Banana crumb cake

    1 hour 45 min

    I learnt this recipe for cuca de banana, or banana cake, back home in Brazil when I was studying in the south, where the German influence is very strong and therefore there are plenty of German dishes. I suppose the Germans originally made it with apples, but bananas are definitely more "Brazilian".


    Washington, United States
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    Makes: 1 banana cake

    • For the crumb topping
    • 150g dark brown soft sugar
    • 90g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • For the banana cake
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 4 egg whites
    • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature
    • 400g sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 375g cake flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 4 bananas, peeled and sliced
    • 180ml milk

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:15min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Butter and flour a 23cm cake tin.
    2. Make the crumb topping by mixing all the ingredients with a fork until you have pea size crumbs. Set aside.
    3. Beat the egg whites until at stiff peaks. Set aside.
    4. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and the baking powder together. Set aside.
    5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the yolks, butter and sugar on medium-high until it gets pale and creamy. Add the vanilla. Turn speed to low and slowly add the flour mixture and the milk, alternating both and finishing with the milk. Fold in the egg whites into the batter.
    6. Pour half of the batter in the prepared tin. Make a layer using half of the bananas and half of the crumb mixture. Pour the remaining batter on top of it and repeat the layer of banana and crumb topping (crumb topping last).
    7. Bake it at 180 C / Gas 4 until the skewer tester comes out clean. This cake takes me about 1 hour to bake, so be patient. Cool it for 15 minutes before slicing it.

    Cook's note

    A spring form cake tin will make it easier to keep the crumb topping intact and give you a nicer presentation, but it's not necessary as you can just take slices straight from the tin.

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    I am going to make this cake for a party, can I add some walnuts do you think??  -  19 Apr 2015


    @KayRich: yes, a handful of walnuts should be fine.  -  20 Apr 2015


    This cake is super yummy and my husband took a large slab of it to work and hardly got a look in everyone wanted a piece. I would definitely recommend this cake. Thanks for posting it!!!  -  19 Feb 2015