Cranberry Lemon Bundt Cake #BundtBakers


I'd spent the morning staring anxiously at some pictures of 'Girl Scout Cookies'. "Meet the cookies" it said on the page and for me it was literally that, my first Girl Scout Cookies experience. Never saw them, never tried them before, but despite that I had the task before me to bake a bundt cake inspired by the famous cookies, set by this months #BundtBakers hostess Kelly from Passion Kneaded,  
I had no idea what to do, so I just pulled the Scarlet O'Hara move -"I'll think about it tomorrow!" Twenty tomorrows later I met with the cookies again and as I didn't know what else to do, I started the elimination process. Eventually it went down to two, not bad! It would be wonderful to bake a gluten free cake. I'd never done it before and as it happens I brought some flaxseed flour back from my trip to Serbia. 

The cake turned out lovely and I was so pleased that I choose to bake it in a small mould I picked up at the local market recently. Pictures done - beautiful, rustic look! I was so proud. Then, I cut a slice to taste it and I had only one word to describe it - mud! After I carefully looked around to make sure that no one was watching I pressed a pedal. The bin was so happy to have it.
Now what?

I was left with the remaining citrus and cranberry cookie. I didn't have any problem other than it sounded so boring. Must be a way of sprucing up the idea and making the cake interesting. After many what ifs I came up with an idea of using an unorthodox approach to bundt baking -  to make a bundt cake without using a bundt pan.

If I only didn't use that word! It kept resonating in my head - unorthodox!! Is it in accordance with the rules of the baking group? Or is it not?
Fortunately you can swing backwards and forewords in your indecisiveness for only so long. I gave up! Is the third time always lucky?

How do you easily, without trying to be too clever turn an ordinary cake into something a bit special? Simple!You choose the cutest little bundt pan you possibly can. Third time is lucky:)

Cranberry Lemon Bundt Cake

3 eggs
100 g brown sugar
100 g flour
80 ml oil
2 tbsp double cream
1 lemon 
100 g dried cranberries 

Beat the eggs with sugar until fluffy and light, then slowly add the oil and the flour, mix to combine, add half of the lemon juice, zest and cranberries.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown in colour.
Leave it to cool for few minutes then invert onto a cooling rack. 
To make lemon glaze, squeeze the other half of the lemon and mix with few spoons of icing sugar. How much of icing sugar you use will depend on your desired thickness. Start with 3 spoons, mix them to a smooth consistency, then keep adding if you are aiming for a thicker glaze.

#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

Now please have a look where the inspiration took the rest of the group members:

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  1. Gje ti nalaziš te divne kalupe za kuglofe?
    Jako sam ljubomorna. Recept odlično djeluje.

  2. I love that heart bundt pan and I am so sorry you had such a difficult challenge this month. Very ingenious, though, making your own bundt pan.

  3. Kakav predivan recept. A tek fotografije. Setala sam malo i po ostalim postovima i prethodno navedeno vazi i za njih. Sad jos samo da nabavim slicne modle, pa da krenem u isprobavanje ovih delicija :)

  4. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who agonizes over some of our challenges, but I'm sorry to hear you had such a hard time with this month's theme!
    As soon as I saw it I immediately thought about all the members who don't live in the US and might have never tried these cookies. Oh well- the cake(s) you made were all gorgeous, even if the first one didn't turn out and the second wasn't a traditional bundt. Did the second one turn out well at least? Maybe you can post the recipe later!

  5. oooohhhhh so sorry that the first attempt wasn't succesfull :(
    But the other one looks very yummy!!! :)

  6. You were definitely busy in the kitchen for this month's bundt cake - your final chosen cake is gorgeous!!! Love the bundt pan too and the glaze is beautiful. :)

  7. This was a hard month for a few of us... but you did it great!!!

  8. Well done for persevering! You did a beautiful job! Thank you for participating for this challenge, even when the theme was unfamiliar.

  9. Kome se nije desilo, nije nista naucio. Upornost se uvijek isplati. Your bundt cake looks gloriously beautiful!

  10. wonderful idea , wonderful photography , wonderful recipe .. I love all !!

  11. Trud se svakako isplatio, mogu ti reci da za treci pokusaj dajem maksimalan broj bodova, i za vizuelni i za tehnicki dojam.:)))

  12. I am really in awe of you for trying something completely unknown to you and persevering. Love your final heart shaped cranberry lemon bundt cake. So beautiful.

  13. This is so beautiful and I really like the flavour combination. Delicious!

  14. Hi Jelena, I am so sorry to read that the first attempt didn't go well. Mine too came out of the pan in pieces, but the second one (just like yours) went well ;-) Sometimes it appears difficult to think of something (I cant think of anything for next month :S) but I guess the group spirit makes it interesting :-) Your pan is beautiful by the way!! See you next month, Jelena, sunshine from Spain!! -xx-

  15. Thank you all for your support and lovely,kind comments:))

  16. What a work of art! This bundt is beautiful. I love everything about it.

  17. I'm sorry that you had so much difficulty with the theme. I chose the theme even knowing that I'd never eaten or seen the cookies either. I figured we could put our own spin on the flavours. I do love the rolls that you did for your second attempt. And of course, I love the heart shaped cake. Thanks for persevering! I hope future months are better for you.

  18. Loved your Bundt... Sad to hear, that you had a difficult time this month... Glad that you kept on trying, until you got the results you wanted....

  19. I'm so sorry to hear you had a hard time with this, I found it a tad difficult to as I've never tried them either. All your creations look wonderful. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

  20. You finally get a beautiful and tasty bundt!! Pictures are great!!!! I love them!! XO