Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

What an amazing combination - banana and vanilla cream cheese frosting!  Yum!  This recipe can be made into a 3-layer cake or a whole batch of cupcakes. This recipe was created by the amazing Liz Horne, author of the great baking blog "Sweet Things by Lizzie".  She explains that the key to the best and most intense banana flavor is allowing them to ripen until they are really brown. Letting bananas fully ripen brings out the sugar and caramel note and that’s when they become the perfect baking ingredient. Lizzie would know!  Her creations are simply delectable and the recipes are not complicated so the average home chef can recreate them successfully.  Enjoy!


  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole milk at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons best quality vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 medium ripe bananas mashed, approximately 1 and 1/2 cups

Ingredients - Frosting

  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese at room temp
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 6 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
  2. If making a cake, butter and flour 3 – 8″ cake pans and line with parchment. If making cupcakes, line muffin tins with cupcake liners
  3. In a medium bowl with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes
  4. Add in eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda and mix until smooth. Make sure to scrape the sides down as you go
  5. With your mixer on low, alternate adding flour and milk. Beginning and ending with flour. Do not over mix the batter as it will make the cake rubbery and tough
  6. Mix in the bananas until just incorporated
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the 3 prepared pans. If making cupcakes, use an ice cream scooper to fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full
  8. If making a cake, bake approximately 35 minutes, or until the middle of the cake springs back and is a golden brown
  9. For cupcakes, bake approximately 23-26 minutes, depending on your oven
  10. Cool completely and refrigerate before frosting
  11. To make the frosting, place cream cheese and butter in your mixing bowl with a paddle attachment and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes until smooth
  12. Add vanilla and cream. Slowly add confectioners sugar one cup at a time until you achieve the desired consistency
  13. The frosting should be thick and be able to hold up well to frosting the cake or cupcakes
  14. Frost the cake or cupcakes when the layers or cupcakes are completely cool

Makes (1) 3-layer cake or 26 cupcakes

Prep time: 30-minutes

Bake time: 22-26 minutes

Recipe and photo reprinted with the permission of Liz Horne


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