Moist Banana Cupcakes Recipe
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Moist Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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I got this recipe my mother-in-law more than 40 years ago. They taste as good today as they did back then!—Arloia Lutz, Sebewaing, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 small bananas)
  • 1-1/3 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 154 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture just until combined.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Banana Cupcakes in Country Woman January/February 2003, p37

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lutherallie User ID: 2823623 122614
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"LOVE need to add the sugar on top if you don't want."

Liette66 User ID: 5941286 122612
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"So easy to do and the spices with the banana delicious."

PACountryGirl User ID: 5675087 38714
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"My kids loved these muffins and so did I. I only used cinnamon not the other spices and I did not sprinkle sugar on top. They were almost all gone before they cooled!"

rabbit21 User ID: 4630814 125894
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"These cupcakes were so good."

wana1212 User ID: 614880 84478
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I made these for a Labor Day snack. They were delicious. I didn't have cloves so I used pumpkin pie spice instead and omitted the powder sugar. They were full of flavor and no one could eat just one!"

sharluvs2cook User ID: 1413461 118089
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2010

"I omitted the cloves & nutmeg but they were still delicious. I didn't need to add the confectioners' sugar either. They made a great morning breakfast for our child running out the door for school. I will definitely make them again. We all loved them."

sewinglady1 User ID: 254160 84476
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"I really liked these Cupcakes. I am keepint them handy for quick night snack and morning pick me up. My hubby and grandkids were not too keen on them"

l shovlin User ID: 5234939 84474
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"We liked them very much, they were very

light and just the right banana flavor."

rascal2535 User ID: 4520061 205350
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Loved the spice and banana flavor! Would definitely make these again!"

cbleyenberg User ID: 1891614 61443
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"To much spice taste that covered up the banana flavor."

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