Banana Crumb Cake

I usually can always guarantee that I have browning bananas sitting on my counter, just waiting to be used up in some sort of yummy recipe. And sure enough, I had a bunch the other week. 

I recently made two loaves of Banana Bread and a batch of Banana Oat Muffins so I wanted to make something new and that is when the idea of a Banana Crumb Cake came to mind.

Problem is my #pickyhusband doesn't eat anything with bananas and I really don't neeeeed a whole cake to myself, I mean, I'm sure I could eat one but I don't need to try. So I had an idea, make a cake for my co-workers! The last time I brought them in a treat was back in the fall when I made my Iced Pumpkin Cookies and they've been asking about them ever since.

The cake is a very simple, straight forward recipe. Prep your streusel beforehand and set it off to the side so it's ready to go! In your (also prepared) cake pan, layer batter, streusel, batter, and more streusel. You want to leave most of the streusel for the top layer...which proved to be the favourite part, according to my co-workers. You can never go wrong with streusel!

The cake was a hit with everyone, except I had two people ask if it was an apple cake as they both tasted apple?! Weird. So if you try, let me know if you think you taste apple too???
Banana Crumb Cake
Yield: 9x13 cake

Ingredients:

Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Streusel:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and lightly grease a 9×13 cake pan. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine streusel ingredients. Using hands, combine together until crumbs begin to form. You can keep bigger crumbs for the top of the cake. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the centre and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mash bananas. Add sugar and stir to combine.
  5. Add eggs, melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly, stir together until just combined. Do not overmix.
  7. Pour half the batter into the prepared cake pan. Sprinkle with roughly a 1/3 of the prepared streusel. Pour remaining batter on top and top off with the remaining streusel, gently pressing into batter.
  8. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until cake is golden on top and springs back at touch. Let cool.
  9. While cake is cooling, prepare glaze by combining powdered sugar and milk until you reach desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over top of cooled cake. Cut and serve. Enjoy!
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