Amidst the madness that reigns: the day job, my house and social obligations; blogging seems to be the perfect antidote for my overworked mind and body. You want to come back at the end of the day and unwind with a glass of wine and enjoy the lovely concoctions your fellow bloggers have created, so what if they’re only virtual.
It’s on the weekends that I get that window to bake. The act itself is reassuring, let alone the happiness heralded by comfort food. Nothing quite like sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight snack and helping yourself to a sliver of cake.
Every baker has their go-to recipe for a banana cake. And there are hundreds of variations too: raisins, cinnamon, walnuts, chocolate chunks, pecans, caramel, streusel, … the possibilities are endless. One of the variants I absolutely love is the one with rum. A simple cake with ripe bananas. Laced with rum, a little sweet and moist makes it a perfect tea and coffee accompaniment.
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1½ cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 3 ripe, medium bananas, mashed (about 1 – 1¼ cups)
- 3 tbsp dark rum
- 2¾ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp dark rum
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ – 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 10-inch bundt pan or 6 mini bundt tray
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light.
- Beat in the eggs one by one, beating till incorporated
- Beat in vanilla extract, vegetable oil, mashed bananas and rum.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mix and stir to combine. Add in the buttermilk, followed by the remaining flour mixture.
- Pour batter into prepared pan
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Beat together rum, milk, vanilla and about ½ cup confectioners sugar in a bowl until smooth.
- Gradually blend in additional confectioners sugar until you have a glaze that is smooth and thick enough to drizzle over the cake.
How do you like your banana bread? Share your favorite banana bread / cake recipe.
33 Responses to Banana Rum Cake
Oh doesn’t this look great?? You’re right, we all have our go-to recipe
for banana cake/bread… I always add chocolate morsels to mine, and sometimes pecans and rum. And I’ve even tried coconut, probably because it was in the pantry!!
Love those mini-bundts and the drizzle. Cheers!
So this one was that another Banana Bonanza you were talking about on Twitter! Love those cute mini sized cakes. And adding to that..Rum in it is making me crazy to try it soon.
Love it! Banana!? You’ve got me hooked dear!
ooo, this looks wonderful! I make a rum cake every holiday season; this is a nice twist I’ll have to try. ;D
Lovely mini cakes! I rarely bake with bananas, kinda childhood scar I think… but every now and then I might use their cozy feeling :-))
Do you mind if I’d add nuts in them? ;pp
Alessio: Thank you for stopping by. I also do a variation with chocolates and walnuts. What do you fancy?
they look cute ! banana & rum sounds perfect to me :D i’m looking fwd to all banana recipes ;-)
Yes we all do have our favorite special banana cake recipe but oooh does this look and sound good. A must try!
outrageously yummy! Love it and bookmarking to try – cheers, priya
They do look really inviting.
We have a banana soft cookies recipe (on our blog) that we love but those little cakes have been added to our list of “let’s try this soon” recipes.
Thanks for sharing it.
Oh my goodness – I want this so badly with a strong cup of Earl Grey Tea. :-) I can’t wait to get settled in my new place so I can start baking again. I will have to make this for my brother and sis-in-law one rainy Amsterdam afternoon. :-)
I’m with you! So what if we share our goods only virtually for now ;-). Now I want to use my bundt pan, too! You know I love rum and I love bananas. I’m a girl from the tropics, what can I say?
Thanks for sharing this, An.
I adore banana cake, adding rum to it is just brilliant! For almost every Birthday I would request banana cake! Love the mini banana cake, then I don’t have to share, bonus:-)
Sounds and looks perfect! I’m going to try this even if it means sneaking in some rum while the Gods look on distastefully ;)
Ha! What about the eggs?!
The one thing that decides me on whether I’d like to try someone else’s recipe, is if I can “taste” it in my head as I read it. This is definitely one of those recipes. I can actually “taste” this version of banana cake with the rum making a perfect accent flavor. Bookmarked & SU’d. Love it!
This is the perfect weekend treat! Love that rum drizzle.
Banana rum? How good does it sound. Two of the things that I love in acake form. Yum. Absolutely yum!
I’m witfh you blogging is an antidote for a tiring job hehe.
Like I said on Twitter: this is a taste of the Caribbean! J’adore those mini cakelets and the rum drizzle looks amazing :)
Banana is a favorite!! Luv it. Banana nut bread, banana cake, hummingbird cake, etc., etc., Luv banana baked goods. Working on a little banana project myself to hopefully post soon ;-).
Luv the rum drizzle, what a cool touch, wish I could eat one for breakfast right NOW!! Thanks for sharing.
Like this just the way it is-banana and rum. No nuts raisins or all that other stuff. Just those two ingredients in the form of a cake is heavenly-fantastic looking cake-yum!
Great sounding recipe and lovely looking little cakes. Your plate is very pretty too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Aw.. Thanks Paula.
wow these look so good! yummy flavors too. it’s a win for me!
Those cakes look so tempting! I love rum in desserts and pastries. So irresistible.
Banana cake is one of my favorite things. Love the simplicity of the cake. The flavor and aroma of bananas. The texture. The moistness. Adding rum just takes in to the next level. Beautiful piece, An.
Thanks Jun. :)
Those banana cakes look so lovely! I love the added dark rum.
Wow! What a superb banana rum cake ! I love rum in anything, and bananas make it even more appealing! Thanks for sharing!
OOops, clicked my comment too fast and forgot to rate your banana rum cake. So sorry! I think it is really yummy-licious, just by looking at it. I can even smell the rum just by closing my eyes!
Thanks Elizabeth.. :)
banana cake is one of the few “cakes” i bake. Yep im not a baker myself so Muffin monday with you guys would be challenging for me haha.
Now you have drizzled run on the cake I usually bake huh? now that makes me even want to bake banana cake again sometime soon and spike them with rum just like you did!
I never made banana rum cake but that would be a love snack for midnight. Catching up with blogger friends and tweeting and chatting and looking at their creative is something I probably cannot stay without anymore :)