classic banana bundt cake

This recipe is from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From my home to yours.  We’ve made this twice in the last two weeks (once was for friends! once was just us…) and it’s just a really good and easy cake to make.  No more difficult than a banana bread and gives me an excuse to use my beloved bundt cake pan.

3 cups all-purpose flour  /  2 tsp baking soda  /  1/2 tsp salt  /  1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature  /  2 cups sugar  /  2 tsp pure vanilla extract  /  2 large eggs, ideally also at room temperature  /  4 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 and 1/2 cups)  /  1 cup plain yogurt (or sour cream)


Preheat your oven to 350F and generously butter a bundt pan.  The recipe calls for a 12 cup pan but I’m pretty sure mine is a 10 cup and it works just fine.  Whisk together the flour, baking soda and the salt.

Then, using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer, beat the butter until it’s creamy.  Add the sugar and then beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy.


Add the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time, beating for 1 minute after adding each egg.  Turn the mixer down to low and then add the mashed up bananas.  Next, mix in half of the dry ingredients, then the yogurt, and then the rest of the dry ingredients.  Transfer the batter to your pan and tap the pan a bit on your kitchen counter to get any bubbles out and smooth out the top.


Slide the cake into the oven, placing the pan straight onto the oven rack.  Bake for about 65 to 75 minutes or until a dry spaghetti noodle comes out of the centre clean.  If the cake is browning too quickly – give it a check after about 30 minutes – tent a piece of aluminum foil and loosely cover the cake.  When the cake is done, let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack before unmolding it onto the rack to finish cooling.


The recipe’s side bar serving suggestion is to serve with coffee, tea or a slurpable mocha milkshake.  I love how specific that is!  Wrapped airtight, the cake will keep at room temperature for up to 5 days but our cakes never lasted that long before being finished off.

classic banana bundt cake



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