Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


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!

close up view of Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting in fall themed cupcake liners on a platter
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
1 dozen


  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 6 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

  • cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup chocolate chips, or to taste (Optional)


  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, or more to taste


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

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

  3. 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.

  4. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin tin.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 (per serving)

332 Calories
12g Fat
55g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 146mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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