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Easy Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cupcakes topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting. They start with a mix, so these Easy Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are a snap to make!

Easy Banana Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It felt fitting that one of the recipes in my “365 day recipe project” should be something sweet that brings back one of my fondest childhood memories. Banana Cake. Growing up, whenever our birthdays rolled around, my mom would ask us what kind of cake we wanted baked for our special day. Sometimes it was chocolate, other times the request was for carrot cake, but for me it was always, ALWAYS Banana Cake.

Coincidentally, this is also one of the first cakes I learned how to bake. Probably because it is basically a no-fail recipe, since it starts with a box mix. Now don’t think that all things delicious have to start from scratch. This is REALLY good and oh-so easy! For birthdays, Mom always made it as a 2-layer cake, topped with swirls of fluffy cream cheese frosting.

birthday cake

That’s me on the right, with my sister, Sandy. Gotta love them cowgirl outfits! Matches perfectly with the little tropical flower in my hair.

But back to Banana Cake. Don’t let the simplicity of the cake mix fool you. The mashed bananas make this super moist, while the chopped nuts add additional flavor and a little crunch.

banana cupcake batter banana cupcake in pan

If it was just a Regular-Weekday-Banana-Cake-Craving we were satisfying, then we whipped these up as cupcakes. Gotta love cupcakes…portable, no utensils required, single-serve deliciousness, all baked up in a little paper liner.

Top this little piece of heaven with billows of fluffy cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of nuts. Need I say more?

Banana Cupcake FrostingBanana Cupcake Frosting on cupcake

Try it for your next birthday party or, if no celebrations are in sight, let those bananas get overripe  as your excuse to whip up a batch. Banana Cupcakes….add them to your cupcake repertoire! Happy Baking!

banana cupcake


Easy Banana Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings 24 cupcakes


  • Cake:
  • 1 15.25 oz white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup mashed bananas about 3 medium
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar plus more as needed
  • -additional chopped nuts if desired


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, water and mashed banana; blend on medium speed 2 minutes, until well combined.
  3. Stir in nuts.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans 2 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely
  5. In large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy.
  6. Stir in vanilla.
  7. Stir in powdered sugar, adding more if needed to reach a thick, spreadable consistency.
  8. Frost cupcakes when completely cooled.
  9. Sprinkle with additional chopped nuts, if desired.


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