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Banana Rum Raisin Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author April J Harris


  • 1 cup raisins or sultanas
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 3 cups all purpose plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground if possible
  • 1 cup butter unsalted for preference, softened
  • cups sugar I use golden caster sugar, but granulated is fine too
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • cups mashed banana 3 to 4 medium bananas
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar icing sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon liquid honey


  • Put the raisins in a bowl and pour the rum over top. Cover and let sit for at least an hour or overnight, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Butter a 12 cup Bundt pan.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together into a large bowl.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer.
  • Beat in the beaten eggs.
  • Add the bananas and beat in on low speed.
  • Add the buttermilk and flour alternately in four additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • Remove the mixing bowl from the electric mixer and thoroughly fold in the raisins and any remaining rum with a wooden spoon.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared Bundt pan.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then remove the cake carefully from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • To make the glaze, add the rum gradually (a tablespoon or less at a time) to the icing sugar to make a thick glaze. You may not need all the rum. Beat in the honey until the glaze is thick and glossy. Drizzle over cooled cake.


Note: If you want to avoid the alcohol, you can soak the raisins in a quarter cup of orange juice instead of the rum. It gives the cake a lovely orangey flavour. Orange juice may be substituted for the rum in the glaze as well.
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