Caribbean Coconut Rum Banana Bread Bundt Cake Recipe

Learn how to make the best homemadeBanana Bread Bundt.

Our decadent moistCaribbean Banana Bread recipe features a chocolate chip banana bread bundt cake, simple sweet glaze and toasted shredded coconut.

Our eye-catchingBanana Bread Bundt Cake is easy to make at home. It’s the perfect celebratory dessert to serve for birthday parties, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas.

The bestCaribbean Banana Bread recipe features flavourful ingredients like dark rum, vanilla extract, coconut oil, ripe bananas, chocolate chips and toasted coconut.

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What Is A Bundt Cake?

A bundt is a cake that is baked in a bundt pan, shaping it into a distinctive doughnut shape.

The shape is inspired by a traditional Austrian cake known as Gugelhupf. In the north of Germany Gugelhupf is traditionally known as Bundkuchen, a name formed by joining the two words Bund and Kuchen (cake).

Culinary historians in Europe share differing opinions as to the significance of the word bund. One possibility is that it means “bunch” or “bundle”, and refers to the way the dough is bundled around the tubed center of a bundt cake pan.

The current mold style found in North America was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s, after cookware manufacturer Nordic Ware trademarked the name “bundt” and began producing bundt pans from cast aluminum. Publicity from Pillsbury saw the cakes gain widespread popularity.

Bundt cakes do not conform to any single recipe; instead, their characterizing feature is their shape. A bundt pan generally has fluted or grooved sides, but its most defining design element is the central tube or chimney, which leaves a cylindrical hole through the center of the cake. The design means that more of the mixture touches the surface of the pan than in a simple round pan, helping to provide faster and more even heat distribution during baking.

Banana Bread Bundt recipe ingredients.
Banana Bread Bundt recipe ingredients.

Travel to the Caribbean by Baking ABanana Bread Bundt at Home

I love traveling to the Caribbean!

As a professional food and travel journalist I’ve had the opportunity to eat my way through Caribbean restaurants and bakeries in Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curacao,Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize and Playa del Carmen.

This decadent Caribbean Banana Bread recipe features some of our favourite tropical island ingredients. Celebrate Caribbean flavours with overripe bananas, toasted coconut, coconut oil, Bacardi dark rum and Mexican Vanilla Extract.

Once back home from an Caribbean holiday you’ll have a newfound appreciation for tropical flavours and can impress friends and family by baking our Coconut Rum Banana Bread Bundt recipe!

Combine Caribbean Banana Bread ingredients in a mixing bowl to create a smooth cake batter.
CombineCaribbean Banana Bread ingredients in a mixing bowl to create a smooth cake batter.

My Family Loves Caribbean Banana Bread

My family loves baking.

We’ve mastered the art of sourdough bread, moist muffins, pretty pancakes, crunchy cookies, homemade pies and celebratory cakes.

When I was little my mom would dedicate hours to decorating specialty cakes for our birthdays. She’d visit the local bake shop to purchase cake pans in the shape of our favourite heroes of the moment, from My Little Pony to Cookie Monster.

She’d decorate our birthday cakes each year using specialty piping bags. Famously one year when I was a toddler, she was piping bright red fur onto a chocolate cake shaped like Elmo. Halfway through icing the cake she went to answer the phone and when she returned the icing had moved from the cakes surface to a joyous smear across my giggling face.

My mother often baked cakes using a bundt pan. Her favourite bundt cake recipes were marble cake and lemon pound cake.

My love for eating cake into adulthood has been an honest and enthusiastic evolution!

Since my family loves snacking on banana bread I thought I’d transform our family recipe into a Caribbean-inspired dessert. Serve yourself a thick slice and you’ll enjoy a taste of the tropics thanks tooverripe bananas, toasted coconut, coconut oil, Bacardi dark rum and Mexican Vanilla Extract.

Bake Caribbean Banana Bread in a bundt cake pan.
BakeCaribbean Banana Bread in a bundt cake pan.

Banana Bread Bundt Health Benefits

Our Caribbean Banana Bread recipe might be decadent but it also features a few healthy and wholesome ingredients.

Containing starch and fibre, bananas are an excellent superfood for digestive health. They are a good source of heart-healthy potassium, as well as amino acids and vitamin B6, which help keep your brain healthy.

Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.

Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.

Packed with calcium and friendly probiotic bacteria, sour cream and yogurt help keep your bones strong and your gut healthy. Yogurt may also help reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and some types of cancer. 

Coconut is rich in fibre and may also offer a number of benefits including improved heart healthy and digestion. It is high in calories and sautéed fat so be sure to eat in moderation. 

Wheat flour is rich in vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5, along with riboflavin and folate. It also has more iron, calcium, protein, and other nutrients than white flour. 

Nutmeg is said to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function and improve blood circulation.

Let Banana Bread Bundt Cake cool on a rack and prepare glaze and toasted coconut.
Let Banana Bread Bundt Cake cool on a rack and prepare glaze and toasted coconut.

Caribbean Banana Bread Baking Tips

If it’s your first time baking a Banana Bread Bundt Cake at home be sure to review our detailed step-by-step recipe below. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started.

  • We suggest using overripe (black) bananas for this recipe as they have the most flavour.
  • We’ve used Bacardi Dark Rum for this recipe but you could substitute Coconut Rum or White Rum.
  • We suggest using a high quality rubber spatula when scraping cake batter into a bundt pan.
  • You’ll save yourself time and energy by using a stand mixer to beat the cake batter. You can also use a handheld egg beater or whisk as an alternative.
  • Our favourite bundt cake pans are made by Nordic Ware.
  • If you have leftovers store the remaining Banana Bread Bundt in the fridge under a cake dome to keep it fresh.
Drizzle glaze over the Banana Bread Bundt and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Drizzle glaze over theBanana Bread Bundt and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

What To Serve with Banana Bread Bundt Cake

We suggest serving this decadent Caribbean Banana Bread for special celebrations like birthday parties, Mother’s Day, Fathers Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

We also love serving a thick slice at tea time or during a coffee break. It pairs nicely with a hot pot of floral black tea or dark roast coffee.

You can also make a decadent ice cream sundae by seving a slice of Banana Bread Bundt with a scoop of Chocolate Chip Caramel Banana Nut Ice Cream or Maple Black Walnut Ice Cream. Top the sundae with sliced banana and caramel sauce.

Our homemade Caribbean-inspired Banana Bread Bundt Cake features rum and coconut.
Our homemade Caribbean-inspiredBanana Bread Bundt Cake features rum and coconut.

Essential Cake Tools & Equipment

Whether you’re a novice baker or consider yourself a pastry king or queen, it’s important to outfit your kitchen with quality tools and equipment.

We’ve created a list of our favourite baking gadgets on Amazon to help you make this impressive Banana Bread Bundt at home!

We love serving Banana Bread Bundt Cake at tea time, coffee break or as a dessert on special occasions.
We love servingBanana Bread Bundt Cake at tea time, coffee break or as a dessert on special occasions.

Do You Love Baking with Bananas?

We love baking with bananas! Once you’ve enjoyed our Caribbean Banana Bread try making one of these other popular and yummy banana recipes.

Now you're an expert on how to bake Chocolate Chip Caribbean Banana Bread!
Now you’re an expert on how to bake Chocolate ChipCaribbean Banana Bread!

Storing Bundt Cake

If you have leftover cake cover it with a plastic wrap or glass cake dome then store in the fridge for 2-3 days.

You can also freeze leftover cake for up to a month. Be sure to slice the cake before storing it in the freezer so you can easily thaw slices whenever you have a craving for a sweet treat!

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Banana Bread Bundt Cake

How to make the best moist Banana Bread Bundt. Our easy Caribbean Banana Bread recipe features rum, coconut, vanilla and chocolate chips.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: caribbean
Keyword: Banana Bread Bundt, Caribbean Banana Bread
Servings: 12
Calories: 522kcal

Equipment

  • Bundt Cake Pan
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Stand Mixer
  • whisk
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • spatula

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Grated Nutmeg
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter cut into chunks, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs Beaten
  • 1 tbsp Dark Rum
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Ripe Bananas mashed
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 oz Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Flaked Coconut

Icing

  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tbsp Toasted Sweet Flaked Coconut

Instructions

  • Centre a rack in the oven and preheat to 350F.
  • Butter a bundt pan, dust with flour and tap out the excess.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda and nutmeg.
  • Working in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, coconut oil, sugars, and salt at medium speed for 3 minutes, until well blended. Scrap down the bottom if needed.
  • Add the eggs, beating for one minute then add the rum and vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, add the mashed bananas.
  • Add half the flour mixture. When it's almost incorporated add the Greek yogurt then rest of the flour and mix well until blended.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the bowl and mix in the chocolate chips and coconut.
  • Spoon the batter into the bundt pan, smoothing the top.
  • Bake for 65-75 minutes, until the top is browned and the sides of the cake easily pull away when gently nudged.
  • Transfer the cake to a rack and let it rest for 5 minutes, then unmould onto the rack. Let cool to room temperature.
  • For the icing, in a small bowl mix icing sugar and milk until well combined. Drizzle icing over the cake and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Let the cake sit for 20 minutes before slicing to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 75.3g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 21.7g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Sugar: 46.1g | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg

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