With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Classic Banana Bundt Cake & Helpers

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Classic Banana Bundt Cake & Helpers

Our family will never be low on potassium. Almost every day we have bananas or something made with them. I did not realize this is a Dorie Greenspan recipe when I made it ~ it comes from her book From My Home to Yours. I made some changes. The original recipe called for two (2) sticks of butter. I substituted applesauce for half of the butter and used low fat sour cream.
It's a moist and delicious cake with lots of banana flavor!

My helper and...
my beggar.

Classic Banana Bundt Cake

Ingredients: Makes 1 Bundt Cake (14 servings)

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
About 4 very ripe bananas, mashed (you should have 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups)
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
OPTIONAL:  I like to stir in about 3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Generously butter a 9- to 10-inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. (If you use a silicone Bundt pan there’s no need to butter it.) Don’t place the pan on a baking sheet - you want the oven’s heat to circulate through the Bundt’s inner tube.

Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally, mix in half the dry ingredients (don’t be disturbed when the batter curdles), all the sour cream and then the rest of the flour mixture. Scrape the batter into the pan, rap the pan on the counter to debubble the batter and smooth the top.

Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check the cake after about 30 minutes - if it is browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool to room temperature.

If you've got the time, wrap the cooled cake in plastic and allow it to sit on the counter overnight before serving - it's better the next day.

Optional Lemony White Icing:
Sift 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar into a bowl and squeeze in enough fresh lemon juice (start with 2 teaspoons and add more by drops) to make an icing thin enough to drizzle down the Bundt's curves.


ellen b said...

Oh what yumminess and cuteness in your mosaics today!! Happy MM to you!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your bundt cake looks delicious but the helpers are what make it very special ;)

Ebie said...

Banana cake is always a favorite in our family. Your little helper is such a cutie!

Ebie's Mosaic.

marie said...

Oh my ~ the bundt recipe sounds so yummy and your helper looks like she's having a great time. I love that she has on the color blue...it fits the wintery season.

By the way - thanks for the audio Bible link. I really like the convenience of it!

Lana G! said...

So adorable! The recipe looks wonderful!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...


I enjoyed your line "begger and helper" ... lol which one was which?

Stay warm!

If you get a moment would love for you to stop by and say hi!

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Leslie said...

what a wonderful little helper...the cake looks so tasty. and i love what you have done to your blog...very pretty

Kathy said...

A yummy looking cake and a sweet little helper!
Have a beautiful new week...Kathy

Golden West said...

Thanks for the lemon icing recipe - I'll try it before too long on a batch of cranberry cookies.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love banana cake. I usually double the recipe that uses a loaf pan so I can use my bundt pan. Great pictures, love your granddaughter!!!

Linda K. said...

Your little helper is adorable and your bundt cake is yummy looking. I bet it tastes good too!


storyteller at Small Reflections said...

I love bananas (just ate one a few minutes ago) and would love to taste that delicious looking cake with my coffee right now ... seriously! Love the adorable photos of your helper and the beggar too ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

joybuzz said...

Hum just lost my comment to you? I love this recipe and most of Dori's. I use to live in Medford and Mt. Laurel so I enjoyed your photos of the covered bridge. I use to visit my friends in that subdivision in Cherry Hill often. I miss all the fresh veggies and fruits and pies at the farm out in Tabernacle.

Mary said...

Not sure if my comment went through..

Oh yum! Can I come live at your house? lol

Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Lynns Lovelies said...

Such a sweet little helper! I bet that was so much fun..
Thanks so much for sharing these yummy recipes, too!
I do appreciate your sweet compliment today, so very much from a talented crochet artist as yourself♥


crochet lady said...

That sounds really good. My family likes bannanas also. Breakfast is bare with out them.

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mrs.H~
This looks simply scrumptious!*sigh*
Awww~ you have the cutest helper
ever!! :) *wink*

Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

Foley said...

The cake looks divine - but I can't help but smile at your helper! They will love to see these mosaics when they are older and remember all the fun they had with you!

Carol said...

What a cutie-pie! Have a great weekend!


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