Tuesdays with Dorie: Rum-Drenched (Orange) Vanilla Cakes

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When the days of summer get long and I’ve used up all my usefulness, these rum-soaked mini-bundts are just what the doctor ordered.ย  Dorie’s pound cake flavored with Grand Marnier and grated orange rind is a perfectly textured dessert that could go up against Sara Lee any day of the week. A spot of whipped cream and a cup of hot tea (or ice tea here in Texas) is all that’s needed.

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I loved the orange flavor but next time I will up the intensity with orange oil or extract.ย  Or I might try the lemon variation which sounds good too. ย  These are definitely worth a repeat performance.

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You can get the recipe from Wendy at Pink Stripes.

Dorie's Coconut Tea Cake

Dorie's Milk Chocolate Mini-Bundt Cakes

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almostveg July 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

The photography is absolutely super – makes me want to eat them right away. I guess I have to make them first.


AmyRuth July 4, 2010 at 4:27 am

You know….I returned a mini bundt pan several years ago because I didn’t like the shape (roses) but your presentation is so lovely I’m reconsidering the whole idea. What a lovely post. I enjoyed your photos and I thoought this cake was spectacular


Paula July 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

looks absolutely adorable!


Margot July 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Beautiful mini Bundts! The orange flavor sounds delightful, especially with a little whipped cream. This recipe is definitely a keeper.


Spike July 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

so gorgeous, love your orange version. I need to own a mini bundt pan!


Annie July 1, 2010 at 6:05 am

These are beautiful, Paula! I’ve made this recipe before and absolutely loved it. Glad you enjoyed it too ๐Ÿ™‚


Ellie July 1, 2010 at 3:53 am

Your cakes look absolutely delicious! I love mini-bunts!


pamela June 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Skipped these cakes this week, but yours look great! Love the whipped cream in the center of the mini!


Mary June 30, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Beautiful presentation! I think we could make these every week with a different kind of alcohol! As for getting the syrup distributed better, you can’t beat a genoise cake.


msmeanie June 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

Wow, these look so beautiful and very summery. ๐Ÿ™‚ The hint of orange sounds very refreshing.


Piggy June 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

Love the pictures and your orange flavored mini bundts must be really yummy too!


miss kate June 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

So lovely–and I never would have thought of GM. Excellent!


Jill June 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Those are picture-perfect! I wish I had some whipped cream to put on mine – I think that would be delicious.


Babette June 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Wow–gorgeous. Orange would be lovely, but the rum called to me..well, the vanilla, too, of course, but especially that rum.


Wendy June 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Your cakes look and sound awesome! I’ll have to try an orange version. Thanks for baking along with me!


Marthe June 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Love your mini-bundts! This was absolutely delicious!


nickki June 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Your cakes look gorgeous! Your presentation is beautiful. I am going to have to try the orange version soon!


Margaret June 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm

If they taste only 1/4 good as they beautifully look then this is a fantastic cake. Gorgeous photos.


Jaime June 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

wow yours are gorgeous and put my ugly loaf to shame!!


Judy June 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

Love your little cakes and the orange flavor sounds so delicious. I made mine with amaretto, which I’ll post when I return home.


Madam Chow June 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

These look gorgeous – I made one large cake which was delicious, but had a lot of sticking problems.


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Lauryn June 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

I love your mini orange bundt cakes! I REALLY need to invest in a mini bundt pan!! Yours look wonderful!


Leslie June 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

What beautiful photos! I love how vibrant the orange looks!


Kayte June 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

You win this week…you definitely win, these are stunningly gorgeous!


steph (whisk/spoon) June 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

cute! and those mini bundts hold the perfect amount of whipped cream. this recipe is definitely worth a repeat!


Janell June 29, 2010 at 8:26 am

Nice variety! Looks beautiful too. I used mini bunts for mine as well. They’re just fun to use, aren’t they?


Valerie June 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

Beautiful presentation! Something this special, made with Grand Marnier and orange zest are perfect for mini-bundt sized cakes. ๐Ÿ™‚


Charli June 29, 2010 at 7:05 am

I bet this would be fantastic with a hint of orange. I love the mini bundts!


Kimberly June 29, 2010 at 6:54 am

Your cakes look and sound delicious! Your photos are stunning!


Clivia June 29, 2010 at 5:45 am

Romaine, how beautiful! These should be the photos in a cookbook. I love the idea of using orange flavour.


Katrina June 29, 2010 at 1:09 am

Beautiful, delicious looking mini cakes. The lemon looks great and I’m sure tasted great.


mike June 29, 2010 at 1:03 am

Stunning little cakes! I made orange as well, but went the “plain route” – this looks so much more appetizing! The cake itself was wonderful, but now I see the allure of fruit, whipped cream, etc… for more orange flavor, I just added more Grand Marnier – the more the merrier… ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful bundts!


Chaya June 29, 2010 at 12:44 am

They look so sweet as mini bundts. I am having a giveaway for Mini Bundts.

This recipe is versatile. I made mine lemon. Then, there are wonderful variations. I have to try this is the small size. I would like them better than a cake.


Susan June 29, 2010 at 12:05 am

Absolutely gorgeous!! They not only look beautiful they sound delicious! I made mine with hazelnut syrup, toasted chopped hazelnuts and Nutella. ๐Ÿ™‚


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