I recently decided I need to do something about my inactivity. Since my Son’s wedding in July I had basically stopped exercising. Attempts to exercise from home just were not faithful. I decided I had to force myself to be held accountable. So I joined a gym. Mind you, we have a gym at the University. But I work with students all day long. Did I really want to go to the gym and workout around them also? Not to mention all the young boys and girls with 20 year old bodies around me – well, that is not much inspiration to me. Just makes me want to go hide in a corner. The gym I joined is great and the workouts have been awesome. I even am doing strength training. So, my time is limited. 3 days a week I actually leave my house by 5:30 AM just so I can get there for a morning workout. 2 nights a week I am arriving home late. This is cutting into my baking time considerably. lol Not that I need it. I actually brought home McDonalds for dinner last night so I didn’t have to make dinner. Don’t worry, I brought home a salad for me. Anyway, I ended up making these mini bundt cakes (since of course, take home actually gave me a little bit of time.) These bundt cakes are quick and easy to make though. So even if you are short on time – your ok!

This is my 2nd recipe I have made from Once Upon a Plate. If you haven’t been to her site, you really should go! Her photos are absolutely awesome! I especially love the caramel and brown sugar ones. Which is exactly what I have made! For my birthday I made the Salted Caramel Apple Cake with Toasted Walnuts and last evening I made the Pumpkin & Spice Cakelettes with Brown Sugar Icing – HoneyB style – with Butternut Squash. Oh me. Oh MY. YUM. Perfect moist cake. Yummy brown sugar icing.

Need I say more? Oh, yeah. I only ate one. This morning. Just finished it. I might break down and eat another one later. Maybe. I am taking these to work but I am sending a couple with Grumpy for his lunch today also. For the recipe, I really urge you to go to the link here. You can see her photos – that dragged me into this. 🙂 Also, I followed her recipe exactly except I used mashed butternut squash (plain, no salt, no butter) in place of the pumpkin. I had some leftover from those rolls…..and I got 20 little cakelettes. I didn’t double them up because I was taking them to work – but for an occasion – I would probably double them up. Ok, if you haven’t gone yet….go on, get over there!


About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Cristine November 12, 2008 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Yay for getting out and going to the gym! Working out is my “me” time and I LOVE it! 🙂

    The cake looks FANTASTIC! Heading over for the recipe….

  2. CookiePie November 12, 2008 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Beautiful cakes! I bet they are scrumptious with that brown sugar icing!

    And good for you for going to the gym! I bet you’re just as cute as those 20-year-old students 😉

  3. Michele November 12, 2008 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I belong to a great gym…but haven’t been there in a while. 13 hour days drain all of your energy and I had nothing left for the gym.

    Your baby bundt cakes look delicious! I saw a mini bundt pan at Home Goods…I may have to pick it up and make these little guys!

  4. shellyfish November 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy for you that you joined a gym! Rock on! You’ll be feeling so great!
    There must be something in the air – seems like everyone is making mini-bunts. Yours look amazing. I really want to try to make some for the holidays – but I can’t find molds here!! Grr…

  5. Sabrina November 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Way to go with the workouts! I have been sooooo lazy myself lately! NOT GOOD!
    But oh my goodness those mini cakes look so delicious!!! I want to eat them and then NOT work out! 🙂

  6. Cami @ Creating Myself November 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Well make us all look bad! ;o)

    I have Miss Caralyn today…maybe we'll make up some of the mini-Bundts. They look fantastic & you know me, I love pumpkin! Or butternut squash, either one!

  7. Barbara Bakes November 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    I love your mini-bundts. I’ve been wanting to buy a mini-bundt pan. What brand do you have?

  8. Kristen November 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I love anything with brown sugar on it. This looks amazing! I need to get one of those cake pans!

  9. Lisa November 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    These look wonderful! Good for you with the gym.

  10. Carrie November 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Congrats on joining the gym! I know what you mean about the university gym…as an old grad student I really despise working out with a bunch of 18 year olds who look like they never ever leave the gym! Anyhoo, that brown sugar icing looks amazing!

  11. Sophie November 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of a mini cake made with butternut squash, again, another creative way to use one of my favorite fall ingredients. So cute!

  12. Reeni November 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Those are gorgeous! I bet they are really delicious, Yum!

  13. Flourchild November 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I love your cakes! Congrats on the gym joining and the early morning workouts. I work out every day at 5am and LOVE it. It’s so nice to have it done and you can shower and be ready for your day. Keep it up, it will get easier!

  14. Flourchild November 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I love your cakes! Congrats on the gym joining and the early morning workouts. I work out every day at 5am and LOVE it. It’s so nice to have it done and you can shower and be ready for your day. Keep it up, it will get easier!

  15. Meg November 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Love the icing! These look scrumptious!

  16. Stephanie November 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I need to work on working out as well. All this food blogging makes me cook and bake more, which has consequences…

    Those mini bundts look so scrumptious!

  17. Foong November 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    *groan* don’t remind me…the last time I saw the insides of a gym was three years ago! and being a regular food blogger who hops onto other food blogs isn’t helping much…love those cakes!
    I am certain I just put on a few more pounds at the thought of making these and eating them…

  18. recipes2share November 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    The mini bundt cakes look really great & so does Once Upon A Plate! I know what you mean as far as exercising goes – I've bought the DVD's but they do seem to remain in their cases…the only real exercise I do seem to maintain are long very brisk walks with my friend (we can chat en route!!) through the forest we live on the edge of. Good Luck, I know I couldn't keep up the 5.30 workout's!!

  19. Gera November 12, 2008 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Hi HoneyB!

    Delicious cakes with this dripping brown sugar icing totally a delicacy!

    I try to do exercise regular to no increase my weight but with this yummy moist cake will be sooo difficult!!

  20. Bobby November 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    HoneyB, these look sooo delicious. Everytime I visit your blog you are baking some of the greatest things!

  21. kang November 12, 2008 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    wow..530 am?! I wish I was that hardworking, i try waking up at 6 to go for a quick run b4 work but ive been trying to do that for 2 yrs and have only done it once :S

  22. Jessie November 12, 2008 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Just beautiful! That icing has me drooling!

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  23. Jeni November 12, 2008 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I totally understand the inactivity thing. Oye! This recipe looks wonderful and thanks for the heads upon the website you got the recipe from. Happy exercising!

  24. Flourchild November 12, 2008 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Hey quick question I can’t find any Arborio rice yet! Can we use reg. rice for TWD rice pudding? Is there something special about arborio rice?

  25. Laurie November 12, 2008 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    HoneyB – Your mini bundt cakes look incredible. And kuddos to you for getting up so early to go to the gym!

    Also thanks for the link to Once Upon a Plate. Good food over there too!

  26. Freya November 12, 2008 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Delicious! And I always love the shape of bundt cakes too!!

  27. Once Upon a Plate November 12, 2008 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Hi HoneyB!

    They look BEAUTIFUL!

    Thanks for trying them and giving them a thumbs up. 🙂

    Thank you for the link to my blog, too. You’re so sweet. xo

  28. Chocolate Shavings November 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Those look absolutely delicious!

  29. noble pig November 13, 2008 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Dang those are adorable, I love them doubled too, so beautiful!

  30. Laura November 13, 2008 at 4:02 am - Reply

    I LOVE mini bundt cakes! So cute! Actually I love all bundt cakes; I am not very discerning. 🙂

  31. Pam November 13, 2008 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Look how cute and delicious they are. I have a feeling I could eat a few of these.

  32. Medena November 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Wow, good for you! That is a commitment; I also have a dust collecting gym in my basement, but just can’t pull myself together to exercise. I guess I need a similar approach, a gym somewhere else!
    Great looking cakes, yum, yum!

  33. Robin Sue November 13, 2008 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Yup you do like mini things. But is it bad that I eat four of each! Love the brown sugar icing. I am loving this time of you and all the Fall-like recipes. This is great!

  34. SaraLynn November 13, 2008 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    looks fantastic!

  35. Shari@Whisk: a food blog November 14, 2008 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I worked out today and feel so much better for doing so. Those mini bundts look delicious!

  36. Vera November 14, 2008 at 1:50 am - Reply

    These look so cute!

  37. Kevin November 14, 2008 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Those mini bundt cakes look good. I really like the brown sugar icing.

  38. Katie November 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    These are adorable! And just in time for National Bundt Cake Day!

  39. Matt November 17, 2008 at 1:11 am - Reply

    The icing alone looks amazing. I’ve seen mini bundt pans so many times but have never bought any. They make perfect sense, though…

    I had to laugh at your gym story. I actually changed my gym because it was too close to work. There is definitely something disconcerting about getting undressed in the locker room and seeing a former student or the parent of one I currently teach. Yikes! No thanks…

  40. Tracy November 20, 2008 at 4:43 am - Reply

    I have those pans! I have to make those!

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