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Banana cupcakes are soft and delicious.  They are easy to make and are a perfect way to use up ripe bananas. Plus they are perfect with so many different frosting options!

golden brown banana cupcake with wrapper peeled down, swirls of peanut butter frosting and a slice of banana on top

     These cupcakes are moist and delicious.  They are easy enough to make with a mixing bowl and spoon, no fancy equipment required. Plus they are a fabulous way to use up ripe or frozen bananas.

    I originally shared this cupcake recipe with you back in 2016.  I made them for Little Dude’s birthday treat for daycare.

    I love throwing themed parties, I always have.  So for as long as he’ll let me, we do a big theme party for his birthday.

     We tend to get really into the theme and I start planning quite a bit in advance.  It is a lot of fun, but sometimes it is nice to get a break from the theme.

banana cupcakes with chocolate frosting, nilla wafers to make monkey nose, mouth and ears and candy eyes
get chocolate frosting recipe and instructions to make monkey cupcakes HERE

    So his daycare treats normally are completely different than his big birthday theme.  The year we did these banana cupcakes, we topped them with chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting and turned them into monkeys.

     This time around though, I thought it would be fun to top them with peanut butter buttercream.  In fact I made these banana cupcakes again just to have an excuse to make the frosting.

     That shouldn’t surprise most of you!

mixing bowl full of banana cake batter

      I forgot how good these cupcakes are.  Plus they are so easy to make, no mixer, no folding ingredients in, nothing fancy… just really good cupcakes!

Here is what I had to say about them in 2016:

     It’s time to clue you in on my new favorite time of year…. birthday time!  The Little Dude has always been fun to plan parties for.

    Starting with the What Will it Bee? gender reveal and going through his last birthday, they have all been great.  This birthday was even more fun than normal though because he was so excited about it.  All of the anticipation and watching him get excited about each little thing made it that much better.


    We love making treats to bring to his friends at daycare.  It was our chance to make something not pirate themed.

   So we made banana cupcakes instead.  Renae, his daycare provider, loves to feed the kids things that are healthy.

scooping banana cupcake batter into cupcake tray with paper liners

     Of course cupcakes aren’t super healthy, but at least these are homemade and have fruit in them!  And banana is always popular with the kids.

    It was kind of a win-win.  They are easy to make too, so maybe a triple win!

golden brown banana cupcakes on cooling rack

Tips and tricks for making banana cupcakes:

  • This is a great way to use up bananas that are a little too soft to eat otherwise.
  • If you don’t want to make them now, stick those ripe bananas in a freezer bag and just let them defrost when you are ready to bake with them. They will let off some liquid as they defrost, just stir it in when you are mashing them up. 

    You could easily sub in 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour for 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour and still get a moist cupcake. 
    The cupcakes will still look moist when they are done, but they should be lightly golden on top.
    Cupcakes freeze well before they are frosted. Just toss them in a freezer bag and place in the freezer. Pull them out a couple of hours before you want to frost them. 
    If you want to put a slice of banana on the frosting like I did, wait until you are about ready to serve. Otherwise they will get a bit mushy. You could use a banana chip instead if you want to put it in ahead of time.
looking down on 12 banana cupcakes on cooling rack

More great banana recipes:

  • Di’s Banana Cake (with caramel frosting!) was the recipe that made me fall in love with banana cake.  The baking temperature and cooling instructions are different than most cakes and it turns out fabulous every time!
  • Banana Oat Muffins are a great way to wake up to something tasty. They freeze well and heat up in a few seconds for an instant breakfast!
  • Chocolate Banana Cupcakes are perfect for chocolate lovers.  Both the chocolate and the banana flavors really come through!

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Yield: 12 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Easy Banana Cupcakes

Easy Banana Cupcakes

Banana cupcakes are soft and delicious. They are easy to make and are a perfect way to use up ripe bananas. Plus they are perfect with so many different frosting options!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 19 MinTotal time: 34 Min


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil (vegetable, canola etc.)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Put a paper liner in each of 12 wells in a cupcake pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, banana, oil and egg.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Scoop evenly into each paper lined cupcake well (an ice cream or large cookie scoop works well for this)
  6. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick tests mostly clean. Cool on a wire rack.




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Monday 5th of August 2019

We love cupcakes and these look so good. Banana cupcakes are a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing at merry monday.


Wednesday 24th of July 2019

I don't think it is fair how you always have me drooling all over my keyboard with these yummy recipes (tee hee hee)!


Monday 5th of August 2019

Ha! I can send you a bib ;-)


Wednesday 17th of July 2019

These cupcakes turned out so pretty. I like the peanut butter frosting idea!


Thursday 18th of July 2019

Thank you! The peanut butter and banana go so well together!

Andrea Nine

Monday 15th of July 2019

Banana always makes me so happy! Especially in cake form of any kind! These look delicious xo


Thursday 18th of July 2019

Banana baked goods are the best! Thank you!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

These are just loaded with bananas! Looks delish, Carlee!


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Thanks, Mollie! They were really good!