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Frosted Banana Cupcakes Recipe

Frosted Banana Cupcakes Recipe

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 YIELD:18 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the frosting ingredients; beat until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 7420029 183245
Reviewed 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.."

KSkel User ID: 6958368 183772
Reviewed 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."

workinmomTX User ID: 742853 99951
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3843839 125305
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5199170 183770
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

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

cutedog User ID: 6246634 114503
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

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

vt_pure_angel User ID: 4785804 144603
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

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

loriwakefield User ID: 5978486 125304
Reviewed 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!"

Patricia Sloup User ID: 2995984 144602
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"After reading the reviews about the"runny" frosting, I was hesitant to make these cupcakes but I went ahead and the frosting turned out great for me. These cupcakes taste so good even my kids were oooing and aahing over them! The frosting really make these cupcakes something special."

Melody the Gardener User ID: 3823598 105762
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"I always made Banana bread with my over ripe Banana's.Now my guys have a new favorite.

I didn't use all the Lemon juice that it called for in the icing."

zoe777 User ID: 2981487 167198
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"I do not like to use shortening, could butter be substituted?"

[email protected] User ID: 1510 115639
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"my husband said OMG don't lose this recipe, so yes I will be making it again. and it turned out great... as for the frosting I did not have any banana left so did not use that.. but it was wonderful just the same.."

kdc-perez07 User ID: 2121276 167197
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"I substituted a few ingredients to make these healthier. I used a low calorie margarine, wheat flour and milk instead of the buttermilk. The wheat flour was a bad choice on my part. I do agree with the other reviewers that the frosting is too runny. I'm not crazy about frostings that use a lot of powdered sugar anyway. I didn't have enough banana for the frosting, so I used applesauce instead. I had to add quite a bit more sugar to the "frosting" which made it way too sweet 'n sugary. If I make these again, which I doubt I do, I would find a different frosting recipe. This frosting is more like a glaze."

moyer User ID: 366276 183769
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009


besk User ID: 1437170 185848
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2009

"What a great delight. The banana frosting is perfect. My husband loved it. I did add a few chopped walnuts on top of the frosted cupcakes. Can't wait to make them again."

chrysb User ID: 3242215 144601
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"I found actual Chiquita Banana Recipe cookbooks from the 1950's on Ebay. They weren't very much. Hope this helps, Chrysb"

sfprincess User ID: 2695305 182393
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2009

"The frosting was pretty runny. Not at all like the picture. But they were tasty. :)"

nothing works User ID: 4057058 105760
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"If you have better recipe, could I get it.  Have lots of older frozen bananas to use up.  Also, been looking for a Chiquita Banana recipe for Banana bread from 1940's or early 50s.  If you have it by chance could I get it? 

Betty Lou
e-mail:  [email protected]"

nothing works User ID: 4057058 165268
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"I woul like ndellabi's better recipe.

Also, wondered where the cholesterol comes from? If it is butter and one uses applesauce, does that reduce it? If so, by how much?"

sona9576033 User ID: 7153759 169561
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"Didn't hav e any oil,so I substituted applesauce. They are tasty, but a little chewy."

ndellabi User ID: 2901153 115637
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"I made these cupcakes for a meeting. They are not pretty in presentation. Overall the flavor is good and the frosting unique, makes a nice combination. I would not make them again, I have better Banana cupcake receipes, might do the frosting again using only 2 teaspoons lemon juice."

ezzy30 User ID: 1937349 210902
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"We loved these, the cupcakes are light and fluffy and the lemon juice in the icing is just delicious. My icing was just great although I ran out of smashed banana and so only had about 1T left for icing. I'd make these again, yum!"

aecape User ID: 3677629 115636
Reviewed May. 11, 2009

"These cupcakes were really good. I prepared the icing as directed and it was very runny, just as the previous comment mentioned. I had to add much more powdered sugar to the icing to make it thick enough to stay on the cupcake. However it turned out well. It was very tasty. I added chopped pecans to the icing and it gave it a "mock" cream cheese taste."

leighannwoj User ID: 1765354 182392
Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"The cupcakes were wonderfully moist and flavorful, but the frosting was thin and runny, not nearly spreading consistency, let alone piping consistency as shown in the picture."

mahjonggdevil User ID: 3160012 210901
Reviewed May. 5, 2009

"Made today as a bundt cake. Baked in a convection oven at 325 for 45 min. Used a light and fluffy maple topping and it was FABULOUS. Even my "chocolate only" daughter gave it a thumbs up! A nice way to use up old bananas."

oodles_OR User ID: 205648 181487
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"Excellent! Made these today. They are very easy, moist, tender and delicious. Used Nutella as the icing. Awesome!"

zucchini lady User ID: 2608427 185847
Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"Tried these light/fluffy cupcakes - very tasty! I did add miniature cho. chips to them, didn't last long! Will go in my favorite recipe box! Thanks for sharing"

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