Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love when things just seem to fall into place in the kitchen.  First, I had a banana I meant to use up in some muffins over the weekend but didn’t.  Second, I had some cream cheese frosting left over from my first-ever paid cupcake order.  Then, as if it was all meant to be, my wonderful mommy bought me the new Better Homes and Gardens Cupcakes special edition.  Add in the last few banana chips I had left in my trail mix and voila!  You’ve got yourself one heck of a delicious cupcake!

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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

cupcake recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Cupcakes

frosting recipe from, originally from Cake Man Raven


3/4 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 eggs, at room temperature

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 c. mashed overripe banana (1 large)

3/4 c. buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla

scant 1 c. sugar

1 recipe cream cheese frosting

banana chips, for garnish (optional)


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.  Line a muffin tin with 24 paper liners.

2.  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.  

3.  In a small bowl, combine banana, buttermilk, and vanilla.

4.  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar, 1/4 c. at a time, beating on medium speed until light and fluffy and scraping down sides of bowl.  Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.

5.  Add in flour and banana mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour, and mix on low speed until just combined.

6.  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

7.  Allow to cool completely then frost and garnish.  Keep in the refrigerator up to three days.

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  1. Pretend Chef
    May 4, 2011 / 1:05 pm

    The stars aligned for you and these cupcakes. Haha! Banana desserts make me giddy and these sound amazing. Congrats on the first paid cupcake order.

  2. Melissa Bakes
    May 4, 2011 / 4:32 pm

    Wow, these cupcakes look delicious! I love when things come together perfectly in the kitchen as well!

  3. Kira
    May 4, 2011 / 5:36 pm

    I'm not usually a fan of banana-flavored things, but these sound really good!

  4. That Girl
    May 4, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Hmmmm I just got a new brand of banana chips I'm not crazy about. This might be a good way to pawn then off on someone else!

  5. Lauren
    May 4, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    Those look awesome! I'm a huge fan of banana bread, but I've never seen banana cupcakes before!

  6. Jessica
    May 5, 2011 / 8:08 am

    These sound delicious! I am sure the new husband enjoyed them 😉

  7. Di-licious
    May 6, 2011 / 9:21 am

    Sigh….banana prices have gone through the roof here in Australia – $13/kg. I love banana muffins, bread and cake but for the moment, they're off the menu. Thanks for letting me window shop!

  8. Anonymous
    August 16, 2011 / 4:18 am

    We have our own banana plants luckily enough, DH is an ex banana grower! I always make banana cakes to freeze, as i find the bananas themselves don't have much taste when thawed to use? I've done many muffins too, but this time thought i'd try some other things – i'm glad i did because this recipe is TO DIE FOR!! So light and fluffy, and the icing is perfect. I did icing with 250g of each, and still ended up with double the amount, but i didn't pipe it on, so probably would have used more… I'm making another batch of cakes tonight to use up the icing, and taking this lot to the school this afternoon to share with my daughters class 🙂 Thank you, this is definitely going to be a recipe to pass down!

  9. Anonymous
    August 17, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    These look delicious! How much baking powder did you use in step 2?

  10. Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 / 4:26 am

    Step #2 says to add baking powder and baking soda but you have no amount for baking powder in your ingredient list, only baking soda. I am already halfway started with this recipe so I hope I guess correctly.

  11. Kelsey
    August 21, 2011 / 11:59 pm

    I apologize for the confusion with the baking soda and baking powder. I've corrected the ingredients list to include the baking powder. Thank you to all of you who have brought this to my attention. I hate that I made an error, but am so glad you are making the cupcakes. Enjoy!

  12. Anonymous
    August 22, 2011 / 6:14 pm

    Thanks! Since I didn't know I guessed and added 1 tsp and it came out fine, but next time I'll use the correct amount since you posted it. Even with that they came out perfect and fluffy and did not fall. I made them into mini cupcakes for my son's 2nd birthday because he doesn't care much for sweets and they were great because they aren't too sweet and the cream cheese frosting gives them a little tartness. I will definitely be saving this recipe! Thanks!

  13. Kelsey
    August 22, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    Glad they turned out well. Happy birthday to your little one!

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