Walnut Banana Cupcakes Recipe
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Walnut Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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What makes these tender banana cupcakes extra special is the nutmeg, but make sure it's fresh. They're amazingly good; I get request for them all the time. —Rachel Krupp, Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 265 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in banana and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, mixing well after each addition.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with walnuts. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Walnut Banana Cupcakes in Taste of Home April/May 2007, p29

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manga User ID: 4211076 247277
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2016

"I did not think they were anything special.. I added 2 bananas. I didn't think 1/2 cup would have been enough of a banana flavor. They were moist but bland. Nothing exceptional."

stephenthomas User ID: 8223449 218499
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"I made these recently for a coworker of mine and she absolutely loved them! So much in fact that she passed the positive report on to another coworker of mine who has now requested a batch of 25 for this weekend!"

hamwich424 User ID: 4996696 77492
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"Very easy to make and very delicious! I doubled the batch, which worked out well considering that half of the cupcakes were gone in less than 24 hours."

mailgirl385 User ID: 4387605 150655
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"The Nutmeg overwhelmed the banana taste. Moist and light."

kerilyn User ID: 3909527 152185
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Great recipe to add to my cupcake book..."

lulabelle67 User ID: 161497 67994
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"These cupcakes were awesome! They have a great banana flavor and are very moist. The only problem with this recipe is that it only makes a dozen. I will definitely double the recipe the next time I make them. They were devoured by my family as soon as they were cool enough to eat."

Shrimpcake User ID: 2821777 166836
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"Yjese cupcakes were easy to make and tasty as well. The icing was really good!"

gbmarble User ID: 4366860 165323
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"Didn't even get these frosted- loved them"

macolvin User ID: 3200550 164745
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"Excellent. I doubled ingredients and baked in bundt pan and served at our pinochle party. It got rave reviews amd requests for the recipe from everyone."

josiezanker User ID: 3325499 208884
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"It was an okay recipe. The cupcakes were moist, but I didn't think it had enough banana flavor. Definitely need to add 1/4 cup at least of more banana. Not sure I will make it again."

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