Banana Rum Caramel Bundt Cake & Bake Box Review

Banana rum caramel bundt cake - moist banana cake with banana rum caramel sauce

Can you believe that up until now I have never owned a bundt tin? I have always coveted one, but they are quite expensive (I want a Nordicware one…) so I have never been able to justify buying one. So I was rather pleased when a box full of baking goodies that I was sent to review happened to contain a bundt tin; it is not a Nordicware one, but a silicone, half size (6cup) tin. The size is actually perfect for me, as as beautiful as full size bundts are, they are rather large and make a bit too much cake for a family of two…

Banana rum caramel bundt cake, moist banana cake with a hint of rum & nutmeg with banana rum caramel sauce

The box I was sent to review is called Bake Box, and is essentially a bakeware subscription box; every other month you will be sent a box containing 6-8 items of baking and decorating tools, and detailed recipe cards with ideas of how to use each item (you can also buy a one-off box as well rather than subscribing). Each box has a theme, with all of the items in the box relating to that theme – the one I was sent was called “Decorate With Spots And Stripes”, and other examples include “Springtime In Paris” and “Flower Power”. The items are mostly ones that are not widely available on the high street and each box appears to be quite varied, the recipes included are detailed and interesting and range from simple to challenging. The items are mostly made of silicone or plastic, with some metal cookie cutters, but they appear to be good quality and my cake certainly baked perfectly in the silicone bundt tin.

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If you already own a vast collection of bakeware then this may not be the box for you, although despite being an avid baker myself I didn’t already own any of the items in the box I was sent, and the selection seems to be innovative enough that it wont contain any basic items that anyone who bakes regularly will already own. Subscribing to the box also gives you membership to Bake Club, which provides online video tutorials and recipes. If you want to build up your baking toolkit, expand your knowledge and skills and get creative with your baking then I think that Bake Box would be perfect for you; in my opinion it is a really fun and interesting subscription service and it would also make a great gift that is just a little bit different.

Banana rum caramel bundt cake - moist banana cake laced with rum with banana rum caramel sauce

I was originally going to make one of the recipes included in the box for this post, but once I saw the bundt tin I just got it into my head that I wanted to make a banana bundt cake and it just so happened that I had a bunch of rapidly browning bananas in the fruit bowl… I couldn’t stop at plain banana cake though, no, I had to add rum and serve it smothered in caramel, and not just any caramel at that – banana rum caramel; that’s right, banana IN the caramel; instead of using cream in the caramel sauce I used pureed banana along with a generous knob of butter and a glug of rum. The caramel is an absolute revelation, intensely banana-ry (how do you spell that?) with a delicious caramel flavour and a hint of rum (which also helps to cut the sweetness a little), it is seriously addictive.

The cake itself is essentially banana bread – moist, dense and fragrant with a strong banana flavour and a hint of rum and nutmeg; when paired with the caramel it is almost otherworldly; this is a banana cake for true banana lovers, if you aren’t a fan then this is not the cake for you! This cake was so delicious that despite there being only two of us to eat it, it disappeared in less than two days…I think that might be a new record for cake consumption speed in our house (it was mostly me…). The recipe makes just enough caramel to pour over the cake, it you happen to have any left over then it will keep in the fridge for a few days and it is amazing on ice cream or pancakes (or have all three at once… Yes, definitely do that!), in fact you may want to double the recipe just in case…

Banana rum caramel bundt cake - moist banana cake with a hint of rum & nutmeg drenched in banana caramel sauce

Banana Rum Caramel Bundt Cake
Serves 6
Banana Bundt Cake
  • 175g (1 + ⅓ cup) plain flour
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium, very ripe bananas (about 180g peeled weight)
  • 75g (2.5oz) natural yoghurt, room temperature
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  • 120g (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 150g (1/2 + ⅓ cup) light brown soft sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 tbsp dark rum for drizzling (optional)
Banana Caramel Sauce
  • 1 medium, very ripe banana
  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2tbsp water
  • 30g (2tbsp) butter
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp dark rum
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Grease a small bundt tin with melted butter, be generous and thorough, make sure that you get in all the grooves or it will be difficult to remove the cake from the tin.
  2. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
  3. Mash the bananas well then stir in the yoghurt, vanilla extract and rum, set aside.
  4. Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  5. Fold in a third of the flour mixture, followed by half of the liquid ingredients, then another third of flour, the rest of the liquid then the remaining flour, don't overmix. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin, level it and tap the tin on the counter a couple of times to burst any air bubbles.
  6. Place the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes then carefully turn the cake out onto a wire rack, drizzle with the extra 2tbsp of rum if you like and leave to cool completely.
  8. To make the banana caramel, puree the banana until completely smooth, I used a stick blender to do this.
  9. Place the sugar and water in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium-high heat. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally (don't stir), until the sugar has dissolved and turned amber. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and add the butter and banana puree, the mixture will sputter; stir until the caramel is smooth, if there are any lumps of sugar you can return the pan to a low heat and stir constantly until they have dissolved.
  10. Allow the caramel to cool a little then add the rum and a pinch of salt to taste, pour into a jug and keep refrigerated until needed.
  11. When you are ready to serve, place the cake on a serving platter and re-heat the caramel until it is runny, pour the caramel all over the cake, making sure you get in all the grooves - enjoy!
  12. The cake will keep well in an airtight container for a couple of days, beyond that I'm not sure as it disappeared so fast!
This recipe is baked in a small (half size/6 cup/1.4 litre) bundt tin. To bake in a regular (10-12cup) bundt tin simply double the recipe (including the caramel); I can't give an exact baking time but I estimate 65-75 minutes.
All the ingredients, including the yoghurt, should be at room temperature.

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I am sharing this with Fiesta Friday hosted by The Frugal Hausfrau and Unwed Housewife, Foodie FriDIY, Foodie Friends Friday, Friday Features, Saucy Saturdays hosted by The Flavour Bender, Take Two Tapas, La Petit Chef and Mid-Life Croissant,Β 

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31 Comments on Banana Rum Caramel Bundt Cake & Bake Box Review

  1. Sally hossack
    April 25, 2016 at 3:56 pm (6 months ago)

    This looks gorgeous Hannah

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:45 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you! I got my love of banana bread from you! πŸ™‚

  2. bakeplaysmile
    April 27, 2016 at 12:02 am (6 months ago)

    Oooh a boozy cake! Who on earth doesnt love that! Cant wait to try this!

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:44 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Lucy! I love a bit of booze in my desserts… πŸ˜›

  3. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land
    April 27, 2016 at 7:09 pm (6 months ago)

    Oooh your bundt is so pretty and looks/sounds delicious! Bake Box sounds pretty neat. I’m also very curious about that dotty stencil you got! ^__^

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:44 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Lyndsay! The cake was sooo good! I haven’t tried the dotty stencil yet but I’m sure it could be used to do some really fun stuff πŸ™‚

  4. Ahila
    April 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm (6 months ago)

    The cake looks a real treat with all the flavours in it. Love the swirly bundt mold. Thanks for bringing it to the fiesta, Hannah!

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:36 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Ahila πŸ™‚ the bundt tin is such a pretty shape!

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:35 am (6 months ago)

      My thoughts exactly! πŸ˜›

  5. Dini @ The Flavor Bender
    April 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm (6 months ago)

    Every single part of this cake is just amazing!! Loving all the flavors! πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:35 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Dini πŸ™‚

  6. Jess
    April 29, 2016 at 8:41 pm (6 months ago)

    This cake looks just fantastic, I LOVE that sticky topping and as I’m a HUGE banana bread lover I’m sure I would love this. Thank you for sharing!

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:32 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Jess, if you love banana bread (as I do), then you will adore this cake!

  7. Julie is Hostess At Heart
    April 30, 2016 at 1:58 pm (6 months ago)

    What a beautiful cake! How exciting would it be to get a baking box every other month! If I didn’t already have so many things, I would love that!

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:31 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Julie πŸ™‚ Yes it would be fun! I don’t really have any space left in my kitchen for more baking equipment though!

  8. Frugal Hausfrau
    April 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm (6 months ago)

    I love everything about this and that banana caramel has me intrigued. I make a caramel with dried apricots for one of my recipes but never took the concept any further and certainly never considered bananas! And of course nothing’s better than banana and rum!!

    Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday!


    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:29 am (6 months ago)

      Ooh apricot caramel sounds good! I didn’t think that the banana caramel would work but I was wrong, it is soo good!

  9. Caroline
    April 30, 2016 at 4:37 pm (6 months ago)

    Your cake looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous.The cake box sounds fun too.

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:28 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Caroline! It was so good I ate almost the entire thing by myself in two days…

  10. Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect
    May 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm (6 months ago)

    This looks so tasty Hannah – banana rum caramel? So good. The bake boxes look really good, was the silicone quite sturdy? I had a silicone loaf tin once that was too flexible and my loaf looked more like a blob!

    • hannahhossack
      May 2, 2016 at 10:20 am (6 months ago)

      Banana rum caramel is pretty awesome stuff! Yes the silicone seems quite sturdy, the cake wasn’t misshapen at all, it is quite an intricate pattern so I was slightly worried that it would be but it was fine πŸ™‚

  11. Scarlett
    May 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm (6 months ago)

    What an amazing cake to break in your bundt pan! Dark rum in the glaze?! Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday #117!

    • hannahhossack
      May 3, 2016 at 8:11 am (6 months ago)

      Thank you! I don’t think I could have chosen a better cake πŸ™‚

  12. All about a Mummy
    May 3, 2016 at 9:57 am (6 months ago)

    I need to get one of these tins as I am desperate to make a bundt! This looks fantastic with the caramel glaze. #recipeoftheweek

    • hannahhossack
      May 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm (6 months ago)

      I’ve been coveting one for ages, they are so pretty!

  13. Eileen
    May 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm (6 months ago)

    Beautiful and soooo tempting!

  14. Charlotte Oates
    May 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm (6 months ago)

    I’m coveting a few Nordicware bundts too – they’re so pretty aren’t they. Your cake sounds really delicious x

    • hannahhossack
      May 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm (6 months ago)

      Oh me too, I’d love to have a collection of bundt tins! they are so big and expensive though… :-/ x

  15. The Hungry Mum
    May 31, 2016 at 10:34 pm (5 months ago)

    found your via google plus and have been scrolling through your amazing blog when I landed on this cake. Lord yes! Love bundts, love caramel, love baking. And ps – adding rum is NEVER optional as far as I am concerned – it is a necessity.

    • hannahhossack
      June 7, 2016 at 8:40 am (5 months ago)

      Haha! Agreed, in my case the rum is not optional! And welcome to Domestic Gothess, I’m so pleased that you like my little blog πŸ™‚


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