Do you ever end up with a bunch of overripe bananas on your counter? Or is it just me? I bought some bananas at the grocery store, but for some reason, I always have leftovers that get too ripe for my liking. This banana crumb cake is an excellent alternative to use up those ripe bananas. This recipe takes your typical banana cake recipe to the next level! With fall in season, this recipe will be a perfect recipe for you! What’s so great about this recipe is that you can whisk the ingredients together by hand. Meaning you don’t have to pull out the stand mixer or electric hand mixer to get this sweet goodness! Just wait until you smell the wonderful aroma coming from your oven. Hmmm!!

What is banana crumb cake?

This Banana crumb cake recipe is a tender and moist banana cake layer with brown sugar crumbs topping and a sweet glaze drizzled on top. The icing adds additional flavor to the cake. It also helps to secure the crumb topping in place.

Facts

  • February 23 is National Banana Bread day in the U.S.
  • Banana crumb cake is a type of banana bread made from mashed bananas.
  • The modern Banana bread recipe was a feature in American cookbooks with the popularization of baking powder or baking soda in the 1930s.
  • Vegan banana crumb cake does not include eggs or dairy products.

Origin

 The first banana cake was invented during the depression era in the 1930s by housewives, who were finding different means for making some extra money at home. Since this was the depression era, grocery stores found other ways of getting some extra money by selling their overripe bananas and giving away free recipes that use them like pancakes and muffins. In the 1960s, the home baking revival period, banana cakes became very popular. It is because of the simple preparation and the number of available recipes on cookbooks. As it relates to crumb cake, it is an adaptation of coffee cakes by German Bakers who came to the U.S. Interestingly! Banana crumb cakes are delicious regardless of your geography. It is popular on the east coast, with a particular concentration in the New York metro area.

When should you eat banana crumb cake?

This delicacy is moist, soft, and such a pleasure to eat. The recipe can serve as a dessert, a part of a Sunday brunch, or a quick weeknight dessert. Best of all, this banana crumb cake is suitable any time of the day, from breakfast to midnight snacks.

What pairs with Banana Crumb cake?

This sophisticated banana crumb cake is best with tea, coffee, or a tall glass of milk. It is excellent when paired with maple syrup, caramelized nuts, cinnamon glaze, and brown sugar streusel. Be open-minded, get the kids we are making you banana crumb cake today!

How is it done

First, you will make the crumb topping. Grease your baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Secondly, combine the dry ingredients, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or sturdy fork. Stop when the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.

 Make the banana cake batter! 

In a bowl mash, the bananas until smooth, then add the melted butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and whisk. Mix the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two increments, alternating with the milk. This process will help prevent you from over-mixing the cake batter resulting in a dense cake. Gently pour half of the cake mixture into the greased baking dish, sprinkle the top with 1/3 of the crumb mixture. Pour the remaining cake batter, followed by the remaining crumb topping. Finally, bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it cool before adding the glaze.

How the ingredients work

  •  Unsalted Butter: Cold butter is ideal for combining the flour when using the pastry cutter or fork. Butter also helps in leavening and add moisture.
  • The brown sugar added to the mixture gives both flavor and sweetness to the cake.
  • Salt helps enhance the banana flavor and balances out the sweetness of the bananas and the sugar.
  • Eggs protein adds nutritional value to the batter and traps air in the batter during mixing. Note that eggs should be at room temperature before being mixed into the batter.
  • Baking powder helps the cake to rise in the oven by releasing CO2 when the heat is applied.
  • Vanilla extract and cinnamon add flavor and aroma to the banana crumb recipe.

Why should you make this delicacy?

Banana bread is great for using up those overripe and darkening bananas! It is a trendy recipe! This moist banana cake topped with easy-to-make crumb topping will be a perfect addition to your breakfast this weekend. Banana crumb cake is a cross between coffee cake and banana cake.

Term

  • Overripe banana: ripe bananas that begin to darken in color.

Question and Answer

  • Can I use a milk substitute?

Yes, you can use buttermilk. You can make your buttermilk using vinegar and milk. Making a banana cake with milk creates a moist and tender cake.

  • Are overripe bananas sweeter than just ripe bananas?

The nutrient content does change slightly as the fruit ripens. The reason bananas get sweeter is that the starch broke down into sugar as the banana ages.

Closure

This cake relies on the natural sweetness of the overripe bananas for flavor. It is a healthy cake recipe for you! Much of the sweetness comes from the ripe bananas used. It is therefore essential to use ripe bananas that are high in sugar content. After baking, allow the cake to cool completely at room temperature before storing. Glazed cakes should store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For extensive storage, keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

Yield: 16 servings

Banana Crumb Cake Recipe

Banana Crumb Cake Recipe

This sophisticated Banana Crumb Cake is a moist and tender breakfast cake drizzled with a simple sugar glaze. I guarantee that you will love it!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Crumb topping
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Banana Cake
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Glaze
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Crumb topping
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Banana Cake
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Glaze
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

    For the crumb topping:

    1. In a bowl, combine flour, cold butter, brown
      sugar, and cinnamon. Use a pastry blender or sturdy fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients, creating a crumbly topping. Set aside.

    For the banana cake:

    1. Grease a 9x13” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Add in the melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract and whisk.
    3. Whip together the baking powder, flour, and
      salt in a separate bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, then the remaining dry ingredients followed by the milk.
    4. Pour half of the cake mixture into the greased
      baking dish. Sprinkle the top with some of the crumb mixtures. Pour the remaining cake batter, followed by the remaining crumb topping.
    5. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes.
    6. Let it cool before adding the glaze.

    For the Glaze:

    1. In a small dish, combine all the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Enjoy!

     

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