All-in-One Cake (with Edible Flowers!)

by Kathy Strahs on March 18, 2014 · 6 comments

All-in-One Cake...mix both the frosting and the cake batter for this beautiful bundt all in one bowl!As someone who is known for being a bit of a tornado in the kitchen (ask my husband how many dishes are teetering in the sink after I’ve been cooking!), I was drawn to a C&H Sugar recipe for an All-in-One Cake that I saw in a magazine ad. “One recipe makes cake and frosting”, it promised. That was all the encouragement I needed!

The way the “all-in-one” part works is through a little reordering of the steps it usually takes to bake a cake. You start out with the frosting ingredients — cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and milk — and then scoop out a portion of that mixture to save for frosting. Then you take the remaining frosting and add the rest of the cake ingredients to it (e.g., eggs, dry ingredients and, interestingly, water) and bake it as usual.

The recipe suggests saving the frosting in a resealable plastic bag, which turned out to be highly convenient when it came time to frost the cake. All I had to do was snip off a corner of the bag and squeeze out the frosting (in a Nothing Bundt Cakes-like style!). Since the recipe makes a kind of ordinary-looking cake, I decided to dress it up for spring with some edible flowers (which I’ve been able to find in the produce section, near herbs — my local Whole Foods has especially nice ones).

The pound cake-like texture on this cake is divine, which I’ll attribute to the powdered sugar as well as the cream cheese in the batter. FYI, it’s on the sugary side (hello, the recipe comes from a sugar company), but we all enjoyed it nonetheless.

A beautiful cake, with just one bowl to wash — I call that a win!

All-in-One Cake...mix both the frosting and the cake batter for this beautiful bundt all in one bowl!

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Angela March 19, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Love that there is a bit of frosting in the cake!

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Chelsea March 19, 2014 at 9:45 AM

One bowl?!? I need to get this recipe to Eli, the official cook and major mess maker of the family -ha! Looks delicious and I love the flowers!
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Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 21, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Looks awesome Kathy!! Like a Nothing-Bundt-Cake :)
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Amy @Very Culinary March 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Frosting mixed into the cake?… it reminds me of cookies I make with pudding mix – they come out super soft. Love this. Might become my go-to cake.
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tee March 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

i made it yesterday, in between dying my daughter’s hair (25 minutes wait time). Very quick and easy to do. Good solid recipe – and i would definitely recommend. Next time, I may make a couple tweaks to adjust to my liking – more like my fav pound cake recipe. But the icing step is pretty ingenious! ps i dirtied more than one bowl (for the eggs) but still not a deal breaker :-)

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Amallia @DesireToEat June 26, 2014 at 7:58 AM

one slice for me please…
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