Magic Happens Bundt Cakes

I absolutely love the new Disneyland Parade “Magic Happens.” The floats are amazing with incredible night time effects. A few of the characters in the parade I would say are rarely seen like Merlin and Arthur from Sword in the Stone. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet you must - if I was going to stop and watch a parade this is the one!


Disney produced lots of new treats for all of us foodies to accompany the debut. My favorite character themed treated was the sorcerer Mickey Bundt Cake. It is a blue vanilla cake with buttercream icing, galaxy glaze, and a sorcerer hat and Mickey ears. They were available at the Plaza Inn. This wasn’t the first mini Bundt stunner from the Plaza Inn recently, though. Introduced around Polka Dot Day and before Valentine’s Day, a Red Velvet Minnie Bundt made its appearance. A modern take on red velvet was used by adding strawberry jam to the center of the Bundt prior to glazing and mini chocolate chips to the batter!


After my success with the Donut Rice Krispies Treats I decided to step up my game and see if I could recreate the adorable treats captured in pictures by Pop Sugar and Disney Food Blog. It was more challenging than I expected to adapt my favorite red velvet recipe to the Bundt pan but the multiple attempts were definitely worth it. I also was able to further adapt the recipe into a white cake recipe. My husband gave it full marks after sampling my attempt at a Daisy Duck Bundt!


To make these magical treats I made a batch of red velvet cake batter and added a handful of mini chocolate chips. Then I divided the batter between the two cavities in my mini Bundt pan. These beauties only need 18 minutes to cook in my oven and easily over baked so check early! For the other batter I used the same ingredients except I switched cocoa for regular flour in equal proportions and left out the white vinegar! Since the batter uses only egg whites it is perfect for making very white cake which is ideal for brightly colored cake layers or cupcakes. After deciding the vanilla batter into two equal portions I colored them with gel food coloring. Don't forget to coat your cavities with a baking spray with flour in it such as Baker's Joy or Pam with Flour. I got this from my amazing friend, Suzanne, and it has never failed to produce perfect cakes that pop out of the pan.

The glaze felt like a true science experiment. I think a ratio of 2 cups of powdered sugar to 1 tbs of milk plus a splash of vanilla is the approximate thickness I ended up using. The trick was to find something that was thick enough to coat the cakes but not too thin to run off completely. For the galaxy effect I hot pink, teal and purple into separate spots - in the same bowl - of vanilla glaze then gently swirled them before spooning over the cake. With the leftovers I mixed to form a single color then covered a sugar ice cream cone! If you wanted to ensure you didn't have a pool of glaze around your finished cake, glaze them on top of a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath so the glaze with drip off and clean up easily.


Buttercream for these cakes was an easy small batch using 1/4 cup of butter and 1 cup of sugar with a splash of vanilla and milk. Using the bag technique for using multiple colors and saving piping bags from my Snow White cupcakes, I did some white and some pink frosting. You guessed it - Wilton gels again! I have quite the collection after going to three different grocery stores over the last week that stock different Wilton products.


Sprinkles for these might have been my favorite park. I made a custom mix of Jimmies using white, red, pink and chocolate for Minnie Mouse. I did another candy melt bow from a mold and painted on the dots with edible white paint. The Sorcerer Mickey cupcakes got their pixie dust from the mermaid sprinkles from my daughter’s 1st Birthday! I also dusted it with edible glitter. The only thing I didn’t have a chance to do was make a fondant Star and moon. Next time!


Making these classic park treats at home had really put a smile on my face and it now spreading to my friends and neighbors. I’m excited to give others around me some Disney magic when they or their children are missing out on planned special moments.



Minnie Mouse Bundt

Yield 2

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • handful of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • vanilla glaze
  • pink vanilla buttercream
  • strawberry jam, optional 

Instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cavities of mini bundt pan with Baker's Joy or Pam with Flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the canola oil, sugar, buttermilk, egg white, red dye, vinegar, and vanilla using an electric mixer.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, while mixing. Add mini chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  5. Divide the batter between two cavities and bake for 17-19 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan or on a wire rack.
  6. Place bundt on plate. Fill center cavity with jam. Spoon small amounts of vanilla glaze around top of bundt so it runs down edges. Decorate with sprinkles. 
  7. Pipe pink buttercream over center cavity. Add additional decorations like chocolate disks for ears or a candy melt bow. Enjoy!

Sorcerer Mickey Bundt

Yield 2

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup + 2 scant tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • blue gel food coloring
  • sugar ice cream cones
  • vanilla glaze, neon food colors
  • vanilla buttercream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cavities of mini bundt pan with Baker's Joy or Pam with Flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar, buttermilk, egg white, and vanilla using an electric mixer.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, while mixing. Add drops of food color, a few at a time, until you have the desire color of batter.
  5. Divide the batter between two cavities and bake for 17-19 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan or on a wire rack.
  6. With vanilla glaze in a medium bowl, add 1-2 drops of three different neon colors in separate areas of bowl. Gently swirl them with a spoon only a few times. Colors will continue to mix during the glazing process.
  7. Place the bundt on a plate. Spoon small amounts of galaxy glaze around top of bundt so it runs down edges. Cover sugar cones with remaining glaze. Decorate with sprinkles and fondant shapes. Pipe vanilla buttercream over center cavity. Insert sugar cone on buttercream. Add additional decorations like chocolate disks for ears. Enjoy!

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