Banana Bread Crumb Cake

Hello everyone! It’s very hot here in SoCal, just in time for the start of finals week. Yay. Stress levels are running high, which means everyone is craving sugar! I’m taking a quick study break to write this post, but soon it’ll be back to the books.

I saw this banana bread crumb cake over at Cookies and Cups a while back, and I’ve been waiting to try it. I had the rookies on our ultimate frisbee team over for dinner a few weeks ago, so I made this for dessert. I mostly followed the recipe, but I cut it in half, since I didn’t need a whole 9×13 pan, and added cinnamon to the cake and the topping. I also reduced the sugar, since bananas are naturally so sweet, and I omitted the glaze, since this was already sweet enough without it.

The cake was deliciously moist, perfectly sweetened with banana flavor, and had a lovely cinnamon crumb topping. Everyone loved it, even one of the rookies who doesn’t like bananas. Here’s my recipe!

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

adapted from Cookies and Cups

Ingredients

Cake

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 overripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup skim milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Crumb topping

1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350˚F and grease an 8×8 pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas, then cream in the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and fold together until just combined. Pour into prepared pan.

For the crumb topping, mix together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingers (my preferred method) until it comes together to form large crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the batter. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean, with a few moist crumbs. Allow to cool before slicing into bars. Enjoy!

Print

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A perfectly moist cake with a delicate crumb on top! Yum!

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