May 15, 2007

Banana Bundt Cake

I am a estate sale, yard sale junkie. There, I have confessed it. As soon as the summer season comes around, I am usually looking out for estate sales, church sales or yard sales where I will browse around picking out things that I had no intention of buying. But it is the anticipation of the unexpected that interests me. Yes, I have also seen way too many episodes of "Antiques Roadshow" :)

So it was at a annual church sale couple of weeks ago, a friend's mother showed me the antique bundt cake mould. Built in early 1900's, it does not have the characteristic ridges of bundt cake. But it has an interesting clasp which opens the base to ease taking the cake out of the pan. This was my new treasure!

And it was in this pan, I baked my first bundt cake for my friend who just graduated. This is for you Dr. Niharika! I took pictures before I took the cake to the party. By the time we got to the desserts, we had had lot of food and a few drinks, so there is no sliced cake picture. But it was delicious and went well with the mango ice-cream.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tspoon baking soda
1 tspoon baking powder
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 tbspoon sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Grease the bundt pan with butter and dust with flour. Shake off the excess flour.

Preheat the oven to 325 deg F.

In a large bowl mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and the butter together. When they mix well and is fluffy add the sour cream and the milk. Whisk well.

Then add sugar slowly to the mix. When it all mixes well, add in the bananas.

Add flour to this mix slowly stirring well. I don't have a food processor, so I used a egg whisk and a fork alternately.

Pour batter in the bundt pan bake for 40 to 50 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool for 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve.

I found the original recipe at Baking and Books. For original recipe, click here. This is going to Monthly Blog Patrol - Something Sweet hosted by Coffee at The Spice Cafe.


  1. lovely cake. those antique utensils are precious, aren't they? i esp love the wooden and copper ones.

  2. Thats a gorgeous cake!!!!! Loved the finish that the vessel gives. :)

  3. thats a fabulous cake, oh my the vessel looks just right ...

  4. he he mandira...i too love Antiques Roadshows and love to shop at car boot sales. i too have picked few china dishes last week and they r really adorable:)
    girl, u r baking amazing things...

  5. Anonymous6:06 AM

    Great idea to use up some old bananas hehe, thanks Ahaar:)

  6. Oh, that bundt pan looks adorable! Old kitchen things are such a find. How sweet of you to bake a cake for your friend :)
    We are fans of antiques road show too. We joke about sending our dog to the show, because he is the only thing we own that is old and precious :D

  7. Anonymous7:28 AM

    :) nice to see good things being put to good use already. looks yum

  8. Looks great Mandira,Very nicely rised and perfect:)

  9. Thats a good find Mandira. The cake looks good too

  10. The cake looks yummm...I too have been thinking about this pan for some time now...looks like I'll have to get one...

  11. cake looks Yum! my mom has the mould back home & seeing the pics brought back beautiful memories :)

  12. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Oh an antique cake mould! Early 1900?? I wonder how many times it would have been filled with delicious batter and sent into the oven. My cake pan has the same kind of clasp for easy base removal. I thought it was quite an innovation. Well, apparently it was innovated much longer than I thought. Can you post a picture of just the brunt cake pan?
    Banana cake looks yummy too. I am sure it was a hit at the graduation party

  13. yummy one ...too looks so perfect

  14. Anonymous4:08 PM

    wow...great cake...ohhh wish I could bake such delights....~smile~

  15. what a find! That Bundt cake is lovely, can't even tell its from an older pan....
    since you can take the base out, you can make so much my aunt's famous "Apple Bavarian Torte", I'll send you the recipe along if you want it!


  16. Anonymous9:52 PM

    How nice that you found the pan! The cake looks delicious.

    Paz (who likes banana cake)

  17. interesting pan!
    Oh I have a few bananas in freeze, will use them for this lovely cake!

  18. Hi,
    Banana cake looks fabulous!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Mandira, thx for stopping by on my blog, The cake looks very delcious !!

  20. I don't have a bundt pan but I am definitely going to make that cake. It looks so moist. I would love a slice right now with a cup of tea :)

  21. The Cake and the muffins are awesome. Cheers.

  22. Thank you everyone. I'm sure to bake more cakes in this precious cake mould and will report back :)

    Bee - the copper antique utensils are gorgeous too. It's hard to find them though!

    coffee, roopa - thanks

    SC- U too? What did you get? tell, no show us!

    Melthing wok - thanks, some ripe bananas and you have a great looking and smelling cake :)

    Nupur - that sounds like a great idea. People at antiques roadshow love unusual finds :)

    sqrl/ta - did you use your vessels yet?

    Thanks Asha, Sandeepa.

    Sunita - there are so many shapes and moulds available, I'm sure you will find a good one.

    Richa - looking back, I remember a similar pan with my mom too. It came with the oven.

    Hema - it is a Kreamer mould. It was the base removal which was most attractive. I will post a picture soon.

    Deepa, Dilip - thanks

    Trupti - Thank you. The apple bavarian torte sounds like a great idea. I would love to try it. Please send me the recipe. Thanks :)

    Paz, Gattina - thanks, it came out really well and the smell of the banana cake was so delicious. I'm certainly a fan and am sure to make it again... soon!

    MT, Aruna - thanks.

    Cynthia - You can try the cake in a regular cake pan, I'm sure it will turn out good. Let me know how it turns out.

    Mythreyee - thanks

  23. hi mandira
    yummy looking cake.

  24. Anonymous7:21 PM

    What a beautiful cake, Mandira! Banana cake is one of my favorites. Just one little slice please....... :)

  25. Oh that's something... to find that old bundt pan to bake a cake. cake looks really good

  26. Thats realy a gorgeous cake. Looks wonderful....I like it....

  27. Anonymous6:09 AM

    i just can't wait to lay my hands and eat that delicious looking cake!
    thanks for the virtual treat, mandira. keep it going.

  28. hey Mandira,that bundt cake looks yummy.Can I come over with a cup of coffee?:)I wish I could go to a yard sale.My hubby won't allow me though,knowing I will buy the whole shop!LOL And thos orange pomegranate muffins look so to try this one for sure:)

  29. I have some bananas and want to make this. have to get the mold. it has come out so well. must be tasting yummy. I am craving!

  30. The cake looks beautiful and delicious, I love baking with bananas.

  31. The cake looks delicious--and congratulations on getting such a terrific cake pan. Love finds like that.

  32. Anonymous1:42 AM

    What a pretty cake! Your bundt pan sounds so interesting!

  33. Thats a good one Mandira... both the cake and the mould look great..

  34. Mandira,
    porono jhinisher moja ei alada, aar porono bhondhu jhonne bake kora o koto warm feeling daye
    great cake and that mould ,sure is a treasure ..
    hugs and smiles

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  36. Swapna, Linda - thank you. It's so delicious, I'll make it soon and save you a piece ;)

    Pravs, Sukanya - thanks. The cake pan was certainly a find!

    Bellur - Thank you. It was quite a treat for us too. Do keep visiting.

    Vini K - I agree, it's tempting to buy more that I need or have place for. I try to be good :)

    Sharmi - if you don't have this mould, you can try any bundt cake pans, or even a regular cake mould. Let me know how it turns out.

    Patricia, Sher, Amy - thanks. I had picked up the wrong mould till Michelle's mom pointed me to this pan. I came home, cleaned it thoroughly and got to work :) The results were amazing.

    Thanks Prema

    Jaya - toke dekhe khub khushi holam. pan ta besh bhalo, ami eyi cake ta abar baniyechi. Bondhur phd is a cause for celebration - khawa, dhawa aar adda. :)

    India counts - thanks for visiting. Will check out the portal.

  37. The inventor of the modern (1950s) Bundt pan died fairly recently. The NY Times ran a nice obit for him. They certainly are among the easiest and they always look good. You scored big with what looks like an original from old world Germany. I may not know a real antique when I see one, but I do know a good cake. : )

  38. Mandira,I love your Bundt cake.My blog roll is lazy ,didn't show until now with your new Pulao post which I loved too.But looks like comment section is not open in that post,so I came here to comment for both:))

  39. Susan, I agree. I don't know if this is the real "Kreamer mold 9" for bundt cakes, but it looks antique ;) Thank you

    Asha - thanks, the blogger changed the posts settings. Thanks for letting me know. It was quite delicious.

  40. hey mandyB, thanks for the cake! it was delicious!

  41. Thanks Niharika. I'm glad you liked it, I heard vodka rani got a piece too. ;)

  42. Anonymous11:50 AM

    We have a pan exactly like this one at home in Jaipur which you can put over a gas flame! I used to find it so hopelessly old fashioned but my mom still bakes cakes in it and they are so yum!The picture for your cake is really good - that's what sucked me in - he he - Durga

  43. Anonymous4:22 AM

    hi mandira, the cakes looks good and tempting. just browsing through cake bloggers and i came upon your site. Its good and well developed.i can draw inspirations from you.Am new to blogging and have just started a sugarcraft blog site on cakes. juts pass by and drop a comment for me to improve.

  44. looks wonderful!


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