The most flavorful, soft, tender, light and fluffy spiced banana cake is topped with a sweet maple brown sugar glaze. This Banana Bundt Cake With Maple Brown Sugar Glaze recipe is the BEST way to use up those overripe bananas!
I could pretty much eat this cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not feel an ounce of guilt about it. This cake is basically like a much lighter, fluffier banana bread! Consider this banana bread in cake form. It's chock full of bananas making it ultra-moist and sweet from all of the banana goodness and lots of cozy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. I LOVE adding these spices to banana recipes because they all pair so incredibly well together.
This recipe is one I've been coming up with for some time. I love a good upside down banana cake and I knew I wanted it to be as flavorful and moist as possible. With all of those bananas, spices and brown sugar, you know it's going to be good. Now, the cake is crazy flavorful on its own but paired with the brown sugar maple glaze (adapted from this amazing banana bread recipe), it is GOOD.
Why you'll love this recipe
- This recipe for banana bundt cake is a great make-ahead cake because it stays moist for DAYS and is even more flavorful the NEXT day or two!
- If you love banana bread, you are going to love this fluffier cake version. I like to call it banana bread cake!
- The sweet maple brown sugar glaze makes this cake a 1000/10.
- This cake is such a yummy way to use up those overripe bananas!
- Bananas: Very ripe makes this cake the most flavorful.
- Buttermilk: How to make buttermilk at home: Add 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar or fresh lemon juice to ½ cup of milk. Stir and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes util thickened.
Substitutions & Variations
- Add ½ cup chopped walnuts to the batter before baking.
How to Make Banana Bundt Cake With Maple Brown Sugar Glaze
For the cake:
- Beat butter until smooth. Beat in sugar until fluffy.
- Add rest of wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Gradually add dry ingredients and beat until just combined being sure not to over-mix.
- Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake.
For the Glaze:
- Whisk all glaze ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool slightly and pour over warm cake.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions.
When using a bundt pan, be sure to heavily grease it, being sure to get all areas very well. After greasing, flour the pan lightly and shake out the excess. This method will ensure your cakes never stick to your bundt pan again!
Brown sugar is simply granulated white sugar with the addition of molasses to give it its color and flavor. The difference between light and dark is that dark has more molasses added for a deeper flavor profile and light is more subtle.
The biggest difference is the shape of the pan. A regular 8-inch round cake pan holds up to 6 cups of batter and a standard bundt cake pan holds 10-12 cups of batter.
Grease your pan HEAVILY making sure to get all nooks and crannies. After greasing, flour your pan lightly and shake out excess. This method will ensure no sticking.
This banana bundt cake will stay fresh for up to 3 days stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
To freeze, wrap the whole completely cooled cake without the glaze in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Place the wrapped cake in a large freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight and allow cake to come to room temperature. Prepare glaze and drizzle before serving.
Banana Bundt Cake With Maple Brown Sugar Glaze
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- pinch salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar*
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 4 medium bananas 2 cups mashed
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup buttermilk*
Brown Sugar Maple Glaze
- 2 tbs unsalted butter
- 2 tbs pure maple syrup
- 2 tbs heavy cream
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a bundt pan very well, set aside.
For the cake
- In a large bowl, beat butter until smooth with no lumps. Add sugar and beat until fluffy and fully combined, scraping down as needed, about 2 minutes.
- Add eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil, mashed bananas, sour cream and buttermilk and beat until completely smooth. Slowly add flour mixture into your running mixer set to low speed and beat until just combined, don't over-mix.
- Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bang it down a few times to allow the batter to settle into the crevices and to remove any air pockets. Bake cake for 45-50 minutes or until a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Release the edges with a butter knife and transfer onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
For the glaze
- In a small saucepan, melt butter on medium-low heat. Stir in maple syrup and heavy cream. Allow it to heat up to a simmer, almost boiling but not quite. At this point, add the brown sugar, stir to combine and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes on low heat, stirring often.
- Remove from heat and let the glaze cool for 5 minutes. Pour warm glaze on top of the warm cake. Keep in mind: I did not use all of the glaze on my cake for photo purposes because I really wanted you to see the cake too, you will have much more to pour on top.
The provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Accuracy is not guaranteed.