This Roasted Banana Bundt Cake is a fun twist on a traditional banana bundt cake!  Pieces of Banana are roasted with butter and brown sugar, then the golden bruleed bananas and their syrupy juices are added to the cake. Top with Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting!

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I was excited about this cake for about two hours.

See, it’s a fun twist on the traditional banana bundt cake. Instead of adding banana puree to a cake batter, the banana pieces are roasted with butter and brown sugar, then the golden bruleed bananas and their syrupy juices are added to the cake. Think of it like a Bananas Foster Cake, minus the booze and flames. Sounds great, right?roasted-banana-cake-1

It is great. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I was really feeling this cake while I was making the batter and sneaking little tastes left and right. I was psyched the whole time it was baking. It smelled awesome! I couldn’t wait to taste it. I was sure this cake and I would be soulmates.

But then…then I made the frosting.

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This cake is frosted with a Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Once I tasted the frosting, the cake was dead to me, and all I cared about was getting more of that white stuff into my pie hole as quickly as possible.

Understand, I say this as someone who doesn’t particularly care about cream cheese frosting one way or another. It’s fine, but I’ve never particularly craved it or anything. But browning the butter brings this frosting to a whole new level. It adds a depth, a complex nuttiness, that perfectly complements the tangy cream cheese and vanilla flavor. It’s ridiculous, in the best way, and it made tasting my poor, sweet Roasted Banana Cake a little anti-climactic.

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I hope I haven’t talked you out of the cake, because it’s not the cake’s fault it’s paired with such a fine specimen of frosting-hood. I stuffed my cake with cinnamon and semi-sweet chocolate chunks, and it was a lovely accompaniment to the main event. (That would be the frosting, of course.) You can always add nuts or dried fruit to the cake instead of chocolate, or just leave it plain and enjoy the chunks of roasted bananas. Just don’t leave off the frosting!

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Roasted Banana Bundt Cake

5 from 3 votes
This Roasted Banana Bundt Cake is a fun twist on a traditional banana bundt cake!  Pieces of Banana are roasted with butter and brown sugar, then the golden bruleed bananas and their syrupy juices are added to the cake.
Prep45 minutes
Cook1 hour 45 minutes
Total2 hours 30 minutes
Yields12

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 3 cups large bananas, sliced & very ripe (about 4-5 small bananas)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 14.17 oz all-purpose flour, (3 ⅓ cups)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 fl oz buttermilk, (1/4 cup + 2 TBSP) at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 12.25 oz granulated sugar, (1 3/4 cups)
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks

For the frosting:

  • 3 oz unsalted butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 12 oz powdered sugar, (3 cups), sifted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted, chopped, optional
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Instructions 

To make the cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 10- to 12-cup bundt pan with baking spray or nonstick cooking spray.
  • Toss together the sliced bananas, packed brown sugar, and cold cubed butter in an 8×8 dish and roast the bananas for about 30-40 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes, and roast the bananas until they are bubbling and have golden brown spots. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees, and set the bananas aside to cool slightly until warm but not hot to the touch.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, roasted banana pieces, and vanilla extract. The banana pieces will be very soft and might start disintegrating a little, but some pieces should still hold their shape.
  • In the bowl of a large mixer, combine the softened butter and the granulated sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until well-incorporated and smooth. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  • With the mixer running on low, add a third of the flour mixture, and mix until it is almost incorporated. Add half of the buttermilk, again mixing until it’s mostly mixed in. Add half of the remaining flour, then the rest of the buttermilk, and finish by adding the rest of the flour. Stop before it’s entirely mixed in, and gently finish stirring everything together by hand. Add the chocolate chunks or any other mix-ins.
  • Scrape the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake the bundt cake for 55-65 minutes, until the edges pull away and the center springs back when lightly pressed. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes at room temperature before carefully inverting it on a cooling rack and letting it cool completely.

To make the frosting:

  • Place the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook it, stirring frequently, until it is a medium brown color and has a nutty scent, about 7-8 minutes. Remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Beat the cream cheese in a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment until smooth and free of lumps. Add the browned butter and mix well. Add the sifted powdered sugar and vanilla extract, and mix on low until the powdered sugar is moistened. Increase the speed of the mixer and beat until you have a very thick frosting.
  • Add the milk and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. This will give you a lovely frosting that’s perfect for spreading on cakes. If you would like an icing that is easier to pour, continue to add milk, a spoonful at a time, until it is the consistency you want.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cake and sprinkle the top with chopped toasted pecans. This cake can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept at room temperature for up to a week.

Measuring Tips

Our recipes are developed using weight measurements, and we highly recommend using a kitchen scale for baking whenever possible. However, if you prefer to use cups, volume measurements are provided as well. PLEASE NOTE: the adage “8 oz = 1 cup” is NOT true when speaking about weight, so don’t be concerned if the measurements don’t fit this formula.

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Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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25 Comments

  1. Thanks a LOT for telling me that browned butter could be slipped into another baked good that I hadn’t yet figured out. It’s not like I wasn’t already obsessed by it, plus I’m in Paris and have no kitchen. Up until now I’ve been fine with it, so thanks for giving me a reason to not cry when my vacation is over.

    1. I feel like we’re browned butter soulmates. I don’t think anything can make up for having to leave Paris, but maybe you can drown your sorrows in frosting once you get back?!

  2. Ooh… this looks delicious! I’d love to bring it home for Easter. If I don’t have a bundt pan, can you suggest an alternative?

    1. Hi Meg,
      It should work in a 9×13 pan. There *might* be a bit too much batter for the pan, in which case you can do a 9×13 plus a few muffins or something. But I think it should work fine. Happy early Easter!

  3. I converted to brown butter one time when I accidentally left butter in the pan too long while making a hootenanny pancake (don’t judge me). SO yum! That nuttiness can’t be explained. I want to try this frosting! Ok, and maybe I should make something for it to go on.

    1. Ha, that’s awesome. That kind of discovery might be the culinary equivalent to accidentally splitting the atom.

      If you can’t be bothered to make something to accompany the frosting, a “friend” told me that it’s also good straight-up on graham crackers. I wouldn’t know about that personally, of course.

  4. This was a total disaster! I followed the recipe. I’m an advise baker. However, it took forever to cook at 350F. I checked the cake quikly every 5 minutes starting at 60 minutes baking time. I was even using a cake tester. Finally after 95 minutes I felt per directions & cake tester usage it would be ok to remove it from the oven but with hesitations. Then I inverted the cake after 15 & it plopped out raw! I quikly turned it over to put back in the bundt pan. The oven wasn’t hot enough! It should have been left at 400F to bake & probably would have been cooked at 65 minutes! I’m upset cause I was baking it for Easter & now my oven won’t even re-heat for me to try & bake a sunken cake at 400F. Very upsetting. I’m giving the oven a rest & trying again later tonite, while my cake sits pathetic looking.

    1. Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear that your cake didn’t turn out! Do you have an oven thermometer to monitor the interior temperature of your oven? My own oven is quite old (“vintage,” I call it) and it’s very useful to have a thermometer to see how the interior temperature matches what is on the dial and to adjust the dial accordingly.

      I have to say that I can’t imagine a 10-cup bundt cake still being raw after baking for 95 minutes at 350, which makes me wonder if the oven wasn’t quite a bit cooler than that?

      1. Elizabeth, I took your suggestion this a.m. & found my electric oven stopped heating completely! Wow, as a baker I wondered what was going on last nite. You’re right it shouldn’t take that long to bake. I was just upset, plus I couldn’t find the error last night. Thank you for helping. I’m getting the oven looked at. Also, I covered the bundt cake & placed it in fridge. Can I try re-baking it after the oven is fixed?? Happy Easter.

        1. Oh no! I guess I’m glad it wasn’t a recipe fail, but that really sucks about your oven. You have my complete sympathy–and on Easter too! Hopefully it didn’t mess up your plans too badly.

          To be honest I haven’t tried re-baking a cake after a day in the fridge. My guess would be that it won’t turn out too well, but since it’s already made and partially baked, there’s no harm in trying, right? I would be really interested to hear how it turns out, so if you do give it a try, please let me know what happens!

          1. Hi Elizabeth, well I thought if I thawed the cake after being in fridge before going into a working oven, might work. No. It’s a goner. My landlord needs to fix or replace the oven. It wasnt a good idea thinking I could re-bake a raw partially baked cake. However I am gona attempt a new cake soon. I looked at a lot of banana bread & cake recipes online & I love this one due to uniqueness of recipe & its gauranteed to be delicious! I’ll be back & thx again for your help & recipes!

  5. I made this cake last night for my husband to take into work for his co-workers today. He pulled the man card and left it at home. More for me I suppose. I can’t wait to try it, it looks inredible.

  6. This is my family’s new favorite cake. We substituted brown sugar Splenda and regular Splenda. It was to die for, especially the icing! Thank you SO MUCH for the recipe!