Banana Coffee Cake

This Banana Coffee Cake is a great way to use up any super-ripe bananas you might have lying around! With a moist, fluffy, vanilla banana-flavored interior and a crisp buttery streusel topping drizzled with an optional glaze, this is a unique and delicious coffee cake recipe!

Banana Coffee Cake on a white plate.

Hey guys! Sam here again from Sugar Spun Run with another sweet treat for you!

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of baking with bananas after finding myself faced with a mile-high pile of well-browned bananas in my house. They were just past their prime and desperately needed to be baked into something or they would shortly need to be thrown out (and my freezer was and always is way too full to even consider storing them there).

I made batch after batch of my favorite banana muffins and passed out more slices of cream cheese frosted banana cake than I can even count, but eventually I wanted to try something different and this recipe for Banana Coffee Cake was born!

Crumbly streusel topping for banana coffee cake.

How to Make Banana Coffee Cake

The #1 tip is to find the ripest bananas you can! The browner and spottier they are the better — this is going to give your Banana Coffee Cake the best flavor. Mash them up well (you can use a potato masher, or even just a fork) and add them to your butter, sugar, eggs, and other wet ingredients.

Stir together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl, and then use a spatula to gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Take care not to over-mix the batter here!

Finally, pour your banana coffee cake batter into a greased and floured 9×9 pan and prepare your streusel topping, which is what really puts this coffee cake over the top!

How to Make Streusel Topping

There are a number of different ways to make streusel topping, but my preferred method is to start with melted butter. Many recipes use cold butter, but for this particular streusel, the melted butter makes for a nice buttery crumb that pairs so well with the banana cake. Use a fork to stir your dry streusel ingredients in with the melted butter.

Take care not to overwork the streusel mixture, or you’ll end up with a paste! You want the mixture to resemble coarse crumbs that you can use your hands to drop evenly over your banana coffee cake.

A slice of banana coffee cake with glaze.

This Banana Coffee Cake would be a great make ahead breakfast or Mother’s Day brunch option, it’s simple, packed with flavor, and sure to be a hit with your guests.

Enjoy!

Banana Coffee Cake

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16

Description

A delicious banana coffee cake made with ripe mashed bananas and a crisp, crumbly, streusel topping!


Ingredients

Streusel

  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Banana Coffee Cake

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten (room temperature preferred)
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 11/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease and flour a 9x9 baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl and use an electric mixer). Beat until well-combined, then stir in mashed bananas.
  3. Add eggs, stirring well after each addition, and then add sour cream and vanilla extract and stir well.
  4. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to wet, stirring until completely combined (be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl). I prefer to do this with a spatula to avoid over-mixing the batter.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared 9x9 pan. Prepare Streusel.

Streusel

  1. Melt butter in a medium-sized bowl on 10 second increments (stirring between) until just melted (you don't want it to be too hot).

  2. Use a fork to whisk together your flour, sugars, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over mixture and use a fork to stir until combined (mixture should be crumbly).
  3. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter.
  4. Bake on 350F for 35 minutes, or until centers spring back to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with few moist crumbs or clean.
  5. Allow to cool before drizzling with glaze (if using) and slicing and serving.

Glaze

  1. If desired, make glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over cooled banana coffee cake.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 16

Calories296kcal (15%)Carbohydrates47g (16%)Protein5g (10%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol44mg (15%)Sodium119mg (5%)Potassium70mg (2%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar17g (19%)Vitamin A305IU (6%)Calcium23mg (2%)Iron1.9mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Samantha Merritt

Sam is the baker behind the website Sugar Spun Run, where she shares sweet, simple, and from-scratch dessert recipes (usually of the chocolate variety!). She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and Leia.

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  1. This was really good but a strange thing happened. The night I made it, I wasn’t happy and was going to throw it out because I thought it was dry. The next night when I came home from work, I tried it nefore I threw it out…it was so incredibly moist. It was like a totally different cake and I loved it!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Yummy, easy to make. Had everything on hand. This is a keeper. Next time, I’m going to try adding some chopped pecans to the streusel topping.

    1. This is what I researched: In order to substitute a cup of sour cream, mix ⅔ cup milk powder in ¾ cup of water, and blend it with a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Plain or Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream, in a ratio of 1:1. Take a cup of yogurt, and mix a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice.

  3. 5 stars
    Hey Samantha, nice recipe. A combination of banana and coffee can really work great. As banana contains carbohydrates and coffee helps to increase stamina and boost energy. I’ll definitely try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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