This Independence Day, America will be turning 240 years young. While she is still a spring chicken compared to most countries, she is starting to show her age a bit. This past year has definitely added a few wrinkles to her brow. America the beautiful may need the world’s largest tub of Oil of Olay to tackle the next 4 years.
Girl has been through a lot over the past 240 years. She’s had her highs and some pretty dark lows. But through it all she's remained a true blue beauty and deserves to be celebrated. See her at her best in my Roadtrippin’ Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Beyond blog post.
America has birthed countless prodigies, and Minneapolis based Nordic Ware is no exception. A true American-made success story, Nordic Ware has been providing households around the world with high quality kitchenware since their humble beginnings in 1946. The husband and wife power couple began hustlin’ the bakeware game from the their basement in Midwest America. Most famously known for their bundt pans, Nordic Ware is celebrating their success with this beautiful line of heritage bundt pans, proudly made in America for 70 years.
The moment I saw this elegant Crown Bundt Pan, I knew she had to be mine. What I didn’t yet realize was that she was going to be the base for the best cake I’ve made to date. This 4th of July, I am honoring the land of the free with a special birthday cake straight from my home of the brave. This Brown Butter Bourbon Bundt Cake with Grilled Cherries and Blueberry Sparkler Skewers is inspired by and adapted from Julie Richardson’s Kentucky Bourbon Cake in her cookbook "Vintage Cakes", a recipe she acquired from a prize-winning recipe by Nell Lewis at the 1963 Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest in Platte City, Missouri.
My Brown Butter Bourbon Bundt Cake with Grilled Cherries and Blueberry Sparkler Skewers recipe is baked to golden perfection in a house of gold. Browning the butter adds a rich depth to the cake batter and compliments the bourbon like stars to stripes. The sweet and smoky bourbon glaze explodes with a salty surprise, compliments of a sprinkle of flaky Jacobsen sea salt. The silky smooth bourbon glaze coats the cake sealing in the caramel moisture and glistens like a summer sunset. The true backyard BBQ spirit of the 4th of July glitters like a sparkler when the cake gets topped with sugar-laced, smoky grilled cherries that taste like cherry pie filling (*if you're looking for a pretty and patriotic Cherry Pie recipe, I got you). Finally, blueberry sparkler skewers shoot out of the cake like Roman Candles towards the spacious skies. Served with a dollop of fluffy, fresh whipped cream and you’ll swear you hear the screech of a bald eagle soaring above as you taste the freedom of this patriotic cake.
This 4th of July, I suggest you crank the Willie and Waylon, grab some buds, raise a tall boy of America and bake this Brown Butter Bourbon Bundt Cake with Grilled Cherries while you light things on fire and decimate melons with M-80s. That’s what I’ll be doing.
Happy 240th, America the beautiful. You deserve to have your bundt cake, and eat it too.