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Cornmeal Bundt Cake with Pecan Pie Swirl

This rich, moist cake can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container—it tastes even better a day after it’s baked.

Ingredients: 

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Swirl and Topping

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6 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
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1 large egg
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1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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½ tsp. vanilla extract
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½ cup sugar
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1 Tbs. lemon juice
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1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

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Cake

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2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
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¾ cup fine cornmeal
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1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
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2 tsp. baking powder
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½ tsp. baking soda
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1 ¼ tsp. salt
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1 ⅓ cups sugar
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1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
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3 large eggs, lightly beaten
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¾ cup olive oil
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1 Tbs. vanilla extract

Instructions: 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray, and dust with flour.

2. To make Swirl: Whisk together cream cheese, egg, cinnamon, and vanilla in bowl; set aside.

3. Combine sugar, lemon juice, and 1 Tbs. water in small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes, or until syrup thickens. Remove from heat, and stir in pecans. Set aside 1/3 cup pecan mixture to cool for garnish. Add remaining pecan mixture to cream cheese mixture.

4. To make Cake: Whisk together flour, cornmeal, rosemary, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Whisk together sugar, yogurt, eggs, oil, and vanilla in separate bowl. Stir flour mixture into yogurt mixture until thoroughly combined. Pour half of batter into prepared Bundt pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over batter. Spread remaining batter on top of cream cheese mixture. Drag knife or wooden skewer through batter and cream cheese mixture to swirl. Bake 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in Cake comes out clean. Cool pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

5. To garnish with Topping: Coarsely chop remaining 1/3 cup pecan mixture. Whisk confectioners’ sugar with 1 Tbs. water in bowl, and drizzle over Cake. Sprinkle pecan mixture over top while glaze is still wet. Let glaze set at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
374
Protein: 
6 g
Total Fat: 
18 g
Saturated Fat: 
3 g
Carbohydrates: 
47 g
Cholesterol: 
53 mg
Sodium: 
371 mg
Fiber: 
2 g
Sugar: 
28 g
Yield: 
Serves 16

Comments on this Recipe

I was intrigued by, but slightly skeptical of this recipe when I first came across it. Intrigue won me over though, and I tried it. It is actually very good! Definitely cake-like and very yummy. I substituted a drop of food grade rosemary essential oil in place of the chopped rosemary, which worked out great. I would make it again!

I made this and thought the taste was great and it looks fabulous (just like the picture) but mine came out too dry. The only deviation I made from the recipe was to substitute 1 cup of whole wheat flour (I use the white version) which typically does not change the textures of foods I bake. Unless someone has a suggestion I probably won't try this again because it was a fair amount of work.

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