Roasted Banana Coffee Cake

Roasted Banana Coffee Cake


Versatile coffee cake can be eaten any time of day. It fits well for breakfast, brunch or even as a late-afternoon snack.


  • 8 tbsps (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus 1 tablespoon at room temperature for the pan
  • 2 tbsps granulated sugar
  • 2 bananas
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tbsps dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan with the 1 tablespoon room temperature butter and dust with the granulated sugar and tip out any excess.
  2. Place the bananas on a small rimmed baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on low speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then add the roasted bananas, sour cream and vanilla. Beat until incorporated.
  6. With the mixer running on low speed, spoon in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle evenly with the pecan topping. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.