Banana Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake
June 1, 2020
Coffee Cake
June 1, 2020

Banana Coffee Cake

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Total time: 55 min

Combine your two favorite breakfast treats (banana bread and crumb cake) into the most delicious and moist banana coffee cake you’ll ever have!

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Banana Coffee Cake

Take the two best breakfast baked goods and combine them into the ultimate breakfast treat: banana coffee cake. You’ll love this banana bread crumb cake hybrid because it’s easy, scrumptious, and a serious crowd pleaser.

banana coffee cake with crumb topping

 

What is Banana Coffee Cake?

You know those tv shows where they imagine what would happen if two cool animals fought one another. Like, great white shark vs. lion or vulture vs. octopus? They’re nonsense, but the message applies here. As someone who bakes for a living, I often duke out these theoretical battles in my head. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies vs. Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies or in the origin story for this banana crumb cake….banana bread vs. crumb cake. It’s an impossible choice, to which the only right answer is to not pick just one.

I mean, why choose between banana bread and coffee cake when you can smoosh them together into the best breakfast treat of all time: banana bread coffee cake. It’s buttery, moist as heck, and packed full of banana flavor.

easy banana bread crumb cake

banana bread coffee cake with streusel

What do you need to make banana coffee cake?

This banana bread coffee cake is a super simple and easy breakfast treat to throw together for a special brunch or just because. You only need a handful of ingredients and it requires no fancy kitchen gadgets–you’ll love how easy this recipe is!

  • Overripe bananas
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar + White Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

banana bread coffee cake

Do you really need ripe bananas for banana bread?

This is a question we get a lot. “Can I sub out something for the bananas?” “Can I use bananas that aren’t ripe?” Sadly the answer to all of these is no. Subbing out bananas in banana bread would be like making brownies without chocolate. Sure, you could sub out the cocoa powder for flour, but they certainly won’t taste like brownies anymore. Luckily you can speed up the ripening process. We all know the feeling when you’re craving something specific, only to find the bananas on your counter are bright yellow (dare I even say…slightly green). Luckily there are a few ways to speed up the ripening process if you simply have to have banana bread:

  • Need them immediately? Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put the unpeeled bananas on the prepared tray and bake for 15 minutes or until the bananas are black. Let them cool completely before slicing open and using the bananas as instructed!
  • Planning ahead for banana crumb cake in a few days? Place the bananas in a paper bag and roll down the top. If you have some other ripe bananas, another fruit (apples, pears, etc.), or even an avocado, this will help to expedite the ripening process!

cinnamon swirl banana coffee cake with crumb topping

How to jazz up your coffee cake?

While this banana crumb cake is already a fun spin on your classic sour cream coffee cake, you can tweak this recipe exactly to your liking if you want to shake things up even more!

  • Brown the butter: It sounds like a crazy combo, but banana and brown butter is actually a delicious flavor pairing (looking at you brown butter banana sheet cake). Simply brown 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons of butter (about 2 Tablespoons of the butter will evaporate off during the browning process) and swap it out for the melted butter in the cake!
  • Add Walnuts: A little extra crunch never hurt anyone. You can stir in chopped walnuts (we recommend toasting them) into the batter for an extra nutty surprise. You can also mix up to 1/4 cup into the crumb topping for an extra buttery and nutty streusel topping!
  • Add Chocolate Chips: When it comes to chocolate, the more the merrier. This banana crumb cake is absolutely delicious with chocolate chips stirred into the batter. I usually omit the cinnamon if I’m adding choco chips, just because I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon, chocolate, and banana together, but if you’re a cinnamon-chocolate fan, feel free to leave it!

So start getting those rotten bananas together! You won’t regret whipping up this scrumptious banana coffee cake recipe!

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Banana Coffee Cake

4.5 from 2 reviews

This easy banana coffee cake is the perfect combination of crumb cake and banana bread AKA the ultimate breakfast treat.

This easy banana coffee cake is the perfect combination of crumb cake and banana bread AKA the ultimate breakfast treat.

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
Scale:
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

for the banana bread cake

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt*
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

for the cinnamon sugar swirl

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

for the crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 9 square pan with parchment paper or butter and flour the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, melted butter, and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the sour cream and the milk.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour half of the batter into your prepared pan and set aside while you make the cinnamon sugar swirl and the crumb topping.
  4. In a small bowl combine the cinnamon and brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir together to mix well. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt for the crumb topping. Use a fork or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture starts to clump together and looks like wet sand.
  5. Spread the cinnamon sugar swirl over the first layer of banana bread. Pour the remaining batter over the cinnamon sugar. Top with the crumb topping, spreading into an even layer.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool before serving. If desired, dust with powdered sugar.

Keywords: banana coffee cake, banana crumb cake, banana bread coffee cake

Notes

*sour cream will work too!

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  1. Much longer cook time. My cake finally finished after about 80 minutes (took out three times total). I used a glass 8×10 pan and I’m close to sea level. Admittedly, my oven seems to need a little extra time always, but this recipe would simply not solidify. I also had a lot of extra crumble topping, it seemed like way too much. In the end it was delicious. I was very careful in following the recipe, so not sure what went awry, but it’s a recipe I’d make again.

  2. Cook time for me was WAY longer than 40 minutes. Will report back after actually eating, but 40 minutes was about half done for me.

  3. I did this before but it kinda fail. It was a bit gooey at the center and was very oily, I may have made a mistake in measuring or something. So I tried to do it again, and we love it! This will be my go-to banana cake from now on!

  4. Just making this now and I am looking at the crumb topping ingredients. No brown sugar? I’m wondering if maybe there are typos in the recipe?

    • Hi Joette! We used granulated sugar because it has slightly less moisture than brown sugar, but you could absolutely use brown sugar!