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Moist Banana Cupcakes

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
    1 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • lutherallie
    Mar 13, 2013

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

  • TheaB
    Oct 7, 2012

    No comment left

  • Liette66
    Aug 3, 2011

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

  • PACountryGirl
    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
    Sep 8, 2010

    These cupcakes were so good.

  • wana1212
    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
    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
    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
    Sep 6, 2010

    We liked them very much, they were verylight and just the right banana flavor.

  • rascal2535
    Sep 6, 2010

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