Banana Crumb Cake Recipe

This Banana Crumb Cake Recipe is a moist and tender banana cake with layers of brown sugar crumb topping and a sweet icing drizzle. 

This Banana Crumb Cake Recipe is a moist and tender banana cake with layers of brown sugar crumb topping and a sweet icing drizzle.pinterestWith fall baking well under way, I’m super pumped to be partnering with Land O’Lakes again to share this quick and easy Banana Crumb Cake Recipe!

How To Make Banana Crumb Cake Topping:

  • Start by mixing up your crumb topping – combine COLD butter with brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and a pinch of salt if desired.
  • Use a pastry cutter or a sturdy fork to create a crumble mixture.
  • Set this aside and quickly mix up the banana cake batter.

How to make a simple crumb topping with brown sugar

How To Make Banana Cake:

  • Mash 4 medium ripe bananas in a large bowl, then pour in melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk until combined.
  • In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk to combine; add half of the milk, then whisk, followed by the remaining dry ingredients and more milk.
  • Pour half of the batter into a 9″x13″ pan that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray and sprinkle with 1/3 of the crumb mixture.
  • Add the remaining banana cake batter over the top and then finish off with the remaining crumb mixture.

Use melted butter for this easy banana cake

What’s so great about this recipe is that you can easily whisk all the ingredients together by hand. Meaning you don’t have to pull out the electric hand mixer or stand mixer to get to this sweet goodness!

Can I Make This Cake Ahead of Time?

Yes! While I really enjoy this cake warm out of the oven, you can definitely make it ahead of time too. The cake stays moist for days. Just make sure to cover it tightly.

You can store this cake at room temperature. No need to refrigerate.

Pour the banana cake batter over the crumb topping layer.

Is Banana Cake a Dessert or Breakfast?

I mean, since it’s loaded with bananas, one might lean towards the breakfast side, but I’ll let you decide on this one.

We serve this at Sunday brunch or as a quick weeknight dessert, but I know I wouldn’t pass up this goodness for breakfast either.

Drizzle the top of the crumb cake with a sweet icing.

Just wait till you smell the amazing aroma coming from your oven while this cake is baking. The middle layer of crumb topping melts right into the fluffy banana cake creating a pocket of pure deliciousness.

Drizzle a simple powdered sugar glaze right over the top and let it melt right into the beautiful brown sugar crumb topping. YUM!

Banana Crumb Cake with brown sugar

Can I Halve This Recipe?

Yes! This recipe makes a large 9×13″ pan, but if you don’t need that much (or maybe only have two ripe bananas), this recipe is easily cut in half. In fact, using the Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks make this recipe a breeze to scale down.

  • Reduce the pan size to 8×8″
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cut all ingredients in half and prepare as instructed.

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Banana Crumb Cake Recipe

Banana Crumb Cake Recipe

This Banana Crumb Cake Recipe results in a moist and tender banana cake with layers of brown sugar crumb topping and a sweet icing drizzle.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 8 tbsp COLD Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks, cubed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For the Banana Cake:

  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 8 tbsp Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter in Half Sticks, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Crumb Topping:

  1. Combine the cold butter, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl and use a pastry cutter or sturdy fork to cut the butter into the dry ingredients, creating a crumbly topping. Set aside.

For the Banana Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13″ baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl until smooth. Add in the melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, whisk to incorporate. Add in half of the milk, whisking again to incorporate. Whisk in the remaining dry ingredients followed by the remainder of the milk.
  4. Pour half of the cake mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with 1/3 of the crumb mixture. Pour the remaining cake batter over the top, followed by the remaining crumb topping.
  5. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool slightly before adding glaze.

For the Glaze:

  1. Combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a small dish and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Enjoy!

Keywords: Banana, Crumb Cake, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Dessert, Breakfast

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
8 Responses
    1. I’m thinking it would work in a loaf pan, but you would probably need two loaf pans, and then it would need to cook longer, until the center come clean with a toothpick.

  1. Marti Moran

    I made this yesterday and it was awesome!! I had to roast my bananas (400 for 30 min) b/c they were not ripe. This made them really soft and intensified the flavor. I also added some toasted walnuts to the middle that I had on hand. Otherwise I followed the recipe. It is really a nice cake and very very tasty!! We were eating it before the glaze was on, but the glaze is really good on it also. This is a “keeper” so thanks so very much!!!

  2. Sheri

    This recipe has a ridiculous amount of sugar in it. Is it possible to cut the sugar in half and replace it with something else like applesauce?

    1. I did try this recipe with less sugar in the cake portion and wasn’t pleased with the taste. But if you want to try and substitute in some applesauce it might work? I haven’t tested it with applesauce so I’m not sure on the amount you would need.

    2. Iona

      We love this recipe! I saw it on Facebook last weekend… and, being pregnant, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I also was on day two of a nasty cold, and didn’t have an appetite for much, but my husband hopped to work making this in our tiny guesthouse kitchen, using a toaster oven, and it came out great— even with frozen bananas that had been waiting to be used for baking. We will be making this again (hopefully one day in a real oven)!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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