Tuesday, October 29, 2013

cranberry-oatmeal-walnut cake

My little boy has been hanging out with me in the kitchen lately.

Being almost 4, he is always keen to try doing new things and I see no harm in letting him help out with certain tasks.

I had recently joined The Home Bakers hosted by Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. We are baking from "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas, and this afternoon, I was baking the cranberry-oatmeal-walnut cake when Aden came into the kitchen and declared he was going to "help Mommy bake".

I was more than happy for the little boy to join me in the kitchen and he immediately got to work.

To start, the egg, brown sugar and oil were placed into the bowl of a mixer and beaten until blended.

In the meantime, the buttermilk, molasses and vanilla were measured out and placed into a jug.

And poured into the mixing bowl.

We toasted the oats.

And combined that with the flours, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and half of the cinnamon.

This was added to the wet mixture.

And beaten until the mixture was smooth.

Finally we added the dried cranberries.

I had halved the original recipe, and I didn't want to bake the cake in a loaf pan because I had a new bundt pan that I wanted to try out.

I placed the chopped walnuts at the bottom of a greased and floured 6-cup bundt pan.

And transferred the batter into the pan.

The cake was ready to be baked.

And once baked, it was allowed to cool in the pan for about 15-20 minutes before I transferred it onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

This is a super healthy cake, with cranberries and oatmeal and wholemeal flour.

Since the verdict from the other bakers was that the cake could be sweeter, I made a quick glaze to go with this cake.

I whisked some icing sugar, honey and milk until I had a glaze that was pour-able.

Simply drizzle the glaze on the cake.

And waited for the glaze to harden before serving the cake!

Kit is hosting this bake so if you are interested in baking this cake, please go to her blog for the recipe.

Honey Glaze (Enough for a 6-cup cake)

1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon honey

1. Whisk icing sugar with milk.
2. Add honey and whisk until combined.


  1. You did good with the dried cranberries and love your bundt version! Your baking assistant is good at his job!

  2. Hi Diana,
    Welcome to THB! It is great to be baking together with you!
    Your cake looks wonderful and I like the glaze that you've made, a wonderful idea! And baking it in a bundt pan, it looks elegant, especially with the glaze drizzled over!
    Very cute assistant! :)

  3. I really like this post and love it that your handsome little kitchen helper is so eager and hands on! Can't wait till I get my little ones involved too. The cake looks wonderful too! Nuts, cranberries, and oats... Mmmmm!

  4. Hi Diana,

    Judging from your profile, I always thought your boy is a toddler or baby :p I think my son and yours are the same in their age. My boy is turning 5 next Mar and he is attending school next year :D

    Your boy did a great job baking this cake :D