Saturday, January 7, 2012

Banana Bundt Cake with the Works

I always say I am not a real baker.  I just like to pretend I'm one from time to time. I am a cook by nature because I like to throw little bits if this and a little bits of that into a batter and put it into the oven with a prayer to see what comes out.  Well, I believe if you put enough good things into a baking pan something good should come out of the oven and that's just what I did with this cake.  I decided to finish up all the fresh cranberries, oats, chocolate chips and flaked coconut that I had leftover from my holiday baking with four  sad ripe bananas.  I could have called this a Banana, Oat, Cranberry, Chocolate, Coconut Bundt Cake, but decided to just call it a Banana Bundt Cake with the "Works".   I put it into the oven with a prayer and my prayers were answered. This cake came out even better than I expected. I loved the chocolate with the tartness of the fresh cranberries and the texture given by the flaky coconut and oats.  When I got two thumbs up from my daughter and my husband decided he wanted a second slice... I knew I had a winner on my hands.

PS:  For my international friends that are unfamiliar with the phrase "the works" it just means adding everything you can into something.

1 cup of flour
1 cup of old fashioned oats (not instant)
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
1 cup of sugar (or baking splenda)
1 tsp of vanilla
4 ripe bananas mashed
2 eggs
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1 cup of chocolate chips
2 cups of fresh cranberries
1 cup of baking coconut flakes
1/2 tsp of salt
walnuts (optional)

Chocolate Glaze:
3/4 cup Chocolate chips
2 Tbs of milk

Mash your bananas and mix in the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, buttermilk and vanilla.  Then add your salt, flour, oats and baking soda. Stir gently.  Finally add your chips, cranberries and coconut.  Mix all the ingredients gently without over-mixing.

Pour into a sprayed or butter bundt pan and put into a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes. Bake until a knife comes out clean.

Allow to cool at to room temperature before adding the chocolate glaze. 

Pour chocolate glaze over cake and serve.  Enjoy.

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  1. YUM! I've never seen a cake so chock full of yumminess!!! Amazing! Have a fabulous weekend, Ramona~

  2. Totally Yummy


  3. wow...yummy7 dear.....super preperation........happy weekend to u 2 dear

  4. Packed full of goodness - this cake is a winner! Great job, Ramona!

  5. Beautiful the colors and how it actually holed in place..for me always fall apart:)) Awesome photos too!
    Have a wonderful weekend Ramona!

  6. WOW! This cake is literally stuffed with goodness!! Save me a slice!

  7. That cake looks amazing and I loved reading your post....I would have done the same thing if I had little bit of this n that left over....
    Happy New Year dear!!


  8. Oh my, what a cake! I love bundt cakes because I grew up with denser cakes than common in America, and boy, do I go for anything with banana and coconut. I'm not sure how the cranberries would work for me (personal taste issues), but they sure look wonderful in this. Great job!

  9. This is quite a bundt cake! Looks delicious!

  10. My mouth is watering this looks so good! I love this recipe; throw everything you can into the cake and wa-la, it comes out amazing! I agree, the tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness from the coconut and chocolate is just perfect! I love all the ingredients you used, they work so well together :) Thanks for the recipe, I want to give this a try!

  11. Banana cake can be a bit boring.
    THIS however, is what I like to see! I'm loving all the good stuff in this cake, and the pretty presentation!

  12. Your cake is fantastic! I filed the receipt. Will try to make it as soon as I can. Thank you for the tip of 'the works'. I didn't know that. Hugs, Paula

  13. you put so many yummy things in this cake would have been a miracle NOT to turn out amazing!
    I'd love a big big slice!

  14. wow thats looks so yummy, appetizing!.

  15. Wow - the works is right! Ramona - this cake is amazing! A real crowd pleaser and is stuffed full of yummy goodness! Bravo!

  16. Omg I just keep scrolling up and down staring at this vision of wonderful goodness. Great recipe, totally drool worthy!

  17. Oh my goodness, that cake really does have THE WORKS! I love it, it's light on cake, heavy on the extras. I'm drooling right now!

  18. for not real baker,that bundtcake looks so good,i love the idea using a fruits too,I'm with you with the way how to cook,like that "the works" word,make it work and taste IT LoL,,,

  19. I never would have thought of the banana/cranberry combination but what a great idea!

  20. wow! this looks absolutely fantastic! thanks for the recipe C:

  21. Wow, Ramona! This bundt cake looks so fantastic! I love all of the ingredients you packed in it!

  22. You added everything that you could and it came out a winner. You should never worry about your baking projects.

  23. That's look so fantastic. I think it is very testy cake. Will try to make it as soon as I can. I impressed by that. Thanks for shearing our with us.

  24. You definitely hit the bulls-eye with this one! Sounds fantastic =)

  25. These look amazing and so full of delicious ingredients - I love how your pics are bursting :D
    Awesome post!

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