White Chocolate Guava Cake, #BundtaMonth

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

As March winds blow in Tokyo, many Japanese remind themselves that strong winds of February and March are simply the precursor to Spring. (春一番強い風) I like to think of it as a clearing of all that is old so the new can be born.



Although winter is still apparent in Japan,
blossoms of pink here and there bring the promise of Spring.

And being pushed by the wind down the streets of Tokyo made me laugh.  But,  it was also fun to think about this month's #BundtaMonth topic: The Tropics. Warm breezes, white sand beaches and no need for the winter long johns I was wearing. The Tropics also evoked memories of guava juice and jam. I gulped down glasses of the pretty pink fruit juice as a kid on holidays to Saipan (near Guam.) Upon returning to Japan, I slathered tablespoonfuls of souvenir guava jam onto my toast.

So, on my first full day back from Japan, with my new mini Bundt pans purchase from Tokyu Hands (think Michaels or your local crafts shop with seven floors), I made white chocolate guava cake mini Bundts for a #BundtaMonth Tropics March.  



White Chocolate Guava Mini Bundt Cakes

This lovely not-too-sweet recipe is one I saw on super-duper talented Paula Montenegro's VintageKitchen.com.  Click here for the recipe. Omit the raspberries. Melt the contents of a 10 ounce jar of guava jam and swirl into the batter or each individual mini. Bake for 23 to 24 minutes. You can also garnish with dots of melted guava jam or smother it on. Of course, powdered sugar adds a pretty touch, too.



 

Last and not least, for a smooth exit of Bundts from their pans, coat the pans with Pam and a generous sprinkle of panko (Japanese breadcrumbs.) I am ever so grateful to the #BundtaMonth ladies for teaching me this fabulous trick. And as you peruse the sites below, you're sure to pick up some more tips and recipes which make you forget all about winter.



 

Bananas Foster Bundt by Anita from Hungry Couple
Blue Hawaiian Bundt Cake by Tara from Noshing With The Nolands
Chocolate Bundt With Coconut Cream Cheese Filling by Karen from In The Kitchen With KP
Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake by Kim from Cravings Of A Lunatic Coconut and Rum Tea Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street
Coconut Banana Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze by Lora from Cake Duchess
Coconut Bundt Cake by Holly from A Baker’s House
Coconut Lime Bundt Cake by Kate from Food Babbles
Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Jennie from The Messy Baker Blog
Lime Glazed Bundt Cake by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Mini Pineapple Bundt Cakes with White Chocolate Ganache by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom Pina Colada Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days
Pineapple Bundt with Kuih Tat Filling by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Vanilla Orange Bundt Cake with a Hint of Coconut by Laura from The Spiced Life
Very Vanilla Bundt Bake by Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
White Chocolate Guava Cake by Kim from Ninja Baking
 

Here's how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:
- Simple rule: Use any tropical fruit - and bake us a Bundt for March
- Post it before March 31, 2013.
- Use the #BundtAMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read #BundtAMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
- Add your entry to the Linky tool below
- Link back to Lora and Anuradha's announcement posts.

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Wishing you winds of change which bring joy to your life.

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Comments

I had guava paste a few times

I had guava paste a few times, but never the fresh fruit. This is the most original tropical flavor of all the bundts, and they look gorgeous! Mini bundt cakes are so adorable. Thanks for the shout out Kim! Those fuschia flowers have the most wonderful color.

Thank you for your kind words

Thank you for your kind words, Tara. Guava juice is thick and pink - a step down from a shake. And guava jam is just plain lovely. Not too sweet or tart. To quote Goldilocks, "Just right."

Cherry Blossoms

I have never visited Japan in the winter, I would love to see the snow and the emerging cherry blossoms in the spring. It is such a gorgeous image :) Dessert looks very nice too ;)

guava!

I can't remember cooking with guava and now am ready to try it out. I like the image of the March winds pushing out the old so that the new can grow, going to keep that thought with me all month. Thanks!

I recently made my own guava

I recently made my own guava jam and it was so delicious. Living in south Florida, I get to sample wonderful Cuban pastries made with guava jam. I love your bundt idea for this month, Kim...fabulous!

Oh, my, how interesting and

Oh, my, how interesting and of course, a place like Cuba would have guava products. Bravo to you for making your own guava jam. P.s. Love Southern Florida - the home of my father and step-mom =)

Yay for Guava!

Guava is one of my favorite tropical fruits but I have to admit, I like it best very green, dipped in salt and sugar with dried chilies. Yeah, I grew up eating weird stuff in Asia. I think you can probably relate. :) Your little Bundts with guava jam look lovely!

LOL. Yes I can relate =)

LOL. Yes I can relate =) Guava dipped in salt, sugar and dried chiles is a new one tho' Thank you for expanding my idea of what is possible with food =) P.s. Appreciate your kind words about the Bundts, too.

Mmmm....I the idea of white

Mmmm....I the idea of white chocolate mini Bundts. And the touch of guava makes a pretty pop of color. Thanks for the tip about dusting the pans with Panko....I've had a few disasters with Bundt cakes not releasing!

Panko really is a miraculous

Panko really is a miraculous cure for sticky Bundts. The world is filled with strange and wonderous things, yes? Thank you, Liz, so much for stopping by from your ever popular That Skinny Chick Can Bake. I do very much appreciate your time and always kind words =)