Banana Cupcakes Recipe
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Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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This recipe was given to me by my mother, and I've since handed it down to my daughters. The moist cupcakes are topped with frosting that comes together in no time. And if you'd like even more banana taste, stir some mashed banana into it. —Wanda Thole, Leonard, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 297 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 204mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to banana mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; add enough milk to achieve desired spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles if desired. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Banana Cupcakes in Quick Cooking March/April 2002, p15

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 228177
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Only made the cupcakes but wow they are yum!!"

missisosweet User ID: 7234471 101965
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"....I'm making this again for the second time."

twingurls25 User ID: 6197864 45847
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"This was a great family get together desert the kids love making them"

SheenaJenkins User ID: 6568643 34192
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"These cupcakes are so delicious! My boyfriend wanted Banana Cupcakes for his birthday, so I tried this recipe for the first time and I was very pleased. The bake time says 15 mins, but I found that it took a little longer, more like 20 mins. I'm sure it varies by oven. All in all, I will make these cupcakes again for sure. Very yummy to the tummy! Go banana cupcakes!!"

LaraWest User ID: 6097321 131207
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"I made these cupcakes and loved them! I took them to 2 different get togethers and they were gone in minutes! The frosting didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, would use a different recipe for that because I'm not an experienced cook I'm not 100% sure on what to add to made it better..but the cupcake recipe was fabulous!"

twigsrn User ID: 6103668 76904
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"I made this more of a vegan recipe with some alterations. I used soy margarine for the shortening, whole wheat white flour for the flour, egg replacer for eggs, organic unrefined sugar for sugar and since I didnt have any almond milk or buttermilk, I used my son's milk and added about a teaspoon of vinegar to sour it and made my own vegan cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes are wonderful. Very moist. I wanted to make cupcakes for my son's birthday in August and did a pretest of this one and will definelty be using this recipe for his cupcakes."

sue cirillo User ID: 4939180 45636
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2010

"These banana cupcakes were very moist and delicious. I did not use the confectioners' sugar frosting, I thought it would have been to sweet. The cupcakes were a huge hit."

Bail User ID: 254538 91601
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"I loved the cupcakes and would make them again. I liked the mild banana favor and that it wasn't heavy liked a muffin. I used bananas that I had frozen and I plan to make more this week and freeze for a quick not too sweet treat. With or without icing they are very good!"

avon4u2 User ID: 4456665 76901
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"This was a good banana cupcake, kind of plain though - I added chocolate chips to the batter and they tasted so much better! I used a homemade creamcheese frosting for these also."

jkjdk User ID: 2403900 59634
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Would coconut sprinkled on top of the frosting be good?"

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