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Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

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I had some bananas sitting on my counter that were getting seriously brown, I had to take action.  But what to make?  Banana bread seems so predictable, so why not cupcakes and since chocolate and bananas go so well together, top them with chocolate buttercream.  The funny coincidence with this is that it was national cupcake day, but I didn’t know it until I had already decided to make the cupcakes!  I guess they were just meant to be.

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting




For cupcakes:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (enough for 1 cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
For frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp half and half
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder and flour in a bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add mashed bananas and vanilla, beat to combine.
Add 1//3 of flour mixture, mixing until just combined.  Then add 1/2 of the half and half, mixing in.  Then add another 1/3 of flour, mixing as before and then the rest of the half and half and finally the last 1/3 of the flour.
Line 24 muffin cups with paper.  Divide batter up equally (an ice cream scoop works great for this).
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
While cupcakes are cooling, prepare frosting.
Cream butter.
Beat in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.
Beat in cocoa.
Beat in vanilla and half and half.
Frost cooled cupcakes.
ENJOY!Shared at 4 Little Fergusons on 12/16/11.
Shared at Mandy’s Recipe Box on 12/20/11.
Shared at Chef in Training on 12/20/11.
Shared at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage on 12/22/11.
Shared at Crazy for Crust on 2/07/12.
Shared at Eat at Home on 11/28/12.
Shared at Gooseberry Patch 2/06/13.
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Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden

Thursday 6th of September 2012

Banana and chocolate is always win-win combination! Your cupcakes look so delicious! I would really like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes and ideas blog if you agree.

Lisa

Thursday 6th of September 2012

I'm so glad you like my cupcakes Vera! I would love it if you showcased my recipe on your blog! Let me know if you would like me to e-mail you a photo. :)

Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

Thursday 23rd of August 2012

You can't go wrong with this combo! I LOVE banana cake!

Lisa

Thursday 23rd of August 2012

I do too, Carrie! Plus, when there's bananas in it I don't feel quite as guitly....it's healthy, right? :)

Terese

Tuesday 8th of May 2012

I made these this afternoon and they were awesome! The cake is really great and the frosting was excellent! Thanks!!

Lisa

Tuesday 8th of May 2012

I'm so glad you liked these, Therese!!

Lisa

Friday 27th of April 2012

Thank you so much, Andrea! I'm glad you and Caleb enjoyed the cupcakes! Caleb sounds like he's an adorable little boy, I love his comment!! :)

Andrea & Caleb

Friday 27th of April 2012

We clicked on your recipe off the Eat at home link and my 3 1/2 year old and I just made these and he says that "they are exceedingly good!". We love them! Thank you for the recipe!