Banana & Coffee-Crumb Cupcakes

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By Lorraine Pascale

Published 2017

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This cupcake is based on a yeasted German cake that has a sponge base and a crumble-like topping. This kind of cake has many varieties and is often known as ‘coffee cake’ stateside, not necessarily because it contains coffee, but because it’s intended to be eaten alongside a cup of coffee! Confused? I was at first! Change the crumble topping if you like by using some finely chopped walnuts or pecan nuts in place of the bananas.


  • 200 g butter, softened
  • 180 g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 220 g plain or wholemeal flour
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp Camp coffee essence
  • 2 just ripe bananas
  • icing sugar, for dusting

For the crumb

  • 35 g caster sugar
  • 35 g butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • 70 g plain flour
  • pinch of salt


  • 12-hole cupcake tin
  • mechanical ice-cream scoop (optional)


Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C/350°F/gas 4) and line the cupcake tin with twelve paper cases.

First make the crumb. Put the caster sugar, butter, flour and salt into a bowl. Using your thumb and your fingers, pick up bits of the mixture, rub it together and then let it fall back into the bowl. Keep doing this until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then squeeze some of the breadcrumb bits together to make slightly larger lumps. It is good to do this as it helps ensure that the crumb is nicely mixed in and the larger bits give the cakes an even better texture. Set the crumb aside.

To make the cupcakes, cream together the butter and the soft light brown sugar in a large bowl until the mixture goes lighter and fluffier. It won’t go super light as brown sugar does not go as fluffy as white sugar. Add two of the eggs with half of the flour and mix well to combine. Then add the other egg with the rest of the flour, the sour cream, baking powder and coffee essence and mix it together, using as few stirs as possible to give you light cupcakes.

Using a large spoon or mechanical ice-cream scoop, divide the mixture between the cases, using a spatula to ensure you get every last bit out of the bowl.

Peel the bananas and cut them into thin slices. Arrange three slices on top of each cupcake, and then sprinkle over an even layer of the crumb and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the cupcakes smell baked and are well risen. To check that they are cooked, insert a skewer into the centre of a cupcake – it should come out clean. Once the cupcakes are cooked, remove them from the oven and allow to cool a little in the tin.

Give the cupcakes a light dusting of icing sugar and serve warm with a nice cup of coffee.