Banana Bundt Cake

I’m beginning to wonder if I am bad at relaxing. Or maybe relaxing for me looks different than it does for other people? I am still sorting it out, but for the moment, a big, thick slice of Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting seems like an ideal way to unwind.

Exceptionally moist, flavorful Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Glaze. Easy recipe made with Greek yogurt, so it’s a little healthy but it still tastes indulgent. This is the BEST banana cake you’ll ever bake! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

As much as I love the idea of spending an entire weekend in sweatpants watching Netflix, judging by how this Tuesday night went down, I don’t think I’d actually feel relaxed by the end of it. Ben was working late, so I decided to pick a girly show to enjoy with my pup, a glass of wine, and (in the spirit of full disclosure) a cup of store-bought chocolate pudding. Answer: ROYAL SUCCESSION. I started both The Tudors and The Crown, only to end both after 20 minutes when I realized that I’d been thinking about reorganizing my office, instead of complexities of birth order. I had no clue what was going on, felt a dire need to purchase storage shelves, and was unquestionably more stressed than relaxed. I don’t think that’s a normal reaction to an Elizabethan drama.

I turned off the TV, went into my kitchen, and prepped a new blog recipe. I felt productive, which somehow made me feel relaxed. I had one less thing to do in the morning, and while I didn’t get as much sleep as I should have, I felt less antsy than I had resting on my couch.

The BEST Banana Bundt Cake. Easy, moist and a MUST if you have overripe bananas. The vanilla cream cheese frosting puts it over the top! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

I realize that if I’m going to live a more balanced life, I need find activities aside from crossing off my to-dos that help me wind down in the evening. While there are certainly TV shows that Ben and I have loved watching together, I wouldn’t exactly describe them as “relaxing” (e.g. Breaking Bad, which while excellent, nearly put me into cardiac arrest with every episode). I’d also like to find relaxing activities I enjoy on my own. They don’t need to be TV, but coping with this need of mine to “do, do, do” is going to be a longer-term project. For the moment, I feel fortunate that one of the things that does help me relax—cooking and baking—also ties into my work.

I baked this Banana Bundt Cake on a similar quiet night at home, when I had a big pile of overly ripe bananas tempting me with their delicious possibilities. Knowing Easter was coming up, I decided to bake a great big beautiful cake that could star at any holiday brunch but was also simple enough to make for a cozy dinner party. You can also bake it just because. Even without a specific event on your agenda, a slice of Banana Bundt Cake enjoyed around 3 p.m. is guaranteed to help you power through the rest of your afternoon.

The BEST Banana Bundt Cake. Moist and flavorful with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Banana Bundt Cake is old fashioned and unfussy, which is exactly why I love it. It’s the sort of homey dessert that you’re more likely to find on grandma’s counter than in a fancy bakeshop window, which I am prepared to argue is the best sort of dessert of all. It’s exceptionally moist, timeless, and comforting.

Healthy Banana Bundt Cake recipe made with Greek yogurt. Simple and easy recipe that’s perfect for using up ripe bananas! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

To make the Banana Bundt Cake a little extra special, I added orange zest, and I also mixed real vanilla bean paste into the cream cheese frosting. HEAVENLY. I’ll leave the orange zest as optional, but if you can swing for vanilla bean paste, it’s a worthy splurge. Plus, the vanilla bean specks just look so pretty in the cream cheese frosting, don’t they?

For those attuned to my healthy baking ways, this Banana Bundt Cake is definitely a cake. It’s not a healthy banana bread recipe masquerading as dessert. Although I do adore my banana baked goods (reference: Banana Oatmeal Cookies, Banana Coconut Cake, Banana Oatmeal Muffins, etc.), I wanted this Banana Bundt Cake recipe to feel like a true treat, and it does.

Although the recipe contains a decent amount of butter (necessary for flavor and texture), I did take steps to make it a healthy banana bundt cake without sacrificing taste. The recipe uses a full cup of Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and makes the Banana Bundt Cake extra moist without adding any additional fat. The recipe is also made with whole wheat flour, which I guarantee no one will suspect, but everyone will appreciate, particularly when they reach for a second slice.

I’ve made every Banana Bundt Cake recipe and this one THE BEST. Exceptionally moist and flavorful with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Greek yogurt makes it a healthy banana bundt cake, but no one will suspect! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

I hope you all have a relaxing Easter weekend, whatever “relaxing” looks like to you. I’m still not sure of our plans, but I do know that at least one day will find me back in my kitchen, baking something sweet and homey like this Banana Bundt Cake.

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Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Exceptionally moist, flavorful Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. Easy to make and perfect for any occasion!

Yield: 16 servings

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE BANANA BUNDT CAKE:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 orange (optional)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 large/medium very ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2–1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature

FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature (do not use fat free)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • Pinch kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9- to 10-inch (12-cup) bundt pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the granulated sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 additional minutes, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla and orange zest. Scrape down the bowl, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg is added. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the mashed bananas. With the mixer still on low, add half of the dry ingredients (the mixture may look curdled), mixing just until combined, then all of the yogurt, and then the rest of the flour mixture. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, then tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any of the bubbles. Smooth the top.
  4. Place the pan directly on the oven rack (do not use a baking sheet) and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean (the baking time can vary based on the moisture content of your bananas, so be sure to check it early to ensure it doesn’t overbake, and don’t be afraid to go a few minutes longer if the knife is not yet coming out clean). Check the cake at the 30-minute mark; if it is browning too quickly, tent it loosely with foil. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then gently unmold it onto the rack to cool completely. If you have time, wrap the cooled cake in plastic and allow it to sit overnight before serving—it’s even better the next day.
  5. For the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth and combined, about 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Gradually add the powdered sugar, then the vanilla bean paste and salt. Increase the speed to high, and continue beating until completely smooth and combined. Frost the cooled cake.
  • This cake tastes even better the next day! If time allows, wrap the unfrosted cake in plastic and let it sit overnight at room temperature. Frost the next day.
  • Store leftovers loosely wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or freeze, either frosted or unfrosted, for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.
  • Bake as muffins: Prepare half of the batter. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees F for 28 to 32 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 16)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 413 Calories
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Sodium: 242mg
  • Carbohydrates: 63g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 42g
  • Protein: 6g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

8 comments

  1. Oh wow, this looks so good! I never thought I using a bundt cake pan. I don’t have  white wheat flour , would this recipe require this type of flour. I do notice you use a lot of white wheat flour…maybe I should get some?

    • Hazel, if you are interested in baking with whole grains, I cannot recommend white whole wheat flour enough! It’s mild taste is undetectable, even in desserts. If you don’t have white whole what flour, you can substitute the same amount of all purpose flour. I hope you love the cake!

  2. Am going to actually take the time to ENJOY my own cooking,baking,and candlestick making!Love bunts cakes as well!Will be getting on that yummy recipe!Honestly,no clue how you bloggers do it!!I am almost 56,a “SAHM”;3 grown daughters and their babies,2,000 miles away.Just 1 daughter home now.I cook and bake from scratch,rarely take time to enjoy my own foid🤔.Does anyone else sort of not feel hungry for the food you prepare?I smell like the food and was around it all day.IDK.Anyway,so plan ahead for holidays,and stretch the prep out over a few days.But…I am addicted to blog reading,love you all.Pinterest spaz for just over a year;(thanks for providing me with tge best pins ever!Having almost 11,000 followers due to your talents!)So,I totally digressed!Anyway,putting so many hours into foodie stuff and not having a blog is why I am amazed at how you all continue to produce such quality content!Last count was over 200 blogs on WordPress,lost count on Bloglovin,and NEVER have less than 300 email blogs every day?!You are in my top 10 for sure.Really wanted to let you know for awhile now.Finally took the time to do so!☺️💗

    Rating: 5
    • Teri, you sound like a food blog and recipe pro! I’m honored that you subscribe to my blog and enjoy it so much. That means the world <3 I do sometimes get tired of what I make if it's been a really long day in the kitchen, but I find if I take a little break from it for a few hours, it tastes delicious when I come back to it. Have a great day, and thanks again for your note! :)

  3. hey girl- yummy!

  4. OK, made this bundt cake yesterday, frosted and served it today.  I am not a baker, just a retired grandmother who doesn’t like to cook but Erin is inspiring me.  The cake is not very sweet but quite tasty.  The frosting is very sweet and beautiful with the vanilla bean paste.  All the adults loved it, no crumbs left on their plates.  Got to tell them to go to http://www.wellplated.com for more healthy recipes.  This was not easy for me to make (since I don’t really cook anymore) but it was certainly worth the effort.  My fussiest-eater guest ask for the recipe and said she can’t wait to have it again.  Kudos.

    Rating: 5
    • Susan, I’m so glad to hear the bundt cake was enjoyed by all. Kudos to YOU for taking the time and effort to give the cake a try! I so appreciate your taking the time to report back and leave this awesome review. Thank you!

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