Tuesday, August 4, 2009

TWD- Mini Banana Bundt Cakes

This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, chosen by the wonderful Food Librarian, was a must bake at our house. Everyone loves bananas (especially my little guy) and I justified eating a piece saying I needed the potassium to help with the pregnancy muscle cramps, haha. I used my cute mini bundt pan, an impulse buy from Williams Sonoma back when I was pregnant with my son (thank goodness it was heavily marked down the clearance table). That makes twice I've used it. Even if it was only 12 bucks, at two uses so far, that's yet to be a wise purchase. Compare that to the KitchenAid that has been used hundreds or thousands of times, amounting to pennies per use. I just need to keep telling myself that when I want to buy every fun pan (am I the only person that does that?)

So with my good excuse to use the cute pan and the nutritional need for the bananas, I made this recipe the day it was announced. I forgot to sub whole wheat flour but think that would turn out great in this recipe. I also used about 2 tablespoons less of the sour cream in exchange for some extra banana. I followed the recipe available on Serious Eats and it came together in a flash. I love that about banana bread. I added chopped pecans for the nut lovers in my family (which, if I keep baking with Dorie, I just might end up in that category- much to my mom's shock). This half recipe made the perfect amount for my six (one cup) mini bundt cakes.

The results? My husband wolfed these down. I sent them to his work to share, but everyone happened to be out of the office, so he ate them on his own. When I'm feeling a bit more ambitious, I'll make this again to serve with vanilla ice cream and a caramel sauce. He'd love that. The poor guy doesn't eat chocolate but I try to help him forget by dressing up other desserts. He always appreciates a TWD monthly line up with a few recipes he can enjoy. My favorite banana bread recipe is still the one my mom uses, from the Lion House Recipes (used for 3 bucks on Amazon, go go!). I have a few more bananas on my counter, a few more weeks being pregnant, and an eternity to cook for my non chocolate eater. I think I'll make that version soon and post it here. It's wonderful (and has less fat than Dorie's recipe!) Honestly, though, with bananas, butter, sugar, and pecans- I don't think you can go wrong!

27 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Perfect - I make excuses for buying new pans as well, and mini bundts only need one excuse - they're so cute!

Amanda said...

i love the mini pans, great purchase if you ask me :) We loved this cake and I will definitely be making it again. By request too!

Flourchild said...

Nice! Im glad you enjoyed this recipe. It's a winner!

Lauryn said...

Those are seriously the cutest little bundt cakes ever!!! I offically justify the $12 you spent, so worth it for those adorable little cakes!! :) Awesome!

Karen said...

Those are cute! :) I would like to buy some new pans and will have to use some of your excuses!

Tracey said...

I made mini bundts too - I think we have the same pan :) Yours looks wonderful! This was a delicious recipe!

Kasha said...

Those are adorable! I love Lion House recipes! Thanks!

TeaLady said...

Love the minis. I thought about using mine, but in the end decided we NEEDED the full sized cake.

Now, if I could justify buying a laptop just to use in the kitchen.... wonder how many times before it is 'paid' for.

Pamela said...

I think that $12 was wisely spent and you certainly are not alone in wanting all of the cute pans! They looks great.

What's for Supper? said...

Those minis look so cute. I should look for some little bundt pans like that!

Leslie said...

I'm loving the mini bundts! You know, you could add chocolate chips to one of them and save that one for you, and your hubs could have the rest. Just sayin'....

theeclecticconnoisseur said...

I love your mini bundt cakes. So cute! I started to add pecans to mine, but opted for chocolate chips instead. Next time I'll go with the nuts.

Clivia said...

Those mini bundts are adorable. If you lgazed them, they'd look like donuts - well, maybe donuts for two. Very pretty!

chocolatechic said...

I heart those mini bundt pans.

Jodie said...

Very fun! You sound so good at following a healthy pregnancy diet! OH! The Lion House! Yum!

Marthe said...

I love your mini bundt cakes, great shapes!!!

Kayte said...

Love the minis...have to go there more often. Mine stuck in the pan, but never fear, I just iced it anyway and the teens thought it was wonderful. Hope you are doing well in your pregnancy, best wishes for a safe and happy delivery!

Katrina said...

Awesome! I SWEAR I have a mini (silicone) bundt pan like that, but do you think I could find it for this week's recipe? NOooo. Anyway, I had fun with this recipe and loved it--but went out of town after making it and forgot my beloved computer!!! I'll be posting a two for one next week!

Barbara said...

I love these! Aren't the mini pans fun to use?

pinkstripes said...

I like your mini-banana bundt cakes. I'm glad they were a success. I'm digging the addition of pecans. I'm a nut-lover!

Melinda said...

I've wanted one of those mini bundt pans for a long time. You're lucky you got yours on sale! Those cakes look great! They look like the perfect little thing to give to people on their birthday.

lasinthekitchen said...

Your mini-bundt cakes are soooo cute! Since I plan on making these for Christmas gifts these year, that's my rational on buying a mini-bundt pan...
How cool is that - a dessert that is nutritious for you and the baby! =)

Mary Ann said...

What cute little baby cakes! I want that pan too :)
Thanks for your kind words.

The Food Librarian said...

Those mini bundts are so cute that that makes them worth it! Love the story about your husband and his "sharing"! LOL. Thanks so much for baking along with me this week!! -mary the food librarian

myfamousrecipe said...

Your banana bundt cakes look lovely. It's funny, I'm often lamenting the lack of variety in my baking pans, mostly because I'm afraid I'll buy one and never have a chance to use it. Then again, it's a great feeling to find a recipe that is perfect for that hardly-ever-used purchase!

Jess said...

The mini bundts are totally worth it - I find myself using mine more often than my regular one. Or the OTHER regular-sized one I just had to have but never use. Glad you liked this one - we did too! And banana bread/cake is VERY good for growing babies. I just know it.

fikri said...

your recipe is delicous, i want to make it too. i have more recipe of strawberry dessert. if you want to other of strawberry products