Painfully obvious how much I adore crumb cakes.
Kicked up crumb cake actually.
I make a LOT of crumb cakes on the blog.
Fell in love with them when I first went to NYC (oh a long time ago)
I saw this cake to crumb ratio what was literally 40% cake and 60% crumb; instantly I was in love.
Who was the brilliant creator of such a masterpiece?
With a small amount of research crumb cake aka coffee cake evolved.
Back then crumb cake and coffee were pretty much the same, now a days they have distinct meanings.
Like most food genres they do evolve or are a cross-breed of one thing or another by accident or by lack of one ingredients swapped out for another.
Interesting timeline I found on food cake evolution.
I've always had on my "to bake" list a banana crumb cake--it was time to cross that one off.
There is a hint of rum in here; how can you not bake or cook with bananas and not add in a touch of rum?
A little bit of prep work, but once that's all done the assembly is quite fun.
I love layers of flavors, don't you?
Sautee bananas with butter and a bit of rum. Don't skip this step, it's worth it I promise!
Use a spoon to layer or like I do just use your hands.
Gently flatten the banana layer down a bit.
Cream cheese layer in between the banana layers.
Mile high crumb. Crumb is the best part isn't it? I like my crumb a nice giant pinch of salt.
Since there is banana in the crumb cake, I like to store these in the fridge, especially in warmer weather.
banana cream crumb cake
Cooks notes: this is a thin cake batter; it’s more of a NYC style crumb cake.
It will seem very thin when you put it in a 9x13 inch pan, but it does rise about ½ an inch.
This is also a sticky batter, so use wet hands to smooth it out in pan.
If the dough it too dry and crumbly, just add in a splash or two of half & half.
Please keep this in the fridge, covered for best freshness.
¼ cup canola oil, plus more for pan
½ stick unsalted butter, melted & cooled
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
½ cup + 2 TB granulated white sugar
1 ts baking powder
½ ts coarse salt
1 large egg
¼ cup half & half (might need a splash more, can use whole milk)
1 ts pure vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
¾ ts coarse salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted & cooled
for the crumb topping:
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients, pour melted butter over mixture, and toss with a rubber spatula until large crumbs form. Set aside.
2 large bananas, not overly ripe
2 TB granulated sugar, or to taste
2 TB butter
1-2 giant dashes of rum (I used Morgans Spiced rum)
for the banana-rum mixture:
Chop up the bananas into half inch pieces. Over medium heat, heat up the 2 TB of butter, Sautee the bananas until they get a little brown; then add in a dash or two of rum. If you’re comfortable with flambé then go ahead and do so, if not, then just cook the rum out about 3-4 minutes. Take off heat.
cream cheese mixture:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temp.
1 large egg yolk
1 ts vanilla extract
2 TB white sugar
for the cream cheese mixture:
Mix all in a bowl (really well) until ready to use. Set aside.
Place rack in center of oven, and heat oven to 350°.
Lightly butter a 9 x 13 baking pan and dust with flour, and tap to remove excess. (I’ve also used the Pam with Flour and it worked just fine). Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together 2 ¼ cups flour, add in the granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a second bowl, whisk together egg, butter, half & half, canola oil, and vanilla.
Using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into egg mixture. It’s a sticky dough, if the dough is not moist enough (looks/feel very dry and crumbly) you can add a few dashes of half & half in.
Keep in mind this dough is not pourable, not very liquid, more of a dough-like batter.
Spread batter evenly into prepared pan (to keep batter from sticking to your hand or spoon, just wet or oil your fingers or a spoon and spread evenly throughout pan).
The batter should be about half an inch high, it will cook/rise to an inch thick. (Don’t worry if the batter is very thin and hard to get into the corners, it does spread out as it’s cooking).
Next put on the cream cheese mixture; I did this in vertical lines in the pan. And on the other sides of these lines I added on the banana mixture. If you want swirls and no lines then apply the topping/ mixtures however you desire. Next add on the crumbs, making sure to cover the whole top.
Bake for 14 minutes, rotate pan.
Then cook another 5-10 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
It is hard to tell when cake is done, but look for golden brown edges. Remember the cake part is thin and does bake up fast.
You have to let this set up at least an hour before slicing.
Using a serrated knife or bench scraper, cut into 3-inch squares.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days in the fridge