Think about the best banana cake you’ve had, then add in a rich coffee espresso flavouring. Topped with a light but powerfully delicious espresso frosting. This banana espresso coffee cake with espresso frosting is light enough to justify eating as a quick breakfast yet decadent enough to serve as a proper dessert.
Before I experimented with this recipe, I wasn’t totally able to wrap my head around the mix of banana and espresso and whether that combo would mix well. But wow it really does go absolutely perfectly together. Especially in cake form.
Everyone loves banana cake but it needed a little bit of a makeover. In the mornings, you need that coffee espresso kick. The icing adds a rich, strong espresso flavor without being overly sweet.
Now I highly recommend eating this cake with the espresso frosting but if you are looking to cut down calories, you can just cut it out to make this healthier.
What is the best espresso powder for baking?
Use an instant espresso powder that you like the flavor of. This is especially true for the frosting. If you are using an espresso powder that tastes meh then your frosting will also taste...meh
What if you hate instant espresso? No problem, make your favorite espresso and use that for the frosting. If you don't have espresso powder on hand, you can also use coffee instead, however make sure you brew and extra strong coffee.
How to make the espresso frosting
This frosting is possibly my absolute favorite frosting... ever. It takes this cake from mmm that’s really good to OH MY GOD this is the most DELICIOUS thing I’ve ever eaten!!
Save this recipe for any time you need a frosting. You can use it on much more than this cake - muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies you name it. Or you can just eat it out of the container with a spoon...Print