Banana Coffee Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Banana Coffee Cake with Vanilla Sauce is an easy cake to make and it reminds me of the tropics. It has all my favorite flavors – bananas, rum extract, and vanilla. 

Sometimes I use coconut extract instead of rum. If you’re a coconut lover like me, you should try it. 

Banana Coffee Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Speaking of Tropics

Speaking of tropics, my husband and I just returned from one of our favorite Caribbean islands. Our anniversary is in October but we celebrate in July. Why? October is one of the busiest months of the year for us. 

St Lucia view of the ocean and rain forrest

My family reunion takes place on the second Saturday in October. Mom always hosted it at the cabin in the country (the main house is in town). Now that mom has graduated to heaven, her sister, Jean, graciously holds the reunion in the life center at their church.

Also, my husband will be traveling to Haiti during October and we have several birthdays as well. So, that’s why we always celebrate our anniversary in July. We are usually in different cities or even countries on the day of. But it’s all good! 

Coffee Cakes Are Popular At My House

My family enjoys a good coffee cake. Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert, this cake delivers in taste and ease in preparation. There are several steps but it’s still easy. 

It’s so moist and delicious! 

Cake is Ready to Serve

I think it’s the crunch of the topping that I always fall in love with when it comes to coffee cakes. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk and enjoy.

My son stopped by after I made this cake and I asked him if he’d like a slice. After one bite, he grabbed a container and took home 1/3 of the cake and sauce. 

Banana Coffee Cake

Banana Coffee Cake is baked in a 13×9 baking dish. I love the casualness of a sheet cake like this. You don’t have to stack and frost layers or be concerned about the cake sticking.

Cook bananas, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter in a skillet until mixture is bubbly. Cool slightly and add one teaspoon of rum OR coconut extract.

Banana Mixture for Coffee Cake

Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.

Stir together 3 cups flour, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add this to the creamed mixture, beating at low speed until combined. Stir in banana mixture. Spoon into a greased and floured 13′ x 9′ pan.

Batter for Cake

Topping

Combine pecans, cinnamon, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup flour. Add melted butter and stir into the pecan mixture. Sprinkle over batter.

Sprinkle Topping Over Coffee Cake Batter

Bake at 350º F. for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Coffee Cake is Done

Vanilla Sauce

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine granulated sugar and 3 Tablespoons flour. Add cream and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, for two minutes or until slightly thickened.

Vanilla Sauce Boiling

Remove from the heat and stir in one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

To serve, cut the coffee cake into squares and serve with the vanilla sauce.

Serve Coffee Cake with Sauce

Banana Coffee Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Banana Coffee Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Banana Coffee Cake is flavorful and has a delicious crunch on top. The vanilla sauce adds even more flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 cups brown sugar, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a skillet, cook bananas, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter over medium heat until bubbly. Cool. Stir in 1 tsp. rum extract.
  3. Beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add 1 cup brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  4. Stir together 3 cups flour, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add to creamed mixture, beating at low speed until combined. Stir in banana mixture. Spoon into a greased and floured 13' x 9' pan.
  5. Combine pecans, cinnamon, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup flour. Melt 1/2 cup butter and stir into pecan mixture. Sprinkle over batter.
  6. Bake at 350º F. for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Vanilla Sauce

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine granulated sugar and 3 Tablespoons flour. Add cream and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in one teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  2. Cut the coffee cake into squares and serve with sauce.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1/12 of cake
Amount Per Serving Calories 360 Total Fat 27g Saturated Fat 14g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 11g Cholesterol 78mg Sodium 185mg Carbohydrates 29g Fiber 1g Sugar 26g Protein 3g

Bite of Coffee Cake

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About Alli

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Comments

  1. This is me in a dessert. 😂🤤

  2. This banana coffee cake looks amazing! This would be a great one to have when the girls come over to chat and catch up!

  3. That banana coffee cake recipe is to die for! I never thought about using bananas in it but it sounds delicious!

  4. This looks so wonderful! This would be so great when you have company staying at your house!

  5. What a fabulous dessert! This looks incredible. I love the flavor combo.

  6. I’ve not used banana in a coffee cake and I am intrigued. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I have a gathering of girls next week and I think this would be perfect.

  7. This coffee cake looks really good. I am always a sucker for a good coffee cake!

  8. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says

    Oh man that looks delicious! I would love to treat myself to some of this!

  9. Nothing ever beats home made specials. You can tell that prime ingredients are used to make it. This is obviously so good.

  10. This looks absolutely delicious! I always keep frozen bananas in my freezer, so I’ll be ready to try a great banana recipe when I see one! Yum!

  11. My family loves to eat coffee cakes so I think they would love this. It looks tasty and I always have extra banana left over that no one wants to eat.

  12. This looks really good. I have never had a banana cake coffee before. I would love to give this a try. I’m sure this will be delicious.

  13. That looks amazing! I love banana bread but I’ve never seen it made into a coffee cake. Very creative.

  14. This cake looks so good! I don’t think that I’ve ever had Banana Coffee Cake. I’ll have to try this

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