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

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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 398 kcal
Author: Shawn


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


For the Crumb Topping:

  • 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:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13" baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • Mash the bananas in a large bowl until smooth. Add in the melted butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  • Let cool slightly before adding glaze.

For the Glaze:

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



Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 423IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Banana, Breakfast, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Crumb Cake
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This Banana Crumb Cake Recipe is a moist and tender banana cake with layers of brown sugar crumb topping and a sweet icing drizzle.

About the author

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.
55 Responses
  1. Michelle Drozdibob

    5 stars
    I’m a long time cook and baker and I have tried many of your recipes. You have such a nice, bubbly personality that it is a pleasure to watch your videos. We have enjoyed all the recipes we have tried so thank you! It’s good to keep your game fresh and interesting after so many years! Loved this one, too…

  2. Shayla

    Made this for my Christmas treat, just took it out the oven and drizzled icing on top looks and tastes SO GOOD! Def making this again!

  3. Rose

    4 stars
    In step 4 you say to add 1/3 of the crumb topping to half of the cake batter. Is there suppose to be 2 layers or three? I cut the recipe in half, used 1/2 cup sugar, baked for 50 minutes in a toaster oven. It was dense, but very good!!! If it was suppose to be lighter, I would say that my bananas were not very ripe. I don’t know if that would make a difference. Anyway, I would make it again. Thanks.

    1. Shawn

      You’ll add the remaining 2/3 of the crumb to the top of the cake. 🙂 Banana cakes are definitely more dense than a typical cake. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Sally

    Oh boy! Cake is in oven and I realized I only added 1tsp baking powder! Hoping it turns out ok because the recipe sounds so amazing.

  5. Sarah

    5 stars
    Hi Shawn:
    I thought the cake was delicious, however, I baked mine from the start at 50 minutes, it was definitely to long a time in my oven.

      1. Sue T

        5 stars
        I halved the recipe and it was perfect. So moist. My 23 year old daughter told me it was the best thing I’ve ever made ! Thank you!

    1. Shawn

      Hi Maysa! I actually do have a video on how to make this. I can’t believe I never uploaded it! I’m adding it to the blog post now. Thanks and enjoy!

  6. Halley

    Nope. NOPE. That cook time can NOT be right. I followed the recipe to a T. DAMN NEAR BURNT MY APARTMENT DOWN. SMOKE EVERYWHERE. WTF

    1. Shawn

      Sorry you had a mishap in your oven! Sounds like something fell out of the cake pan and hit the bottom of the oven? 45 minutes is definitely the correct time.

  7. Tosin

    Hey! The recipe was good, although I think baking soda would have made my cake turn out better. Also, the crumb was clumped together and not crumb like at all so it made spreading it a lot harder. What could have been the cause of this?

    1. Shawn

      Hey Tosin, it sounds like maybe your butter wasn’t very cold when you were making the crumb mixture. Also if your crumbs are really small, they will end up just melting together under the heat. So, COLD butter and larger crumb should do the trick!

  8. Joann

    This has got to be the best banana recipe! Never again do I need to search for a brrad or cake or muffin recipe. This is it!! So happy with how it turned out. It was freakin’ delicious!! Thanks for this.

  9. Christina Tonnu

    5 stars
    This by far is the best coffee cake recipe ever! The bananas make it so moist and yummy. My family absolutely loved it! The only thing I did differently was omit half a cup of sugar because it was too sweet (I used 1 1/4 cup sugar). This coffee cake is great because you can eat it for breakfast and as a dessert. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe.

  10. Belinda

    Hi! Today is the second time l made this cake. The first time l made half the recipe and it came out light and delicious 🙂 Today, l made the full recipe and it is dense and looks very different from my first attempt. l double checked the recipe and l didn’t miss anything. Could l have over or under baked it? I did use bananas that l had previously frozen this time. Thanks!

    1. Shawn

      When the bananas have been frozen and then thawed they seem to be filled with much more liquid, which could give your cake a more dense feel. I know I’ve experienced that when I’ve used frozen/thawed bananas. Usually you can reduce the amount of banana in the cake in this instance to 2 or 3 since it’ll still have plenty of banana flavor and not be too heavy. Hope that helps!

      1. Belinda

        It sure does! Thanks for the tip, it makes perfect sense. I never hesitate to use them in banana bread but that is a totally different texture than this cake so l suppose that is why l never had problems with using bananas l had frozen. Going to try again today with some over ripe bananas…l am sure the results will be delicious!!! Thanks again!!

    1. Shawn

      Sounds like there might have been too much butter and/or it could have been too warm when added to the cake. Make sure it’s nice and cold when cut into the crumb mixture.

  11. Theresa

    wow weeeee – this is great and it has the house on hand simpliest of ingredients – I also made this same recipe with apples. The bananas were great – Theresa.

  12. Arlene

    3 stars
    This cake sounded good, but it was waaay too sweet! I see others have questioned the amount of sugar used; at the very least, omit the glaze!

    1. Shawn

      I’m sorry you felt the cake was too sweet Arlene. I personally don’t find it too sweet, but it could be that the bananas you used weren’t ripe enough? They tend to lose some of their sweetness as they ripen.

  13. Patty

    A very Merry Christmas to you Shawn and your beautiful family too!! What a beautiful photo of your family, you are truly blessed. Patty

  14. Frances Moore

    5 stars
    First time i ever made one of your recipes and WOW it was AMAZING! The best banana cake i ever made! Thank u for a great recipe, i will make more of your recipes! Is there something i can do to say thank you, wish i could do more than thank u like a good recipe to give u!

    1. Rose

      Hi Shawn. I just made this cake. This is the second recipe that I have tried from your collection. My family absolutely love the One Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. And now this cake is their favourite too. So crumbly and moist. Love it. Will explore more of your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Shawn

      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.

  15. Marti Moran

    5 stars
    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!!!

  16. 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. Shawn

      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

      5 stars
      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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