Something Swanky

Banana Crumble Cake (Hope Cake)

Banana Crumble Cake |

This is one of those recipes that I know I can’t do justice to through writing. Probably not even through photography. It’s that good.

A friend of mine made it for us a few months ago, and I have been dying to get my hands on the recipe ever since. And I know I’m not the only one– I’ve had friends clamoring for the recipe as well after sampling this one!

All I can say is: this recipe is well worth the wait.

Banana Crumble Cake |

My friend brought this recipe back with her from Bolivia, where they call it “Hope Cake.” I think what sets it apart from other banana cakes is the cream cheese. An entire brick of cream cheese is mixed into the batter and contributes to a dense, rich, and fluffy cake that has just a little bit of tang.

This cake is for sure going to be a staple in our house from now on!

Banana Crumble Cake (Hope Cake)


    For the cake:
  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • For the crumble topping:
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs flour


    For the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x13 dish.
  2. Cream together the butter, cream cheese, bananas, vanilla and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until batter forms. Pour batter into the prepared pan, set aside.
  4. For the crumble topping:
  5. Mix together the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Mix in the nuts.
  6. Sprinkle the the topping over the cake batter.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Don’t miss a bite!

Connect with Something Swanky:







Love this recipe? Follow these pin boards for more deliciousness!

Cake and Pie Recipes

Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Follw me!


Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
Follw me!

Latest posts by Ashton (see all)


15 Responses to “Banana Crumble Cake (Hope Cake)”

  1. Ala posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:48 am (#)

    Mind-reading again–I’ve got those three bananas sitting on my counter waiting to be made and I was not in the mood for banana bread. I have a go-to favorite banana cake already, but I’m intrigued by the addition of cream cheese here. Can’t wait to make this very soon!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:15 am (#)

    Cream cheese, bananas, the crumble, sounds just perfect!

  3. Mir posted on April 25, 2014 at 6:27 am (#)

    I’m not usually a banana person, but this recipe is definitely an exception! The pics are great, and you had me at the word “crumble.” Anything with crumbs. And the cake looks so fluffy!

  4. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on April 25, 2014 at 6:59 am (#)

    This looks crazy good AND crazy easy! That is my kind of combination. Plus, my hubby is obsessed with any kind of banana dessert, so he is gonna face plant all up in this! Pinned!

  5. Emma posted on April 25, 2014 at 7:20 am (#)

    OooOOO this looks insanely delicious. I am intrigued! Can not wait to try!

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on April 25, 2014 at 7:53 am (#)

    Cream cheese in the batter? That sounds genius!!! Now I “hope” you share this :)

  7. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:30 am (#)

    I love banana desserts, and this cake looks like it would be right up my alley, especially with all those pecans sprinkled on top. And I can imagine that the cream cheese must create an incredibly soft texture.

  8. Karly posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:46 am (#)

    I have a batch of bananas about to go bad that I really need to use today. I think I’ll start with this!

    Love the photos!

  9. Linda posted on April 27, 2014 at 8:32 am (#)

    Perfect timing! I had bananas to use. Made this one for my librarians. It was a beautiful cake. Hopefully tasted as good as it looked and smelled when baking. I think it is a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Dee posted on April 27, 2014 at 10:14 am (#)

    Making this today!

  11. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on May 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm (#)

    That crumble on top is calling my name!!! So much goodness going on in this cake. The batter reminds me of my favorite banana muffins…so I know I would absolutely die over this cake!!! So yummy!!!

  12. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on May 3, 2014 at 11:54 am (#)

    This cake is so pretty and I just love that crumble topping! YUM!

  13. Lori Skelly posted on May 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm (#)

    I just made this and it is soooo good! I will definitely make this again!

  14. Jen posted on May 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm (#)

    Just made this and it is SO amazing! I did want to leave you a note saying that although you have vanilla in the ingredients, it’s not listed in the instructions. I just added mine in when I was creaming everything together!

    • Ashton posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:18 am (#)

      THANK YOU!