Make the cakes up to two weeks ahead. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and freeze, omitting any garnish. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, and then dust or glaze. Look for mini Bundt pans at kitchen emporiums or big box stores. Be sure to coat the cups of the mini Bundt pan well with baking spray with flour added. Cakes will stick if you use regular cooking spray. Although the mini cakes are really cute, you can bake one large cake, if you prefer. It'll just need to bake longer, about 45 minutes total.
Baking spray with flour (such as Baker's Joy)
13.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3 cups)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 cup chopped ripe banana
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat 18 mini Bundt cups with baking spray.
Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
Place granulated sugar and 12 tablespoons butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold banana, pecans, and pineapple into batter.
Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 5 minutes in pans on a wire rack; remove from pans.
Combine powdered sugar, bourbon, melted butter, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cakes.
Doubling Up: You'll only need a touch of the bourbon glaze, but for sugar hounds, you can double the glaze and garnish with more.
This is a delicious bundt cake. I have opted to skip the cinnamon since I'm not a huge fan in most desserts. No problem there, it was still yummy! I agree that it is incredibly moist and a little crumbly, but that's not necessarily a bad thing ;) I have made this as mini cakes (these do, in fact, freeze incredibly well and aren't quite as moist) and as one large cake now and both are great.
This is a good solid recipe for a moist and flavorful cake. With the natural sweetness of banana and pineapple, you can skip the glaze if you are not much of a sweet tooth. The cake is enjoyable enough on its own without a glaze or frosting. Perhaps a dusting of powdered sugar on top would be sufficient as well. This made the most wonderful cake to have with coffee/tea.
Successful recipe alterations: Instead of buttermilk I used coconut milk, and it turned out fine. Instead of mini-bundt pans I used a single large bundt. For an aromatic and flavor boost, I added 1/8 teaspoon of cardamom and used Saigon cinnamon (slightly sweeter than regular).
Important tip: Definitely use a nonstick spray on the bundt pan. Greasing the pan with butter and a dusting of flour did not work for me. Only the bottom 3/4 of the cake released, leaving the rest stuck to the inside of the pan. It wasn't pretty, but it was delicious!
This cake turned out delicious and was a hit at the party i took it to. I baked one large cake rather than the mini ones. It was almost too moist, so next time i might bake it another 5 minutes or so. Flavor was amazing.