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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Marbled Banana Bundt Cake

I have a secret. I've been avoiding bundt cakes. Like the plague.

Don't get me wrong, I think they're beautiful and I often find myself lusting after bundt cake recipes. Did you know there's a bundt cake recipe for just about any flavor you can imagine? You see, last time I made a bundt cake, it was a disaster. The flavor was spot on. I devoured that cake. But the cake itself looked pretty pathetic. Since then, I've considered myself a bundt cake failure and instead stuck to muffins and breads. Heck, I even braved cinnamon rolls! Finally I decided enough was enough and I faced my bundt cake fear.

Slam dunk! This bundt cake popped right out of the pan, in one beautiful piece, thanks to a VERY liberal butter & flour job. So this bundt, unlike the last, had more than just taste going for it (to be expected, with the banana chocolate combo). I may or may not have shrieked in excitement a few times.

Watch out...more bundts coming...

Marbled Banana Bundt Cake
adapted from Taste of Home

-1/2 cup butter, room temperature
-1 cup sugar
-3 eggs
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-3 ripe bananas, mashed
-2 cups all purpose flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 cup low-fat sour cream
-1/4 cup cocoa powder

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Flour & butter a 12-cup bundt pan.
2. Beat butter and sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in mashed bananas and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour half of the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Add the sour cream. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
4. Remove 1 1/2 cups of batter and mix with cocoa powder until well blender.
5. Pour 2/3 of the plain batter into the bundt pan. Top with cocoa batter. Add remaining plain batter. Using a knife, swirl batter gently.
6. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

This post is linked to Eat at Home.