Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

What would a tropical themed dessert table would it be without something made from bananas? It was an obvious ingredient to use and what better way to incorporate them than with a simple cupcake recipe! The last dessert to feature this week from my friend's recent bridal shower is the Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting I made. These were ridiculously easy and no one could tell that these cupcakes actually came from a box!

Just as I did with the Mango Cupcakes I made, these were also made using a box mix with a few substitutions. It's a great way to whip up some creative cupcakes without going through too much effort. The result is a beautiful and buttery cupcake crumb with super sweet bananas swirled in.Topping them off is a simple cream cheese frosting and a garnish of toasted almond slivers.

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
recipe adapted from Hello, Cupcake!

1 box (18.25 oz) yellow butter cake mix
1 cup mashed over ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
3/4 cup buttermilk (in place of the water called for on the box)
1/3 cup canola oil
4 large eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

Follow the box instructions, putting all the ingredients in a large bowl and using the buttermilk in place of the water specified (the box will call for more water than the amount of buttermilk that you are using), using the amount of canola oil that is called for (usually 1/3 cup), and adding the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer (or in your stand mixer if you prefer) until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and beat until think, 2 minutes longer.

Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pans, place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting (recipe follows) and garnish with a piece toasted almond slivers.

Cream Cheese Frosting
original Joelen recipe

1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4-6 cups confectioners or powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons half & half
toasted almond slivers for garnish (optional)

In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter and cream cheese together until fluffy; and beat until fully incorporated.

Slowly add confectioners or powdered sugar into the bowl, 1/2 cup at a time and beating after each addition. Continue adding the sugar until you have a thick frosting of your preferred consistency. Garnish with a piece of toasted almond slivers for garnish (if using).


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  2. Oh yummm, me and my pregnant self are SO making these sometime soon!

  3. How yummy are these! My best friend loves banana so this will be what I make as her "cake".

  4. Yummy Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting ........Thanks for the information! Will definitely forward it to my friends...

  5. Sounds delish! I like the cc icing...I used chocolate when I made similar cuppies and thought it was a bit too much. ;)

  6. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. I made it yesterday. The cupcakes were delicious. I put a link to your page on my blog & also put some pictures of my finished product.
    Thanks again:-)

  7. I love your cupcake recipe and icing! It was so moist and easy to make.

    I tried making this again but with a white cake mix to make a flag cake for the 4th of July and I used a 13x9 cake pan. I compared the cook time for the cupcakes with the times shown on the cake box and took a guess on how long to cook the 13x9 cake. I guessed about 25 minutes but the center of the cake was runny still. So I added another 2 minutes, then another mins and I think in total it was about 39 or 40 mins. The edges look a lil over done. I still need to ice the cake with my whipped cream cream cheese icing. I hope the cake is moist and not underdone or overdone. I'll let you know:) Have you used this recipe as a cake instead of cupcakes? Do you have a cook time? Oh and I cooked it at 350 degrees in one of the disposable, take with you aluminum cake pans with lids to take to a bbq.



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