Banana Coffee Cake

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

This was one of those recipes that came out a need to use over-ripe bananas. We’ve all been there. You buy them with all the good intentions of eating them and it just doesn’t always happen. So you make banana bread or something of the sort.

This is our over-ripe banana “bread” or moreover a reprieve from the same ol’ loaf of quick bread.  It was divine. Cinnamon-pecan streusel riddled through rich cake that is studded with bananas.  It’s the perfect weekend breakfast, brunch, or snack recipe.  It was almost reminiscent of banana’s foster, in fact if you substituted in rum extract and/or made a foster icing – it would be there in a heart beat.   But, as is it makes coffee sing and hot tea swoon.  Moreover, as much as I could rave about it and I could keep going… it comes down to one simple fact: cake for breakfast. The end.

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

BANANA COFFEE CAKE

Coffee Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs, separated and whites beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup milk

Banana Mixture:

  • 2 – 3 ripe bananas, diced
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Streusel Topping: 

  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup flour

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cream butter, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and almond extract. In a small bowl, beat egg whites to peaks and set aside.

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

Add flour mixture and milk alternately until combined.  Fold in beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula. Spread in a well-greased 9 x 13 baking pan with high walls (such as a cake pan).  You can use a larger pan if you want a thinner coffee cake. 

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

In a separate bowl, combine diced banana, sugar, and melted butter – toss to coat. Now layer it up on top of your coffee cake batter.

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

In the same bowl or a separate bowl (yes another), combine streusel ingredients with a fork until crumbly.  This is your final layer – sprinkle to cover the top.

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas
It puffs up in the oven and the bananas & streusel sink throughout the cake making ripples of goodness. 

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

Now bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until it sets and the middle no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes, during which time it will settle. Serve warm with coffee, tea, or nothing. 

Banana Coffee Cake | Rich coffee cake rippled with pecan streusel and bananas

You could sub the fruit if you don’t like bananas or have something else on hand. Peaches, cherries, raspberries, etc. – all would be lovely. I’ve even made it with a can of pie filling. Don’t judge. I might have even layered in some cheesecake – now you can judge. 

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Bringing you cake for breakfast,

ApronClad

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