Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

This is a mash up of 3 different recipes I used to create the perfect banana cupcake for Nathan's first birthday. (They are the cupcakes on the far right.) I thought banana would be a cute fit with the monkey theme, and who doesn't like chocolate covered bananas?
It occurs to me now that I should have saved and sliced one so you guys could see the cake. Oh well! Think like banana bread, only cooler!


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 very ripe large bananas, peeled
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
about 4 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1-2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Mash bananas with fork in another medium bowl until smooth. Mix sour cream and vanilla into bananas.

2. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, (about 3 minutes). Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition. Divide batter among paper lined muffin cups

3. Bake cupcakes until toothpick inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and let cool completely.
Makes approximately 1 dozen cupcakes

Prepare frosting by beating butter until smooth in a large bowl with electric blender. Slowly beat in powdered sugar 1/3 cup at a time.  Add heavy whipping cream. Beat in cocoa. Refrigerate covered until ready to use.
*You may not use all the sugar or all the cream. Just play with it until it gets to the consistency you'd like. Every time I make this, I use different amounts.

And of course, Nathan had to have his own cake. Here is a peek at his smash cake, in the same flavor with the bunting and display box I made.

I'm linking to these Rockin' Parties:
Mad Skills Monday at Super Stinky Boys
Mad Skills Monday at Mad In Crafts
You're So Very Creative at Me Making Do
Made By You Monday at Skip To My Lou
Strut Your Stuff at Saturday Mornings
Letting The Creative Juices Flow at These Creative Juices
Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts
Hoo's Got Talent at Night Owl Crafting
What's Cooking Wednesday at Not So Homemade
Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
Thrilling Thursday at Paisley Passions
Fun Friday Finda at Kojo Designs
Making Monday Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T.
Craft-O-Maniac Monday at Craft-O-Maniac


  1. YUM!!! I'm printing this out now - I'm loaded up with pumpkin still. :)

  2. This are beautiful! How do you decorate them so well?? Do you have an icing/decorating bag?

  3. Yummy! Love your toppers too! Would love for you to come link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

  4. Great post! I would love it if you would link this up to my Strut Your Stuff Party! http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/link-up-giveaway-and-winner.html

  5. These are so adorable and sound delicious! Love the creativity in your little guy's first birthday party :)

  6. Mmmmm...sounds yummy and looks adorable. Your Nathan is fortunate to have a momma who cares.

  7. Once again, I am WOWED by your mad awesome cooking skills. If you're ever interested, I'd LOVE to feature you someday :)


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