banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

GUNG HEY FAT CHOY!!! Or in English – Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you happiness and prosperity all year long! To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, I made these Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting! How do you like them apples….er, bananas!!!

banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting |

There is a ridiculous amount of bananas in these cupcakes which worked out great because I had an equally ridiculous amount of bananas in my freezer. No surprise, all that translates to is a cupcake that’s BIG, I mean HUGE on banana flavor. The cakes themselves are moist and delicious like a classic banana loaf. A perfect compliment to the sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting!

banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting |

I used my recipe for the frosting from my Oreo Overload Cupcakes with a few tweaks. I really love the balance of this frosting as it’s not all cream cheese which in my opinion can be too sweet when piled high on a cupcake.

banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting |

Do you have keep a stash of bananas in your freezer for spur of the moment baking adventures? I don’t often but I seemed to have collected a few too many after making these muffins oh and also these muffins and yikes, these cookies! If my sister is reading this, I’m just gonna say – I’ve seen the bananas in your freezer sistah…time to put them to use!

banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting |

The pièce de résistance? The decorative banana chip on top of course! I hope you and your monkeys go bananas for these!

enjoy | liz | xo

banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Yields 30
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup white sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  7. 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  10. 3 cups mashed bananas (about 7-8 ripe bananas)
  11. 4 large eggs
  12. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  13. banana chips, for garnish (optional)
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  3. 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2-1/2 standard 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just combined and no dry spots remain (do not overmix).
  5. Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups. *I use a 3-tbsp (45ml) single scoop.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, . Remove cupcakes from oven, let sit for 10 minutes and then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese.
  2. Add vanilla and lemon juice, then add powdered sugar - slowly - until blended well.
  3. Beat icing for 8-10 minutes on medium-high speed.
  1. Once cooled, pipe with cream cheese frosting and finish with a banana chip on top of each cupcake, if desired.
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7 thoughts on “banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

  1. susan says:

    How did you know my freezer was overrun with bananas!? Looking forward to trying these this weekend and making some space in my freezer!

  2. Sammie says:

    These look soooo good. I could munch on banana chips all day and bananas are for go-to if I’ve skipped breakfast/lunch/dinner. Having them in cupcakes though, makes me want to reach through the screen and grab it! I keep bananas in the freezer for smoothies, now I have another use for them. Delicious. Sammie xx

  3. Lucy says:

    I was lucky enough to try one of these cupcakes today and it was by far one of the most delicious cupcakes I have ever had. It almost looked too beautiful to eat and tasted even better! Thanks for sharing Liz!

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