Baklava Bundt Cake

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Baklava Bundt Cake

Honeyed and sweet, with a satisfying crunch, this warm and rich Baklava Bundt Cake is the ultimate cozy and comforting bake to kick off the fall baking season. Almonds and pistachios are coated in honey and butter to create the caramellike halo of candied nuts on top of the cake. Then, the cake batter, enriched with Greek yogurt for a moist, tender crumb, is layered with a ribbon of Nut Filling reminiscent of the classic nut filling found between layers of phyllo. Baked in the Nordic Ware 75th Anniversary Braided Bundt® Pan, this cake’s design is simple yet stunning, with interwoven strands of cake that braid together to showcase a gorgeously golden cake and glistening crown of honey-caramelized nuts. If you’re after the familiar flavors of baklava but don’t want to deal with the fuss of phyllo, this is the cake for you!  

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Baklava Bundt Cake
 
Makes 1 (10-cup) Bundt cake
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup (105 grams) roughly chopped almonds
  • ¾ cup (105 grams) roughly chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup (170 grams) honey, divided
  • ⅓ cup (76 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon (2.25 grams) kosher salt, divided
  • ¾ cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs (200 grams), room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups (281 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
  • ½ cup (120 grams) full-fat Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) whole milk, room temperature
  • Nut Filling (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C). Spray a Nordic Ware 10-cup 75th Anniversary Braided Bundt Pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together almonds, pistachios, ¼ cup (85 grams) honey, melted butter, and ¼ teaspoon salt until well combined. Spoon into bottom of prepared pan, pressing with a spatula until even and packed. (Butter will resolidify while you prepare batter.)
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat softened butter, sugars and remaining ¼ cup (85 grams) honey at medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and remaining ¾ teaspoon (2.25 grams) salt. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt and milk. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with yogurt mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. (Batter will be thick.) Spoon 3 cups (700 grams) batter into prepared pan on top of nut mixture. Tap pan on a kitchen towel-lined counter several times to spread batter into grooves and release any air bubbles. Sprinkle Nut Filling on top of batter in pan, leaving a ¼-inch border on all sides. Spoon remaining batter (about 416 grams) on top of filling in small dollops. Using a small offset spatula, smooth top. Tap pan on a kitchen towel-lined counter several times to spread batter into grooves and release any air bubbles.
  5. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean or an instant-read thermometer inserted near center registers 200°F (93°C) to 205°F (96°C), 55 minutes to 1 hour and 5 minutes, covering with foil after 30 minutes of baking to prevent excess browning. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. (Do not let cool in pan for longer or the nuts will stick to the pan.) Using a small offset spatula, loosen cake from center of pan. Invert cake pan onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 45 minutes, and serve warm, or let cool completely, and serve at room temperature.

3.0 from 1 reviews
Nut Filling
 
Makes about ½ cup
Ingredients
  • 2½ tablespoons (22 grams) finely chopped almonds
  • 2½ tablespoons (22 grams) finely chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until combined.

 

How to Make the Honey-Nut Halo

Almonds, pistachios, honey, butter, and salt come together to create a crunchy sweet top to this magnificent Bundt cake

                                                            

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together almonds, pistachios, ¼ cup (85 grams) honey, melted butter, and ¼ teaspoon salt until well combined. Spoon into bottom of prepared pan, pressing with a spatula until even and packed. (Butter will resolidify while you prepare batter.)
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7 COMMENTS

  1. I was really disappointed with how this turned out. I followed the instructions closely and made three bundts. Did not let them sit for more than ten minutes to cool then flipped, and every one stuck. The ring of pistachios and almonds completely ruined. Not sure what else I could have done differently. 🙁

    • Hi Megan! If you haven’t tried already, we recommend using Kerrygold butter as it has a higher percent of milk fat. That is what we use and it seems to help with cakes sticking to pans. Happy baking!

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