Banana snack cake is a moist, easy to make banana cake made with ripe bananas and topped with streusel. For a fun brunch or snack, try this banana cake recipe.
Making this Banana Snack Cake
I’d take a berry, peach, orange, nectarine…ok just about any fruit over a banana if given the choice. But maybe it’s about finding the right recipe.
I ate a lot of bananas in high school despite my dislike for them. I knew they were a healthy, portable snack to eat during my swim team days.
Mind over matter, I ate them anyway. In a way I think that made me like them even less, but now I’m turning back around. I’m not going to go eat a bunch of ripe, plain bananas anytime soon, but I do appreciate them in baked goods more.
Case in point: I’ve made this recipe for Banana Streusel Snack Cake three times in the past couple of weeks. The first time just because an entire batch of bananas turned brown very, very quickly, but after that I realized I quite liked this cake.
Tools Needed to Make this Banana Snack Cake
- Measuring Cups and Spoons – to measure the ingredients for this snack cake.
- Small Bowl – to make the streusel topping.
- Large Bowl – to mix the dry ingredients in.
- Stand Mixer or Bowl with Hand Mixer – to beat the butter, sugar, and egg.
- Rubber Spatula – to scrape the sides down as the banana cake batter is mixed.
- Parchment Paper – to line the baking pan.
- Square Baking Pan – you’ll use a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan to bake this easy banana cake in.
- Wire Rack – for best results, cool the snack cake on a cooling rack before cutting.
What is in this Banana Snack Cake Recipe?
Streusel for the Banana Cake:
- All-Purpose Flour
- Light Brown Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
Banana Cake Batter:
- Cake Flour
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Mashed Bananas
- Whole Milk
- Vanilla Extract
- Granulated Sugar
For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions to make this delicious snacking cake, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.
How to Make Banana Snack Cake
- Line a pan with parchment paper
- Combine the ingredients to make the streusel topping. Then, in a separate bowl, you combine the dry ingredients.
- In another bowl, mash the bananas. Then stir the milk and vanilla into the mashed bananas. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar. Then, beat in the egg. Stir the bananas mixture in to the wet ingredients.
- After that, slowly add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Stir until mixed.
- Add the banana cake batter to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the streusel on top and bake.
The above is simply a quick summary of this banana bread snack cake. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.
Tips for Making the Best Banana Cake
- Make sure to pre-heat your oven when you start making this easy banana cake recipe so it is ready to go when the batter is prepared.
- Start with soft butter! Forgot to take your butter out? Check out these tips to soften butter quickly.
- Out of cake flour? Try this DIY cake flour substitute.
- Did you know you can also make your own baking powder if you’re out?
- Need help lining your pan with parchment paper? Check out this tutorial.
Easy Banana Cake FAQs
Got questions about how to make this moist banana cake? Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions. Feel free to leave any other questions in the comments on this post and I’ll respond with answers.
Can I frost my banana snack cake instead?
Sure! Leave off the streusel topping and frost the cooled banana cake with cream cheese frosting
What else can I add to this cake?
You could add chopped nuts or make a chocolate chip banana snack cake by adding chocolate chips to the banana cake batter.
Is it okay to use whole wheat flour?
Yes, I have tested this cake recipe by substituting half of the white cake flour for freshly ground whole wheat pastry flour and it works fine.
Can this snack cake be doubled?
Yes, easily! Double the batter and bake it in a 9×13 inch pan instead.
The baking time will be longer. As ovens can vary, start by adding 5 extra minutes. Test the center of the cake with a toothpick and add more time in 3-5 minute increments as needed.
How should I store leftovers?
Store leftover banana cake at room temperature in an airtight container or on a plate covered with plastic wrap.
What Readers Say About this Easy Banana Cake Snack Cake
“Just made this yummy cake and it is delicious-my family is getting it for dessert..and it will make a great after school snack tomorrow.”
“Thank you so much for this recipe. My mother used to make a cake like this when I was four years old. Yesterday I asked her for the recipe, but I didn’t know what it was called!”
Try this Banana Snack Cake Recipe!
Next time you’re looking for banana recipes to use your overripe bananas, give this banana snack cake a try!
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- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/3 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (255g) mashed ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten with a fork
- Make the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon with your fingertips until the mixture is lumpy; refrigerate.
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8-inch square pan then flour the pan, tapping out excess flour. Have all the ingredients in room temperature.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl and set aside. Put the mashed bananas in a medium bowl and stir in the milk and vanilla; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat together the butter and sugar on medium-low speed until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until completely incorporated. Add the banana mixture (it will look curdled, but that’s OK) and beat until combined. Reduce the mixer to its lowest speed and gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until incorporated. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter.
- Bake the cake until it springs back when gently pressed in the center and a round wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pan completely before cutting and serving.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g
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