minutes until fluffy. As with all cakes, get the spatula out and be ready to scrape the sides of the bowl often.

Incorporate the eggs into the butter and sugar one at a time.

In another large bowl, sift the flour, spices and salt. Give a quick whisk to ensure all the dry ingredients are well combined.

In a smaller bowl, combine the peach jam and buttermilk.

Starting and ending with the flour/spice mixture, alternate adding the buttermilk /jam mixture to the butter/sugar/eggs mix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 65 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan.

If you wish to pipe peach jam whipped cream onto the spice cake; simply mix ¼ cup of peach jam, ¼ cup of powdered sugar and 1 pint of heavy cream into firm peaks. The caramel sauce recipe can be found here.

Peach Jam Spice Cake with Peach Jam Whipped Cream & Caramel Sauce.

More lovely jam bundt cakes follow:

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 Cake by 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

 Here's how you can be a part of #BundtaMonth:
• Simple rule: Bake us a bundt using your favorite jam
• Post it before November 30, 2013
• Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title could read – #BundtaMonth: Raspberry Jam Bundt with Peanut Butter Glaze
• Add your entry to the Linky tool below
• Link back to our announcement posts

Wishing you friends and family who turn frowns into smiles.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

The Ninja Baker has guest blogged and contributed recipes to numerous food sites. These additional recipes can be found here.



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