{Best-Ever} Lemon Bundt Cake

There's a GIANT DOUGHNUT in my kitchen right now.  

Well, it looks like a giant doughnut, anyway.  Like a giant doughnut that someone has taken a giant bite out of.

A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthyrecipes

Yeah.  Apparently, out of all the wonderful things I could say about this cake... that's the thing I thought of first.  

A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthybaking
A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthybaking

This lemon bundt cake is a time-honored tradition in my family.  We'd always pick some of our backyard lemon tree's lemons to make the cake to share with friends and family on New Year's Eve.  It was almost as essential to the evening as the ball-drop in NYC.

A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthybakingA recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthybaking
A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthybaking

I mean... I always looked forward to my mom making it, at any rate, and I think it definitely needs to be a tradition!

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No longer living in the same area as my mom, I still felt that SOMEONE had to make that cake.  My own fixation with traditions depended on it.  Besides, our lemon tree is just dripping with lemons.  So I bit the bullet and - of course I'm kidding - I was ecstatic to make this cake!  I also wanted to see if I could add a few healthier ingredients to make it a perfect segue-to-clean-eating dessert!

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Speaking of clean eating and such... I made some resolutions.  Did you?  I love making resolutions.  Sometimes I even stick to them!  

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Now that I've mentioned this, I feel I'm obligated to share.  Maybe this is putting myself on the spot, opening up to scrutiny if I fail at any of them... but then again, that might hold me to them better!  Here they are:

My New Year's Resolutions this year:

  1. Post 4 blog posts a week.  Last year it was 2, and I only managed that for a few weeks... so, naturally, I should up it to 4 so there's more pressure to get at least 2 done.  Right?

  2. Publish something in at least 1 magazine.  Like actual print.  This will require me to actually submit something to someone other than myself for review... aand suddenly it's like college again.
  3. Compete in (at least) 1 more bikini competition.  If I have deadlines for my muscles, maybe they'll hurry up and get here.
  4. Stick to a cleaning schedule.  Saying I'm going to clean the refrigerator this week and then waiting another 5 weeks no longer counts.
  5. Eat clean at least 80% of the time.  That way, when invited out to eat with friends, I can pretend it's my awesome metabolism that allows me to eat like a teenage track-star.
  6. Write a novel for no one to read.  Second novels are the ones you want people to read, so I have to get this first one out of the way.
  7. Read 1 or more books per month.  Ideally, I'd read 5 books a month or more... but I decided to be realistic.  (Still, Amy Poehler's Yes Please is proving to be a fast and fun read - at this rate I might get 2 knocked out this month!)
  8. Go out of my way to make new friends.  New friends are fun.  By the way, want to be friends?
  9. Make this lemon bundt cake more - it looks impressive, tastes amazing, and is full of healthy things!

What are your goals or resolutions?  How do you plan to stick to them?

A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #cleaneating
A recipe for Lemon Bundt Cake that is moist, rich, & filled with healthy ingredients! #healthyrecipes

{Best-Ever} Lemon Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

2 c. (240 g) whole-wheat pastry flour
1 c. (120 g) all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. (4 oz) coconut oil, melted
1/2 c. (4 oz) nonfat plain Greek yogurt, room temp or slightly warmed
1 1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. stevia powder
4 large eggs, room temp or warmed (place in a warm water bath for a few minutes)
1/2 c. (4 oz) unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. (4 oz) fresh lemon juice
zest of 2 medium or large lemons
Glaze (optional):
Juice of one small lemon
1/2 c. powdered sugar
Garnish (optional): one small lemon, thinly sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray or grease a large (10") bundt pan and flour it.  Be sure to cover it completely with flour and then tap (bang) it on the counter and shake out the excess into the sink.

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature or warm them so they don't solidify the coconut oil in the combining process.  

Combine the flour through salt in a bowl with a whisk.

In a stand mixer with whisk attachment, or with a hand-held mixer, combine coconut oil through lemon zest on medium-high speed, for about a minute.

Add half the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.  When they are combined, add the remaining flour and mix just until combined.  Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom and make sure there are no remaining dry ingredients.

Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan.  There is no need to tap on the counter top - just put it gently into the oven and set the timer for 50 - 55 minutes.  Be sure to lick the spatula and the bowl right before you wash them.  The batter is super tasty.  (PS. Don't tell my mom I eat the batter!)

The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the top comes out clean + nothing seems doughy or wet.  Set a timer for 15 minutes to allow the bundt to cool before inverting on a wire rack or large, flat plate.

Meanwhile, whisk together the glaze and slice the lemon for garnish, if desired.  

Pour the glaze over the warm bundt (you'll want something underneath if it's on the wire rack!) and allow to set or place in the refrigerator until you're ready for it.  Arrange the garnish around the bundt just before serving.

Makes 16 reasonably-sized slices

Nutrition per slice: 244 calories; 9 g fat (7 g saturated); 37 g carbs; 3 g fiber; 6 g protein
Compare this to the original family recipe for the same serving size: 333 calories; 13 g fat (8 g saturated); 49 g carbs; 1 g fiber; 4 g protein

What are your goals or resolutions?  How do you plan to stick to them?