Banana Bundt Cake with Bourbon Glaze

  • Prep Time
    45 minutes
  • Cook Time
    1 hour 5 minutes
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circa 1975: American popular singer and film star Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977), to his fans the undisputed ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Elvis was born on January 8, 1935.  In tribute to The King, I made this banana cake which is adapted from a recipe in a 1970 Southern Living, “Our Best Recipes,” cookbook.  Everybody knows how much Elvis loved grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches but I just couldn’t bring myself to recreate that decadent artery clogging delicacy.  Banana pudding was another of his favorites but the bananas on my counter were too ripe for that.  So, I opted for a banana birthday cake, with gingerbread spices and bourbon soaked raisins which took it over the top.  I think Elvis would approve.  For the record, I have eaten a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich… and it was good.  And I grew up on peanut butter and banana sandwiches (not grilled) and they remain a staple of my comfort food repertoire.  But, I wanted to honor Elvis on a Saturday night while I leisurely baked and watched Viva Las Vegas (was Ann Margaret hot or what?)  I think this cake hits on all cylinders.  It has a familiar taste profile but it’s very sophisticated.  It paired perfectly with the champagne a friend gave me for Christmas.  Happy Birthday, Elvis!

VIVA  LAS VEGAS (1964) WAS AS SATIFYING AS A KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT.  I LOVED WATCHING IT.                                          


Banana Cake

Bourbon Glaze


    Prepare your bundt pan by greasing it lightly with softened Crisco and lightly flouring it. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

    Step 1

    In your Kitchenaid stand mixer, cream the softened Crisco shortening and sugar.

    Step 2

    In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir with a fork.

    Step 3

    Add dry ingredients to Crisco/ sugar in stand mixing bowl - add alternatingly with egg YOLKS (beaten lightly) and buttermilk. Start and end with dry ingredients. Don't overmix.

    Step 4

    Add vanilla, mashed bananas, pecans and raisins. Mix only until combined.

    Step 5

    Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the batter.

    Step 6

    Pour the batter in the bundt pan. Fill the pan about 2/3 and no more than 3/4 full. You might have more batter than you need depending on the size of your bundt pan.

    Step 7

    Bake at 325 degrees for one hour. Check the cake with a toothpick or cake tester and if necessary bake 5 more minutes.

    Step 8

    Let cool in pan 5 to 10 minutes. Invert onto cake plate.

    Step 9

    Make Glaze by mixing sugar, milk and bourbon. When the cake is cool, and only when it is cool, pour the glaze over it.

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