Sunday, March 22, 2015

Boozy Banana Cake

This recipe reminds me of home in the Caribbean since it includes both bananas and alcohol. I had some bananas that had to be used sooner rather than later so I decided to make a boozy banana cake this weekend.


For Cake

1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
5 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)
2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp brandy (optional)
4 tbsp golden rum
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup sour cream

For Rum Glaze

(The rum glaze is optional but it adds a lovely, sticky, tasty glaze to the cake, especially if you're going to eat it while it's warm.)

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup rum


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare (grease and flour or coat with cooking spray) a 10 inch Bundt pan or two 8 inch round cake pans.
  2. Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Beat in the mashed bananas, vanilla, brandy and rum.
  5. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt over the batter. Mix on low speed until no streaks of flour remain.
  6. Fold in the sour cream.
  7. Pour into cake pan(s), (The batter will be somewhat runny.)
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes for round cakes or 60-80 minutes for a Bundt cake.
  9. While the cake is baking, prepare the rum glaze:
    • Combine the butter, water and sugars in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the rum.
  10. Remove cake from the oven and place on wire racks. Allow to cool slightly for about 5 minutes. 
  11. Poke hoes in the cake using a toothpick or small skewer and pour about 1/4 cup of the glaze over the cake.
  12. Allow to cool for 5 more minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and place on a platter.
  13. Spoon more glaze over the cake, little by little.
I know it seems like a lot of work but this is actually an easy, non-fussy cake that tastes quite delicious.


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