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Coconut Banana Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze-#BundtaMonth

It’s been a while since I’ve baked a bundt cake. It’s hard to believe when I’m usually baking at least one a week. Bundts are reliable and never let me down.

I couldn’t wait to get creative for the March #BundtaMonth!

Have you had enough with winter this year?Our #BundtaMonth theme will get you in the mood for spring! Anuradha and I chose Tropical March as the theme for this month’s #BundtAMonth.

Here’s how you can join the #BundtaMonth party:

Bake your Bundt for the Tropical March theme.
- Get inspired by your favorite tropical flavors and bake us a Bundt for Boozy December.
- Post it before March 31, 2013.
- Use the #BundtAMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read #BundtAMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
- Add your entry to the Linky tool below - Link back to both Lora and Anuradha’s announcement posts.
That’s it! Join in the boozy bundt baking fun all December!

Follow Bundt-a-Month on Facebook where we feature all our gorgeous bundt cakes. Or head over to our Pinterest board for inspiration and choose from over 350 Bundt cake recipes.

Looking for inspiration to bake a totally tropical bundt this month? Check out these amazing bundts this month!

Bananas Foster Bundt by Anita from Hungry Couple
Blue Hawaiian Bundt Cake by Tara from Noshing With The Nolands
Chocolate Bundt With Coconut Cream Cheese Filling by Karen from In The Kitchen With KP
Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake by Kim from Cravings Of A Lunatic
Coconut and Rum Tea Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street
Coconut Banana Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze by Lora from Cake Duchess
Coconut Bundt Cake by Holly from A Baker’s House
Coconut Lime Bundt Cake by Kate from Food Babbles
Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Hummingbird Bundt Cake by Jennie from The Messy Baker Blog
Lime Glazed Bundt Cake by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Mini Pineapple Bundt Cakes with White Chocolate Ganache by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom
Pina Colada Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days
Pineapple Bundt with Kuih Tat Filling by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Vanilla Orange Bundt Cake with a Hint of Coconut by Laura from The Spiced Life
White Chocolate Guava Cake by Kim from Ninja Baking






some notes on this bundt: I had a few bundt combination ideas I wanted to make for this tropical theme. I knew it would have coconut in it and I knew for certain there would be a little rum. I had already made this fabulous banana bundt cake that Yuri adapted from Dorie Greenspan and thought it would be even better with some coconut in the batter and some toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top. I just can’t get enough of coconut desserts and luckily, my kids also love them! The bundt is so moist. The browned butter adds a little nutty flavor dimension to the cake.  I may add more whole wheat flour the next time I make it. Lovely with a hot cup of a coffee on a cold winter morning.

Coconut Banana Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze 


2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz. butter (3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes (1/2 cup is to sprinkle on top of cake)
2 cups banana puree
1 cup coconut milk (or whatever milk you prefer)

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1-3 Tablespoons white rum (or milk)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread out 1/2 cup coconut on a baking sheet and bake, stirring once, until golden brown, about 5 min; set aside. Keep a very close eye on it because it can go from being almost ready to burned in a minute.

Grease and flour your bundt pan (regular 12 cup bundt pan). I personally prefer to use baking spray for bundt pans.

In  large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Let’s brown some butter: In medium-low heat, melt the butter. Rise the heat to medium and cook until the butter gently boils. Cook until the butter starts to brown and it develops a dark color. Carefully pour the browned butter into a bowl to cool for ten minutes.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy using the paddle attachment (you could also beat it with a hand mixer). Beat in the eggs one by one, waiting until each has been incorporated to add the next. Beat in vanilla extract, mashed bananas and coconut.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mix and beat on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate. Add in the coconut milk and beat until incorporated followed by the remaining flour mixture; scrape the sides of the bowl to incorporate.

Pour batter into prepared pan

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.

While cake is cooling, prepare the glaze:

In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and the rum; add more sugar if needed to thicken it.

Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle on the glaze and the toasted coconut. Enjoy! Happy Baking! xo


  1. Brown butter makes any cake better! I never mixed bananas and coconut, and I really don´t know why, because they are a natural pair. Beautiful bundt Lora!

  2. So, so pretty! I want a piece for breakfast!

  3. This is the perfect combo... all you need is an additional shot of rum to drink with it ;-)

  4. All I can say is "Wow!" The flavors in this cake are some of my favorites. And that rum glaze sounds positively addictive.

  5. Lora,
    LOVE this bundt! I have been obsessed with browned butter. . and banana, coconut milk and toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top?! I love this! Love the photos!

  6. Hi Lora! This looks just gorgeous. I love coconut, and I've been thinking about my budnt pan after making that french yogurt cake last week. Thank you for sharing such a sweet recipe. I can't wait to give it a try. I hope you are having a beautiful day!

  7. I'm loving everything about this cake, especially the rum glaze. Oh wow what a pop of flavor when you bite into it. Brilliant.

  8. Beautiful! I love the rum in the glaze... :)

  9. This is stunning and I bet it tastes as good as it looks!!!

  10. Looking awesome! I might just add coconut to my next banana bread :)

  11. Oh yeah, this is what I'm talking about. What a gorgeous cake!

  12. This is a keeper recipe, Lora. I love browned butter and whole wheat flour in cake, too, so I'm sure your cake is extra tasty. But the Bundt looks divine too with the toasted coconut. Thank you for sharing and thank you and Anuradah for hosting =)

  13. You had me at rum glaze! Another gorgeous bundt from you, as usual :).

  14. I love banana and coconut together but my husband doesn't like coconut so I never get to make it. This cake combined with the rum glaze looks like something I could make and eat myself!

  15. I love the consistency of your glaze. Lately I've been making glazes that disappear into the cake and I really like how your has substance and stands out. The coconut on top looks wonderful!

  16. wow! that looks sooooo perfect.<3

  17. what a gorgeous cake from the Duchess of Cake! Really pretty.

  18. I love bundt cakes! They're so simple and yet can be made to look so pretty! Your's looks amazing, love all your yummy ingredients!

  19. You always make such beautiful cakes and I love the tropical flavors in this one! I really do wish I was your neighbor. :-)

  20. Coconut and banana are indeed a perfect pairing and that browned butter adds a depth of flavor I am sure I would love. And don't even get me talking about the rum glaze! Oh, my goodness, that sounds good!

  21. I've been craving coconut lately and I'm always in the mood for banana baked goods. This is a match made in bundt heaven. :)

  22. Love anything with Banana-the addition of coconut sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.

  23. This bundt definitely fits the tropical theme! Love the bananas, coconut and rum all together. Absolutely perfect!

  24. I love the combination, coconut and banana sound so perfect :)Nice pictures too!

  25. Mmmmm... browned butter. That stuff makes anything better. So happy you are baking with us again!

  26. Lora, your cake looks wonderful! The rum glaze is making my mouth water. :)

  27. Lora...I would give something valuable up for a slice of this gorgeous cake - RIGHT now! I think this is the most mouthwatering bundt I've ever seen! I have to make this tropical beauty!

  28. one of these days I want to join bundtamonth.

    this cake looks amazing! have a great week, Lora. XO

  29. Lora, I've been very slowly going through this months' bundtamonth posts because it makes me sad that I'm not in the tropics, sipping a fruity drink, and enjoying these cakes! Instead, I'm staring out the window as sheets of rain fall endlessly outside. I adore coconut and banana, so I love that you put those two flavours together. This bundt looks incredible! And rum glaze? Awwww yeah!