Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting Recipe
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Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting Recipe

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Using extra-ripe bananas in this recipe ensures the cupcakes will be sweet and moist. The ganache frosting is made even fluffier with the addition of marshmallow creme. —Stephanie Lelo, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 310 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in bananas and pecans.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt chocolate with cream over low heat; stir until blended. Remove from the heat. Transfer to a small bowl; cool until mixture reaches room temperature.
  4. In a large bowl, cream shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in marshmallow creme and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting in Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week Newsletter 2009, p3/30/09

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JamieZ09 User ID: 4951580 110903
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"Really loved this recipe. Took them to work and they were a huge success! Will make again!"

npetrarca User ID: 1248949 104307
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"Absolutely delicious!!! We spread a little bit of Nutella on the cupcake before we ate it.....unbelievably good! Will definitely make again and again :)"

rudylenak User ID: 3071215 179931
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011


rudylenak User ID: 3071215 164564
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011


glo58bes User ID: 1072747 120341
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"My family loved these! I used a peanut butter frosting from another recipe ( 1/4 cu. natural peanut butter, 1/4 cu. milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 3 cups powdered sugar.)"

npetrarca User ID: 1248949 210526
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"Wow! Wow! Wow! Delicious! My husband is already begging for me to make them again. Try them out! You will not be disappointed!"

jane428 User ID: 3835785 179259
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009

"The BEST cupcake ever!"

Krhuffman User ID: 3895043 178742
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2009

"Loved these cupcakes and I was even happier that they don't contain butter, just buttermilk for fewer calories. Also I did not put any icing on them and served them more as a muffin. I would even try it in a loaf pan next time."

dlt58 User ID: 136448 104305
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"Re: Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

These cupcakes were delicious. My co-workers loved them!!! One male co-worker claimed them as the "best he has ever had"! I only frosted them with regular homemade chocolate frosting!!! I will stick to these instead of banana bread!"

dlt58 User ID: 136448 178738
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"These cupcakes are delicious! I took them to work and everyone raved about them. One male co-worker said that they are the best cupcakes he has ever had! I agree and I only made regular chocolate frosting for them.


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