Banana Crumble Cake (Hope Cake)

Banana Crumble Cake | www.somethingswanky.com

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 | www.somethingswanky.com

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

Deliciously soft and tender banana cake topped with a brown sugar and pecan crumble topping.

Ingredients:

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 Topping:

  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs flour

Directions:

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.

For the Topping:

  1. Mix together the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Mix in the nuts.
  2. Sprinkle the the topping over the cake batter.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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