A bundt cake is a cake that’s been baked in a ring shaped bundt tin. Which means that basically, this orange and speculaas bundt cake could have had any shape at all. It is the holiday season though. So if you have one of these tins, why not use it?
The distinctive ring shape of the bundt cake can be traced back to the European Gugelhupf. The dutch version of this Gugelhupf is called “tulband”, which translates as turban. My grandparents had one of these at pretty much every Christian holiday and, as a kid, I absolutely hated them. They’re made from a yeast dough with raisins, currents and green pieces of candied peel mixed in. I especially disliked the candied peel, because to my young eyes, those little green pieces looked exactly like boogers. So I was happy to discover that bundt cakes aren’t anything like this. Bundt cakes only use the same round-shaped moulds, but a￼re made with cake batter not brioche dough.
The beautiful, finely detailed bundt cake tins that exist today are an American creation. Unfortunately, I don’t own one of these tins. Mine is kind of plain but it gets the job done, which is the most important thing.
I decided to flavor my cake with orange and speculaaskruiden. Speculaaskruiden is the spice mix that gives dutch speculaas cookies, also known as windmill cookies, their distinctive taste. If you can’t find this mix in your part of the world, you can try substituting it with mixed spice or pumpkin pie spice. These mixes aren’t the same but similar enough. You can also make your own mix with this recipe.
This cake is soft and moist and will still be good to eat the next to day. How do I know this? Well, after baking and photographing, I had left my cake on the dinner table. Where we later discovered that cats apparently like orange syrup, because ours was diligently licking the cake clean. So we scolded the cat and then put the cake in a safe place, on top of the oven. After which we forgot all about it, until the next day.
So if you own a cat, do keep it away from your orange and speculaas bundt cake.