secret recipe club: roasted banana rum cake

my good friend erica has been requesting a rum cake for the last few months. for one reason or another, i simply haven't gotten to it. on a seemingly unrelated note, last month, after seeing a number of secret recipe club postings on other blogs, i decided to join. i started clicking through shelby's recipes on the life & loves of grumpy's honeybunch one saturday night and stopped dead when i found this banana rum cake. perfect!

i tweaked it ever so slightly by roasting the bananas in the oven before adding them to the cake. and just as shelby recommended, i cut back on the glaze to a bit less than half. and i thinned it out a bit with water to make it nice and runny.

what's the secret recipe club? it's a much better version of secret santa. each month participating bloggers are assigned another participating blogger to make a recipe from. you pick the recipe, adapt it as you wish, make it, and then post about it on the same day. click to find out more information or join.

check out the other recipes from grumpy's honeybunch i can't wait to try:
haley's blackberry polenta muffins
decked out sloppy joes
bananas foster snacking cake
maple scones with maple glaze
vanilla cake donuts
cappuccino biscotti
roasted banana rum cake
adapted from allrecipes.com, via the life & loves of grumpy's honeybunch
2 hours, serves 12

for the cake:
3 bananas
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup dark rum
2/3 cup water
2 eggs

for the glaze:
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon dark rum
  1. preheat your oven to 400F and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. peel the bananas and cut them into one inch thick slices. spread the slices around evenly on the pan. bake about 20 minutes, or until brown. let cool. lower the oven to 350F and grease a bundt pan.
  2. place the bananas in a large bowl and mash them with a fork. add the cake mix, baking soda, rum, water, and eggs and mix until smooth. pour into the bundt pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. let cool in the pan about 10 minutes before turning out to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  3. to make the glaze, whisk the butter, sugar, vanilla, and rum together into a thick paste. add water, a few drops at a time, until the glaze is thin. once the cake is cool, drizzle with the glaze.


  1. This looks so beautiful, and I bet it tastes absolutely delicious! What a great pick for the secret recipe club!

  2. It looks yummy! Grumpy loves banana bundt cake and requests that I make it often. When I'm lazy I make this one - when I'm not lazy, I make Dorie's recipe! Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for so many links to recipes! :)

  3. Mmm, roasting the bananas would surely bring out even more banana-y flavor. Great idea and your cake turned out fantastic.

  4. Wow, this sounds so delicious!!! Love the idea of the roasted bananas, and also the combination of rum and bananas - such a good pairing, yum!! :)

  5. The cake looks yummy! Beautiful photographs!

  6. Gorgeous cake! I am definitely going to have to try a rum banana combo now.

  7. Shelby's recipes are real good. I have some favs in there as well.. Good choice of recipe

  8. That is one beautiful cake! I bet the rum really added great flavor too :) Thanks for playing along this month!

  9. Can I have the glaze from the newspaper? (I bet there is nothing left of the cake by now)

  10. I have some bananas that are getting just a little too brown... sounds like they may have a destination. This bundt looks great!

  11. Rum cake is one of the first type of cake I made (for a Christmas party, when I was - 7 or 8). I have a soft spot for them. Yours, with the glaze and bananas, sound delectable!

  12. This looks delicious and impressive... no one you make this for needs to know it has a cake mix base! I'm sure roasting the bananas and using rum equals amazing flavor!

  13. I love bananas and rum together. I can only imagine how wonder the bananas were after roasting them.

  14. This looks sooo good, YUM! Nice work on this post. I love hopping around seeing what everyone is making.

  15. yay, banana rum! in any combination/form that is a win! hah, this does look even more lovely than usual though. thanks for sharing! an awesome post, as per usual. loves it :)
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

  16. What a great great pick for the SRC. Wonderful pairing. I love Shelbys blog {and her too}. The SRC is turning out to be wonderful! {Sorry I stopped by this late}

  17. That is one stunning cake!!!


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