Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting are a simple dessert made with fresh bananas and creamy peanut butter. When you’ve got a busy schedule and limited time for baking, there’s no easier cupcake recipe than this one.
Some days do you feel like you have dropped the ball on parenting?
Well, come to my house because it is happening now.
At this very moment.
Today has been a series of unorganized parenting blunders.
Let’s see…
My 7 year old wore a not-entirely-clean baseball uniform to his game.
Alright, it was dirty.
I dug it out of the hamper.
I meant to wash it.  Truly.
And there was the 2nd grade homework that I helped my kiddo complete.
It got returned as incorrect.
As in with big red “X”‘s on it.
Apparently 2nd grade math is a challenge for me.
Then there was dinner.
Sometimes cereal is appropriate for dinner, right?
I mean Lucky Charms has to have some sort of nutritional value…please say yes.
Then I caught my child in the corner with a spoon and a tub of sour cream.
Maybe it’s some sort of strange vitamin deficiency (see above) that’s causing this strange craving for dairy, or maybe he just has an odd obsession with sour cream…either way I’m thinking it can’t be good.
Adding to the day, we discovered a plant growing under the dishwasher in my kitchen.
I’ll say that again…a plant was growing UNDER MY DISHWASHER.
Last time I checked plants weren’t supposed to grow under there.
We are thinking that a lone seed from an “everything” bagel got trapped and sprouted.
I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life, yet rogue seeds grow on their own in entirely ridiculous places.
Note to self, remember to clean UNDER the dishwasher.
I feel very overwhelmed.
Maybe a cupcake will help.

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield Yield: Makes 24 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting are a simple dessert made with fresh bananas and creamy peanut butter. When you’ve got a busy schedule and limited time for baking, there’s no easier cupcake recipe than this one.


Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp (1 stick)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (you can add more if your prefer a creamier frosting)

Garnish *optional

  • Chocolate syrup for drizzle (I used Hershey’s)
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, chopped

Instructions

Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Cream shortening and sugar together in mixing bowl.
  3. Add eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and bananas.
  4. Mix until combined thoroughly.
  5. On low speed add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir together until combined.
  7. Line muffin pans and fill with batter about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cupcakes are set and a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Remove to wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting:

  1. Combine butter and peanut butter and mix on medium speed until combined.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar mixing until incorporated.
  3. Add milk slowly until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Pipe frosting on cooled cupcakes and garnish with chocolate syrup and chopped up Reese’s Cups (if desired)

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Heart

My family loves banana cake. Really would like to try this cupcake. My problem is that my oven is just small and could only hold the 6cupcake tray. Is it ok for the batter to sit still while waiting for a batch to be done? Also, can i use canola oil?

Glenda
Glenda

I’d like to make your banana cupcakes but what would I use instead on vegetable shortening, or what would I substitute in Australia?

Monica Simpson
Monica Simpson

Thanks for sharing your stories are funny and I can relate 100%.

Kim - Liv Life

Just saw this beyond awesome photo on Pinterest and had to pop over to tell you how wonderful it looked even though I really don’t enjoy cupcakes. However, peanut Butter and banana are a favorite of my daughter and pb cups (your gorgeous topping) are a favorite of mine, so this recipe is a MUST try for us. But then I read your post, and you had me absolutely laughing out loud. Yes, my son wore the same slightly dirty uniform to his baseball game. It was even a little wet from a towel that had been thrown on top.… Read more »

Amber
Amber

Can you use milk instead of butter milk?

Becky Sue

LOVED THESE !! I had a lot of left over frosting … I used Reeces’s Pieces instead! Keeper of a recipe!

Heather
Heather

I was wondering how many cupcakes this recipe will produce. I want to make them for a party, but I have to make sure I have enough! Any guidance?

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

This look so so delicious!! Definitely want to make them soon! How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

Candace
Candace

These look delicious…and I love an honest mom!! I hate when people try to fake like they have it all together! You made my day!

Shaina

The parenting world is dark and full of woe, but the cupcakes take them all away.

Mamie

Somehow, my mothering skills would make you feel great about how your life is going right now! Most days I can barely hang on. I definitely think the cupcake will help!

Hilary
Hilary

Holy WOW!! I made these cupcakes with my four-year-old tonight, and they were amazing!! First time making cupcakes WITH him and first time making peanut butter frosting. Both experiences were pretty great! I let him mash the bananas, measure some ingredients and do a bit of stirring. THEN he helped with the frosting… Lets just say that my kitchen looks like a tornado hit a crack house. I’ve got a mess to clean up but also a great first baking experience with him AND super yummy cupcakes to eat! Thanks for the recipe! I just discovered your blog yesterday and… Read more »

Ellen

Yummo! Right up my alley…And, I’ll add rum! 🙂

J - The Food Lab

Would really love to bake some of these. Plus I’m loving the toppings! 🙂 Makes me want to go out and buy a pack of reese’s

grace
grace

i don't know who first decided to combine peanut butter and bananas, but it was a stroke of genius. these are delightful and would brighten any day!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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