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A favorite summer treat interpreted in a cupcake! By layering the distinct banana-split flavors (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla) over the banana cake base, each bite can be a new flavor experience.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
15 mins
15 mins
1 hr
12 cupcakes


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Buttercream Frosting:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 12 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners.

  • Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.

  • Cream sugar and shortening together in a large mixing bowl. Add mashed bananas, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and stir to combine. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Meanwhile, cream butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Slowly add confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time and mix until creamy; the final cup of sugar will not blend smoothly. Add milk until frosting is creamy. Mix in vanilla extract.

  • Reserve 1/4 cup frosting in a separate bowl. Divide remaining frosting into 2 equal portions. Add cocoa to one portion and mix until thoroughly blended. Add jam to the other portion and mix until thoroughly blended.

  • Pour cream into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add chocolate, butter, and instant coffee granules. Stir ganache until smooth and let sit until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Pipe a ring of chocolate buttercream frosting around the edge of a cooled cupcake; do not pipe too high. Fill in the center with a dollop of strawberry buttercream frosting. Place a banana chip on top and drizzle with ganache. Repeat with remaining cupcakes.

Cook's Notes:

Because a cupcake has higher proportion of frosting to cake and a smaller surface, the frosting needs to be thicker than you might make for a cake. I pull the spatula up from the cream to check if it forms stiff peaks.

You may want to add a drop of red food coloring to the frosting to give it extra eye-appeal.

Nutrition Facts

563 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 86.3g; fat 24.3g; cholesterol 63.8mg; sodium 226.5mg. Full Nutrition