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Aug 18

Banana Bundt Cake {with cream cheese frosting}

I think I could eat banana treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I’ve got breakfast covered just fine, but I realized recently I’m lacking in the banana-for-dessert department.

It was time to remedy that problem, stat. Enter: Banana Bundt Cake with a cream cheese frosting.

But since it has bananas I can eat it for breakfast too…right?

Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! The perfect crumb and banana flavor!

Oh my gosh, you guys. Last week was a doosey.

The highlight? I got to spend three days eating cheese and ice cream and re-living my childhood in Portland, Tillamook, and along the Oregon coast. You probably know about Tillamook cheese – the big orange block? Anyway, I’ll have a lot more about my trip next week, but it was amazing.

My job is so hard sometimes, I just can’t believe it. #sarcasm

The non-highlights of my week included two trips to the apple store, 2 re-installs of Mavericks OSX on my Macbook, one complete hard drive erase (and all the re-installing that goes with that), and the theft of my beloved arm Kindle and some jewelry. It all ended well: my computer is working (so far, let’s all keep our fingers crossed please), I was sent a brand new Kindle and gift card for new jewelry, and my faith in humanity and the security of hotel rooms is only moderately shattered.

Just use the safe. That’s my tip for the day.

Anyway, last week called for cake. And I was craving banana cake.

Banana Bundt Cake, that is. Because banana cake, while delicious, is different than banana bundt.

Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! The perfect crumb and banana flavor!

In my experience, bundt cake is more dense than layer cake. Both are moist and sweet and full of flavor, but if I want an airy cake I make a layer or a sheet cake. If I want substance, I make a pound (bundt) cake.

This time I added banana to my favorite recipe. It’s the same recipe I’ve used to make lemon pound cake and orange bundt cake. Except I left out the citrus, skipped some of the butter, and used banana.

That was a very, very smart decision.

The cake is full of all the things pound cake requires: butter, sugar, and eggs. Lots and lots of eggs!

Also? It has lots and lots of banana. Two “tired” bananas get smashed into the mix. Are my mom and I the only ones that call brown spotted bananas “tired”? Because that’s how I always refer to them and people look at me like What? Did you make your bananas run a marathon? Do they even make shoes for bananas?

Anyway. I probably should run a marathon. I ate most of the cake. Did I mention the cream cheese frosting? It was addicting. Cream cheese frosting just belongs on banana bundt cake. Try not to lick it all off before you eat the cake.

There. I warned you. You’re welcome.

Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! The perfect crumb and banana flavor!

This is one of my favorite cakes of all time.  Bananas make it healthy, right? #moresarcasm

Banana Bundt Cake {with cream cheese frosting}

Yield: 16 slices

Full of banana flavor, this cake is moist and dense, just like a bundt cake should be. And it's frosted with cream cheese frosting!


For the pound cake:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan (be sure to use a spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup so that it is not packed and you do not use too much)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (make your own by adding 1 teaspoon white vinegar to 2/3 cup milk and let it sit for 5 minutes)

For the frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 12-cup fluted bundt pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture (with the mixer on low) in two parts alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Beat just until it comes together. Do not overmix!
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 45-55 minutes.
  4. Once done, cool cake completely in pan. Turn out cake onto serving dish.
  5. Make the frosting: Mix melted butter and cream cheese. Mix in powdered sugar, salt if using, and vanilla. The frosting will be thick but still easily spreadable. Pour over cake and use a spatula to frost it. (I use a whisk to make my frosting, if the cream cheese is soft enough. If not, use a hand mixer.)
  6. Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator. It tastes best at room temperature. Will keep for up to 3 days.


I haven't used two 4x8 bread pans for this recipe, but I have in others, so you can probably use those instead of making a large cake. Adjust the baking time and make double the frosting.

I have had complaints that this cake is to dense. It is definitely more dense than a regular cake. It's not a sponge cake or even like a layer cake. It is a very thick, dense cake. I've used this same recipe for other cakes, and we've enjoyed them all.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake – full of pumpkin flavor and Browned Butter Frosting!

pumpkin bundt cake

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake – made easy with a cake mix and a secret ingredient!

triple-chocolate-bundt-cake (5 of 10)w

Pink Lemonade Swirl Bundt Cake – use lemonade mix to give this cake lemonade flavor!


Orange Pound Cake – triple the orange flavor with orange in the cake, glaze, and frosting!

Orange Pound Cake (2 of 6)w

Sweets from friends:
Chocolate Pound Cake Bread Pudding by Something Swanky
Oreo Cookies ‘n Cream Pound Cake by Chocolate, Chocolate, and More
Salted Caramel Mocha Bundt Cake by Inside BruCrew Life

64 Responses to “Banana Bundt Cake {with cream cheese frosting}”

  1. Mir posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:31 am (#)

    You got robbed? In the hotel? I’m so sorry to hear it! I hope your faith in humanity is still sort of intact.
    My faith in dessert is pretty much okay, thanks to your cake! This is looking so good. I love the little vanilla flecks in the cream cheese frosting. So amazing!


  2. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:49 am (#)

    I love the banana-cream cheese combo! My mom always made a cake similar to this when I was little. It sounds like you had a tough week to handle! I don’t know what I’d do without my kindle!


  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:56 am (#)

    Bananas and cream cheese frosting? This sound like heaven in a circular, cake form! I have never made a bundt cake, but I had a weird moment the other day and bought a bundt pan. Clearly, my subconscious knew this was coming! 😉 Pinned!


  4. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:42 am (#)

    OMG this looks so delightful and that cake crumb is perfect!


  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:08 am (#)

    The vanilla bean flecks in the frosting are gorgeous and then the rich flavor I know this cake has, I’d love a big slice, extra frosting please :) Pinned! I love making Bundts rather than other types of cakes too because they’re easy and the hole in the center of the pan and the distribution of batter always ensures everything cooks through for me. Sometimes things in loaf pans just never quite get there without too much browning on the sides/tops for me.


  6. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:39 am (#)

    Ekk on the jewelry and kindle. I’m glad everything ended up working out. Love the idea of this cake…. Banana + Cream Cheese is one of the best combinations ever.


  7. marcie posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:55 am (#)

    I love banana anything, and this bundt cake looks spectacular! That frosting looks divine with those flecks of vanilla bean, too!


  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:20 am (#)

    I could definitely eat anything with bananas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and then some! :) I’m loving this banana bundt cake, Dorothy! Definitely have to try this out! Pinned!


  9. Eve @ Baking the Day posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:35 am (#)

    This banana cake looks to die for! I can agree with you 100%, I could live of bananas! That vanilla speckled cream cheese frosting looks amazing as well, a marriage made in sweet heaven.I am so sorry you were robbed Dorothy but I am glad your week ended on a high!


  10. Annie @ Annie's Noms posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:04 am (#)

    This is beautiful! I’ve just realised that I’ve never had banana with cream cheese – what the?!?! I’m just thinking about it now and I can totally believe it’s amazing!


  11. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm (#)

    Oh, yum! Banana Bundt is such a great idea! That vanilla cream cheese frosting looks sooo yummy!


  12. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm (#)

    I am a firm believer in desserts that qualify as breakfast!


  13. Chichi posted on August 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm (#)

    I love banana cake, one of my favorite cakes. I will have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desser, you name it. lol. Love the combo of the banana bundt and cream cheese frosting, Dorothy.


  14. Chichi posted on August 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm (#)



  15. Heather @ Shards of Lavender posted on August 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm (#)

    Sounds like your week was quite eventful! I’ll definitely remember your advice about the hotel safe the next time we travel… This cake though! I can’t see a bundt cake without thinking of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”… Love the banana flavor and the vanilla bean flecks in the frosting…


  16. Thalia @ butter and brioche posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm (#)

    love the sound of a bannana bundt cake.. never made a bundt before, looks delicious!


  17. Kristi @ My SF Kitchen posted on August 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm (#)

    I could never get enough of banana treats, too!! What a delicious cake, and love the cream cheese frosting – sounds perfect together!


  18. Maddie posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm (#)

    I have to make this…it looks divine! I live at about an 8500 ft. elevation and wonder if I’d need to tweak this and if so, how?!?
    Thanks :)


  19. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm (#)

    Great minds think alike. I made a cherry bundt cake this week too – my first ever bundt (despite having the pan forever – oops!). I love how dense and filling they are. I’m sure my next bundt will be a banana bundt cake.

    Love the cream cheese frosting too. So delicious and those flecks of vanilla are calling me.


  20. Michelle posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm (#)

    Have you tried using a jar or two of baby food bananas in your cake? This would add more flavor and if you did could you cut back on eggs or no? Just a thought. I have used before in banana bread and cut back on oil some.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 18th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      I’ll have to try that Michelle! I’ve added an extra banana and used less oil in banana bread also, so I’m sure it would work!


  21. Mom posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm (#)

    Wow, wish I had some of this right now!!!


  22. Danielle posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm (#)

    I’d say this is totally acceptable for breakfast too! I mean it has bananas, right? I love this recipe and the frosting looks to die for!


  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm (#)

    Your week totally called for cake. I’m so sorry to hear about your Kindle and jewelry. This cake looks uber moist. Pinned.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 18th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks for the pin Jennie!


  24. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#)

    Super impressive! I love banana cake! Yours looks truly scrumptious!


  25. Monet posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm (#)

    I adore bundt cakes…but I adore banana bread more. So naturally, this banana bundt cake is really the best of both worlds! I can’t wait to try this!


  26. Laurie F. posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm (#)

    I have never been burglarized in a hotel – I always thought of the safes as being for super-expensive jewelry. Thanks for the tip. And thanks for yet another recipe I didn’t realize I needed until I saw it here today! This looks like a great cake for dinner parties. We don’t have a name for spotted bananas; we just call the non-spotted ones ” new” ( thanks to our long-ago 1-1\2 year-old).


  27. Marti @ SewliciousHomeDecor posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:32 am (#)

    Beautiful, and sounds yummy too! :)


  28. Tonia posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:22 am (#)

    I’m so sorry about the junky week and all the stress it involved! Your banana bundt cake looks amazing. Pinned!


  29. Amanda posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:32 am (#)

    I need to make this right now!


  30. Becca from It's Yummi! posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:56 am (#)

    Banana cake is one of my favorite flavors ever! It’s my preferred birthday cake every year :) LOVE this, Dorothy!


  31. heather @french press posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:49 am (#)

    you say dessert, I say breakfast! either way it looks delicious. not so funny story, SO glad you got a new kindle :) and so glad I got to spend three great days with you, Glory, and the rest of the ladies – what a fun week


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  33. Kelly - Life made sweeter posted on August 19, 2014 at 10:06 am (#)

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that, Dorothy :( That definitely calls for this gorgeous banana bundt cake. I love that you drenched it in cream cheese frosting – it looks amazing! Pinning :)


  34. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:02 am (#)

    I love bundt cakes! They are so easy and so festive looking! Your frosting looks amazing! Pinned!


  35. Mary Frances posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:32 am (#)

    Eh, I should run a marathon too. But I’d rather eat banana cake. :) Your lighting is amazing in these photos Dorothy! Gorgeous job!


  36. Michelle @My California Kitchen posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm (#)

    I am always looking for ways to use up my bananas! This cake looks perfect!


  37. ashley - bakerbynature posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm (#)

    This banana bunt looks absolutely perfect, D!!!


  38. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm (#)

    The crumb is perf, as is that vanilla bean specked glaze. I could drink that vanilla bean paste, I swear. And ugh, SO SORRY still for the theft in Portland. No bueno! They’ll get theirs!


  39. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on August 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm (#)

    That sucks, Dorothy! If it makes you feel any better I’ve had stuff stolen out of hotel safes too. Fingers are totally crossed for your computer. The banana cake looks fab and would totally be acceptable for breakfast in my house!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Seriously??? Oh my gosh. I’m gonna need a pack mule when I travel so I can carry everything with me at all times.


  40. Emily of Sugar Plum posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:16 pm (#)

    Well, all be darn! I made a banana bundt cake the other day, too! I absolutely agree with you on having the cake for breakfast – I said the same thing in my blog post. Lolz. Your cake looks so good! I want a slice.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 20th, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Great minds!! Oh my gosh yours has chocolate. Heading over now!


  41. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 20, 2014 at 10:55 am (#)

    I’m glad you had a good trip and was happy to hear the hotel came around! Such a bummer! This cake might be the answer to all problems though – I love me some banana!


  42. Joy @ Baking-Joy posted on August 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm (#)

    I heart baking with bananas :-) this cake looks delicious Dorothy and I love the frosting!


  43. Carrie Pacini posted on August 22, 2014 at 9:06 am (#)

    This looks perfect for breakfast or a bit with afternoon tea!


  44. Tina posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm (#)

    Don’t forget to add the vanilla to the batter. It’s not in the instructions, LOL. This cake is so delicious! Thank you SO much for posting!!!! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 21st, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Oh no, thanks for letting me know Tina!


  45. Valerie posted on October 26, 2014 at 7:43 am (#)

    So my fiancee and I made your cake. Mind you, I am a foodie and enjoy baking. I was looking for this cake to sub for an old banana bread recipe that I lost during our move. This cake was as hard as a brick, and tasted of flour and bad decisions. Even our eight-year-old son couldn’t be polite to say it was edible. It’s so firm, that I could launch it through a windshield with ease. So nasty…and yes, I am a foodie and a baker. Did anybody here actually make this recipe instead of just exclaiming, “that looks delicious!!” Kudos to you for the nice food photography, though.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 26th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      I’m very sorry that happened Valerie! I’d love to troubleshoot with you. I actually made this cake twice with good results, so I’m not sure what happened for you. It is a very dense cake, denser than a regular sponge or layer cake, and it would most definitely be thicker/denser than bread but it was not as hard as a brick for us. Can you let me know if you made any substitutions or changes? If you are looking for a banana bread recipe, I do have several of those on the site.


  46. Virginia posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm (#)

    I agree with Valarie. My cake was so dense like a brick. Even the icing couldn’t safe it! Not sure if I overmixed but will not try it again. :(


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 13th, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      I’m sorry that happened Virginia. Can you let me know how you measure your flour? Do you scoop the cup in the flour or use a spoon to fill your measuring cup? The cake is definitely dense and not light and airy light a sponge. But not hard like a brick, so I’m wondering if there was too much flour used.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 13th, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I’m so sorry Virginia! This cake is definitely dense, not like a sponge, but the two times I made it we enjoyed the thickness. I’m wondering if too much flour was used. Can you tell me how you measure your flour? Do you scoop the cup in the flour bin or do you use a spoon to fill the cup?


  47. Maria Caliendo posted on March 22, 2015 at 8:37 pm (#)

    I made the cake. I followed the instructions and it turned out flawless. Too dense? No way. Dorothy, you are a genius. 

    Only one change, I added chocolate chips because I have a problem with chocolate. The cake doesn’t need them though, it could stand alone. No one tell chocolate I just that.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 23rd, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Thank you Maria!!! Oh gosh, chocolate chips. PERFECT!


  48. felicia | Dish by Dish posted on August 4, 2015 at 2:25 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy! 

    This banana bundt cake looks so smooth and lovely! 

    I’d love to include your banana bundt cake recipe in a banana roundup that I’m preparing for Parade Magazine later this month.

    If you are ok with that, could I use one of your photos with a link back to this original post?

    Thank you in advance!



    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      That’s awesome thank you for including me!


  49. felicia | Dish by Dish posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:34 am (#)

    Hi Dorothy!

    I just wanted to let you know that the banana roundup is published!

    Thank you so much for letting me to include your banana recipe as part of the roundup!

    Here’s the link if you’d like to see it and share it with your followers:

    Have a great week ahead!


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