18 Beautiful Bundt Cakes That Are Anything But Basic
For some reason, bundt cakes have gained a bad rep over the years, dismissed as being boring or simply fancy-shaped pound cakes. We’re not sure if that’s better or worse than being mistaken for the less-healthy cousin of angel food. One thing’s for sure: it doesn’t have to be this way. These 18 beautiful cakes are packed with anything-but-basic flavors, making each a welcome sight at dessert. If you ever needed an excuse to order yourself an intricate cake pan or perhaps dust off the one tucked away on a high shelf in your pantry, this collection is packed with a whole bunch of great ones.
1. Chocolate Lovers’ Dream Cake: Chocolate-chip-studded boxed cake gets dolled up with chocolate sauce, caramel, toffee, more chocolate and a full-sized Snickers bar to make a cake worthy of a celebration. Did we mention there’s chocolate in this? (via Culinary Covers)
2. Turtle Flan Bundt Cake: Like magic, the flan and cake layers in this bundt trade places in the oven. And that’s not even the best part. It’s the outstanding combo of flavors that take the cake here. (via Simmer and Shoot)
4. Hazelnut-Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake: The bulk of this delicious, low-carb cake happens to be hazelnut meal. Don’t worry, the nuttiness doesn’t stop there — hazelnut oil and extract also join in on the fun. (via All Day I Dream About Food)
5. Beetroot Cake Loaded With Chocolate: Grated beets add a lovely, earthy flavor to this cake. The ruby-hued roots work quite well with the rich dark chocolate and whole grain oats. (via A Tasty Love Story)
6. Meyer Lemon and Cranberry Bundt Cake: Meyer lemons, with their lovely floral and orange-y scent, are the star of this cranberry cake. If you can’t find ’em (they’re usually only available during the winter) regular lemons will do in a pinch. Your creation will be just as fab. (via 10th Kitchen)
7. Banana Bundt Cake With Chocolate Ganache: Overripe bananas are just as great in cake as they are in a loaf of quick bread. Of course, a drizzle of ganache never hurt anything… (via My Baking Addiction)
8. Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake: A sprinkle of marshmallows on top alludes to the “secret” ingredient featured in this recipe. A duo of cocoa powder and powdered hot chocolate mix team up to make one bodacious bundt. (via Cookies and Cups)
9. Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake With Cashew Cream + Figs: Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa do a brilliant job disguising the telltale color of whole wheat flour in this sexy, fig-crowned bundt. The maple- and date-sweetened cashew-cream frosting sounds positively swoon-worthy, to boot. (via Tartlet Sweets)
10. Cinnamon Roll Cake: Now this might be the ultimate breakfast cake. Homemade, yeast-free cinnamon buns are sliced and layered into a bundt pan for a treat that’s a cross between monkey bread and, well, cake. (via Bakers Royale)
11. Whipped Cream Cake: Fluffy mounds of whipped cream are folded into the batter with care to create an unbelievably light, tender cake. Would it be wrong to top this off with more whipped cream? (via Kirbie Cravings)
13. Ancho-Glazed Candy Dump Cake: If you can handle the heat of a chili-spiked glaze, then this totally unique take on a dump cake is for you. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the last of that leftover holiday candy. (via Scarletta Bakes)
14. Zebra Bundt Cake: Is anyone else just wild about this cake? To create the gorgeous striped effect, a little more effort than your usual marble cake is required. Trust that it’s totally worth it. (via Bakers Royale)
16. Mango Sauce Cake: You’ll love the bright color and tropical flavors that coconut cream and mango sauce give this cake. It’s a welcome deviation from the usual applesauce substitute. (via Lady and Pups)
17. Twinkie Bundt Cake: Sure, our fave cream-filled sponge cake snacks may be back on the shelves, but that doesn’t mean a little DIY action isn’t in order from time to time. Case in point: this jaw-dropping giant Twinkie. You’ll definitely want to make sure everyone’s watching as you remove the first slice. (via Leite’s Culinaria)
18. Zucchini Cake With Lemon-Cream Cheese Icing: A thick ribbon of lemon-cream-cheese icing takes zucchini bread to places it’s never been before. Even the pickiest eaters will be clamoring for a slice. (via Kid Cultivation)
Now the moment of truth. Which of these recipes has tempted you to dust off the old bundt pan, or perhaps add one to your shopping cart? Let us know in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com