Pretty Bad Day Made Better – Banana Cupcakes

I don’t like bananas.  It’s a texture thing for me.  I do like banana flavored things and banana in things like banana bread, banana bars – just no straight bananas!

When I was putting the cupcake menu together for the wedding I came across a recipe for banana cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting over at Genesis of a Cook.

To be honest it was the cinnamon cream cheese frosting that caught my attention – yum!

Banana Cupcake

Because my house is being over run with cupcakes I am giving as many of the test run cupcakes away as possible.  I took some of the banana cupcakes to a friend who was having a pretty bad day.  I dropped them off at her house and just left them in her kitchen because she wasn’t home.  About fifteen minutes later I got a phone call.  I could tell my friend had her mouth full of something – it was full of banana cupcake!  She couldn’t stop eating them long enough to make the phone call so with cupcake in her mouth she told me they were SO GOOD and that they had totally made her pretty bad day not so bad after all!

Banana Cupcake (1)

They are like eating banana bread only with a really yummy cinnamon cream cheese frosting on top!  I am all about the frosting!  Because the cupcake looked a little plain on top I thought I would pretty them up a bit with some chopped pecans  – now we have Banana Nut Cupcakes!

Banana Cupcake (2)

They are going to make a great addition to our cupcake menu at the reception!

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Pretty Bad Day Made Better – Banana Cupcakes
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, slightly softened
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  1. 1½ cups flour
  2. ¾ cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp. baking powder
  4. ½ tsp. baking soda
  5. ¼ tsp. salt
  6. ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1½ cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas)
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  10. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing
  11. 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, slightly softened
  12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners
  14. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  15. Make a well in center of flour mixture
  16. In the well, mix together the butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla
  17. Stir to incorporate flour mixture, being sure not to over mix
  18. Spoon batter into muffin cups
  19. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack
  20. T H E I C I N G; In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until everything is combined
  21. Add the vanilla and the cinnamon
  22. Ice the cooled cupcakes and enjoy!
  23. Makes 12 cupcakes
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. stephanie says

    These look absolutely delicious. I’m going to have to make these for my kids. Thank you for the recipe and thank you for a wonderful blog. Your posts always brighten my day.

  2. Shanna says

    oh yummy! So how do you make all your frosting so pretty? Do you just use a big fat tip on an icing bag? I love it! Thanks!

  3. Tamara says

    Thanks, Leigh Anne. We are looking forward to pictures of the “wedding cupcakes.” These banana ones look wonderful. When Grandma Camp is over, I will be cooking up a storm. It is a BLESSING to turn on the computer each day and receive your inspiration in so many different forms. You truly motivate me to be better and go outside my comfort zone.

  4. says


    Yes I just use my biggest round tip that I have – It is a 7P – at least I think that is what it says as it is pretty old and worn off! My decorating tips were my mothers and are probably 45 years old – I love them!

  5. Darla says

    I’m with you, the frosting on these is what takes them to the next level!! Can’t wait to try these! I have really enjoyed these cupcake posts!

  6. janelle says

    please excuse the previous email my 7 year old thought he was being funny when I turned my head. I think your recipe looks wonderful.

  7. Kelly says

    I made these yesterday and they are wonderful!! I do have one question… I only used about half of the frosting. I put it in the fridge. How long will it last? I will have to make time to make more cupcakes and I didn’t want the frosting to go bad. Thanks!!

  8. says


    So glad you enjoyed the cucpakes. The frosting recipe does make a lot. I found I could frost twice as many cupcakes with it. I would think it would last in the fridge for 3-5 days and be fine. Enjoy!

  9. says

    GREAT cupcakes. I left my bag of bananas in the car overnight and they FROZE and turned black but they still made great cupcakes!!

  10. Carole Lee says

    How did you make so many cupcakes for a wedding and keep them? Or did you have lots of help? My son’s fiancee wants cupcakes for their upcoming wedding and the budget is tight so homemade would be cheaper I have told her I would be happy to help (i’ve been assigned the cupcakes).

  11. Melanie Janke says

    Just finished frosting the banana cupcakes for my mom’s birthday tomorrow. I can’t wait to bite into one!

  12. says

    I just had a wild hair for banana cupcakes to take to a family reunion tomorrow. I knew if I looked on your blog you would have one! I am going to try these with peanut butter frosting.

  13. Melimew says

    Just made it few day ago … Fantastic cupcake !!
    I was looking for a banana-nut cupcake … I made some few addition to the cupcake : put a little bit of dark chocolate in the cupcake (reduce the sugar in the receip) and over the frosting… I put some nut mix inside (almond,cashew,filbert.brasil nut,pecan)
    So moist and yummy :)

  14. maria says

    Do these come out moist inside. Because that’s what I’m looking for…a really moist banana cupcake
    Thanks :)


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