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Classic Banana Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

Banana Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze is the perfect breakfast for your family and friends. This easy recipe has a moist, banana crumb cake with crunchy streusel topping and sweet maple icing. Makes two delicious, freezer friendly cakes!

Love classic banana recipes? This Classic Banana Bread Recipe has been in our family for years. If it’s coffee cake you’re after, Cinnamon Roll Coffee cake is my idea of perfection!

Slice of banana coffee cake with one bite on a fork.

Why this Recipe Works

Today’s recipe brings together two classics: banana cake and coffee cake!

Both fall firmly into the category of baked goods I call “Breakfast Dessert.” Because you can serve it for dessert one day, then dig into the leftovers for breakfast the next morning!

This Banana Coffee Cake is also amazing baked fresh for a special brunch or breakfast.

  • Tender, moist banana cake
  • Brown sugar streusel
  • Maple glaze to top it off
  • Bakes TWO freezer friendly cakes, perfect for a crowd, or sharing.

If you’re looking for a banana cake recipe that feels a little extra special, Banana Streusel Coffee Cake is the answer!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for banana coffee cake recipe.

Bananas. Ripe to overripe bananas are best for this cake and all my banana baked goods. A few brown spots means they’re extra sweet and moist.

Flour. Be sure to measure the flour correctly, you’ll need all-purpose flour for today’s cake.

Sugars. The brown sugar topping is perfect on this moist cake!

Butter. You’ll need to soften the butter before starting. I always use unsalted butter, unless noted. If using salted butter, omit the kosher salt in this recipe.

Vanilla Extract. Use real vanilla (not imitation). My homemade vanilla extract is perfect for baking!

Walnuts. The nuts are completely optional, you could also substitute pecans if desired.

Maple syrup. Please use REAL maple syrup in this glaze (not pancake syrup!).

TOOLS: You’ll need two 9-inch round cake pans. Use a baking spray with flour to grease them, or my homemade cake release works perfect.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make banana coffee cake.

How to make banana coffee cake:

Start by beating the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas. Beat to combine.

Next, add the dry ingredients, nuts and milk to form a batter. Pour the cake batter into greased cake pans.

For the streusel topping:

Mix the streusel ingredients together in a bowl. Use your hands to work the butter into the other ingredients to form crumbs. Sprinkle the streusel over the unbaked cakes.

Bake banana coffee cakes for 25 minutes. Let cool completely.

Add the maple glaze.

Beat powdered sugar with maple syrup. Drizzle over the baked cooled cakes before serving.

Tips and Tricks

  • The more maple syrup you add to the glaze, the thinner it will be. If it’s too thick to pour over your cakes, add more syrup a little at a time.
  • Cool the cakes in the pans for about 10 minutes to make them easier to remove. Then, turn them out of their pans to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • Store the cakes in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve.
Banana coffee cake with icing on wire rack.

Recipe FAQS

Can I freeze coffee cake?

You can absolutely freeze coffee cake! It freezes well with or without the glaze. Just know that the glaze may look different after freezing. Once you’ve cooled your cake completely, slide it into a large gallon sized, freezer ziploc bag. Remove air and freeze. When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight at room temperature (in bag). 

Can I leave the nuts out of this Classic Coffee Cake?

Whether you like to add the walnuts to this coffee cake recipe is completely optional. I love the nutty flavor and texture the walnuts add, but they can also be easily left out. Simply remove them from the recipe and there are no substitutions, continue as written.

Does coffee cake have coffee in it?

No, these kinds of coffee cakes do not contain coffee or coffee flavor. They’re called coffee cakes because they are meant to be eaten with coffee!

Love Coffee Cake Recipes?

A slice of coffee cake with my hot coffee is one of my favorite ways to start the day. Here are a few of my favorite treats.

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Tender and moist, this Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake recipe is the perfect start to your day. Packed with fresh berries and topped with a thick cinnamon streusel, you’ll love a slice for breakfast or dessert!

Slice of banana coffee cake on a white plate.

More Easy Recipes

Yield: 20 servings

Classic Banana Streusel Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Banana Streusel Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast for your family and friends. Classic Coffee Cake with a banana twist and maple glazed icing!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup milk

For the Streusel:

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. For the cakes, beat butter with sugar for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and beat until blended. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined. Beat in nuts and skim milk.
  2. Pour batter into two 9-inch round cake pans that have been greased generously.
  3. In a small bowl, mix streusel topping ingredients together. I use my hands to break up the butter and mix it with the other ingredients. Mix until it forms crumbs. Divide topping evenly between the two cakes, sprinkling on the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on rack completely before adding glaze.
  4. For the glaze, beat powdered sugar with maple syrup until desired consistency. Drizzle over cakes. Store in airtight container.

Notes

  • The more maple syrup you add to the glaze, the thinner it will be. If it's too thick to pour over your cakes, add more syrup a little at a time.
  • Cool the cakes in the pans for about 10 minutes to make them easier to remove. Then, turn them out of their pans to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • Store the cakes in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    20

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Got some extra bananas going brown on the counter? Instead of making another banana loaf, try this Banana Streusel Coffee Cake!

    About Aimee

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    Posted on August 29, 2021

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I love this Aimee! I constantly have an excess of ripe bananas hanging around- this would be a great use for them!

    2. Bonus, two cakes! Gotta love a recipe that gives. I am happy you didn’t stop with just a banana cake, the topping is to die for!

    3. I loooove coffee cake Aimee! I am always trying to come up with new versions. Banana and maple is amazing I bet!

    4. TWO cakes you say? So one for my co-workers and one to hide in my room on my bedside table next to my alarm clock? Then I could wake up each morning to the sight (and taste)of this cake?! Done and Done! 😀

    5. I love a good coffee cake and with bananas…oh, my fave! I always have a craving for banana bread. This is the perfect marriage!

    6. Sounds awesome!

      how ripe were your bananas? Mushy? I want to make this but I don’t have any and I’m just wondering if I bought new ones if it would work.

      1. If your bananas aren’t overripe, you can intensify the banana flavor by roasting them in their skins at 350 for 20 minutes. If you already have overripe bananas, roast them anyway…makes your cake even more delicious!

    7. This looks so yummy! I love the topping and the glaze on the top. So pretty!

    8. Cake for breakfast is totally the best idea ever 🙂 Love the cinnamon streusel and banana combination 🙂

    9. YUM! I’ve been loving bananas pretty much everywhere lately — and you can always sell me on a streusel topping 😉

    10. I love banana everything. I’m baking banana muffins as I type and they smell good! Your recipe looks perfect. Every great coffee cake needs streusel, and the glaze is the icing on the already perfect looking cake! I’m going to have to squeeze this in soon!

    11. Oh yes, I will be making two and keeping both at home. One for me, one for the hubby. I mean, I probably shouldn’t reallllly have my own personal full-size coffee cake, but with that crumbly topping and outrageous glaze, how can I resist?!

    12. I love that you added a streusel AND glaze! This looks amazing! I’ve been making a lot of banana recipes for breakfast as well, but haven’t thought to make something like this. 🙂

    13. You are right – the already awesome banana coffee cake totally needed streusel and maple glaze. Now it is complete! It would be better if I was eating a slice of it right now though… 🙂

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