Easy Banana Bundt Cake

Making a banana cake was never quicker! Add mashed bananas to a cake mix in this Easy Banana Bundt Cake recipe. Top with a cream cheese glaze.

Did you happen to try our 4 ingredient banana cake this past weekend? It’s so quick and easy!

Of course if you like homemade cakes we’ve got you covered, but today we’re sharing another cake that starts with a box cake mix and adds bananas.

Banana Bundt Cake with walnuts and glaze on a plate

Isn’t this Easy Banana Bundt Cake a beauty? You’d never know when taking a peek at it that it starts with a cake mix.

What do bananas do for cake?

Besides give cake amazing flavor, bananas make a cake extra moist. Sometimes you can use a banana to replace oil or eggs in cake. But for this recipe, we leave all of those ingredients in and still put in the bananas. Which means this Easy Banana Bundt Cake is SUPER moist!

cake ingredients in a bowl

How to Make Easy Banana Bundt Cake

Choose whatever brand cake mix you like best. Any of the major brands (or store brands) will work. (If you happen to only have a white cake mix, that will work too.)

  • In a large bowl, prepare the yellow cake mix according to the directions on the box. Set aside.
cake batter in a bowl with mixer
  • For this recipe you’ll use 2 ripe bananas. Bananas should not be totally black, but should have a nice amount of black spots on them. This means the bananas are sweet and will easily mix into the batter.
  • In a small bowl, mash the bananas and baking soda up until it’s nice and creamy. You can add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the banana mixture if you’d like to.
mashed bananas in a bowl
  • Add the banana mixture to the cake mix mixture and blend until well combined.
cake batter in a bowl with unmixed mashed bananas
  • Pour the batter into a greased 10-12 cup bundt cake pan.
bundt cake batter in a pan
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • Test the cake with a toothpick or touch the top of the cake to test for the doneness. The toothpick will come out clean and the cake will bounce back when you touch it.

How to Easily Remove Bundt Cake From the Pan

There are several different ways to ensure your bundt cake comes out of the pan. Here are a few options:

  • Use a non-stick pan.
  • Use Baker’s Joy. It’s a spray that helps cakes release easily from the pan. You can get it here.
  • Use Cake Release. It’s a homemade mix that works beautifully. We make up a big batch of this and keep it in the fridge for all of our cake baking.
  • The last option for greasing the pan is to grease with shortening, then dust the pan with flour. For best results use shortening instead of butter…and don’t forget the flour!
  • After the cake bakes, only let the cake cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. If the cake cools too much, the sugar may stick to the pan making the cake difficult to come out.

Remember that these are just general rules. Always follow the advice of the recipe you are using.

how to make cream cheese glaze with cream cheese in mixing bowl

Cream Cheese Glaze

Once the Easy Banana Bundt Cake is cooled you can whip up the cream cheese glaze. The butter and cream cheese should be at room temperature for the best textured glaze.

  • Cream together the cream cheese and butter until well combined.
  • Add in the vanilla extract. If you want to use a different flavor such as butter or rum extract, you can.
  • Add in the powdered sugar mixing well with each addition. Slowly add in the milk and mix until a nice drizzle has been reached and all of the lumps are gone.
  • Pour the glaze over your cooled cake.

**Pro Tip: If you pour the glaze over the warm cake, it will spread everywhere and not stay on the cake. Be sure the cake is cooled for the prettiest look.**

Easy Banana Bundt Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze and Walnuts on a wire rack

Does banana cake need to be refrigerated?

Banana cake is ok to store at room temperature. Keep it in an airtight container.

Can you freeze banana cake?

Yes! Banana cakes and breads freeze really well. Make sure that the cake is completely cooled before packaging it in an airtight container.

This cake will freeze well for up to 6 weeks. When you are ready to defrost the cake, allow the cake to come to room temperature before opening the container. This will ensure the cake stays fresh.

easy banana cake slice on a plate

How long can you keep a cake after baking?

Cakes are usually best if eaten within 2-3 days of baking it. You can freeze the cake if you need to keep it longer than 2-3 days.

square image Banana Bundt Cake
square image Banana Bundt Cake

Easy Banana Bundt Cake

4.41 from 5 votes
Making a banana cake was never quicker! Add mashed bananas to a cake mix in this Easy Banana Bundt Cake recipe. Top with a cream cheese glaze.
Servings 15
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
 

For the cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Ingredients needed from cake mix instructions
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

Make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a bundt cake pan with shortening, then dust with flour.
  • In a large bowl, prepare the yellow cake mix according to the directions on the box. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mash the bananas, cinnamon (which is optional) and baking soda up until it’s nice and creamy. Add the banana mixture to the cake mix mixture and blend until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, test with a toothpick for doneness.
  • Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes on the plate, then turn it out onto a plate to cool completely.

Make the glaze:

  • Cream together the cream cheese and butter until well combined.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and slowly add in the powdered sugar mixing well with each addition. Slowly add in the milk and mix until a nice drizzle has been reached and all of the lumps are gone.
  • Pour the glaze over your cooled cake.
  • Top with crushed walnuts.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 214
Keyword add bananas to cake, banana cake recipe, easy bundt cake, easy cake recipe, what to add to cake mix

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TOOLS TO MAKE CAKE

  • Bundt Cake Pan: This is a classic, must-have kitchen tool.
  • Bundt Cake Carrier: Store your cake in this carrier to keep it fresh and easy to transport!
  • Cake Plate: I have this cake plate and everyone loves it! It comes with the cute server too.

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Could you please tell me what size cake mix you used? I use gluten free ones that are 15.25 oz. Also how much banana cup wise is 2 bananas? They very greatly in size. Yhank you!

Banana cake is SUPER.

The recipe calls for 1 tsp. of cinnamon but the instructions don’t seem to use it?

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Great recipe. In my cake mix, I replaced oil with a cube of melted butter, replaced the water with milk & used 4 eggs instead of 3. Added some chopped pecans & it was delicious.
Thank you for sharing your recipes with us