Banana Coffee Cake

I have been experimenting with recipes for coffee cake recently and wanted to do something with bananas.   When I have bananas, I usually make banana bread, but this time I wanted it to be lighter and more cake-like, yet substantial enough for breakfast.  My mother-in-law gave me a recipe long ago for a Sour Cream Coffee Cake, and I thought that might just be amenable to a little tweaking.  And indeed it was!!


I served it warm this time, with some of my Scone Cream and a little butter. So here are the basic ingredients.  Ignore the half and half, I didn’t end up using it.  Plus I added some butter flavor shortening instead of using all butter.


Start by combining all the dry ingredients together in a bowl including the spices.  Cream the butter and shortening together well.


A standing mixer helps a lot here.   Then add the sugar and cream until light and fluffy.


Add the eggs one at a time.  Beat well after each addition.


Mash two bananas and mix them in well.


Then add 1/3 of the flour mix, then 1/2 of the sour cream, 1/3 of the flour mix, last half of the sour cream and the last third of flour mix. Pour into a bundt pan sprayed with no-stick spray. Bake about 55-60 minutes.   After cooling, I cut mine into fourths and freeze each wrapped in wax paper in one large zipper locking bag.  My husband can polish off a fourth of a cake for breakfast, so he can just defrost one serving at a time.


Just for fun, this Memorial Day weekend, I did a variation.  I only had one banana, but I had a few strawberries left over from a picnic.  So, I cut up the strawberries, mashed the one banana and used the two together as a substitute for 2 bananas.  I used just cinnamon, and left out the cloves and nutmeg.  This time I baked it in a tube pan.  Came out great!  Strawberry Banana Coffee Cake.


Cinnamon Banana Coffee Cake

3 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon (yes, a tablespoon)
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 cup butter flavor shortening
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup light sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour and next 6 ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Spray a bundt pan with no-stick spray.  Beat butter and shortening together until fluffy, add sugar and beat well.  Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.  Reduce mixer speed and stir in bananas until well mixed.  Add 1/3 of the flour mix and mix well.  Add 1/2 of the sour cream and mix well.  Continue with 1/3 flour and rest of sour cream mixing well after each addition.  End with the last of the flour mix and combine.  Pour into a bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees 55-60 minutes until top is springy.  Cool for a few minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling.


Variation – substitute four or five cut up strawberries for one of the bananas, leave out the nutmeg and cloves.


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6 thoughts on “Banana Coffee Cake

  1. I have been on a banana bread kick here recently with a recipe that’s very similar to yours. I have substituted a chopped and slightly cooked apple for one of the two eggs called for in the recipe-that was a superb substitution. More compliments on that loaf than any other. I use applesauce for moisture, add some sour cream as you did in yours, put in some milk – anything like that helps to keep it moist and delicious. Isn’t cooking our own goodies just the best way to eat yummies !~!

    1. Yes, I do like to develop recipes. I have used applesauce instead of eggs before too. I thought I’d need a bit of half-and-half, but the batter/dough was good without it.
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. debattinella

    Thanks for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend! I love coffee cakes and love that you put bananas in it…. Pinned!

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