Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

July 18th marked one year of Bundt Cake Saturdays! Time flies when you're covered in flour.

I'm happy to report that my initial goal of making it a year with a new recipe each week was totally achievable. I've learned so much - about flavors, and ingredients, and techniques, and flowers, and people, and myself - and some 70+ recipes later, feel armed with a stable of resources for future creations. I know, I know; my last several projects haven't made their way onto the site yet, but I'll have a number of recent beauties posted shortly.

In the meantime, here's a quick pic of one recent favorite: chocolate coconut cream mini-bundts, with a coconut cream frosting, garnished with shaved coconut and dried rose petals on top. To make this recipe, just revisit the coconut cream cake I made in April, and substitute a chocolate cake mix and chocolate pudding for the original white/vanilla.

If you have time, do revisit my post from a year ago, which included a stellar clip of radical baker Maggie Gyllenhaal in Stranger Than Fiction. It's worthy of a second viewing. Watching her there, I realize that I've often felt the way she does as she speaks with Will Ferrell's accountant character. Well-intended baking + awkward people = sweet transgression of malleable and insubstantial social boundaries.

Translation: connection. And all because of some dumb little sugar and flour. Wow.


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