Banana Molasses Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

8 Nov

I think like many others I watch Hurricane Sandy rip through the east coast last week. It was crazy to see the water, wind and flooding. I was glued to CNN steadily watching the water rise. I don’t think it was really apparent how bad the destruction was until the light of day.

I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know what. I wanted to reach out from way over here and give a big hug to all those affected by this frankenstorm. I was on twitter and saw that a tweet from Barb at Creative Culinary  about Food Bloggers Support for Sandy.

Post something comforting that you would give to someone affected by this storm and a link for readers to donate.  That I could do.

I wanted something that would make the whole house smell delicious. Something to warm the soul. I decided on a banana molasses bundt cake. I actually made vegan cookies a while ago that had banana and molasses in them and love the combination.  Oh and frosting.  It had to have frosting, so I decided on a cinnamon cream cheese frosting, all fluffy on top.

This cake is extremely moist and the molasses flavor is mild yet interesting. The cake is dense and rich and perfectly comforting.

Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or  you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

I don’t have really any expendable money but I donated a small amount. Every little bit helps.

Banana Molasses Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Molasses Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c butter - room temp
  • 1 1/2 c packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c molasses*
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs - room temp
  • 4 large bananas - very ripe - mashed
  • 3 c all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 c sour cream - room temp
  • *I used cooking molasses which has a stronger flavor than fancy molasses. Most baking goods call for fancy molasses, either will work in this recipe.
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/4 c butter - room temp
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese - room temp
  • 2 1/2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

    Banana Molasses Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your standing mixer with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until completely combined, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in your molasses and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  5. Scrape down your bowl and add in eggs one at a time and mix until just combined.
  6. Pour all of your mashed bananas in the bowl and mix for about 10 seconds.
  7. Add in 1/2 your bowl of dry ingredients, then all of your sour cream and then the rest of your dry ingredients. You don't want to overmix so only mix each addition for under 10 seconds. You don't want large pockets of flour but small flour streaks are ok.
  8. Pour into your prepared bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick insert comes out clean.
  9. Leave cake in the pan for 10 minutes and then flip onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
  10. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  11. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and cream cheese together on medium for 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl once.
  12. Sift in confectioners sugar and cinnamon, add in vanilla.
  13. Beat on low until the sugar is completely incorporated. Once your cake is cooled completely add frosting to the top 1/2 of the cake.
  14. Cake adapted from Cake Dutchess
  15. Enjoy!
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5 Responses to “Banana Molasses Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie November 8, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    I want to lick that frosting right off, and then devour it all.

  2. Jenn November 8, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Thanks so much for participating – and you are so right, every little bit helps! The cake looks absolutely wonderful.

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust November 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I know, it’s crazy seeing all the photos. We are doing a bake sale for the red cross this weekend. This cake looks so good too! All those flavors…a party in your mouth!

  4. Jayne November 9, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    This looks and sounds so good! I can’t believe Ive never made cinnamon frosting before!

  5. Rayna November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    This looks amazing! I have to bring a baked good for church this Sunday and this would be perfect except the bananas wouldn’t be ripe in time..maybe next month I can make it.

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