Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cherry Carrot & Banana Bundt for #Bundt Bakers.

I have been craving carrot cake for months. It's one of my favourite cakes - second to the great chocolate. But each time something would happen and I'd bake something other than carrot. Banana was the latest cake to take over my brain and I made a banana cake from Food52. While I enjoyed it, there were changes that I wanted to make (way too small!). And suddenly it was a carrot vs banana tug of war. I simply could not choose. And that's a long way of telling you how I decided to add cherries to a carrot banana cake for this month's Bundt Bakers. The cravings made me do it.

This cake is more "bread-like" than "cake-like". It's extremely moist from the bananas, fresh cherries and carrots. I just could not stop eating it.Normally, most of a cake goes straight to my freezer and I eat pieces for a little while. This never made it to the freezer. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Snacks. Passing by the kitchen. I was nibbling. If I made this again, I'd use dried cherries instead of fresh ones - all that chopping was no fun. Plus, I think I'd love the contrast of tart cherries here.

Oh, I should address the lack of a frosting. I love carrot cake plus cream cheese frosting and I am sure that banana cake plus cream cheese frosting is amazing too. However, I just could not convince myself to make one. If you make this and you love cream cheese frosting, I say go for it. Make it a spicy one. I was happy without it (and it definitely made eating it for breakfast easier) but I would also be happy with it. 


Felice at All That's Left are Crumbs chose stone fruits for us this month. Look what the other Bundt Bakers made:

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 Cherry Chocolate & Banana Bundt 


2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 butter, melted and cooled
1 cup bananas (~ 2 large), mashed
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup milk
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped fresh cherries


Preheat oven to 350 F.
Thoroughly grease and flour a 10-12 cup Bundt pan.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar until pale and frothy then pour in the melted butter and bananas.

Add half the flour mixture and mix until almost combined - there should still be streaks of flour. Add the yogurt and milk and the second half of the flour mixture - again mixing until almost combined. Fold in the carrots and cherries - mixing only until just combined.

Place in preheated oven and bake for  50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.


  1. That cake sounds great, I love all the different flavours in there. I love snacking cakes like this.

  2. Bread-like just means you can have this cake for breakfast. And I am so down with cake for breakfast. Yum!

  3. I always have a hard time figuring out what to do with a whole cake I've made for the blog when it's just me and my husband home eating it. Usually I end up taking some to work and begging my coworkers (I don't have to beg very hard) to help me eat it. I might start using your freezer trick though!

    1. I had to slow down on the sharing because a few persons kept saying I was providing too much temptation/ruining their diets. I know they were probably joking but there's still a little truth to it.

  4. This is fun. I like the combo of carrot cake and banana bread. And of course, the addition of cherries is nice. Great recipe this month!

  5. I love a cake baked with yogurt - always seems to end up really good and moist. I am definitely one for cream cheese frosting, but I can totally see if this were eaten for breakfast that it might be too much sweet on top. Love the carrot/banana mixture.

    1. It's amazing what a difference yogurt makes. Yes, there was really already too much going on. I'll save the cream cheese for the next cake.

  6. What a genius combination! They all taste great separately, so why not together! And cake for breakfast~what could be better!

    1. Few things are better than cake for breakfast.

  7. It's like having three delicious cakes in one! Your post, Kelly, gave not only one but two great ideas...if you cannot choose between flavours, combine them and put left over cake in the freezer for late nibbling and perpetual bliss! (sorry for the late comment :)

    1. Three, indeed. I wonder how a roasted cherry cake would taste.

  8. The cake / bread looks delish. It definitely works for both and the ingredients are so wrong together that somehow it works out fantastic. Great job! Can't wait to see what you do next month! I am late getting to all the cakes I got about half way and was still trying to link up finally Kelly helped me but I don't think I am showing up everywhere.

    1. I was happy to help. I'll explain on Facebook why you're not on everyone's list.