Banana Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

If banana bread and coffee cake had a baby, it would be this Banana Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel. If you love bananas you’ll love this moist banana cake ribboned with brown sugar walnut streusel and topped with walnut crumble.

a slice of banana coffeecake on a white plate

There’s not really much to say about this recipe other than I had a bunch of bananas that were perfectly ripe for baking and would be too mushy to eat within about a day. So I decided it was time to bake something with those bananas.

Banana bread is fine, but I wanted a breakfast cake and decided to turn the banana bread into a coffee cake because who doesn’t want a ribbon of streusel and a pile of brown sugar crumbs on their breakfast?

Bananas and walnuts are a natural pair and I always have walnuts in the pantry so the recipe would be a Banana Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel.

How I created Banana Coffee Cake recipe:

I used a basic vanilla cake recipe as the starting point. I always use sour cream in my vanilla cake because I love the flavor and moisture it adds, plus the acidity tenderizes the cake crumb.

Because I was adding bananas, which add a lot of moisture and some sweetness, I reduced the amount of eggs and sour cream in the recipe.

I also reduced the sugar a little bit, not only because the bananas were sweet, but since this was a breakfast cake I wanted the cake part a little less sweet. The streusel and crumb topping also add extra sweetness.

For more information about how to develop a new cake recipe visit this post about the Baker’s Formula.

See how to put together a Banana Coffee cake with a walnut streusel layer:

a bowl of smashed bananas to make banana coffee cake
When I bake with bananas I prefer to just mash them with a fork, rather than puree them in a blender or food processor. I like to have some chunks of banana visible plus I find that when bananas are pureed they can get a little gummy.
walnut streusel sprinkled onto banana coffee cake batter
Put half the batter into the pan, then sprinkle the streusel over the batter.
crumb topping on a banana coffeecake ready for the oven
Spread the rest of the batter into the pan and crumble the topping in large chunks over the batter.

I baked the cake in a 9″ springform pan to make it easy to unmold without disturbing the crumb topping.

I also baked the same recipe as jumbo muffins. I got a dozen from the recipe. If you use a standard muffin tin you’ll probably get 18-24.

Don’t overfill the muffin cups or the muffins will overrun the pan and sink in the middle. The muffin tins should only be about 1/2 full once the crumbs are added. You’re better off under filling than over filling the pans.

a stack of banana coffeecake muffins
The recipe can also be baked as Banana Streusel Muffins.

a top view of a banana coffeecake sprinkled with sugar

banana coffeecake on a white plate with a fork

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Banana Coffee Cake with Walnut Streusel

Super moist banana cake layered with walnut streusel and topped with walnut crumb topping.
Prep Time30 minutes
Bake Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
16 servings
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  • 2 ½ oz brown sugar (⅓ cup)
  • 2 ½ oz granulated sugar (⅓ cup)
  • 4 oz walnuts (1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 ¼ oz cake flour (½ cup, see note)
  • 2 oz unsalted butter (room temperature)


  • 8 oz very ripe bananas (1 cup mashed)
  • 4 oz sour cream (½ cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 oz cake flour (2 cups)
  • 6 oz granulated sugar (¾ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 6 oz unsalted butter (room temperature)


Make the Streusel

  • Combine 2 ½ oz brown sugar, 2 ½ oz granulated sugar, 4 oz walnuts and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon in a food processor. Process until the nuts are chopped coarsely but not ground to a powder. Remove ⅔ cup (3½ oz) for filling, Add 2 ¼ oz cake flour and 2 oz unsalted butter to the remaining streusel and process until it just begins to form clumps.

Make the Batter

  • Butter and flour a 9" springform pan. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  • Combine 8 oz very ripe bananas (mashed) with 4 oz sour cream, 2 large eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extractt, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine 9 oz cake flour, 6 oz granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon table salt. Mix the dry ingredients on low speed to distribute the salt and leavening.
  • With the mixer running on low, add 6 oz unsalted butter to the dry ingredients. Add ½ the banana mixture and increase the speed to medium. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes to lighten the batter. Scrape the bowl and beater.
  • With the mixer on low speed add the remaining banana mixture in two batches. Scrape the bowl and beater between additions.
  • Pour ½ of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth to an even layer. Sprinkle the reserved streusel filling over the batter. Drop dollops of the remaining batter over the filling and smooth to an even layer. Grab big clumps of the streusel topping and break them into chunks evenly over the batter.
  • Bake until the cake springs back when lightly touched or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before releasing the springform pan.

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If measuring the flour by volume use the “dip & sweep” method. That is, dip the measuring cup into the flour bin, overfill it, then sweep away the excess.
The cake keeps well at room temperature for several days.
The recipe can also be baked as muffins. You should get about 12 jumbo or 24 standard muffins.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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Since you love coffee cake, try these other fabulous recipes: Sourdough Coffee Cake, Pumpkin Coffee Cake, Peach & Pecan Coffee Cake, Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake.

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  1. Hi Eileen,
    Thanks for the recipe, the cake turns out well! 🙂 But i have question to ask regarding reverse creaming method… can we use reverse creaming method for any cake recipe that calls for the normal creaming method?
    Appreciate your reply.

    1. Hi Chirry. You could use a different nut. If you can’t do nuts at all then I would increase the flour by a 1/2 cup to replace the walnuts.

  2. Just made for work tomorrow. Super excited to see how it taste. Couldn’t locate my spring form pan and left my jumb muffin pan at moms.. so I baked in a 9×9 dish. Super excited. I’m sure it will be tasty

  3. This cake looks wonderful with the streusal layer in the middle too! I have three overripe bananas sitting near me right now and I know I am quite tempted to jump up and make this cake right now!

  4. This cake looks amazing! I always mash bananas with a fork too – no need to dirty any additional dishes.