Banana Bread Crumb Cake

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

This Banana Bread Crumb Cake is a fun twist on both Banana Bread and Crumb Cake…it’s like a muffin in cake form, and oh so good!

This cake. You guys, oh my sweetness.

You need to go and get you some elderly bananas and make this asap. The name is a little confusing. Quite frankly I didn’t know what to call it.  It’s texture is more like a muffin, the flavor is more like banana bread but it’s in a 9×13 pan which makes it very cake-ish. And do you eat it for breakfast with coffee or for dessert with milk?  AHHHHHHH!

So instead of calling it “Banana Muffin Cake Bread with a Crumb Topping and Glaze”, I shortened it.


For your sake.

So now I present to you Banana Bread Crumb Cake. Or basically the most confused dessert/breakfast in history.

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

So let me start by saying that I pretty much groaned out loud when I took my first bite. In a good way. I am not a groaner, so that’s a huge thing. Ok, I take that back..actually I am.

“Ugh” is my most favorite word.  Besides annoying.  That’s a close second. Just call me Polly Positive.

Anyhow back to the groaning. I am telling you this cake/bread/muffin is magic. Just grab you some old bananas.  The senior citizens of your bunch.

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

Mash the heck out of them.  Then add some butter, eggs, sugar, milk, and some flour and stuff.Banana Bread Crumb CakeSet it aside and make your delicious crumb.

The secret here is we are topping the cake with crumb, but also adding some to the middle too…

Adding it as a “filling” makes the cake more dense and buttery and freaking amazing.  It’s kind of undetectable after you bake it, but my oh man it is like little leprechauns jumped inside your cake and jigged it up with their magic footprints.

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

Put half the batter in a pan….top it with your leprechaun magic crumb…

Banana Bread Crumb CakeThen finish the rest of the batter and then the rest of the crumb.

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When it’s baked it will look like this…Banana Bread Crumb CakeFlipping fantastic.

Then, and this might be overkill, you can add a simple glaze. Just a cup of powdered sugar and some milk…

Banana Bread Crumb CakeI almost just said, “Come to Mama”, then I realized I hate when people say that.

Banana Bread Crumb Cake

But really, come on…Banana Bread Crumb CakeMake it. MAKE IT!




serves 12


  • 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

Crumb Filling and topping

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

*optional glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk


  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.

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.


Can be served room temperature or warm.
Store airtight for up to 2 days.




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I love my banana bread recipe but you taken this to a whole new level of deliciousness. This is getting archived too to make when I get home. Thanks for the eye candy.

Sandra Mitchell

This was a very good crumb cake. Thank you very much. By the way, would you happen to know of or have a really good moist banana bread recipe? I loved my grandmothers recipe but I lost it in a tornado in which it took everything including the grass. If you do or could share I would greatly appreciate it. Trying to rebuild my recipes. Thanks, Sandy


So sorry to hear Sandra!! This is my Grandma’s recipe, hope you enjoy it 🙂 Cream: 3 bananas, 1 1/2 cups sugar & 1/2 cup butter. Add 2 eggs, 1/3 cup sour milk (add a little vinegar), 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, pinch salt and 1/2 cup nuts (optional) I bake mine in a 12″ x 3 1/2″ pan (a long loaf pan), but you could use a regular loaf pan. Bake it about an hour, till it’s done in the center. Hope you enjoy it!

Sandra – one easy way to add moisture to any banana bread recipe – – after you remove the pan(s) of banana bread from the oven and turn out of the baking pan, wrap the banana bread immediately completely in foil. Then place the foil-wrapped banana breads on your cooling rack a while before refrigerating. Am so sorry for the damage from that tornado. Culinary hugs … Dori (got up early this a.m. to try Shelly’s Banana Bread Crumb Cake. Halfway thru the baking time right now, and 6’6″ son came out to see “what smells do wonderful?!” he said… Read more »
Colleen Neil

3 ripe banana’s
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg
2/3 cup sugar
Mix together
11/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 TSP baking soda
Pinch of salt
Pour into a greased loaf pan
And bake for 55 main in 350° oven.
I have had so many compliments,and it is so moist.

Karen LeDoux
Sandra, I have another banana bread recipe for you, a little different, but oh so good!! I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as my family does… LOADED BANANA BREAD 2 Cups all-purpose flour—-2 tsp. baking powder—-1/2 tsp. baking soda—-1 tsp. table salt—-1/2 cup butter, room temperature—-1 cup granulated sugar—-2 eggs—-4 ripe, nasty looking bananas, smooshed up really good—-1/3 cup buttermilk—-1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped and toasted—-1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut—- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed), plus a handful for sprinkling on top—-1 tablespoon pure Vanilla extract In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking… Read more »
Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

Ha ha the senior citizens of the bunch, love that and I love the look of this cake. So moist and it’s got a glaze so sure winner.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Shelly this is gorgeous! The cake looks so moist and soft and then there’s that crumbly topping AND glaze. This is my idea of a perfect cake. I can see how soft and fluffy it is just from the pics! And that glaze is just glistening! Pinned!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

This is my freaking dream combo! LOVE!

Heather R

OMG this looks SOOOO good! I have some “elderly bananas” right now – will definitely have to try this out!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

This cake looks so moist and yummy! Totally need to try this 🙂

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

This cake looks so moist and yummy! Totally laughed about the magic leprechaun filling 🙂

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

“Ugh” is my fav groan too. Totally a Positive Polly over here. Ha.
ummm…maybe will have to use the word “jigged” more…but I’ll have to be very careful 🙂
This looks, yes, magical. I just happen to have some senior bananas…or a dozen. Yum!

Tina Hoffman

I was intrigued by the title of the cake, but it’s your writing style that kept me reading, instead of just skipping down to the recipe. When I got to how you almost said “Come to mama!” but stopped yourself, I laughed so hard my eyes started to water.
Reading your blog is the highlight of my day, not only for the recipes, but for the honest, conversational tone of your writing.


This looks so moist and so good! That topping and glaze? Wow! I love banana anything I am adore this cake! Or Bread! Or muffin! Or whatever!


I have to tell you coming home from a 15 hour day, sitting down only to see what you posted and what delicious recipe you have have …..has totally made my day. You are hilarious and I laughed out loud ( which by the way….no one heard me cause they were all asleep) and I can now go to bed with a smile on my face!!!! That was a run on sentence but I don’t care!!!! LOL

Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

Glaze is never over kill!! I love the word annoying too, its kind of annoying how much I use it. Love that you said polly positive, I go by pessimistic pam sometimes and now I can refute it with polly positive!!


All I can say: KILLING ME SOFTLY….


Just curious if this is easily half-able? It looks delicious – but we just don’t have enough mouths to feed with it. Or does it freeze well? Its just so much delicious that I’m afraid I might just eat it all… and there’s no amount of time at the gym that can make up for that… so there’d be all sorts of groaning… not the fun kind! 🙂


Looks fabulous, and I’m wondering if you think I can substitute pumpkin for the banana, if so how much would you say? Ihave to bring a pumpkin dessert somewhere and would rather bring this!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

OMG, dying over your use of “elderly bananas”!!! Love this recipe – it looks (and sounds) delicious 😀


I laughed out loud at your “come to mama” comment because I hate that too, but I’m always looking for ways to use old bananas (and now I have that Gewn Stefani song in my head b-a-n-a-n-a-s). Geez anyway, I can’t wait to try this recipe – thank you! 🙂

Erin F

This looks fabulious!!! I can’t wait to make it! This has Sunday-Night-Dinner-Dessert written all over it. 😉

Lisa Marie Mary

I’ve got four bananas in the freezer that have been waiting for me to make some banana bread. Oh boy, are they going to be excited when they hear about this instead! Yummm!!!

Better With Sugar

Holy H-E-double-hockeysticks I’m drooling here. Your Identity Crisis breakfast/dessert looks A-MAZING! I’m so glad I bought a ridiculous amount of bananas at the grocery store (you’d think I was hoarding monkeys in my apartment or something). Definitely going to make this! 🙂

Coco in the Kitchen

Gorgeous & moist.
Love the crumb topping!


I am pretty sure that I pinned this on Pinterest this morning and when I saw this come into my email my mouth literally started watering. It looks so good.


I love that this cake isn’t as dark as banana bread it makes it definitely look like a cake! Plus, you can never go wrong with a crumb topping! Pinning!


I need to make this soon! Looks so good! Do you think there is a way to make the crumbles chocolate and add chocolate drizzle? Would you just add cocoa?

Laura Dembowski

OMG! Yes! This looks incredible! Love it.

Sandra vírginia

Por favor,suas receitas são maravilhosas,por gentileza é possivel ser em português para que eu possa faze-las.

Heather H.

“elderly bananas”…OMG, I am totally going to use that phrase from now on. Love it, and can’t wait to make this. Thanks!


I love banana bread. I love crumb cake. This is totally a no-brainer for me. Looks insane and I totally have some aging bananas sitting on my counter.

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

Love banana bread and love coffee cake! Only you would be brilliant enough to put them both together!! Genius! 🙂

Rebecca Ednie

This sounds fab! Wanna hear something funny? When I read this, I didn’t see banana-bread crumb-cake, I ‘saw’ banana breadcrumb cake! What the heck is a breadcrumb cake! Ha ha! Don’t worry, I get it now!

Danielle P

This looks amazing. Thinking of making and taking to work but would like it to be warm. Is this something that could be made the night before and kept in the fridge and baked in the morning??

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

My mouth is watering looking at that! Fabulous!


Oh , my, I can get behind this. Senior citizens — love that! I am bookmarking this baby!!!!

Nicki Johnston

I found this recipe on Pinterest when searching for something new for Thanksgiving and couldnt wait and had to give it a trial run !! Im pretty sure I did something wrong due to the fact that the crumb part was too moist. I was wondering if the type or kind of butter would matter ?? Im pretty sure its gonna be a flop and would desperately like to figure out wha I possibly did wrong !! Plus am I correct when using 2 sticks of butter to equal 1 cup?? Please Help!! Am desperate to get this right!!

kim c.

I made 2 of these tonight and cannot wait to see how they turned out. Sending 1 into work with the hubby and the other 1 I will taste and send to work with my daughter to see how everyone else likes them. I am an avid baker and cook and love to try new recipes. This did smell wonderful in the oven!

kim c.

made 2 last night, sent one to work with hubby and sent the other with my daughter to her work. getting rave reviews so far and people asking for the recipe. I did sample myself and have to say it was very good.


I can’t wait to make this. I’ve always got bananas that need to be used!

Olivia R

Preparing to cook this awesome looking banana-bread crumb cake. I was immediately sold based on the pictures.


Do you think this would work well as cupcakes, jumbo cupcakes or mini loaves? I love to bake and love to share with my neighbors, friends & family.
If you think it would work, do you have any recommendation on baking times?

betty lindstrom

Just made this and added cinnamon to the batter and small chocolate chips to the crumb mixture…mmm Good!


Just made this and it smells wonderful! I couldn’t wait to cut into it, so I did;). It is very moist and tastes amazing. I would highly recommend this cake if you love bananas and coffee cake. I think pecans would also be a good addition,but overall it is a great cake! Make it, you will love it!


YUM! thanks so much for sharing!


I have been making my moms banana cake for years and it is one of my favorite cakes, however, made this one today and it is def my new favorite!!! We didn’t even make any icing, tasted it and it was so fabulous that we didn’t think it needed it and I just polished off a big ol piece and can’t wait to have another one! Love your page so much and getting your emails make me happy! Keep up the great work!!!!


Oh my god yum! This looks so good! I need to go out and buy some bananas asap!


Very good and easy. I only used about 1/2 of the crumb, but then I use it on many muffins so it won’t go to waste. Really fills up that pan and the drizzle takes it over the top even if you don’t need it for taste! Thank you!


I made this last night and it ROCKS my world!!! Holy cow, it’s so awesome. I’m not gonna lie, I had a piece for breakfast too. 😉


Hi Shelly-

I made this for an office party yesterday and it was a HUGE hit, everyone loved it and several people are asking for the recipe!

Thanks for sharing!! 🙂



I’m going to add that I made this and it was just as wonderful as you believe it to be. Oh so delicious! The contest this time was who could only eat 1 piece and let’s just say NO ONE won that. I had a piece before I made the glaze and it doesn’t need it for taste but if you want to present it prettier than it already is then add it.


I bought bananas just to make this and waited oh so patiently for them to reach their golden years….it was so worth it! Much lighter than a typical banana bread and that topping is to die for. I so want to be you when I grow up…how do you come up with these wonderful creations? 🙂


I just made this recipe and it turned out very well, I tweaked the crumble recipe by adding some cinnamon.I also froze the bananas (peeled), let them defrost to room temp and drained the excess water. Not sure if this made any difference but the cake is so tasty and will go well with coffee! Thank you for providing this!