Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National Bundt Day Celebration Challenge Tablescape

From this 

came this!

Where Kathleen came up with this challenge, I don't know...but she did. This was a challenge I doubt I will repeat! I thought I had a large jar of maraschino cherries, but when I went to get them from the fridge there were only a few left...I already had everything mixed up, so I couldn't run to the store for more cherries. There should be about 3x the amount of cherries than what I had!
This Bundt pan is probably older than some of my's ancient, as you can tell by the color orange!

I knew I wanted to use my Noritake Luray, circa 1935, square plates with little bouquets of flowers, mainly pink so I chose a dusty aqua solid tablecloth with a floral square on top. The napkins are stark white with a Battenburg like cutout pattern in one corner.

I wasn't sure what to use with the Luray. I tried Wedgwood Hedge Rose, but didn't really like it, then tried it alone, they looked lost on the table! I finally settled for an aqua underplate, actually a salad plate. There is no backstamp on the plates, they are from TJMaxx in the last 5-6 years.
The flatware is a mix of International Frontenac and Oneida Afterglow, both sterling.

The stemware is a pink water glass. Maker/pattern unknown.

 The tea/coffee service is Reed & Barton pattern 5600, was a gift from my friend, Sharron. The rectangle footed tray has no hallmarks of any kind and the round tray sitting on the white cake pedestal holding the cherry pound cake is Sheffield 1588, were thrift store finds. I have had the sugar scuttle for a long time. The silver goblets are holding flowers from my birthday back the beginning of the month have no hallmarks, were also thrift store finds. I have 4 of them and keep thinking I should do a table using them...maybe next month for Christmas.

Thanks for taking the time to visit today...please come back next time.

I will be joining Let's Dish/Cuisine Kathleen
Foodie Friday/Rattlebridge Farm
Table It/Rustic & Refined

Cherry Pound Cake

3-10 oz. jars maraschino cherries without stems
1¼ cup butter, softened
2¾ cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)

Drain maraschino cherries well, and then cut into quarters. Set aside. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until blended, and then beat on high speed for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with sweetened condensed milk to butter mixture, mixing lightly after each addition. Fold in maraschino cherries. Pour batter into 12-cup Bundt pan. Bake in preheated 350°-degree oven 45-55 minutes or until cake tester inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.


Anonymous said...

Ooooh, the pink of the glasses and the red of the flowers against the silver set makes the table so inviting.....would love to be there for a cup of joe and a piece of that cake!
love you,

Beth (Murraysmom) said...

I really enjoyed seeing the table, Marigene. I think these dishes are my absolute favorite and I like how you put it all together.

The cake looks delicious. How did it taste?

Denise Marie said...

awesome! I really wanted to join in w/my pumpkin pan.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Marigene, the cake looks fabulous, so who cares about a few missing cherries. ;)

I love your gorgeous tablescape and your tablecloth has me smitten.

I'm traveling home today so don't think I'll be able to join this challenge, but so enjoyed seeing yours.

Anonymous said...

I think your table is beautiful; really like the addition of the silver....a little fancier. It looks so inviting and I'd like a large piece of your cake, please!

Anonymous said...

If you knew how much I love pound cake, you would send a piece out here! This is a beautiful fancy tablescape. bbb

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is so pretty and the cake looks yummy even with fewer cherries! Love the plates and the touches of pink are so sweet. I don't think I have a bundt cake pan and don't bake anyway so I guess I'm passing on this challenge!

Marlene Plasencia said...

Love your table Marigene, the pink glasses are my fav. The cake looks so delicious. Thanks for your sweet comments, glad I found your blog.

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Love all the silver! I have never made a bundt cake, but I have some of the forms and yours looks delicious so maybe it's time to try one!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Super cute and now I want a slice of pound cake. It looks delicious.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh such a pretty table. The cake looks delicious too. I love the pink glasses. Everything looks so bright and cheery.

Alycia Nichols said...

BWahahahahahahaha!!! I have a Bundt pan that is older than sin, too, and it's my best one! They're kind of like wine, Scotch, blue jeans, and saddle oxfords...the older, the better!!!

Having just a little taste of cherries had to have been really tasty, too. Sometimes just a hint of that kind of flavor can do the trick just as well. It gave the cake a nice polka-dot look on the inside! :-)

I remember your Luray from your former header!!!!!! Beautiful as always!!!

kitty said...

I think your cake has just the right touch of cherries, Marigene! I love your Luray square salad/dessert plates. They are soooo pretty. I love them with the goblets and with your square topper. I'd love to sit at your table.

Mary said...

What an elegant table Marigene, fit for your cake! I adore your Luray plates with little flowers, so dainty and festive. I love your silver tray on your cake plate to serve :)

Sarah said...

Marigene, your tea time table is most elegant! I love to join you and have a slice of this cherry pound cake. It looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe and for sharing your lovely table.

Candy S said...

Marigene, Where do I start? The tea table is so pretty. The Luray plates set on the aqua underplates are perfect for serving the cherry pound cake. The cake itself came out wonderfully, sometimes less is more, I like the polka dot look as opposed to a cake full of cherries (that would be a strictly aesthetic thing). The polished silver tea service and the silver goblets filled with the red flowers puts this table over the top. Everything is simply beautiful. My cake is somewhat of a disaster but I working on salvaging it so I can post tomorrow. Seriously, I am still laughing at how ugly my cake looks.... Candy

Lulu said...

The first thing I have to comment on is your china. My mother wanted each of my girls to have a set from her. One daughter got that same pattern which I think is so pretty. I don't think she appreciates what it meant to her grandmother for her to have it, consequently it never comes off a very tall shelf. Any of us who have been baking for a while have that very old and favorite bundt pan.

Scribbler said...

Your table is absolutely spectacular! I love all your pretty silver and other choices. A belated Happy Birthday! The cake looks good, too. Don't you hate it when you get everything all mixed up and find you are missing something? Drives me nuts!

Dee M said...

That's such a pretty cake, and the table is beautiful. I haven't made a bundt cake in ages. :)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh this is so beautiful- love the silver tea set and those lovely glasses. Guess what! I have the same bundt cake pan- my first one and a favorite! said...

Your cherry cake is so pretty with your flowers and glasses on the sea of blue table Marigene! My bundt pan is a relative of yours :) This challenge has convinced me to invest in a new pan! Your china is gorgeous in this setting~

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I think our bundt pans are from the same era, yours is orange, mine is avocado! Still works great! Very pretty 'scape with the silver tea service! The cherry cake sounds delicious too!


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I think our bundt pans are from the same era, yours is orange, mine is avocado! Still works great! Very pretty 'scape with the silver tea service! The cherry cake sounds delicious too!


Anonymous said...


Kathleen said...

OK, Marigene, you get to pick the January challenge. The one who complains gets the job, LOL! You did a beautiful job with it. Your cake is a s beautiful as your table! The cake tastes better served on that gorgeous china!
Thanks for taking part, now if you join in next month I have made progress. But then, this is the gal who used to hate pink! :)

Lady of the Manor said...

Oh, my goodness! I love those antique plates!!!! What an elegant table you've set, especially with the silver tea service. I have one of those, I think....somewhere. Perhaps I'll find it and bring it out to play. Probably have to take a couple of hours polishing it up first.

Delicious looking cake, even with just a few cherries. Thanks for the recipe!


Oh, why is it that my mouth always waters when I see cakes posted? Wish I could just go for a piece, and sit in that gorgeous table with the beautiful silver service! The tablecloth is lovely too, as are the dishes. Thanks for the recipe too, my friend.
Loved your visit too for such a fun challenge!

bj said...

O, your silver is just elegant and classy. AND...your Cherry Pound Cake is just almost as breathtaking...:) It sounds so so good. I love cherries in anything.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

But mine is Harvest Gold from the same era - LOL. Still works like a charm. What beautiful china and silver!!!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Reed and Barton, say no more! Gorgeous tea, beautiful cake! You did a wonderful job.

Martha said...

Lovely table and lovely cake!

janice15 said...

The table turned out beautiful. I enjoyed everything. The pound cake I will soon try looks great. Love the vibrant color in the table cloth lovely table thank you for sharing with love Janice

MiGilda Bella said...

Congratulations!! A very nice table. Greetings from Spain.

Connie said...

You sure set a pretty table for being out in the middle of nowhere, LOL. Your bunt cake looks so good. We had company last night and I baked a bunt cake, too; great minds think alike.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

xinex said...

Your bundt cake looks delicious and presented so beautifully, Marigene. I love your silver tea set. I have been thinking about our sterling tea set that is sitting on top of our kitchen china cabinet looking black. I need to go home and polish it....Christine

Sonia said...

I'm inspired now to get out my bundt cake pan..I have one with fall leaves on top and I think I've only used it once! Goodness knows I didn't know there was a National Bundt cake day. I missed National Queso day too. Your recipe looks yummy! I'll need to try it soon!
Miss Bloomers

Shelia said...

Your bunt cake does look good but honey, that table is gorgeous! I love your pretty tea service, dishes and the tablecloth is so pretty too.
Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Wow! What a pretty tea setting! And the delicious pound cake goes along with your tea service yummily:) Your silver tea set is simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the cake recipe with us~hugs, Poppy

Anonymous said...

What an elegant table setting! The Pink Water glasses, definately bring out the colors in your Luray square plates. Pretty, Pretty. Your friend, Sue Z.