Browned Butter Banana Bundt Cake

by cakeduchess on May 19, 2012 · 32 comments

Sometimes you have to avoid certain food memories. Not because you have a strange aversion to them. Most times it could be the complete contrary. Like you have an obsessive attraction to them. I confronted one of those elicit food memories with this Browned Butter Banana Bundt Cake. 

One of those food memories I have successfully avoided is using browned butter in baking. I’m so proud of myself. I really am. I avoided the seductive culprit since last summer. The recipe that caused me to run and never look back was these cookies. Oh, these cookies: Browned Butter and Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I’m getting goose bumps just typing its name! Bad. So bad that they were so good. So good that they were the most delicious cookies we’ve baked here to date. Our cousins visiting from Italy that month had me bake them a couple more times before they left. Browned butter heaven.

And then I thought about it again and how wonderful it would be in a bundt with bananas.
I’m so glad I gave in to temptation. Aren’t you?

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I’m so glad I gave in to temptation. Aren’t you?

I found a recipe here on my sweet friend Yuri’s blog. Yuri slightly adapted the recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Basic Bundt. Then I adapted it some more adding browned butter, brown sugar, and buttermilk. There’s also a little whole wheat flour to make it just a little healthy. This cake is moist and wonderful. You could put a glaze on it or not (I ended up glazing half to please my hubs that prefers it without).  Do with it as you please. You simply just must make it!:)

Browned Butter Banana Bundt Cake
adapted from Chef Pandita via Dorie Greenspan

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz. butter (3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups banana puree
1 cup buttermilk (or sour cream)


Preheat oven to 350F.

Grease and flour your bundt pan (regular 12 cup bundt pan). I personally prefer to use baking spray for bundt pans.

In  large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Let’s brown some butter: In medium-low heat, melt the butter. Rise the heat to medium and cook until the butter gently boils. Cook until the butter starts to brown and it develops a dark color. Carefully pour the browned butter into a bowl to cool for ten minutes.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy using the paddle attachment (you could also beat it with a hand mixer). Beat in the eggs one by one, waiting until each has been incorporated to add the next. Beat in vanilla extract and mashed bananas.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mix and beat on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate. Add in the buttermilk and beat until incorporated followed by the remaining flour mixture; scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate. 

Pour batter into prepared pan

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.

Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Powdered Sugar Glaze:
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla and about 1/2 cup confectioners sugar until smooth. Whisk in a little at a time the rest of the confectioners sugar until you achieve a glaze that is smooth. You want the glaze to be thick enough to to drizzle over the cake. Add more confectioners’ sugar as needed to obtain the right consistency.

Enjoy! Buon Appetito!

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

A Thought For Food May 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Adding brown butter to any dessert is a smart move. Actually, adding it to just about any dish is going to be brilliant. Love the look of this bundt cake! I can almost smell it!


Nisrine May 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Wow, what a texture! I love the sound of brown butter with banana. Brilliant.


Paula May 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Yes, Yes, Yes! I’m so glad you gave into temptation. This banana bundt looks as if I could eat it non-stop. Definitely going to try your recipe with my next batch of bananas!

I’ve never baked using brown butter before so I’m really anxious to taste.


JulieD May 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Omg, wow…anything and everything is better with brown butter. I definitely have to try this!


JoanneS May 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Sounds wonderful !! I’m going to give it a try Sunday ,I’ve never browned butter on purpose before :-)


Shulie May 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

You know I would love a slice along with my cup of tea. Been under the weather last couple of days and this would be super comforting!Love this seductive summer project!


Jennifer May 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Mmmm looks delicious.


Taylor May 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Browned butter is a huge weakness of mine!! You’re tempting me to buy extra bananas this week….


Swathi Iyer May 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

Browned butter banana bundt cake looks delicious.


Jan May 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

I love brown butter! The scent of it is so amazing. I’m sure pairing it with brown sugar and bananas must have been great! Yum :)


Julia May 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Amazing pictures! I love everything about the cake!!!!!


Lisa May 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Holt can you make banana cake better? Brown butter. OMG, Lora, it looks so moist and beautiful. I’m sure I could tackle the whole bundt in less than a week – dead serious.


Bestfoodies May 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm

This looks and sounds so good. I love bundt cake and I love banana anything so how could I go wrong. As usual you make everything look so good!


Baker Street May 21, 2012 at 4:01 am

Another great bundt cake recipe, Lora! Brown butter makes everything perfect! Congratulations on making top 9 today. :)


Zoe May 21, 2012 at 4:20 am

This browned butter Bundt recipe is a such classic basic and it looks so good! Poor thing that you are still getting shiver when you thinks of your browned butter failure… and hope that this cake will help you to recover your “shivers”.


Sonia May 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hi There, Congratulations for Top 9 !!!!!!
Wow…this recipe is looking so Appetizing. A very well made post with beautiful pictures. I can’t wait to try it on my island. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!


Priscilla @ShesCookin May 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Browned butter makes everything better! Now you made me look at the Molasses Chocolate Chip cookies, too :) Congrats on the Top 9!


D B May 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Have to agree with everyone who has commented above. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!


4evaRisa May 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Boy does this cake look good, sounds excellent too – what a flavor combo.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I just love baking bundt cakes… I’m not sure what it is, but I really love them. And, I’m loving the flavors in this one. Just perfect!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

What a gorgeous bundt cake. And I’m sure brown butter gives off such a nutty flavor. Will have to try this soon!


Carolyn May 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

That is one gorgeous bundt, darlin’!


Terra May 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

Oh don’t run away from the browned butter, it is your best friend!!! This banana bundt cake looks AMAZING, and I bet even better with browned butter:-) Beautiful my friend! Hugs, Terra


Kim Bee May 22, 2012 at 5:58 am

Love this so much. This is a cake I could eat up all my my lonesome.


lena May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

browning the butter! sounds like something good to incorporate them into cakes. Your cake looks gorgeous. I might have a bundt cake post later..cos i still hvnt drafted it yet. i’ll try to link it up. Thanks!


Sandra May 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I’ve been avoiding the brown butter phenom because I know I’ll be hooked. However, you’re tempting me big time and I may have to give in. This cake looks amazing!

Reply May 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

This looks awesome! I mean, banana cake is delicious enough on its own, but browned butter makes everything better.


Vicki @ WITK May 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Give in to temptation! Eat lots of browned butter! :) This looks yummy


Emily May 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

yumm! bundt cake is such fun. this one looks delicious!


Jackie May 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Just wondering if you meant add the next 6 ingredients rather than 4? As long as you have made it in the springform pan what was the baking time? Is there a baking time difference in the bake it right away state as to the refrigerated state?


Cake Duchess May 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hi Jackie-It seems you may be referring to a different cake. I don’t mention baking in a springform pan and also don’t mention refrigeration or a list of adding next 4 ingredients. You can email me if you’d like:)


JoanneS June 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I made it this week , the best banana cake ever !! I


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