I had this cake on my “to make” list, and decided to make it this morning as I had some bananas that were nearing their end. After all, it is Valentine’s Day!
The only thing I changed, is I added a tablespoon more flour, sugar and butter, and sprinkled a little more cinnamon in the bowl. I love the streusel topping, and wanted a little bit more.
This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or anytime really.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
- 7 Tablespoons (3 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
- 7 Tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium)
- 3 Tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 8 Tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 extra large egg, at room temperature
- For the streusel,in a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon with your fingertips until the mixture forms small crumbs; set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan. Set aside.
- For the cake, in a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a separate bowl stir together the mashed bananas, milk, vanilla and vinegar; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a hand-held mixer), cream together the butter and sugar on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the banana mixture (it will look curdled) and beat until combined. Reduce the mixer to the lowest speed, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with an off-set spatula.
- Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter.
- Bake until the cake springs back when gently pressed in the center and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store wrapped in plastic or in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks. Thaw at room temperature for about 3 hours before serving.
Thanks to The Galley Gourmet for this wonderful recipe!