TWD: Banana Bundt Cake

TWD: The not so Classic Banana Bundt Cake

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A pinch of wholesomeness to an otherwise indulgent month of TWD choices. The Classic Banana Bundt Cake as chosen by Mary of The Food Librarian as a testimonial to her love for unfrosted and unadorned cakes. I of all people, second that! *waves my hand in the air*. Nothing beats a warm slice of buttery cake on a clean platter complete with a pot of freshly brewed tea and/or Curtis Stone on the tellie and a great food magazine. So if you're saying that nobody understands you Mary, I DO! Out with the frostings!

So you must be thinking, what the heck kind of shrew are you. All the purist talk about adoration for unadorned plain cakes and your classic bundt cake turns out looking like a mutant from Mars? What is going on?!!

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Okay, I'm coming clean.... on a certain dinner occasion, I was requested to prepare dessert for a special guest over at my aunt's house. So with a touch of inspiration from Johnny Iuzzini and his book 'Dessert Fourplay'; I decided to give the classics a little makeover! Presenting to you my tropical playground; mini banana bundt cakes, hot and toasty served up chilled pandan infused creme anglaise, crispy coconut streusel and caramel bananas on the side.

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Well, didn't hear anything coming from the dining room whilst I was braving the heat of the caramel-ed pan in the kitchen, with plates rolling off the tables out into the frigid dining room. I convinced myself that perhaps having empty plates being returned probably meant a good thing.

The next day, I stole a bit from the final plating that I did for my little brother. AMAZING. at least I liked it. *grimaces*

For more photos of the beauties, please scroll down the TWD bloggers list. and for the recipe, click here!

26 comments:

Flourchild said...

This looks so good! I can see this being served in a very fancy restraunt! Nice job!

myfamousrecipe said...

It's so hard to resist, isn't it? We're given this easy bundt cake recipe, and the ambitious part of our brain says, 'hey, add a little creme anglaise and caramelized bananas and coconut streusel!' Good work!

SUGAR B said...

You are a gourmet genius! I love this! :)

TeaLady said...

That is sooooo beautiful. Very creative with the flavors. I think having caramalized banananananas with the cake would be perfect.

Kayte said...

Well, I think I could maybe like banana bundt cake if it were served to me like this with all these special additions! Gorgeous!

mike said...

Wow - stunning! Look how wonderful that looks - and love the coconut addition.... absolutely beautiful. I'm sure everyone enjoyed it! Nicely done!!!

Katy said...

Wow. Your take on this looks absolutely amazing!!

Mary said...

This is my favorite variation so far...wow...

Jennifer said...

"Mutant from mars"....that line had me cracking up! Your cake looks fabulous! How could one go wrong with streusel and a bath of sauce????

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful.

Amanda said...

Fabulous! What a wonderful variation :)

isa said...

Gorgeous!
Love the flavors, very creative!

Marthe said...

Amazing is all I can say!!

Teanna said...

FANTASTIC!!! I have that book ,but have yet to really delve into it!!! Gorgeous job!

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Tracey said...

Oh how pretty - I love your variation! I don't have that book but I've thumbed through it many times at the bookstore!

jillbert said...

What a great interpretation! Your plating makes it look so nice and all the flavors sound wonderful.

pinkstripes said...

You just gourmet-ed it up! Looks fab.

Rachel said...

This looks and sounds great! And how cool is that caramelized banana? Awesome!

lasinthekitchen said...

Wow, what an amazing banana mini-bundt cake! The actual cake looks wonderful - the color is amazing! And I LOVE the caramelized bananas!

Leslie said...

Absolutely inspired! Maybe next time you can have it unadorned, just the way you like it!

margot said...

Beautiful, those carmelized bananas alone look like they'd be a great dessert!

Carol Peterman said...

That's the way to dress up banana cake! Lovely. Pandan infused crème anglase sounds outstanding.

Mary Ann said...

I love what your did with this cake! It really looks amazing. Good to know you can really dress it up and make a statement!

The Food Librarian said...

LOL! Thanks for standing up with me against the Frosting! :) What a lovely banana bundt!! Wonderful. Thanks so much for baking along with me this week! - mary the food librarian

Jacque said...

I have that cookbook and have been too scared to try anything. Congrats to you for being inspired. I think Johnny would be proud!