Red Velvet Zebra Mini Bundt and 6 Tips for a Romantic Dinner at Home

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

When my hubby and I were younger, we never missed an opportunity to celebrate a romantic holiday or milestone with a big night out on the town.  But lately, we’ve really started to enjoy creating a special evening for ourselves here at home.

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It’s so nice to stay cozy and warm indoors, when the weather outside is so raw and frigid.  If you have little ones, you know that sometimes going out can be more trouble than it’s even worth.  And the most luxurious ingredients are likely to still cost far less than dinner and drinks at a fancy restaurant.

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This year, think about creating a special night for your sweetie- right in the comfort of your own home.  Follow these six tips for an unforgettably romantic meal!

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1) Put the Kids to Bed Early: Tonight is about you and your love.  Order a pizza or nuke some mac and cheese for the little ones, and save your appetites for the main event later on.  You’ll enjoy your meal so much more if you can have quiet time alone together.

2) Dress for the Occasion: It’s great to be comfy at home, but there’s a time and place for everything, and tonight is about romance.  Ditch the dingy sweats and shine yourself up like you would if you were celebrating something special.  Which, of course, you are.

3) Go All Out with the Menu: It’s only one night out of the whole year!  Pull out all the stops to make it truly special.  Think about luxury foods like oysters and caviar, lobster, filet mignon, and of course, champagne!

4) Break Out the Good Stuff: You know that gorgeous set of bone china and cut crystal that you haven’t looked at since your wedding?  Now’s the time to put it to good use.  When you really want to make the evening special, go all out with your prettiest tableware.  You’ll only have 2 of each plate and glass to hand wash, so there’s no better time to use what you’ve got.  And don’t forget the candles!

5) Prep Ahead: Do as much as you can before the evening begins.  Desserts can be baked, veggies can be chopped, and meats can be seared in advance, so all that remains is to heat through in the oven and plate.  Be sure to have as many of the pots and pans washed as you can- nothing saps the romance out of an evening like a sink full of dirty dishes.

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6) End it on a High Note: A beautiful dessert can really cap off the night.  You’ll want a real showstopper, something that looks as gorgeous as it is delicious.  A red velvet zebra mini-bundt is just the right size for two to share, and is the perfect way to end your Valentines evening.  This cake comes together in mere minutes, with the help of your KitchenAid® stand mixer.  Drizzled with a sweet Greek yogurt glaze and set upon a pool of warm chocolate sauce, this rich buttermilk cake with a hint of cocoa will be the perfect ending to your cozy and romantic evening at home.

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Batter Collage

Place the food coloring, cocoa, vinegar, and vanilla in the smaller bowl of a KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Stand Mixer.  Pour about half of the cake batter into the smaller bowl, and mix on low speed until incorporated.

Using a large serving spoon or ice cream scoop, place some of the red batter into the greased bundt pan. Layer some of the white batter on top, then repeat again with red.  Continue alternating until the pan is full and there is no remaining batter.

Zebra Collage

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Red Velvet Zebra Mini-Bundt with Greek Yogurt Glaze and Warm Chocolate Sauce

Recipe adapted from Saveur

INGREDIENTS

For the cake

1 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

For the glaze

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

 

For the warm chocolate sauce

4 ounces good quality chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 3-cup (5-inch diameter) mini bundt pan with non-stick spray.

In the large bowl of your KitchenAid® Artisan® Series Stand Mixer, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

In a large glass measuring cup, combine the oil, buttermilk and egg white.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, and mix on low speed until combined.

Place the food coloring, cocoa, vinegar, and vanilla in the smaller bowl of the stand mixer.  Pour about half of the cake batter into the smaller bowl, and mix on low speed until incorporated.

Using a large serving spoon or ice cream scoop, place some of the red batter into the greased bundt pan. Layer some of the white batter on top, then repeat again with red.  Continue alternating until the pan is full and there is no remaining batter.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the cake comes out clean.  Cool completely and unmold onto a serving plate.

Stir the yogurt and powdered sugar together until smooth.  Pour the glaze over the top of the bundt cake.

To make the chocolate sauce, place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and heat the cream in a small pot until simmering.  Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes.  Add the corn syrup and whisk until smooth.

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  • Nancy

    Fabulous tips, Allie, and this is indeed a showstopper! The zebra/marbling effect is perfect! I love that you scaled the cake down so that this is enough for two (or enough for me). Beautiful photos too! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Mr. Allie!

    • Thanks, friend! Thanks so much for reading and for the sweet comment. Hope your day was fun and special! <3

  • Audrey Whitaker

    Allie,
    Please tell me how I can adapt this recepr for a standard size bundt cake.
    Thanks

    • Hey Audrey! Thanks so much for the great question. Well, you know there are so many different sizes for bundt pans! I’m not sure which size you are working with but the one I used for this recipe held three cups of batter. I’d suggest maybe doubling the recipe, as a starting point, and see if that gets you there? You’ll want to just fill the pan no more than 3/4 full. Hope that helps!

    • Elaine

      Hi Audrey
      I would love to make this for a friends birthday in a regular size Bundt pan. If I double the recipe how long do I bake it?
      Thanks
      Elaine

      • Hi Elaine! I think if I were you, I’d give it a check after 45 minutes or so. If you touch the middle part of the cake and it springs back, then stick a toothpick in. If the toothpick comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs on it, then it’s done. If it’s not springy to touch, and/or the toothpick comes out with wet batter on it, then give it a few more minutes and check it again. Most bundt cakes take around 50 minutes to bake but it’s tough to say exactly because there are so many different sized/shaped bundt pans, and every oven is a little bit different. Hope that helps, and good luck!

  • Claudia McCulloch

    Where can we purchase the mini elegant heart bundt pans?

  • Brenda Wearn

    Where can we purchase the mini elegant heart bundt pans?

  • What a beautiful cake for a special or any occasion! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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