A lot of people make banana bread when their bananas begin to over-ripen. I love banana bread, but sometimes it can be just a bit boring. So if you’re like me, looking for a bit more of a sweet treat, try this super amazing and delicious banana crumb cake!
As you can see in this little diagram I have going in the picture above, this banana cake contains apple sauce bits baked right into it, a delicious, buttery crumble topping, and a sweet glaze to top it all off.
I’m honestly not sure if banana cake can get better than this.
The only change I might recommend to those just baking for their family or a small group is to halve the recipe. Even though the cake was delicious, it is a bit rich and was hard to finish the whole 13×9 inch cake.
Another option might be to freeze pieces of the cake. Though I haven’t done this myself, I think this would probably work very well since this cake doesn’t have icing (just glaze, but I don’t think that’d matter much).
Or, share it with a neighbor – I don’t think they’ll be able to turn this down!
- ½ stick butter
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 5 tbsp apple butter OR applesauce
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 mashed bananas (about 1 ½ cups)
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole or 2% milk
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp heavy cream or milk
- 1. For the crumb topping: In a food processor, pulse the butter, flour, salt, and sugar together. Alternatively, chop the cold butter in small pieces and cut it into a bowl with the flour, salt, and sugar. Combine until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
- 2. For the filling: In a small bowl, mix together the apple butter and flour.
- 3. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour and 9x13 inch pan. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together. Add the bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Next add half the flour, then half the milk. Mix, then add the rest of the flour and milk. Don’t over-mix.
- 4. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
- 5. Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar and heavy cream. Drizzle over the cake.