The overripe banana is the baker's best friend. Unlike wilted lettuce and mealy apples, squishy brown bananas make for fabulous baked goods. I keep them in a big plastic bag in the freezer, adding super-soft specimens weekly. Here I've mashed them into a super-moist snack cake. The pecan and coconut streusel takes this treat way above the average banana bread and chunks of chocolate make the tender crumb irresistible.
Recipe courtesy of Samantha Seneviratne
Save Recipe Print
Banana Snack Cake with Coconut, Chocolate and Pecan Streusel
Total:
2 hr
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
16 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
2 hr
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
45 min
Cook:
45 min
Yield:
16 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Streusel: 
Cake:

Directions

For the streusel: Combine the coconut, flour, oats, baking powder, brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Add the butter and knead it into the flour mixture with your fingers until it is evenly moistened. Add the pecans and toss to combine. Set aside. 

For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line it with parchment paper with a 2-inch overhang on two sides. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a small bowl, stir together the banana and sour cream. In a large bowl, beat the butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. 

Stir in half of the flour mixture, then the banana mixture and then the remaining flour mixture. Fold in the chocolate and coconut. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Top with the streusel mixture. Bake the cake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Lift the cake out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into squares to serve.

Our Best Thanksgiving Videos 15 Videos

Get the recipe

Sticky Pecan Pull-Apart Bread 00:37

This simple dessert is a crowd pleaser that only uses a few ingredients.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Beehive Cake

Recipe courtesy of Basque Boulangerie Cafe

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Banana Bread

Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken|Susan Feniger

Apple Cake "Tatin"

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Carrot Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Banana Walnut Bread

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Perfect Pumpkin Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Browse Reviews By Keyword