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Banana Coffee Cake (Crater Cake)

This is a great recipe when you have extra bananas in the freezer and want something differant than muffins or loaves. I got this recipe from a community church cookbook and the page were this recipe is on is seasoned well with splatters and spills. Serve it up with some cinnamon whip cream and you have a simple tasty dessert ready for friends or family. It freezes well, I cut my cake into pieces and freeze it and then just take out as much as we need. (Usually it doesn't make it into the freezer.)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup sour milk (in bottom of cup add 1 tbsp. vinegar then top with milk)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
    1. Mix first 5 ingredients 
    2. Mix dry ingredients in seperate bowl. 
    3. Add the sour milk alternately with the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. 
    4. Place 1/2 the batter in a 9x13 pan and sprinkle with 1/2 of the topping.
    5. Repeat the layers and bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. Or until tooth pick comes out clean in center. (Watch carefully as each oven baked differently.)
    6. Serve with a generous dollop of cinnamon whipped cream.
    Whipped Cream:
    • 1 cup of whipping cream
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    1. In a cold bowl chilled in refridgerator with the beaters, Beat the cream mixed with desired amount of icing sugar and cinnamon until stiff peaks form. 
    Happy Baking....Enjoy


    1. Oh another tasty cake from Charlotte. I have a bunch of bananas on my counter right now. . that will be perfect for this.

    2. I love coffee cakes and I always add cinnamon to mine! Thanks for one more recipe for me to try, Char. I have bananas in the freezer so I'm good to go!

    3. Wonderful. I just happen to have 3 bananas in my freezer!!

    4. YUMMY!

      I have a bag, I'm not kidding, a grocery bag of bananas in my freezer.

      Guess what we're having! I'm so excited.

    5. Terrific Char. I too love to keep a good coffee cake around although it usually does not make it to the freezer! A banana one is all the better!

    6. I will be making this tomorrow. Yum. Thank you.

    7. I love coffee cakes too! This one looks like a winner!

      I love your blog. I've copied many recipes of yours into my Recipe folder. Thanks! :)

    8. I shall be giving this ago at some point this weekend. Yum!

    9. Banana coffee cake looks wonderful...and I will be trying that out in my test kitchen!

    10. Thanks for sharing your banana recipes.
      Those are always a favorite in our house.
      Something new to try.

    11. This is in my oven right now and smells wonderful!

      Thank you Thank you!!!

      Leigh Ann

    12. A must have recipe! I got this recipe from a friend years back, and she called it UBC Ponderose Cake. The only diference is that it calls for sour cream instead of sour milk and I've cut down a bit on the butter. I make it in a Bundt Pan. A cake you'll make again and again.

    13. made this today in a bundt pan... delish!

    14. I sent this to work with my husband and I got so many compliments on it, it was amazing. This is a keeper!

    15. I made this cake last year and am only just getting around to thanking you for the recipe! It was very good.

      Sonya, Australia

    16. My friends totally loved it!! This has been one of the easiest cakes I've ever baked. Thank you so much!

    17. My friends totally loved it! This has been one of the easiest cakes I've ever made. Thank you so much!