The Best Banana Bundt Cake

Yogurt helps keep this banana-packed bundt cake nice and tender. Bonus: it tastes even better leftover!

With a toddler in the house, I always have a stash of bananas on hand. They’re great for snacking and especially great for baking! So when I saw a bunch getting extra ripe, I knew what I had to do…

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

This is Dorie Greenspan’s banana cake recipe, and it is FABULOUS! It’s nice and tender from a mix of super ripe mashed bananas and yogurt. I used low fat yogurt, but I’d love to try the sour cream variation as well.

As tradition would have it, I had a tough time getting this cake out of my bundt pan. I think next time I’ll cool it completely in the pan before flipping it out. I really greased the pan well, so I’m not 100% sure how this happened:

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Anyway, this cake tasted better and better the longer it sat in the fridge (not that it lasted too long)! I didn’t make the glaze and it really didn’t need it. I’m definitely curious about it though, so I may give it a try next time.

And there will be a next time!

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

Makes 1 bundt cake or 12 muffins

The Best Banana Bundt Cake

Yogurt helps keep this banana-packed bundt cake nice and tender. Bonus: it tastes even better leftover!


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature (1 cup or 2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
about 4 very ripe banana, mashed (1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups)
1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup sour cream (or a combination of the two)


  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350°F Generously butter a 9- to 10-inch (12 cup) Bundt pan. (If you use a silicone pan there's no need to butter it.) Don't place the pan on a baking sheet - you want the oven's heat to circulate through the Bundt's inner tube.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together.
  3. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg goes inches Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally, mix in half the dry ingredients (don't be disturbed when the batter curdles), all the sour cream and then the rest of the flour mixture. Scrape the batter into the pan, rap the pan on the counter to debubble the batter and smooth the top.
  4. Bake for 65-75 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check the cake after about 30 minutes - if it is browning too quickly, cover it loosely with a foil tent. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool to room temperature. If you have time, wrap the cooled cake in plastic and allow it to sit overnight before serving - it's even better the next day.
  5. OPTIONAL LEMONY WHITE ICING: Sift 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar into a bowl and squeeze in enough fresh lemon juice (start with 2 teaspoons and add more by drops) to make an icing thin enough to drizzle down the Bundt's curves.
  6. MUFFIN OPTION: Halve the recipe. You can add nuts or chocolate chips. Bake 28-32 minutes. Yields 12 muffins.


Recipe by Dorie Greenspan via

Nutrition Info Serving Size: 1 (85 g) Servings Per Recipe: 16 Amount Per Serving % Daily Value Calories 303.5 Calories from Fat 115 38% Total Fat 12.8 g 19% Saturated Fat 7.8 g 39% Cholesterol 55.7 mg 18% Sodium 248.2 mg 10% Total Carbohydrate 43.7 g 14% Dietary Fiber 0.6 g 2% Sugars 25.8 g 103% Protein 3.9 g 7%


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