Coffee – banana cake

by Sunita on January 22, 2009

Yesterday, after coming back home with the kids from their school, I promptly turned on the telly. Very unusual, remarked the li’l ones. But, it was a special occasion, after all…history was being made. I, along with millions of others, waited to watch Obama sworn in. We had been following the election quite closely and, Rengoni, in particular, shows quite a keen interest in all that has been going on. So, the three of us (Dinesh, being at work), huddled together to watch the momentous occasion. Of course, Agastya could not keep still for very long and kept wondering as to why did the people have to talk for so long. Rengoni was more taken back by the fact that the Obama family did not come out together…”But, they belong to the same family…so why can’t they come out together?” The li’l lady watched the entire ceremony without blinking an eye and without reaching for a book to read, which is quite unusual…Obama magic ?!! Well, I certainly wish him all the best…he’ll have to bear quite a heavy burden, living up to the high hopes the people have placed on his shoulders, and that, too,  in these uncertain times.

Coming back to the kitchen, and more precisely the oven, I baked a coffee-banana cake today.

Coffee and me are not the best of friends; in fact, I don’t ever drink it. So, it was really unusual for me. But, I really wanted to try out the flavour and Dinesh doesn’t mind it, so I would have at least one taker ;-) I kept it quite basic, using simple ingredients. The cake baked beautifully, and I decided to dress it up further with a thick layer of coffee flavoured cream cheese filling.

This is how I made it-

What’s needed-

2 eggs

4 and 1/2 tblsp of dark muscovado sugar ( or other dark brown sugar)

1 ripe banana, roughly mashed

5 tblsp of sunflower/vegetable oil

1/2 C of whole wheat flour (atta)

1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder

3 tblsp of espresso coffee

For the filling/topping-

375 gms of quark ( which is virtually fat free soft cheese) or other cream cheese

3 tsp of espresso coffee

4 tblsp of honey

Icing sugar to dust on top of the cake

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C. Line an 8 inch round pan with foil and grease it.
  2. Beat together the eggs, sugar and banana for about 7-8 minutes or till the mixture is light an fluffy.
  3. Add the oil and beat for 2 more minutes.
  4. Sieve together the flour, coffee and baking powder ( three times).
  5. Gradually fold in the flour mixture to the egg mixture, a tblsp at a time, preferably, with a rubber spatula.
  6. Tip in the mixture into the prepared pan. Tap the pan against the counter to expel air bubbles.
  7. Place the pan in  the centre of the preheated oven and bake for about  17 -19 minutes or till a skewer inserted through the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  8. While the cake bakes, mix together the quark/other cream cheese and the honey and coffee. Leave it aside for the flavours to develop, and to use later.
  9. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool completely.
  10. Slice the cake, horizontally, into half . Cover one half with the cheese mixture, and place the other half on top. Dust the top with icing sugar.

The cake had a nice crumb. Dinesh did like it and I gave it a try too.

The cake smelt nice, and the cream cheese did add to the taste. Hmm, not bad, but next time, I would probably reduce the coffee a bit…I thought the flavour was a bit strong. But if you like your coffee strong, then this is the cake for you.


Dinesh and myself are enjoying a piece right now,and we both feel that it tastes even better the next day, and the flavour somehow mellows a bit, and didn’t feel that strong. So, if you have any leftovers, keep it in the fridge and enjoy the next day. Or, even better, make the cake, chill overnight and enjoy the next day :-)

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kashmira January 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

Wow Sunita, this looks so yummy! I would love to try it, but am really wary of slicing it in half, am sure I will break it :(

Will definitely give it a try!


2 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Kashmira…do give it a try…and don’t worry, a little practice is all that’s needed :-)


3 Shreya January 22, 2009 at 7:20 am

hi Sunita, what lovely pics! I love the combo of coffee and banana, and though I have never a tasted a cofe banana cake, I can imagine the flavors..


4 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Thanks Shreya, the flavours did work well together :-)


5 Nirmala January 22, 2009 at 7:57 am

What a lovely slice of cake ? Coffee being my favorite flavour I think I would love this. And Rengoni seems to b growing up :(


6 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Nirmala…and yes, Rengoni is growing up, and needless to say, becoming more asnd more inquisitive about the world around her :-)


7 ivy January 22, 2009 at 8:06 am

I love coffee flavoured cakes and yours looks so fluffy and moist.


8 sunita January 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Thanks Ivy :-)


9 Happy Cook January 22, 2009 at 9:44 am

Yeah we too watched them in telly.
The banana cake looks so yummy delicous.


10 sunita January 22, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Thanks HC :-)


11 Asha January 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Strange, I was thinking and reading about Banana cake last night too! :D

Kids don’t like coffee flavor, but reat of the recipe sounds and looks perfect. Good one.

Tired already of seeing and reading about Prez.Obama! Let’s see some action from him now, looking forward to what he will bring to us! :) )


12 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Yes, R and a were not very enthusiastic about the flavour too, but me and Dinesh were :-)

As for Mr, O, yes, time will tell, and these are definitely not easy times !


13 Soma January 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I love the coffee flavor, not that i drink coffee regularly. but the flavor added to anything else & i will dive for it. Looks lovely!


14 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Thanks Soma :-)


15 Mishmash! January 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

mini choco pots, bread, and now this one…u re on a roll , my lady :) I liked the filling part…didnt think of adding espresso to cream cheese….


16 sunita January 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

Thanks, dear Shn. The espresso was a last minute addition to the cream cheese, but was not regretted.


17 Dragana January 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Coffee and I are best friends so I’m definitely making this one soon! Simple but lovely presentation. Love your new site!


18 sunita January 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

Thank you Dragana…do give it a try.


19 Rosa January 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

What a delightful combination of flavors! This cake looks fantastic!




20 sunita January 23, 2009 at 9:01 am

Thanks Rosa :-)


21 Priya January 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Wow i love coffee flavour too, cake looks really gorgeous n am just drooling over son asking me to prepare this delicious cake now…lovely clicks too..


22 sunita January 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

Thank you Priya…do give it a try :-)


23 sathya January 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm

wow wonderful pics !
coffee and banana, together with cream cheese filling………yum yum.


24 sunita January 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

Thanks Sathya :-)


25 Vaishali January 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm

The espresso must’ve been delicious with the banana. The coffee cake looks absolutely delicious, Sunita, and I do love all the hunger-evoking pictures! :)


26 sunita January 23, 2009 at 9:03 am

Thabks Vaishali…the combination did work quite well, I must say :-)


27 snooky doodle January 22, 2009 at 8:14 pm

this looks so so so good!!! i don t mind trying this cake i m a coffee addict. Never thought that banana goes well with coffee though. have to try it :)


28 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Thanks snooky…do give it a try :-)


29 Vidya January 23, 2009 at 4:42 am

This looks so beautifully delicious.


30 Sunita January 23, 2009 at 11:37 am

Thanks Vidya :-)


31 Sonu January 23, 2009 at 6:14 am

Perfect shape Sunita….it’s going to my list to try and taste. :)
Thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend!


32 Sunita January 23, 2009 at 11:38 am

Thanks Sonu…do try it, and i hope you like the taste :-)


33 sushma January 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

Hey i love banana as is not in any other form but coffee is my fav drink and wish i can hv a piece of it yummy :)


34 Sunita January 23, 2009 at 11:38 am

Thanks Sushma :-)


35 Nicisme January 23, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I love coffee, I hardly ever drink it but do put it in lots of desserts.
This is so tempting, I just want to reach out and grab my slice!


36 colloquial cook January 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I’m not sure what you mean by espresso coffee. Clearly it’s not liquid coffee since you sieve it, but it’s not dry instant coffee, is it? Is it ground coffee beans? Sorry to be such a pain, your cake really looks lovely and I would love to give it a go!


37 Sunita January 24, 2009 at 10:17 am

Yes, it is indeed ground coffee beans…and you haven’t been a pain at all :-) Do give the cake a try :-)


38 Colloquial Cook January 27, 2009 at 3:48 am

Yes, I will let you know! Thank you for the info!


39 Sunita January 27, 2009 at 6:25 am

You’re welcome :-)

40 Jessica@FoodMayhem January 23, 2009 at 11:11 pm

MMM, coffee and banana, two of my favorite flavors! It looks great too!


41 Sunita January 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

Thank you Jessica :-)


42 kALVA January 25, 2009 at 2:53 am

wow lovely cake,, love the flavors!!


43 Sunita January 25, 2009 at 9:34 am

Thanks Kalva :-)


44 Sophie January 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm

The coffee cream cheese filling sounds delicious :) ! The two flavors sound like a unique and tasty pairing.


45 Sunita January 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Thanks Sophie…the pairing worked quite well :-)


46 Gretchen Noelle January 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

This looks SO delicious! Just up my alley!


47 Mel March 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I made this last nite because I was intrigued! It was really good & interesting, and was much easier than I thought it would be! Was surprised how savory it was, would even eat it for breakfast!

Things that surprised me: I used two bananas instead of one, but still couldn’t taste banana. I think this may partly be because they weren’t very ripe. The cake was much flatter than I thought it would be from the photos. Was no more than 2″ thick, probably less.

My roommate and I, while enjoying a slice, talked about how we would alter it. Thought people might like some ideas, we settled on this: Leave the cake the same, make the filling cream cheese, sugar (to add sweetness and detract the bitter flavor of the cheese), and bananas (sort of a sweet thick banana cream), and then drizzle caramel on the top. Coffee banana caramel!

Thanks for the fun recipe!


48 Sunita March 6, 2009 at 6:16 am

Glad you tried the cake, Mel. And yes, my banana was very ripe and very large as well. Thanks for your suggestions :-)


49 Jhanani's Mom June 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Hi Sunita,

Yesterday, I was searching for banana cake in google and came across your site. I liked the idea of combining coffee & banana.

Immediately I made the cake(though it was 9 pm) leaving out the filling part, as I didn’t have the ingredients listed. Also I added honey, instead of brown sugar and end result was superb. My hubby and kids tasted it and wanted more and I had to hide from them.

Thanks for the wonderful recipe.


50 kajal January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi sunita,
Nice pic. This is the one which I am searching combo of coffee and banana.
I have tried banana cake with whole wheat flour, I didn’t like the taste of flour
Bcoz we are addicted with all purpose flour. How ever my 1 year son likes it and
Have it without any hesitation.
So I thought to add coffee to it but was not sure and I found your recipe.
Thx for the recipe.
One thing I would like to share that cake made with atta or whole wheat flour
Taste getting better from 2nd day only.
Once again thx for the recipe, will try and let u know the result.


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