Monday, May 23, 2011

Banana Streusel Crumb Cake - Make this now!

I know I said in my last post that these Strawberry Cupcakes were the best thing ever, but so is this banana streusel crumb cake (also known as banana snack cake).  I'm not exaggerating! You have to make it for yousrelf.

If you've been following my blog, you might know that I have this thing where I have to make banana bread whenever I have very ripe, brown bananas hanging around. I usually make it into bread or muffins using this recipe of my mom's. Its very delicious. You can see why I would be hesitant to try a new recipe, but I was really intrigued by this streusel-y recipe I saw over at Technicolor Kitchen. Everyone had good things to say about it. What can I say, I'm easily swayed by reviews!

I could go on and on and tell you about how I made this on Friday and again on Saturday because everyone loved it so much I ran out.Or I could mention how I brought it with me on a friend's boat Friday night and strange men I just met were fighting over the crumbs. I could blabber forever about the moist, fluffy cake and the sweet crunchy streusel. Or I could just tell you to go find you some brown bananas and get baking. I'm serious. Do it. Now!

Banana Streusel Crumb Cake
Makes about 16 pieces, depending on how big you cut the pieces
  • 6 TBSP all purpose flour
  • 6 TBSP light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, softened to room temperature and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour*
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup very ripe bananas, smashed (2 medium or 3 small)
  • 3 TBSP whole milk (I used 1 TBSP cream, 2 TBSP skim milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten with a fork
* If you don't have cake flour, make your own: 1 cup = 1 cup - 2 TBSP all purpose flour + 2 TBSP cornstarch

First set out all your ingredients. I like to measure mine ahead of time. You will want everything to be at room temperature anyway.

Next, let's make your streusel. In a small/medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter with finger tips until large crumbs are formed. Be careful not to over-mix or your streusel will not be crumbly enough and melt into the cake. 


Place in fridge. Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour (I use baking spray with both) 8x8 pan. 

Sift together flour, baking power, baking soda and salt into a small bowl and set aside. Don't skip the sifting- it makes your cake fluffy and less dense. 

In a medium bowl, mash bananas with a fork until relatively smooth. Add milk and vanilla and stir. Set aside. 


In a large mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).


Reduce speed to medium and add egg until incorporated. Add banana mixture. It will look curdled- that's OK. Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Make sure you are stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. 

Spread batter into prepared pan with spatula- making sure to smooth top evenly. Sprinkle evenly with streusel mixture. 

Bake until it springs back lightly when touched in the middle and toothpick inserted near the middle comes out clean, 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely in can before serving. 


This very moist cake will keep about 4 days in a covered container. You don't have to share...

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  1. Thanks for sharing good!!!!

    Will try that next week!!

  2. That banana bread does look very good. I have never seen banana bread with struesel topping before. It must be delicious to make it twice in a weekend. I'd love for you to stop in and show off your recipe today at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a blessed day :)

  3. Mmm, streusel definitely makes everything better. Great recipe. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  4. Thanks so much for the invite Katie! I just linked up- better late than never! :)

    Lisa- Thanks so much for hosting every week! My dessert bookmarks are growing faster than I can test recipes! :)

  5. yum! this looks so good! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I love making new blog friends! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  6. Nikki- Thanks so much for following! I just followed your blog too. :) I just can't get enough of cooking/baking blogs friends!

  7. I love a good crumb cake. It's perfect for breakfast or dessert. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  8. Kim- I love things that are an excuse to have "dessert" for breakfast! :)

  9. Yumm-O! I made this for my family as a dessert and it received RAVE reviews. TY TY TY!!!


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