Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

 


 

Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that’s kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

This cupcake is so unique and delicious!  The cake is moist, light, and soft… with the perfect amount of fresh banana flavor.  And the frosting… just WOW.  Creamy and smooth, full of peanut butter flavor, and laced with honey and cinnamon, it compliments the cupcake beautifully!

Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

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Could I be any more obsessed with cupcakes?  I doubt it lol.  I love taking yummy desserts and turning them into cupcakes!  That’s how these banana cupcakes came to be… Chiquita bananas challenged me to come up with a fantastic recipe that uses Chiquita bananas, cream cheese, and chocolate chips.  Challenge accepted!

One of the reason I love posts like these is that it makes me feel like I’m a contestant on Chopped!  Do you guys ever watch that show?  In case you don’t, here’s the breakdown:  it’s a cooking competition on the Food Network that challenges a group of chefs to create a dish that will “wow” the judges, but the trick is that they have to use the ingredients in their baskets.  Sometimes, the ingredients are pretty crazy and it’s amazing how creative the chefs are!!

Thankfully, this time… the ingredients I was given to work with are pretty much made for each other 🙂  These cupcakes practically made themselves!

Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

I actually made two separate versions of these cupcakes… one a simple banana cupcake, and the other a banana cupcake studded with chocolate chips!  Bananas and chocolate go together so well!

The trick to making these unbelievably soft and fluffy is twofold… using cake flour, and whipping egg whites.  Don’t let either of those scare you.  Cake flour is relatively inexpensive, and whipping egg whites to stiff peaks takes very little time.  Then all you have to do is gently fold them into the batter.  No biggie 🙂

Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

Of course I couldn’t help myself, and melted some chocolate chips down and drizzled them allllllll over the tops of some of the cupcakes… just to be extra decadent 😉

Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

Is it bad that I just had the urge to lick my screen?  Wait, uhhhh, forget I said that…. I mean, “mmmm chocolate….“.

Seriously though, these cupcakes are the softest and lightest cupcakes I’ve ever made!  And I’ve made some pretty awesome cupcakes in the past… Soft Vanilla Cupcakes, Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes, and Guinness and Bailey’s Chocolate Cupcakes!

As good as the cupcakes themselves are… the frosting is one of my favorites!  It’s a cream cheese frosting swirled with creamy peanut butter and cinnamon, and drizzled with honey.  My kids literally licked ALL the frosting off their cupcakes before eating them!

Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

 

Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

The next time you have some reallllly ripe bananas and are looking for something great to make, remember these cupcakes… you won’t regret making them!

Have some bananas, but they aren’t ripe yet?  Check out THIS link for ways to make your bananas ripen on your schedule 😉

 

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Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!

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Banana Cupcakes | Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!
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4.38 from 8 votes
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
12 -18 cupcakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Unbelievably soft banana cupcakes are frosted with a creamy peanut butter cream cheese frosting that's kissed with honey, and drizzled with chocolate!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips optional
  • PEANUT BUTTER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 Tbsp butter room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar whisked to remove any clumps
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-3 Tbsp heavy cream or half and half
  • Drizzle of honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Separate eggs and place yolks in a small bowl and whites in the bottom of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  4. Turn mixer on to MED speed and whip egg whites until white and stiff peaks form. Scoop out, place in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Fit mixer with the paddle attachment and cream together butter and sugars until butter becomes lighter in color.
  6. Add in egg yolks, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix to combine.
  7. Mix in flour mixture until just combined.
  8. Slowly mix in one third of the whipped egg whites.
  9. By hand, gently and carefully fold in the remaining whipped egg whites.
  10. If using chocolate chips, stir them in.
  11. Scoop batter into prepared muffin liners, filling each cup about two thirds of the way.
  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Cool in pan for 3 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  14. MAKE THE FROSTING:
  15. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and beat until light in color.
  16. Add in softened cream cheese and beat until combined.
  17. Add in peanut butter and beat until combined.
  18. Add in honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and heavy cream, beat until combined.
  19. Add half of the powdered sugar and beat until combined.
  20. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar.
  21. If necessary, add additional heavy cream until desired frosting consistency.
  22. Turn mixer to MED speed and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  23. Scoop frosting into piping bag fitted with a decorating tip and frost as desired.
Recipe Notes

** Frosting recipe can easily be doubled if you'd like more.
** Recipe can be made with a hand mixer instead

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55 comments on “Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Hi may I use this recipe for a big cake as well?

  2. Hi! Going to give these a go without weight measurements and I’m curious if you have any guidlines around this ie large bananas as opposed to smaller bananas (does that matter and if it does how many cups or weight is used)? 

  3. I made these last night and followed the instructions exactly with the exception of beating the egg whites and folding them in, I was in a bit of a hurry so I just added the whole eggs to the beaten butter and sugar and beat on medium high for a couple of minutes, they turned out awesome! As for the frosting I added a bit more peanut butter and heavy cream than called for and it piped perfectly, was light, fluffy and delicious! I also melted some dark chocolate chips with a bit of coconut oil and drizzled on top. I’ll definitely be making these again, thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  4. Can I get this recipe in grams please?

    Thanks

    • Hi Khadija 🙂 90% of my audience is from the US, where we don’t use grams, which is why I wrote the recipe the way I have… and I’m laid up with a broken kneecap at the moment, so my best advice would be to input the ingredients into a free converter (use Google), and it will do the work for you.

  5. Can I make the cupcakes a day ahead of time then frost? Can I pre-make the frosting and refrigerate or would it be best to make before frosting? What is the best way to store cupcakes after frosted?

    • Hi Jamie 🙂 While I’ve never made these particular cupcakes ahead of time, I’ve done it with various other cupcakes, with much success. I like to bake the cupcakes, then let them cool completely. Once cool, I wrap them individually with plastic wrap, then place into large ziploc bags and freeze. When you want to frost them, take them out of the fridge at room temp for about 30 minutes, and they’ll be thawed and ready to frost. If you’d like to make the frosting ahead of time, I think it would be okay, just keep it covered in the refrigerator. Before frosting cupcakes, take it out to warm up to room temperature, then beat it in your mixer for a few minutes to get light and fluffy. Once you’ve frosted the cupcakes, I like to keep them covered in the refrigerator (since this frosting has cream cheese). Best of luck!

  6. I was really excited to try this recipe abd super disappointed when it didn’t turn out. Maybe you can help me figure out where I went wrong So I can try again.

    My cakes turned out very dense, more like banana bread than the soft fluffy cakes you describe. They were also very oily. When I took them out of the muffin tin, The bottoms of the wrappers we’re completely coated in oil.

    • Hi Sarah, I’m so sorry to hear these didn’t turn out for you 🙁 I can certainly do my best to troubleshoot, although it’s hard since I’m not there baking with you. Did you follow the recipe exactly? There are a few things that could have contributed to them being dense… using all purpose flour instead of cake flour, using baking soda/powder that’s old or overmixing the batter. The only thing I can think of that would make them oily would be maybe the butter was too soft? As you can see from the pictures, they shouldn’t be oily :/

      • Well, I just came back to give this recipe another go and I found my glaring error. Apparently I was a little sleepy during my first try and ended up putting 1/2 LB of butter instead of half a cup! No wonder they were oily!!!

        The frosting was to die for though, so I knew I had to give this one another shot. Glad I came back to re-read the recipe. Thanks!

  7. This recipe is Delish! Just made them. One issue though, your directions don’t tell me when to add the flour mixture or the spices. I want to make these again, but would like to know exactly how to do it. Thank u so much!

    • Hi Emily 🙂 Ohh wow I am so sorry that I left that part out!! Man, what a brain fart! You add the spices to the flour mixture before you whisk it to combine, and add the flour mixture into the batter after you mix in the egg yolks and mashed bananas. Even with my error, I’m so glad you liked the cupcakes!!

  8. Just started making these and noticed that in the directions you completely left out when to add the nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, as well as it does not include when to add dry ingredients into wet even though that part is pretty obvious.

    • Hi Brooke 🙂 Oh my gosh, thanks for bringing that to my attention! I hate when I get distracted when writing a recipe and miss a part 🙁 You add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the flour mixture, and add the vanilla with the egg yolks and mashed bananas. I hope they turned out alright when you made them, and thank you again for letting me know!

  9. They look simply perfect and delicious! I’d love to try them 🙂

  10. I have a feeling there are LOTS of people in my life who would love for me to make these for them! lol!

  11. The flavors are almost as irresistible as the pictures. You’re on fire, girl. Thanks for linking up to #SaucySaturdays.

  12. I love the way you have put together all the given ingredients and made something so delicious! The idea of drizzling chocolate over the frosting is brilliant!

  13. Love this recipe! I love banana muffins, this is like its royal cousin. Lovely!!

  14. The only way to make peanut butter and chocolate better is to add banana! Genius!

  15. I do have bananas going soft … what a good way to use them up!
    and of course you added chocolate chips!!

  16. Oh wow, peanut butter cream cheese frosting?! I’m afraid I’ll be eating it by the spoonful! I love watching Chopped…sometimes they get such weird baskets that I’m amazed they can come up with anything remotely appealing!

  17. The challenge sounds fun! It’s always quite the experience to mess around with new ingredients! I particularly enjoyed the drizzle on top of your cupcakes. And, their airiness while maintaining moisture has my mouth watering. Happy FF, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

  18. Banana and peanut butter is always a winning combo! These look divine!!

  19. That was a fun challenge! And a yummy one. Like one of the yummiest possible. 😀 Imagine if they have given you bananas, shrimp and peanut butter or something. 😉

    I love that there’s whipped egg whites in here! They seem to do cool things for cakes.

  20. You had me at cream cheese frosting

  21. Oh yes, give me this, banana and peanut butter its such a classic combo, that never ever gets old!

  22. These sound DELICIOUS. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  23. Ohh my! Fluffy banana cupcakes…and that frosting!!! These look incredible:)

  24. Oh my gosh… Peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate?! Oooo, and CREAM CHEESE? Yes, please!!!

  25. These are gorgeous!! Peanut butter and banana are such a perfect pairing! I am with you, I love cake, but something about miniature form brings out the best.

  26. These cupcakes..Oh my God they look so good I am actually getting into the kitchen to make them now! I won’t be thankful for technology unless I can reach through my screen and grab one of those!

  27. Lovely! I don’t make desserts often, but I pinned this for one of those “special” times!