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I Baked One Pretty Cake, Now I Can Die And, An Attempt At A Red Velvet Bundt Cake

You read that right. I can now die.

Most of my life I have been an unenthused baker. I baked a birthday cake for a kid or two and then baked the same two sheet cakes every time. But that’s about it.   I wasn’t going to win a prize for the most beautiful cake, ever, and really didn’t give a hoot to change my cake game.

 A Seed Was Planted

Several years back I worked as a Registered Nurse and one of my co-workers vowed that for one year she would share her love and bake a cake for every single staff birthday.

 She had taken a class on how to decorate cakes. I thought huh, that was interesting,  but never gave a hoot to change my cake game and besides, I only ate cake on rare occasions, those kids are grown up and they turned out ok without a pretty cake.

The Change

Well, this past year, I wrote a few cookbooks to give as wedding gifts. It was really fun and I am now working on cookbook number five.  Now, I gave a hoot to see Grandma’s cake in a lasting photo and I remembered being semi-inspired by my friend.

So, I got to work and I baked Grandma Colleen’s three-layer carrot cake.  After watching YouTube.  I ordered “cake baking stuff” that I don’t really “need”  and I made that damn cake look pretty nice.

So from that point on, my life was complete, bucket list checked off.

ruthies cake

Grandma Colleen’s Famous Carrot Cake

My New Quandry

Now I don’t want to bake ugly cakes.

In the meanwhile, waiting to begin Bake From Scratch‘s free classes to begin in January of 2020. I noticed this recipe for  Red Velvet Bundt Cake and I had recently inherited a swanky bundt pan. Plus, my friend had a December birthday and I wanted to bake him a cake.  It turned out o.k. but suddenly my cake self-esteem dropped. 

I thought the cake was a bit too dense. Is this normal for a bundt cake? Did I overbeat the batter? Did I use the wrong size of a bundt pan?


Red Velvet Bundt Cake

These are cake questions that I now ponder. In the end, my friend knew that I gave a hoot about his birthday and my life had already been made cake complete, anything else is simply a bonus.

Why this post? I plan to post on my success or failure as I take one baking class each month of 2020.


  1. Here is the link to the recipe for this pretty December Bundt Cake. Bake From Scratch Recipe for Red Velvet Bundt Cake





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