Monday, March 4, 2013

Artist Rebekka Seale & A Bundt Cake Recipe

It was such a pleasure to interview the truly delightful Rebekka Seale 
when working on the color issue of House of Fifty!

Based in Nashville, her home is just as charming as her illustrations and paintings, 
and one of her favorite things to do is to plan and cook a festive meal for friends and family.

One of her latest favorites in the 
Brown Sugar Bourbon Bundt Cake


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 (16-oz.) package light brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 (5-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Garnishes: candied oranges, magnolia leaves


1. Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add brown sugar, beating at medium speed until light and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
2. Stir together evaporated milk and bourbon in a bowl. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in another bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla bean paste. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan.
3. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Dust top lightly with powdered sugar.
{Recipe from Southern Living}

To see more of Rebekka's work, including the custom house portraits, visit her site here.


  1. She sounds wonderful, and so does that cake! Hope youre having a great trip and staying warm!
    xo Nancy

  2. Sounds yummy! We had friend over Sat night and they brought us a cake from a place here in Dallas called "Nothing Bundt Cake." Made me want to get out my pans that are usually reserved for holiday Rum Cakes!

  3. I cannot wait to see more of her home. Her dining room is beautiful, as is her artwork.

  4. I didn't realize Rebekka is from just down the road in Nashville. (I'm in the Louisville area, right up I-65.) I have been coveting one of her custom house illustrations. I love how her art has just a bit of quirk.


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