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Frosted Banana Cupcakes

Go bananas with baking…especially when you have a bunch to use up. Ripe bananas are the secret to these down-home cupcakes. They look, smell and taste the best! —Jane Dearing, North Liberty, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 270 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • mandy21183
    Sep 27, 2013

    Made these today and they taste very good. I did have a problem with the icing. It was so liquidy that the icing was just sliding right off the cupcake. Everything was cool. The cupcakes cooled for at least 2 hours before I had a chance to frost them. I didn't have a problem with them rising. They cupcake it self turned out perfect. I love the taste of these..

  • cgabbago
    Jul 23, 2013

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  • KSkel
    Apr 29, 2013

    I added half a teaspoon of cinnamon. WOW!!! Didn't try the icing, but I am SO excited to find this recipe! I'll never tell anyone where I got it though, it's that good.

  • kmcgill
    Oct 3, 2012

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  • workinmomTX
    Sep 2, 2012

    The cupcakes were moist and flavorful. However, they didn't rise very well and were essentially flat. I also had to say the icing was runny. I had to add more sugar, which made them very sweet. I also only added 1 tsp. lemon juice because I saw how runny the consistency was going to be. So, added more lemon juice and more sugar. I think if I make these again, I will make cream cheese icing and maybe add banana to it. I agree with another rater, they weren't very attractive.

  • shaylarain
    Apr 18, 2012

    These were perfect! I can't imagine how this icing came out runny. It was fluffy and simply lovely. Thank you for this one!

  • slRN
    Mar 5, 2012

    Delicious! The hint of lemon in the frosting is quite a yummy surprise too!

  • cutedog
    Jan 28, 2012

    What a great cupcake recipe. I will make again and again--thank you

  • vt_pure_angel
    Jan 11, 2012

    Oh Yum!! These were quick, simple, and delicious!

  • loriwakefield
    May 8, 2011

    My family LOVES these! The cake itself is really good, but the frosting is so perfect and puts these over the top. Don't skip on the lemon in the frosting - it makes the whole thing!