Moist Banana Bread Crumb Cake

This Banana Bread Crumb Cake is a fun twist on a classic crumb cake recipe! Moist and tender banana bread layers are filled and topped with a perfectly irresistible buttery streusel crumb. The result is an easy cake recipe that you’ll love to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert!

A slice of banana crumb cake with icing

My Favorite Banana Crumb Cake

Oh my sweetness – this could very well be my favorite recipe for crumb cake, or any breakfast cake for that matter! Possibly ever. It has everything a perfect crumb cake should have: a moist and tender cake texture, a crumbly, buttery streusel topping, and all those delicious cinnamon-sugary flavors. With one major, life-changing twist: bananas!

I am always looking for recipes using bananas, especially ones in my fruit bowl that are barely past their prime. Overripe bananas are perfect for recipes like banana bread, banana muffins, etc. And crumb cakes are just plain perfect. Which is what inspired this incredible, mouthwatering Banana Bread Crumb Cake with a delicious streusel filling. The combination is pure magic!

Slices of stacked banana crumb cake

What Makes this Recipe so Good?

A Banana Bread Crumb Cake may sound like a confusing breakfast/dessert recipe. But trust me, it makes total sense as soon as it touches your tastebuds! Here’s why I love this recipe, and why you will, too:

  • Banana Crumb Cake is a fun twist on two classic recipes. This recipe involves a soft and moist banana bread-cake, made in a pan and layered with a decadent streusel crumb filling/topping. The contrast is a match made in baking heaven!
  • It’s super easy to make. This cake requires simple pantry ingredients and only a handful of steps. It comes together in no time!
  • It pairs perfectly with coffee or a glass of milk. So you can literally have your cake for breakfast, and eat it, too. Not to mention, it also makes a fabulous dessert.
Ingredients for banana crumb cake on a wooden counter

Ingredients You’ll Need

To make things even better, this recipe calls for basic pantry ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Cake

  • Bananas: This is the perfect occasion to use any ripe or just over-ripe bananas you have; the “senior citizens” of the bunch. 
  • Butter: For best results, bring the butter to room temperature.
  • Granulated Sugar: When it comes to a moist and fluffy cake, white granulated sugar is always the most reliable!
  • Flour: I use all purpose flour for this recipe. If you’re making a gluten free crumb cake, you can substitute this with your preferred alternative (almond flour, oat flour, etc.)
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract will give the best and most natural flavor.
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

For the Crumb Filling and Topping

  • Butter: Cold from the fridge and cubed.
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Flour

You’ll also need powdered sugar and a couple teaspoons of milk if you’re planning to make a glaze.

How to Make Banana Crumb Cake

The secret to this fabulous breakfast cake is in the delicious crumb. Not just sprinkled over top, but also layered in between the banana bread. The resulting cake is moist and buttery and just plain amazing!

Make the Banana Bread Batter: Whisk together the flour with baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mash your bananas until you reach a smooth consistency, then mix in the butter, followed by the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually add in the milk and flour mixture until the batter is just combined.

A bowl of dry ingredients being made into banana cake

Make the Crumb: Combine all the crumb ingredients and cut them together with a fork (if you have a pastry cutter, all the better!). 

Fill the Pan: Pour one half of the batter into a prepared baking pan, then sprinkle a layer of crumbs over top. Pour the remaining batter over the crumb layer, and then top with one last layer of crumb mixture.

Bake: Bake the crumb cake in a preheated oven until the center is set. The cake is ready when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Banana bread crumb cake slices stacked

Glaze: After the cake has cooled for a few minutes, drizzle the top with sweet glaze if desired.

Serve this Banana Crumb Cake either warm or at room temperature, and revel in it’s deliciousness! 

Tips for Success

  • Measure the Flour Correctly: When it comes to baking, the number one misstep is too much flour packed into the measuring cup. If you’re using a measuring cup and not a kitchen scale, rather spoon the flour into the cup and then level it off with a knife, to avoid adding too much flour to the batter!
  • Don’t Over Mix the Batter: Another cardinal rule is not to over mix the batter! When mixing in the flour, add it in gradually and mix until the batter is just combined, for the best possible texture when the cake is baked.
A slice of iced banana crumb cake with a bite taken out

How to Store

This Banana Bread Crumb Cake can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Can I Freeze a Crumb Cake?

You can! Wrap the cake tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then store frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw the crumb cake in the fridge overnight and then allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

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Banana Bread Crumb Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 12 1x
  • Category Category: Cake
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Breakfast

Description:

This Banana Bread Crumb Cake recipe is made with moist and tender banana bread layers filled and topped with a perfectly irresistible buttery streusel crumb. An easy cake recipe that you’ll love to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert!


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Ingredients:

For the Banana Bread

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk

For the Crumb Filling/Topping

  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour

*optional glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 Tbsp milk

Instructions

To Make the Banana Bread

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, set aside
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. set aside.
  4. In a large bowl mash bananas until they become liquified.
  5. Mix in butter until combined and then stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla until mixed well.
  6. Stir in milk and flour until combined.

To make the Crumb Filling/Topping

  1. Prepare crumb filling/topping by combining all the ingredients together cutting them together with a fork or pastry cutter until a coarse crumb forms.
  2. Pour 1/2 of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with 1/3 of the crumb mixture. Cover the filling with the remaining batter and top with remaining crumb mixture.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the center is set and a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes.
  5. *If desired mix powdered sugar and milk together and drizzle on top.
  6. Can be served warm or at room temperature.

Notes:

Can be served room temperature or warm.

Store airtight for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information:

1 slice
658
69.8 g
229.1 mg
24.3 g
106.3 g
6.7 g
92.5 mg

Keywords: easy crumb cake, breakfast baking, banana crumb cake

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Lisa Fresch
January 23, 2022 3:36 pm

Hi. I love this cake, and it’s always a hit.
Have you ever tried it as muffins instead of a cake? Thank you

Katie
January 19, 2022 4:34 pm

OMG! I had some over-ripe bananas and wanted to make something other than regular banana bread. This recipe is so amazing!!! I made half the crumb topping and just put it on top, instead of layered, and it worked out just fine. It made a full 9×13 pan, so I kept half for us & took half to one of my best friends house still warm from the oven. She immediately demanded the recipe! This is a WINNER. So much better than coffee cake. <3 Thanks!

Ana
December 26, 2021 9:02 pm

Can use cake flour instead and if so will I still need baking powder

Alicia Teixeira
December 5, 2021 1:02 pm

Believe it! This cake is wonderful. I don’t comment on recipes, but I just HAD to for this cake. You can not screw it up. I do bake a lot, but have had many fails. Never failed with this recipe!! And I take some liberties.. I add lots of spice (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove) I also use a little light cream with the milk. I’ve added applesauce when I only had 2 bananas. I used chopper for crumb mixture and also just my fingers (better using pastry cutter or fingers – fyi.. The chopper made the topping a little too… Read more »

Stazee
November 21, 2021 4:54 pm

Do you use an electric mixer or do it by hand? I made this years ago and can’t remember what I did, the recipe says mix and stir,lol.

Gwen
November 16, 2021 4:24 pm

5 stars all the wayyyyy . SO SO GOOD! Thanks for the delish recipe. And thanks for all the laughs I had reading your comments up to the recipe!!

Susan cousart
October 13, 2021 10:43 am

What temperature for banana crumb cake?

Lisa
July 27, 2021 8:10 am

It says 2 cups flour for the cake but in directions there is 2 spots to add flour. One is the medium bowl & the other says to stir in milk & flour until combined. Was I suppose to divide the sugar, because it didn’t say to. HELP, I’m a disaster in a kitchen but wanted to attempt to make this.

Karen
June 10, 2021 8:24 pm

Made this for a church group and it was a big hit!! This recipe is a keeper. Delicious.

Melody
March 12, 2021 9:56 pm

My girls and I wanted to do something new with our over ripe bananas. We stumbled I this recipe and decided to give it a go. I’m glad we found this because it is delicious and really easy to make!!

Madelynn
February 10, 2021 12:26 pm

This looks amazing!
Can I make this using a cupcake baking tray? How should I adjust baking time?

Becky
January 29, 2021 8:49 pm

My co-workers love this cake, some even offer to pay me to make it for them! I add a dash of nutmeg and 2 dashes of cinnamon to the cake batter and crumb topping because I love the extra warmth and spice it adds to the flavor but otherwise follow the recipe. Delicious!

Last edited 11 months ago by Becky
Anitha
January 20, 2021 10:44 am

WOW! I split this recipe in half but I still used the 3 bananas and all the full glaze recipe part. It turned out so delicious! I just didn’t want to be eating this for too many days so it was just perfect and of course I used a smaller dish. So glad, I don’t want to have to keep making endless banana bread when I’ve got ripening bananas sitting there! Thank you for this recipe!!!

Colleen
December 24, 2020 1:48 pm

Omg…. yes, crack cake is a great description and that is exactly what the guys at work called it. I got a little nervous making it as I wasn’t sure if the butter was mixing with the bananas correctly and making the crumb at the end was a challenge. I gave up on fork and washed my hands really well and squished it altogether by hand. I didn’t change ingredients at all. I did sprinkle a little cinnamon across the top before throwing in the oven. I work mainly with men and they devoured this and wish I had made… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Colleen
Shannon Pontius
December 27, 2020 9:52 am
Reply to  Colleen

We make 9×7 all the time for our family of 4 and it’s plenty. Just cut the receipe in half. For the cake part, I use cinnamon applesauce instead and cut the white sugar to 3/4 of a cup. For the crumble, if you get yourself a handheld pastry blender, it’s a lifesaver with mixing the cold butter. It is a wonderful receipe!

Diana
April 10, 2021 11:07 am

Hi Shannon, what do you sub in order to use the applesauce? Thanks
Edit – never mind! I just kept reading the comments and saw the applesauce subs for butter

Last edited 9 months ago by Diana
Patricia cansler
December 22, 2020 5:21 pm

Do you use plain flour for filling/topping

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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