I was inspired by a few different banana cupcake recipes before settling on this one. The cream cheese frosting is probably my favorite part; it's just wonderfully decadent on a banana cupcake. Refrigerate cupcakes after frosting. P.S. They taste much better the next day!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

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  • Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Combine white sugar, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup butter in another bowl; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg. Mix in mashed bananas. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, stirring after each addition. Fold chocolate chips into the batter.

  • Spoon batter into the prepared muffin tin.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.

  • Beat cream cheese and 3 tablespoons butter in a bowl until smooth. Add vanilla extract. Beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth.

  • Spread frosting over cupcakes.

Cook's Note:

I love putting chocolate chips in my banana bread, but if you want to eliminate them or substitute nuts or something, all the better. I also like to decorate them with a cute chocolate chip on top.

Nutrition Facts

332 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 55.3g; fat 12g; cholesterol 41.4mg; sodium 133.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
I was looking for a cupcake recipe that’s not like the typical super sweet sugar bomb. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out great. The half cup of chocolate chips was just right, adding little chocolate surprises to some bites. To me, these are reminiscent of little carrot cakes or banana bread…more like that than the typical cupcake. I’ll be holding onto this recipe! Read More
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  • 4 star values: 6
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
I was looking for a cupcake recipe that’s not like the typical super sweet sugar bomb. I followed the recipe exactly and they came out great. The half cup of chocolate chips was just right, adding little chocolate surprises to some bites. To me, these are reminiscent of little carrot cakes or banana bread…more like that than the typical cupcake. I’ll be holding onto this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2017
These were absolutely delicious! I didn't make this recipe for icing, I used Real Strawberry Frosting (from AR). I didn't have buttermilk on hand, so I substituted milk & sour cream. Will definitely make again! Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2016
Super moist and delicious! The cream cheese frosting just takes this over the top...the whole family loved them. This is a definite keeper YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2017
Made these for my daughter's 8th birthday. They turned out really well. I always get a little OCD when quantities for bananas are given as just 'pieces' as the size of the fruit really does affect the end result sometimes. In my case I think the bananas were a little too big (I used Cavendish) so my cupcakes took a lot longer to cook and got a little brown at the bottom (temp was spot on). Otherwise the cupcakes themselves were perfect. The frosting was way too sweet for me and most of our adult guests but the kids loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2016
I'm always looking for ways to use up over-ripe bananas that is NOT banana bread. I love banana bread but that is what I usually make when I have bananas that are past their prime... and let's face it that gets a little tiring after awhile. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this recipe. My kids love banana and chocolate chips together and these were so easy to make and they really are more of a "cupcake" than banana muffin! The cream cheese frosting makes it even more special. I did end up adding just a tad bit more flour to the batter as it seemed too loose. They turned out perfect and the batter was the perfect amount for exactly 12 cupcakes. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2018
These cupcakes were awesome they were fluffy and the cream cheese frosting was really good. I will definitely make it again. I received many compliments on them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2018
Great recipe though a bit too sweet for my taste. Others loved them as is and I prefer them without frosting. Would bake again; especially if I have overly ripe bananas on hand! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2018
Very nice little cupcakes and a thumbs up from the family for my daughter's birthday cupcakes. I did not use the cream cheese recipe; instead I used the Easy Cream Cheese Frosting from here. Nothing against this frosting; I just grabbed the other frosting recipe while shopping and had those quantities of cream cheese. These cupcakes are easy make pretty much exactly 12 cupcakes if you put equal batter amounts in each tin and baked up for me in 30 minutes. They are moist with that pop of chocolate. Might be even better with mini chocolate chips. Since my daughter and husband loved them enough to ask for these for her party I think they deserve 5 stars from us. Thanks for sharing.! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2018
This was a hit at my work! Everyone loved the fact that there are real bananas in each bite. I adjusted the recipe to be half chocolate chips and half Reeses Pieces peanut butter chips and it was so tasty! I love recipes that have real fruit and this one is a winner. Read More
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