Recipe review: bake or break’s Sour Cream Banana Coffee Cake

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Ask just about anyone what they do when they have extra bananas, and you’ll get one of two answers: “bake with them” or “freeze them for later.” Few people do that with other types of fruit, but bananas? We’re all over that.

So what did I do when I found myself with extra bananas a couple of weeks back? I baked something, of course. This time, though, I wanted something a little different from the usual banana bread or muffins I usually make. I thought some sort of cupcake might be nice. Instead I stumbled upon this Sour Cream Banana Coffee Cake recipe from bake or break. It had me curious right away, and it looked simple enough. I figured I’d give it a shot.

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Let’s start with the basics. My instinct was right when I thought the recipe looked fairly simple. It came together well for me, even mixing it by hand instead of with a mixer. It was quick, too. I think it took about half an hour, not counting photos and baking time.

I did make one slight adjustment to the recipe, thought it was entirely due to personal preference. I’m not a big fan of pecans. Instead of using them, I threw in extra chocolate chips. I can’t say the cake suffered for that, but you may prefer to keep the pecans in, or substitute another type of nut.

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So, how did it turn out? It’s pretty good, though I think I’d like a little more flavour. Maybe a kick more cinnamon, or some nutmeg, or an extra bit of banana.

That said, everyone I shared it with loved it. I took the full cake in to work with me one Monday morning when there were only about seven of us in. The cake was gone before noon on Tuesday.

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Clearly, while I might like a touch more flavour in the cake, that isn’t the resounding consensus. Regardless, it’s still a recipe I recommend you try.

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To sum it up…

  • Time to prepare and cook/bake: about an hour and a half, if mixing by hand
  • Difficulty: Fairly easy
  • How it tasted: The cinnamon and banana are both clear, but not overpowering. I would have preferred a bit more of one or the other
  • Would I make it again: I certainly plan on it, with an adjustment or two
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