Wednesday, September 12, 2012

#BundtaMonth-Banana Zucchini Bundt Cake

I’ve loved baking Bundt cakes since my kids were little. Baking a Bundt is homey and comforting. There’s something about a round Bundt with the glaze drizzled down the side that is irresistible. Perfect for coffee or tea time with friends or to bring to a party.

It’s lovely that Lora (Cake Duchess)and Anuradha (Baker Street) collaborated to form a monthly baking group dedicated just to Beautiful Bundts: Bundt a Month!

What is #BundtaMonth all about?

Here’s the challenge:
Anuradha and Lora will pick an ingredient and announce it the first week of every month. All you Bundt loving bakers need to do is use your imagination on how you’d like to incorporate it and bake a Bundt – mini Bundt or large Bundt – and link it up to their blogs throughout the month. It's that simple! 
We decided to be creative with zucchini in our September Bundts.

Check out what our Bundt loving baking friends created for this month:

Anuradha from Baker Street baked Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

Here's how to bake with #BundtaMonth:

- Bake your September #BundtaMonth Zucchini Bundt.
- Post it before September 30, 2012.
- Use the #BundtaMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read - #BundtaMonth: Chocolate Zucchini Bundt)
- Join the Bundt baking party! Share your link it to our blog hop by clicking here or here.
- Link back to both Anuradha’s and Lora’s announcement posts.



Mixing zucchini, banana and spices make a wonderful September Bundt cake.


Banana Zucchini Bundt Cake

yield: one cake-serves 12 – 16
adapted from Martha Stewart and Dorie Greenspan

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. salt
2/3  cup canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 whole eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
1 ½ cups mashed overripe banana (about 2 large bananas)
1 ½ cups grated zucchini, drained on towel (about 1 large zucchini)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a Bundt pan, set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the oil and sugar until combined (about 2 minutes). Beat in the eggs one at a time until light and fluffy (about another 3 minutes). Beat in the vanilla and scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all the ingredients.

With the mixer on low, mix in 1/3 of the flour mixture until fully incorporated and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in ½ cup of the sour cream and mix again until combined. Alternate with the remaining flour mixture and sour cream, ending with dry ingredients. Stir in bananas and zucchini until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until cake tester inserted into center comes out clean. *I check my cakes at 30 minutes and with this cake, I lowered the heat to 325 for the remaining baking time.

Lemon Glaze:
juice of 1 lemon
1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Juice lemon and whisk in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until right consistency (I test it on my finger.If it doesn’t run down my finger, it’s ready). Remove cake from oven and allow to cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes before turning out onto rack and cooling completely. Drizzle glaze over cooled Bundt cake.

Have fun baking your Bundt!

...also linking to:Hearth and Soul Blog, @Zesty South Indian Kitchen

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Kate@Diethood said...

Ah great minds think alike!! We both went for that banana! :) But, I'll have to try it with sour cream... that sounds even better!

Now Serving said...

Mmm mmm -- delicious - what a super delicious bundt!

Kate | Food Babbles said...

Bananas and all those warm spices... I love this bundt! It looks gorgeous and I just want to reach in and take a bite right now.

Baker Street said...

What a gorgeous bundt, Lizzy! I love the glaze on top! Banana and zucchini with ginger and cinnamon sounds perfect! :)

Priya said...

Never thought of making cake with this banana zucchini combo, this combo rocks.

Renee Dobbs said...

I can just taste this cake now! Banana breads and cakes are so good for afternoon coffee or tea time. This one sounds like it would be so moist and good.

knitstamatic said...

I so agree that Bundts are homey and comforting cakes. And of course the combination of banana and zucchini - a keeper (great minds LOL). Happy baking along with you!

ping said...

That's a seriously good looking bundt cake, Elisabeth! Great pics!

CJ - Food Stories said...

I love your banana zucchini version ... Happy Wednesday :-)

Katalin said...

Elisabeth, gyönyörű lett a kuglófod! Gondolom, hogy gyorsan fogott.

Kati said...

Csodaszép:) Én is rég gondolkodom, hogy jó lenne kipróbálni a cukkinit valamilyen sütiben:)

Curts Delectables said...

What a great change of pace... banana and zucchini thats such a great combination.. do you ship?

Pegasuslegend said...

you know your such a genious! I have made many combo's never once thought of banana's... how awesome this must be.. leave it up to you to make another cake for me to try out! :) nice one my friend!

Sissi said...

Elisabeth, I was going to say how beautiful your cake is but unfortunately not for me (I'm not a big fan of floury, heavy cakes), but as soon as I saw the third photo, I realised this is not an ordinary Bundt cake! It sounds like a marvellous soft and moist delight with beautiful spots of zucchini and creamy bananas. I love your creative idea! You have completely changed my vision of the bundt cake!

marisz57 said...

Gyönyörű, gusztusos ez a kuglóf! De jó lenne beleharapni!

The KitchenMaid said...

Zucchini and banana - that's inspired (and two of your 5+ a day, in cake form!)
I have to get to grips with getting cakes out of my bundt tin successfully before I even think about this challenge!
Thanks for your message about the follows - you're still in my reader, so no problems at my end.

Neela Rufus said...

lovely cake! i'm following can visit my blog and follow me too :)

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious bundt cake Elisabeth, Thanks for linking to Hearth and Soul Blot hop. I am planning to bread for 12 loaves, I will join this group next month, as my hubby is not fan of zucchini in dessert.

Patty said...

Ok...this sounds wonderful and actually looks wonderful, too...I know I have a bundt pan somewhere!

Phong Hong said...

I have a bundt pan (or do I have 2?) sitting somewhere collecting dust. Its time to get them out and join the fun! Your bundt cake is awesome!

Zsuzsa said...

Oh Elisabeth this is lovely! I do have an unrelated question though. Someone is looking for a Jewish recipe - he said it was a kuglof with chocolate and cinnamon that caramelized on the bottom. I have been trying to figure out what this could it be. I am not sure if it was a kuglof [bundt cake] or something else with a similar name. Do you have any ideas?

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

That looks so moist and delicious. I only just got my first bundt pan so now I need to play with it!

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Hi Elisabeth, thanks for the idea: I just recently bought a bundt pan, so need to put it to use... Your's look lovely! :)

Petra said...

Cukkinit még nem mertem sütibe tenni, de úgy gondolom nagyon finom lehet a végeredmény. Több napig puha marad?
CSodás a fotón. :)

Illéskrisz Konyhája said...

Annyira tetszik ez a cukormáz. Úgy feldobja vele a süteményt! Nekem van egy mákos kevert süti receptem, ahhoz nagyon el tudnám képzelni... Guszta!

Chic & Gorgeous Treats said...

The photos are simply beautiful! I love the drizzles of the frosting. PERFECT! I completely agree with you. There is something about bundt cake that screams homey and comforting. I never tried banana and zucchini before and am bookmarking it. It is definitely something new to me =). Take care! Huggss

Angie's Recipes said...

Now I regret that I didn't pick up some zucchinis from the market this morning. The bundt cake looks super duper delicious!

Juliana said...

Wow Elisabeth, your bundt cake looks awesome, although I never had the combination of zucchini and banana, I can tell you that I will like it...I really need to try this recipe.
Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe and hope you are having a great week :)

Paula said...

I just read a post where the baker added peanut butter to her chocolate chip banana bread. Looked really good. Now I see this banana zucchini bundt and now have two new dessert recipes to try. This looks wonderful!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Bundt's are wonderful cake - and this is a total winner! delicious :)
Mary x

Elisabeth said...

Zsuzsa, I do know what this kuglof=loaf, instead bundt you've mentioned. It's most likely BABKA, which does have the chocolate, and cinnamon; but it is a yeased loaf. Just happened to see it at Panera Bread where we had lunch today with my daughter. i hope that will help!

Elisabeth said...

Neela, I'm not seeing where you are following me, perhaps on Google+...but I don't see anything there about your blog, so I cannot follow you!

Elisabeth said...

Swathi, thanks for planning to bake for 12 loaves next month. It's ironic how some people do not like vegetables in desserts...nothing unusual about that. I still have a problem accepting beets in chocolate cake!

Elisabeth said...

Petra, a cukkini süteményben nagyon finom, és igazán puha marad több napig. Köszönöm a kedves szavakat!

Pacheco Patty said...

Loving the monthly Bundt cake theme and oh how I enjoy baking bundt cakes, I think they are the perfect fancy cake to make for friends or family- the glaze looks perfect;-) Wonderful flavors of Banana and zucchini with a lemon glaze on top, yummy!
Enjoy your weekend Elisabeth;-)

Zsuzsa said...

Thank you Elisabeth. Much appreciated!

Cake Duchess said...

Beautiful Bundt cake. I just love the moistness from the bananas and zucchini. The drizzle was perfect and so pretty:)Thanks for baking with us this month!!xo

lena said...

hi elisabeth, i always like seeing bundt cakes with glaze but honestly, i'm not good in glazing cakes, so scared of pouring that glaze on top of the cake..scared that it will mess up my cake, LOL! NOt sure if i can make it for the zucchini theme but i just made something for tweleve loaves. How's your cheese bread? attempted it again? btw, the link that you provided for ' here and here' is broken. Have a nice weekend, ya!

Elisabeth said...

Hi Lena, all you have to do is to make sure the glaze is not too thin...better to have it thick and keep adding only one drop of the liquid at a time for the right consistency. Use a large soup spoon to drizzle and it will not mess up your cake.

I will try to attempt my cheese bread again this weekend. Hope it will turn out this time. Thanks for letting me know about the link...will fix it now! xo

mia xara said...

Hi Elisabeth, your Bundt looks so mouth-watering!! The combination of ingredients is very interesting,I really have a craving for it!! Have a great weekend, XO

Csilla said...

Gyönyörű! Eddig még csak(félve) lekvárhoz tettem cukkinit, de tökéletesen működött. Gondolom ennél a sütinél sincs ez másként. :)

Lizzy Do said...

So moist and beautiful!!! And the drizzle is just perfect!!! I'd love to join you for a slice, Lizzie. Happy Sunday~

Asmita said...

This is such a gorgeous bundt. Would love a big slice of it, please.

Kathy said...

Oh Elizabeth, This cake looks heavenly!! I would love a piece with my morning tea…or maybe afternoon tea!! Actually I would love a piece anytime at all! A great recipe!

Shabs said...

Wowowowo, this cake looks wonderfully delicious , good recipe Elisabeth ,I have lots of recipes to try , since i have been missing all this for a couple of months . Take care :D

wanna said...

Szép, tetszik nagyon! Csodás dolgokat készítesz!

Amelia said...

Hi Elisabeth, your bundt look sooo good and very well baked. Love the combination and I'm sure it taste extremely good. I like the drizzle on top the cake. yum yum

Have a nice week ahead, with hugs and lots of love to you.