Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mini Banana Bundt Cakes

Things in my life have been pretty bananas lately. MIght as well have a cake that fits that theme.
My friend Anna recently put out a call for  some blogging friends to help her celebrate all that is the delicious banana.  We made some banana treats, got together to eat and gossip and received some cool swag from Dole bananas. We had muffins, breads, pies, curry salad; all delicious.
This is the second time I've used my mini bundt pans. They just make the cutest little cakes!  Perfect little portions that I suppose you could share, but it's really not necessary.
This recipe is very similar to banana bread.  Darling Hubby said it was like banana bread and coffee cake....sounds like a win-win.  Each little cake is topped with a brown sugar glaze. This recipe made 8 mini bundt cakes and a small 6 inch cake.  You can easily cut it in half or use a regular size bundt pan.
Banana Bundt Cake
adapted from Dorie Greenspan
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 sitcks (8 oz) butter.  I browned it for extra flavor.
2 cups brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
Preheat oven to 350 and grease pan(s)
Brown butter: cut butter into cubes, melt in a saucepan, constantly stirring, until it starts to foam up. You will notice small brown bits on the bottom of your pan and smell a strong nutty aroma.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, soda, and salt.
Once cool, mix browned butter and brown sugar using a stand mixer.  Beat in the vanilla and then add eggs one at a time.  Reduce speed to low and add mashed bananas.
Add half of your dry ingredients, then yogurt (or sour cream) and then the remainder of your dry ingredients.  MIx until just combined.
For the mini cakes I baked them for about 25 minutes.  For a regular bundt pan I would bake for 60-75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. While your cake is cooling, prepare your glaze.
Brown Sugar Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream
Combine all in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
Using a fork, poke holes in your cake, pour warm glaze over warm cakes.  I added a little extra to the middle of the cakes.
Serve this cake to your banana-loving friends.  I had a great time preparing them and sharing them! Thanks for including me Anna!
Also, I started a Facebook Page for the blog! All my posts will be on there and also some random fun and photos.  Check it out!