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Starting with a box cake mix, this Banana Bundt Cake transforms into a tasty and irresistible banana cake that you absolutely will not want to stop eating.

Banana Bundt Cake on a white cake stand

When it comes to cakes, I really don’t have a specific “type” that I prefer over the other. I like all forms, cupcakes, sheet cakes, bundt cakes, you name it I’m all for it. And this Banana Bundt Cake is at the top of the list!

One thing that I will admit is that I’m obsessed with anything banana flavored. I could eat banana desserts every single day and not get sick of them at all.

You know what I mean, right? Banana bread, banana cream pie… I could go on. Anything I can use my brown bananas in is a plus!

That is why this sweet banana cake is one of my favorites! Add the cream cheese frosting and some chopped nuts, and you are literally in Heaven, at least I am.

When we make this cake, we really have a hard time stopping eating it. It is just that good. I may be biased because of my obsession with bananas, but once you try it, you will see.

It is moist and tender and is just a great all-around cake that you will want to keep on your rotation. Also, since it starts with a box cake mix, it makes it even easier and one we make more often.

I love a good homemade cake, but sometimes we like to take shortcuts, and that is absolutely okay! Some of the greatest recipes come from boxed mixes, like this Banana Bundt Cake.

Some of my other favorite banana desserts that we have on our site include: Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, Caramelized Banana Pudding Pie and Banana Pudding Dessert Cheese Ball.

overhead image of Banana Bundt Cake on cake stand

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Starting with a box cake mix helps this recipe come along quicker.
  2. The cream cheese frosting really compliments this cake and puts it over the top.
  3. It is moist and tender and a great cake to bring to gatherings.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Yellow cake mix (and ingredients on back)
  • Bananas
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cream cheese
  • Unsalted butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Whole milk
  • Pecans
ingredients needed to make Banana Bundt Cake

HOW TO MAKE BANANA BUNDT CAKE:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions in a large bowl. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg until well blended and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Mix in the baking soda. Add the mashed bananas to the cake mix and stir until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into your bundt pan and place in the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
collage of images showing how to make the batter for Banana Bundt Cake
  1. Transfer the cooked cake to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare your cream cheese frosting. With an electric or hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. 
  3. Add the powdered sugar a few tablespoons at a time and continue to mix until well combined. 
  4. Next, add in the vanilla extract, followed by the milk, a few tablespoons at a time. Continue to whip the frosting until a light and airy texture is achieved.
  5. Once the cake is fully cooled, spread the frosting across the cake with a spatula, or transfer the frosting to a piping bag (or ziploc with the tip cut off) to pipe thick layers of the frosting onto the cake. 
  6. Sprinkle the chopped pecans across the top of the frosted cake. Slice with a thin knife and serve!
collage of images showing how to bake and frost Banana Bundt Cake

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

No, this is a personal choice.

We like to add them for the extra flavor. But if you are looking for a straight-up banana cake, then you can absolutely leave those out.

If you do use them, you can use any of your favorite flavors of chocolate chips for this recipe: dark, semi-sweet, or milk. All will taste great.

Yes, this will work in your standard 9×13-inch baking pan. You can just mix everything as directed and bake according to the the box.

Make your frosting and then spread on top of the cake and then sprinkle with chopped pecans if desired.

a slice of Banana Bundt Cake on a cake server in air

If you are not a fan of cream cheese frosting you can use another.

A regular buttercream will work well, as well as chocolate. Those are our two defaults for this cake.

But like I say, use whatever you think would taste good and work with the flavors.

From the tender crumb to the delicious glaze, this easy banana bundt cake recipe can be altered to fit your taste buds!

  • Peanut Butter Chips: For a delightful twist, mix peanut butter chips into the batter to complement the banana flavor.
  • Toasted Coconut: Sprinkle toasted coconut over the frosting for a crunchy, tropical flair.
  • Almond Slices: Add almond slices for a nutty texture that goes great with banana recipes.
  • Raisins: Incorporate raisins for a sweet and chewy contrast in the moist banana cake.
  • Espresso Powder: Enhance the chocolate flavor by adding a teaspoon of espresso powder to the cake mix.
  • Caramel Bits: Stir in caramel bits for gooey surprises in each slice of the best banana cake.
  • Orange Zest: Add a bit of orange zest to the batter for a fresh, citrusy note.
  • Spices: Mix in a pinch of clove and nutmeg for a warm spice that elevates the cake.
  • Raspberry Jam: Swirl in some raspberry jam before baking for a fruity flavor boost.
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache: Top the frosted cake with a rich dark chocolate ganache for a luxurious finish.

Sure thing! Get out your bundt cake pan and try a couple of these ideas. It’s delicious recipes like this one that really make my day.

  • Whole Wheat Flour: Substitute all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour mixture for a healthier version, slightly adjusting the moist texture.
  • Honey: Replace granulated sugar in the cake with honey for a natural sweetness and richer banana flavor.
  • Avocado Oil: Use avocado oil instead of butter for a heart-healthy fat option in the cake batter.
  • Greek Yogurt: Swap sour cream with Greek yogurt in the frosting to reduce fat and add protein.
  • Apple Sauce: For a lower calorie option, replace half of the butter with unsweetened apple sauce, which keeps the cake wonderfully moist.
a slice of Banana Bundt Cake on white plate with banana slices

HOW TO STORE:

Since this has cream cheese frosting, this will need to be kept in the refrigerator covered or in an airtight container where it will keep for up to 3-4 days.

This can also be frozen, you can freeze with or without the frosting – but it is much easier to freeze without. Place your delicious cake in a freezer container like a freezer bag and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

If frozen unfrosted, let defrost on the countertop and then frost. If frozen frosted, let defrost in the refrigerator.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Chocolate chips are optional.
  • This is a great recipe to use up your overripe bananas in!
  • This can be made in a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • If you are not a fan of cream cheese frosting others can be used, I listed some above.
  • If you’re at high altitude, but sure to look up the needed adjustments.
  • The pecans on top are optional.
a fork holding up a bite of Banana Bundt Cake in air

Canana lover and want something to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours?

This Banana Bundt Cake is just what you have been looking for.

If you’ve tried this BANANA BUNDT CAKE, let me know in the comments how it turned out! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes!

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5 from 3 votes

Banana Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Starting with a box cake mix, this Banana Bundt Cake transforms into a tasty and irresistible banana cake that you absolutely will not want to stop eating.
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients
  

For the cake:

For the cream cheese frosting:

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions in a large bowl. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg until well blended and set aside.
    1 box yellow cake mix and ingredients required for prepared cake mix, 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Mix in the baking soda. Add the banana mixture to the cake mix and stir until well combined.
    2 overly ripe bananas, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into your bundt pan and place in the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • Transfer the cooked cake to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • Meanwhile, prepare your cream cheese frosting. With an electric or hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Add the powdered sugar a few tablespoons at a time and continue to mix until well combined.
    1 cup powdered sugar
  • Next, add in the vanilla extract, followed by the milk, a few tablespoons at a time. Continue to whip the frosting until a light and airy texture is achieved.
    ½ teaspoon vanilla, 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • Once the cake is fully cooled, spread the frosting across the cake with a spatula, or transfer the frosting to a piping bag (or ziploc with the tip cut off) to pipe thick layers of the frosting onto the cake.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pecans across the top of the frosted cake. Slice and serve!
    ½ cup chopped pecans

Notes

  • Chocolate chips are optional.
  • This is a great recipe to use up your overripe bananas in!
  • This can be made in a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • If you are not a fan of cream cheese frosting others can be used, I listed some above.
  • If you’re at high altitude, but sure to look up the needed adjustments.
  • The pecans on top are optional.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer
Course Baked Good, Dessert
Cuisine American

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