Buttermilk is best for this recipe, but feel free to substitute a combination of milk and plain yogurt, or milk alone.From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

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Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
FOR THE TOPPING

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Blend in the melted butter, mixing together until moist. Add 1/4 cup of the buttermilk and combine.

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  • In a separate bowl, combine the other 1/4 cup of buttermilk with the eggs and blend into the flour mixture. Add the vanilla and mashed bananas. Beat for 1 minute. Place the batter in a greased 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan.

  • To make the topping, squeeze the flour, brown sugar, and butter together with your hands. Crumble the topping evenly over the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When the cake is done, an inserted toothpick or fork should come out clean from the center.

Reviews (13)

256 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 44
  • 4 star values: 60
  • 3 star values: 81
  • 2 star values: 56
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2018
I loved this cake recipe! I made it for a big dinner and it was a huge hit. I added chopped Pecans to the crumble topping, and made it in a round springform. It was light, very tasty and not too sweet. The butter is a great ingredient (it didn't have the usual greasy feel of oily banana breads)! I too added a little cinnamon to both cake and topping. People took some home to have with coffee in the AM. Great Cake.
Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2018
I made this cake with a few minor adjustments. I added about 2tsp cinnamon to dry ingredients. I sifted dry ingredients first then added all the wet ingredients to the mixer, stirred until just combined then added 3/4cups chopped walnuts. For the crumb I also added some cinnamon about 1tsp and a handful of walnuts. Made sure to cut in cold butter for crumb on top. Turned out good. Tastes like banana bread but is nice and thin, easy to cut into squares for guests. I would definitely make again.
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2017
This cake is well decorated and looking very beautiful, The recipe of this cake that you provided is also very simple. Now I am going to make it. Last time i made such beautiful cakes from : http://www.cakengifts.in/birthday-cakes http://www.cakengifts.in/anniversary-cakes http://www.cakengifts.in/cake-delivery-in-delhi
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Rating: 3 stars
08/23/2015
I modify this recipe a little. I use 1/3 cup of honey instead of sugar for the cake batter and 1/3 cup of soy milk instead of buttermilk. I also add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. The cake turned out great, not really sweet,which is good for my taste. Thanks for the recipe. I'm sure will make it again next time.
Rating: Unrated
07/06/2015
This cake turned out good but I didn't follow the directions written here. I put the wet ingredients and sugar, followed by the dry I combined both and did not over mix. I often add the flour mix while standing near the mixer and once I see the flour disappear into the dough I turn off the mixer.
Rating: 4 stars
09/13/2014
The cake itself is great. But I would not use the topping again, I agree with the other reviewers that it did not turn out well. I even put the topping in the fridge while I made the cake but it still came out with craters in the cake. I added a dash of honey to the bananas while mashing them. Next time I will add Walnuts and Cinnamon for the added punch.
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Rating: 3 stars
06/16/2013
This recipe is good but not amazing. It felt like it needed a little more flavor--next time I might try adding some cinnamon to give it some oomph. One thing to know is that the butter in the crumble topping does need to be cold, which isn't really specified. Mine was softer than it should have been because it was hot that day, so the topping left sugary craters in the cake instead of a nice crumble. Definitely an easy recipe and one I'll try again, with a couple tweaks.
Rating: Unrated
03/24/2013
Best banana cake recipe ever!
Rating: Unrated
02/18/2013
Love, Love this cake...just as you made it -but it is great that we can all have it our way! I have made this cake 4-5 time in the last couple months YUMMMMM
Rating: Unrated
11/04/2012
Is it okay to substitute the butter with canola or vegetable oil? Also, would it hurt the recipe if I just mixed all the wet ingredients together? I find the steps a little bit of a hassle.
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2011
Excelent recipe! Although the crumbs are not what I expected, they looked and tasted amazing!! Two thumbs up!!
Rating: Unrated
09/21/2011
Great recipe - I substituted sunflower oil for the butter in the cake batter and also added oats to the topping. So far eveyone likes it!
Rating: Unrated
08/16/2011
mmmm, deliciouuuuus!. I added walnuts and double the amount of topping.