Tuesdays with Dorie – Banana Bundt Cake

Mary of The Food Librarian chose Classic Banana Bundt Cake for this week’s recipe.

Let me start out by saying this is a cake, not a bread. My mom makes the best banana bread and I wouldn’t even bother trying to top it. This here’s a cake, in a beautifully, elaborate bundt pan I got from my sister-in-law, D.

A while ago, I heard Dorie being interviewed and she was asked how she stayed so slim, whilst baking such deliciousness. She said she practiced “bake and release,” baking and then giving it away to friends, family and neighbors so that it wouldn’t be lying around the house. I adopted this practice when I first started baking and pastry school, but in the move we lost the grateful neighbors we once had. Yesterday when I tried to offer some tarts to our new neighbor’s mother-in-law, she refused and I ended up throwing them out. Not the best. So thankfully, our current landlord is enamored with the fact that I’m a baker; each month, along with the rent I deliver a cake. Guess what she’s getting today.




  1. Yeah, if you're gonna bake, you gotta give stuff away. Other wise, we'd never fit in our clothes again, right? ;o) Nice job on the cake. It looks perfect!


  2. I am with Dorie…I always try to give away a baked good. I would be the size of a house if I didn't! Lovely bundt!


  3. Bake and release – I like that phrase! Your banana bundt cake looks beautiful! I love the design of your pan. And what a lucky landlord!!



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