Indulge in a Delicious Bananas Foster Coffee Cake Recipe

Pour yourself a warm cup of delicious coffee and settle in because I’m about to share an incredible recipe with you. I’m a barista, and one of my many passions is finding new ways to incorporate coffee into different recipes. Today, I want to introduce you to my latest creation- Bananas Foster Coffee Cake.

If you love the taste of bananas foster or coffee cake, then this recipe will have you dancing in your kitchen. It’s the perfect combination of sweetness and coffee flavor that will make your taste buds sing. Packed with mashed bananas, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a flavorful rum sauce, this coffee cake is a dessert-lover’s dream come true.

Not only is this recipe delicious and easy to make, but it’s also versatile. You can serve it as a decadent breakfast item or as a show-stopping dessert for holidays or special occasions. So what are you waiting for? Grab a cup of joe, and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake
Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

I urge all coffee and dessert lovers to try this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake Recipe. This heavenly recipe is a delightful twist on your classic banana bread, with a rich and decadent Bananas Foster topping that will take you straight to dessert heaven.

What I love about this recipe is that it brings together the best of both worlds: a moist and flavorful coffee cake with a luxurious caramelized banana topping cooked in butter, sugar, and dark rum. The perfect combination of flavors will leave your taste buds dancing and craving for more.

Not only is this coffee cake irresistible on its own, but it also pairs perfectly with a cup of hot coffee or tea. And to add an extra touch of indulgence, Drizzle the vanilla rum sauce over the top for an added layer of flavor.

This Bananas Foster Coffee Cake Recipe is ideal for any occasion – whether it’s for brunch or dessert, impressing guests or treating yourself to a delicious dessert recipe. It’s easy to whip up and will definitely please any crowd.

So grab your apron, preheat your oven and treat yourself to this savory masterpiece. Trust me, this recipe will not disappoint!

Ingredient List

 A slice of indulgence: Bananas Foster Coffee Cake
A slice of indulgence: Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

Before jumping into the recipe, let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake recipe. Here is what you’ll need:

For the Bananas Foster Topping:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum, divided
  • 7 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

For the Vanilla Rum Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons light rum, divided
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Make sure to have all these ingredients ready before getting started with the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Wake up and smell the Bananas Foster
Wake up and smell the Bananas Foster

Now we have come to the most exciting part: how to make this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake! So, let’s dive in.

Prep work:

Before getting started, make sure to gather all of your ingredients and have them measured and ready for use. This will make the process smoother and help prevent any crucial ingredient mix-ups. Also, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Making the batter:

First, we’ll start with making the coffee cake batter. In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a ½ teaspoon of salt. Set this mixture aside for a moment.

Next, in a separate large mixing bowl, cream together 1 ½ cups of soft unsalted butter and 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer or do it by hand if you’re feeling strong! Then add in four eggs – one at a time – mixing well between additions.

After that, add in the bowl of dry ingredients you set aside earlier to the butter/sugar mixture in three additions. Be careful not to overmix; just blend until everything is well combined.

Once blended together correctly, fold in three mashed ripe bananas plus ¾ cup of sour cream. Also, add a splash (about two tablespoons) of banana liqueur if desired.What’s more? Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract for flavoring.

Preparing the Crumb Topping:

Now it’s time to prepare the crumb topping for our Bananas Foster Coffee Cake. For that in a small bowl, stir together 2 cups of light brown sugar with one tablespoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch (⅛th tsp) each of nutmeg and salt. Mix thoroughly together.

Then add 1 and 1/2 cups of chopped nuts (pecans and walnuts) and 3/4 cup of flaked coconut to the mix. Stir these together very well.

Working in another small mixing bowl, use a fork or pastry blender to cut in 1/4 cup of soft unsalted butter until the mixture looks crumbly. Stir in 2 tablespoons of dark rum and mix until everything is well combined.

Combining it all together:

To assemble everything, butter a 9×13 inch cake pan with unsalted butter. Then spread half of the batter evenly over the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle a generous layer (almost all) of the Foster Crumb over this first layer of batter.

Then spoon large dollops of the remaining batter over the top of that first crumb layer as best you can, spreading it as gently and smoothly as possible – without pressing down too hard on any one spot or squishing the crumb layer underneath.

Afterward, assemble sliced bananas on top, about 7-8 ripe bananas would be a

Substitutions and Variations

 Heavenly dessert for breakfast? Yes, please!
Heavenly dessert for breakfast? Yes, please!

I know you love to experiment with flavors, and I’m here to share some exciting substitutions and variations to create your version of the Bananas Foster Coffee Cake Recipe.

For those who want to switch up the cake’s texture a little, you can add a 1/2 cup of flaked coconut for a chewy texture or add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans for a crunchy sensation.

If you want to steer away from bananas, you could peel and slice ripe pears, peaches, or apples and bake them into your cake instead. You could tweak the recipe and make it into a Banana Pecan Coffee Cake by swapping out 1 cup of mashed bananas for 1 cup of pumpkin puree and using pecans instead of walnuts.

To give this classic recipe a boozy-lift, you can spike up the rum sauce by adding banana liqueur or using dark rum for a richer taste. Alternatively, coffee lovers can add a teaspoon of Instant Espresso powder to the rum sauce, giving it an extra kick.

This recipe would also be perfect for making banana bread muffins! Simply pour the batter into muffin tins instead of baking in a Bundt pan.

Make sure to experiment with different combinations, keeping all the flavors balanced. Trust me; even small changes make a huge difference!

Serving and Pairing

 Let this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake be the highlight of your day
Let this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake be the highlight of your day

Now, the best part – serving and pairing this delicious Bananas Foster Coffee Cake. This coffee cake is perfect for a lazy weekend brunch with family or friends.

For serving, you can either serve it warm with a drizzle of rum sauce or dusted with powdered sugar. Either way, it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. You can also go creative and serve it on a bed of sliced bananas and topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

As for pairing, I recommend brewing a fresh pot of coffee or espresso to bring out the robust flavor of the cake. Medium roast coffees such as Colombia or Honduras work best as they complement the flavor notes of the dessert perfectly.

If you want to add an extra kick to your coffee – try serving it with a shot of banana liqueur. The flavors will blend perfectly, giving you that ideal Bananas Foster Coffee experience.

Lastly, if you are feeling adventurous – why not try pairing this coffee cake with a glass of dark rum. The rich and bold flavors of the rum will nicely balance out the sweetness of the cake while adding some depth to your taste buds.

So, go ahead and enjoy this sweet treat! No matter how you choose to pair it – this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake will make your day extra special.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A perfect combination of coffee, cake, and bananas – all in one
A perfect combination of coffee, cake, and bananas – all in one

I know that sometimes it’s more convenient to prepare in advance, and this recipe allows you to do just that! You can make this Banana Foster Coffee Cake ahead of time and store it properly to keep it fresh for later.

To make ahead: After baking the cake, let it cool completely. Once cool, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator.

To store: If you have leftovers or are not planning to eat the entire cake at once, wrap it tightly in cling wrap or aluminum foil and store it at room temperature for up to 2 days. I don’t recommend storing this cake in the fridge because refrigeration can dry out the crumb of your cake.

To reheat: Before serving cold cake, let it come to room temperature first. To reheat individual slices, pop them into the microwave for about 15 seconds on high or warm them in the oven at 300°F for about 10 minutes or until they’re warmed through.

A great thing about this Banana Foster Coffee Cake is that its flavors only become better after a day, so don’t worry if you have leftovers. The rum sauce melds beautifully with the cinnamon-nutmeg-spiced sweet banana bread crumb.

Enjoy your delicious Banana Foster Coffee Cake and share with loved ones!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A perfect delight for coffee and cake lovers alike
A perfect delight for coffee and cake lovers alike

As a barista who loves baking, let me share with you some tips on how to perfect this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake recipe.

Tip #1: Avoid Over-mixing the Batter

Mixing the batter thoroughly is essential for achieving a light and fluffy cake. However, too much mixing could result in a tough and dense cake. To avoid this, mix the ingredients just enough to combine them.

Tip #2: Use Ripe Bananas

Ripe bananas work best for this recipe as they add natural sweetness and give the cake a moist texture. Mash the ripe bananas well before adding them to the batter.

Tip #3: Measure Ingredients Accurately

When baking cakes, accurate measurements are crucial for successful results. Use measuring cups and spoons to ensure precise measurements of dry ingredients like flour, sugar, and baking powder.

Tip #4: Don’t Over-bake the Cake

Over-baking can lead to a dry and crumbly cake. Always check the cake ten minutes before the recommended baking time. If it’s browned on top, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s ready; if not, bake for another five minutes.

Tip #5: Let the Cake Cool Before Serving

If you cut into a warm cake, it might fall apart or turn mushy. Allow it to cool completely before serving to let it set properly.

By following these tips, you can create a delicious Bananas Foster Coffee Cake that’ll impress your friends and family. Remember; practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with the recipe until you find what works best for you.


As an experienced barista, I’ve known coffee like the back of my hand for years. Throughout my career, I’ve had all sorts of customers come to me with questions and concerns about coffee. In this FAQ section, I answer some commonly asked questions about Bananas Foster Coffee Cake Recipe. From ingredient substitutions to storing and reheating tips, I cover it all! So sit back, relax, and let’s answer your questions.

Why do they call it Bananas Foster?

Chef Paul invented a delectable dessert in 1951 called Bananas Foster. This mouth-watering treat was dedicated to Richard Foster, the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission, which aimed to revitalize the French Quarter.

What does banana Foster coffee taste like?

Our limited edition Bananas Foster coffee is a delicious blend featuring the enticing flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and rum with the sweet taste of ripe banana. Don’t miss out on trying it while supplies last!

What flavor is Bananas Foster?

One can create a sweet treat called Bananas Foster using bananas, vanilla ice cream, and a sauce consisting of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur.

How many bananas do you need to make a banana cake?

To make a delicious banana bread, you will need roughly 4 medium or 3 large bananas, which should be mashed up to make 1 and 1/2 cups (345g). Next, gather 3 cups (375g) of all-purpose flour, and add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and salt. Finally, add 3/4 cup (170g) of softened unsalted butter to the mix.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Bananas Foster Coffee Cake recipe is the perfect way to spice up your desserts game. It embodies the fusion of the sweet aroma and flavor of bananas foster and the rich taste of coffee cake that will leave your taste buds mouthwatering. This recipe is a must-try for all coffee lovers, and it is an excellent choice for those who want to impress their guests with a dessert that looks fancy but is easy to make.

The beauty part is that this cake can be easily adapted to suit dietary restrictions or preferences. You can make it gluten-free by replacing the flour with almond or coconut flour, and you can use low-fat butter and sugar-free sweeteners if you want a healthier option.

So, grab your apron and head to the kitchen because this Banana Foster Coffee Cake recipe will take you on a deliciously sweet journey. Don’t forget to top it off with some rum sauce, powdered sugar, or chopped walnuts, pecans or flaked coconut to bring out the flavors even more. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for it!

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

Bananas Foster Coffee Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Tube or bundt pan
Calories 549.2 kcal


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (large)
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup banana liqueur
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur, for brushing


  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon banana liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, softed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons banana liqueur or 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, for dusting


  • Cake:Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Butter a 12 cup tube pan and set aside.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
  • Beat butter until light.
  • Slowly beat in sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • At low speed, beat in eggs, 2 at a time, just until blended.
  • Beat in the flour mixture and banana mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.
  • Beat just until blended.
  • Stir in coconut and nuts by hand, spread in pan smoothing top.
  • Bake until cake is golden brown and begins to pull away from sides of pan, about 60 to 70 minutes.
  • Test in center.
  • Loosely cover with foil if cake starts to become too brown.
  • Remove from oven; let cool on wire rack 10 minutes in pan.
  • Carefully invert cake onto cake plate.
  • Brush with the 1/4 cup liqueur.
  • Let cool.
  • Glaze with either of the glazes or dust with powdered sugar.
  • Glaze:Combine all ingredients until well blended.
  • When the cake is lukewarm, spoon over top.
  • Let cake cool completely.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 149gCalories: 549.2kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 7.6gFat: 29.1gSaturated Fat: 15.4gCholesterol: 135.4mgSodium: 308.4mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 39g
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