Cherry Banana Cupcakes Recipe
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Cherry Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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Perfect for your breakfast on the go or a sweet treat, these Cupcakes come courtesy of Diana Benecke from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 229 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg; mix well. Beat in the banana, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in cherries.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 5 cupcakes.
Originally published as Cherry Banana Cupcakes in Cooking for 2 Fall 2008, p46

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Reviewed Jan. 16, 2015

"I agree, it seems crazy to mess up the kitchen for 5 cupcakes! So I doubled the recipe, am now sampling the finished product - as is my husband - and we declare them delicious little morsels! I love marachino cherries and I went a bit heavy on them - I want the flavor of the cherries. Also, I used almond fl. instead of vanilla - always enjoy that way more! I've been baking a long time and it's my opinion you can't ruin anything that has buttermilk in it! But just to make sure, I originally only gave it 4 stars. Didn't want to throw anybody for a loop, and I certainly would hate to be labeled crazy on this site - for any now that we've actually baked them and love them, I give them the full 5-star regalia! And continue to believe in my own tastes to be able to judge something before I actually make it :)"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"Tip: Spray paper muffin liners with cooking spray, works every time especially for lowfat muffins. These sound good to me, I will have to try."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I really enjoyed the cupcakes from this recipe. I did double the recipe and found it good. I didn't have any trouble with the cupcake papers/ I did find tha the flavor did improve after a couple of days - more cherry. love the tip about using almond extract. I think I'll try that next time."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"I agree with other posts that people should not review unless you have made the recipe. "nuff said"

Back to my review- I also doubled the recipe- using two very ripe bananas and I got 12 regular cupcakes and a ramekin filled little cake (which I will use a bit of ganache on!)
I think they are very good little cupcakes- maybe the same as "hummingbird" cake? I used vanilla in mine as recipe called for but if I made these again I would use almond extract to give it a little more flavor/Users/iammaggiewilliams/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Originals/2011/Feb 9, 2011/IMG_4155.JPG"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I quadrupled this recipe when I had grandchildren coming to visit--- they all LOVE bananas! I used non-stick spray instead of papers, and served them for breakfast with some scrambled egss. BIG hit! I never make small amounts, even though there are only two of us... freezers are wonderful inventions!"

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