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Cherry Banana Cupcakes

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 cupcakes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
Decorative cupcake liners can be found at
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 229 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • SimpleFoods
    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 :)

  • LegalSec
    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.

  • Dollykat
    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.

  • maggieaw
    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

  • lgallvall
    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!

  • healthyhart
    Feb 7, 2011

    My husband and I double the recipe even though it's just the two of us. They work pretty well even with gluten-free flours substituted in. You really have to chop up the cherries to spread out their flavor and texture. Frankly, I far prefer them without.

  • Metrogal
    Jan 31, 2011

    So what if it only made five? I only bake for the two of us and it was the perfect amount, and delicious. So Miss Clean Plate...neener neener! Don't ever put in your two cents without trying it first. NO ONE cares what you think.

  • davidkerri
    Jan 9, 2011

    If did make again I would not use cupcake papere..they stuck so bad..not alot of flavor..they were moist...I did double the recipe because I like to freeze extras so I don't have to bake as often...Patty,wv

  • Capt D
    Jan 7, 2011

    very good, definitely double, at least.

  • Ron07
    Jan 5, 2011

    love the cupcakes definitely double the recipe. And MISS CLEAN PLATE eat lettuce