Easy to make and impressive to serve, this banana cake is filled with warm spices and cream cheese ribbons. Find even more amazing Bundt cakes in our new cookbook, The Bundt Collection, which is available for pre-order now!
Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl
Makes 1 (10-cup) Bundt cake
- 1¼ cups (300 grams) mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium bananas)
- 1½ cups (360 grams) whole buttermilk, room temperature
- ¾ cup (165 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup (113 grams) plus 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted and divided
- ¼ cup (50 grams) plus 3 tablespoons (36 grams) granulated sugar, divided
- ¼ cup (56 grams) vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs (200 grams), room temperature and divided
- 1 tablespoon (15 grams) bourbon
- 1½ teaspoons (9 grams) vanilla bean paste, divided
- 3 cups (375 grams) plus 2 teaspoons (6 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
- 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
- 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 6 ounces (170 grams) cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup (50 grams) sanding sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine banana, buttermilk, brown sugar, ½ cup (113 grams) melted butter, ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar, oil, 3 eggs (150 grams), bourbon, and 1 teaspoon (6 grams) vanilla bean paste; beat at medium-low speed until well combined, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 3 cups (375 grams) flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to banana mixture, beating until combined and stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Transfer batter to a large bowl.
- Clean bowl of stand mixer and paddle attachment. Using the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, remaining 3 tablespoons (36 grams) granulated sugar, and remaining 2 teaspoons (6 grams) flour at medium speed until smooth and well combined, 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add remaining 1 egg (50 grams) and remaining ½ teaspoon (3 grams) vanilla bean paste; beat at medium speed until smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
- Spray a 10-cup Bundt pan with baking spray with flour. Spoon 4 cups batter (about 956 grams) into prepared pan; forcefully tap pan on counter several times to release as many air bubbles as possible. Spoon a ring of cream cheese mixture in center of batter in pan, leaving a ¼-inch border around inside and outer edges of pan. (Cream cheese mixture will have the consistency of cheesecake filling, so you will be able to almost drizzle, rather than dollop, the mixture; it is fine if cream cheese mixture touches sides of pan in places.) Using a butter knife, gently swirl cream cheese mixture into batter using a folding motion. Spoon remaining batter on top, covering cream cheese mixture. Do not tap pan. (Pan will be quite full, but batter will not overflow during baking.)
- Bake for 45 minutes. Cover with foil, and bake until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean and an instant-read thermometer registers at least 200°F (93°C), 15 to 20 minutes more. (It’s OK if some cream cheese mixture peeks through surface of cake.) Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Invert cake onto a wire rack placed over a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, and let cool completely.
- Brush cooled cake with remaining 2 tablespoons (28 grams) melted butter; cover with sanding sugar, pressing gently to help adhere. Serve immediately.
FREEZE NOW, BAKE LATER: Bananas are excellent produce to stock in the freezer. Keep the bananas in their peel (this protects them from freezer burn and odors), and store in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Once you’re ready to bake, allow the bananas to defrost before peeling. The bananas should come out as purée—freezing breaks down the cell walls and naturally produces a mash.