Bananas for Cupcakes!

So these cupcakes aren’t the prettiest ones I’ve made by far, and yes the frosting looks like…I’m not going to go there.  But these cupcakes are awesome.  I love banana chocolate chip muffins, so it only seemed natural to make them into a cupcake.  Since the muffin is the ugly stepsister to the cupcake, I figured add a bit more sugar and slap on some frosting and we’ll call it a cupcake.


Makes 12 cupcakes

  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour plus 1 tbsp.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 ripe bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl combine flour (minus 1 tbsp.), sugar, baking power, baking soda, and salt.  In a medium sided bowl combine mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla and butter.  With a rubber spatula, fold the banana mixture into the wet ingredients.  The batter should be a little chunky, do not over stir.

Meanwhile, mix chocolate chips with the remaining 1 tbsp. of flour to coat chips.  Carefully fold chocolate chips into the batter until just combined.  Fill cupcake tine 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minuted or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack before frosting.

These come out so delicious you could just eat them right away but don’t!  It’s not a real cupcake unless you have frosting, and you don’t want to be eating the ugly stepsister, do you?  The frosting is really key in this cupcake.


  • 2 and 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 6 tbsp. Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanills extract


In a medium bowl sift together sugar and cocoa powder.  In a large bowl cream butter until smooth and gradually add in sugar mixture alternating with milk until smooth.  If too thick, more milk can be added in 1 tbsp. increments.  Beat in vanilla.

You’ve really got to make sure to frost these with plenty of frosting because lets face it, the chocolate/banana combination is almost as good as the chocolate/peanut butter combination…I said almost.  These cupcakes are good, and I mean super good.  The cake stays really moist and the chocolate chips are still just soft enough even after they’ve cooled.  These cupcakes are definitely one of my favorite that I’ve made because I really love the chocolate/banana combo.  Dare I say I might even like it more than chocolate/PB.  Shhhh…don’t tell my beloved peanut butter cups.  I’m not sure if people liked these as much as me, although they said they were really good.  I brought a bunch to work, but let’s face it, these people will eat anything sitting on the food table and the sweeter the better.

If your cupcake eaters are anything like me, they’ll go bananas for these (don’t groan at that, the pun was obviously intended).  I think these will be one of my favorite adventures to date, but who know what the future will hold.



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