Chocolate Chip Banana Cupcakes

Ok, these cupcakes are kind of hardcore.

I mean, there’s meat on them.

Bacon, specifically.

And when you add bacon to desserts not only do they turn hardcore, but they suddenly they become interesting to men.

So what I am saying is that if you’re looking for a man, maybe make a bacon necklace or something.  Just an idea.

I asked on facebook a while back if you thought bacon belonged on dessert and the decision was split about 50/50…

So I decided to make some cupcakes where the meat is not totally necessary.

Optional meat.

There is a lot going on with these cupcakes…They’re Chocolate Chip Banana Cupcakes, with Peanut Butter Frosting topped with Brown Sugar Candied Bacon.

They’re a literal and figurative mouthful.

And if bacon on a cupcake isn’t your thing you can totally get your garnish on with a pretzel…


Frosted banana cupcake with chocolate drizzle and pretzel pieces on top

So let’s get this party started…

First you will need some mashed bananas.

Hello…it’s a banana cupcake.

Bananas being mashed in a measuring cup

Also, I use this “Cultured Buttermilk Blend” for a lot of my cake baking that calls for buttermilk…It lasts for a while and I don’t always have buttermilk on-hand.

A yellow and white can of powdered cultured buttermilk powderMix up your cupcake batter…

Cupcake batter in a stand mixer

Then add in your mashed bananas…

Mashed bananas being added to cupcake batter in a stand mixer bowlAnd finally some mini chocolate chips…

Coating the chips in a little flour helps them not sink to the bottom.

A bowl of chocolate chips dusted with flour

Fill your liners up about 2/3 full and bake away!

Banana chocolate cupcake batter in muffin cups in a muffin tin

Here’s how they will look when they’re done…

Banana chocolate chip cupcakes on a cooling rack

Now let’s get to the meat of the cupcake…

Line a baking sheet with foil and then place a cooling rack inside the pan.

A baking sheet line with foil with a cooling rack on it

Mix up some dark brown sugar and a little bit of pepper in a shallow dish…

A scoop of dark brown sugar in a plastic containerCoat your bacon in the sugar mixture.

Two raw bacon strips in a shallow container of dark brown sugarAnd place it on your rack in a single layer.

Raw bacon coated with brown sugar on a cooling rack inside a foil-lined baking sheet

Here’s the deal..while this is baking it might smoke a little…so turn your vent on.  When the sugar melts and drips, it can get a little smelly-ish.  Just a warning.

Candied bacon on a cooling rack inside a foil-lined baking pan

And only if you’re feeling meaty, garnish your cupcake with the sweet, candied bacon.

Frosted banana chocolate chip cupcake with candied bacon garnish on a plate

Or just say no and stick a few pretzels on there…either way, you’re gonna love this cupcake!

Chocolate chip banana cupcake with pretzel garnish cut in half on a plate


Chocolate Chip Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting


makes 20 cupcakes



  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe bananas (approx 3 bananas)
  • 3/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips, tossed in 1 Tbsp flour

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 23 Tbsp heavy cream

Candied Bacon (optional)

  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1012 slices center cut bacon



  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In your stand mixer cream together your butter and sugars on medium-high speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until mixture is incorporated, about 1 more minute, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.
  6. Turn mixer to low and add in dry ingredients and buttermilk until combined. Pour in your mashed banana, combining well and then finally your chocolate chips.
  7. Fill each liner about 2/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until centers are set.
  8. Transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.


  1. In you mixing bowl combine butter and peanut butter, beating on medium-high speed until creamy. Turn mixer to low and add in powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy cream. Turn mixer back up to medium and beat for 2-3 minutes until frosting is very smooth.

Candied Bacon (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil and place a similarly sized cooling rack in the pan.
  3. In a medium, shallow sized bowl combine your brown sugar and pepper. Add the bacon strips 2 at a time and coat them evenly with the sugar mixture. Place them on the wire rack and top with any leftover sugar.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes until browned.
  5. Cool slightly before chopping for garnish.


Bacon can be stored in refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.
Cupcakes don’t have to be refrigerated and are good for up to 2 days.
adapted from The Butch Bakery

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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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November 8, 2012 12:41 pm

Holy wow. I love both versions of these cupcakes. Sweet & salty heaven!!

September 27, 2012 8:47 pm

I think that these would be ideal for our house. I love banana choc chips cupcakes and my boyfriend is obsessed with bacon!

September 27, 2012 3:43 pm

BACON!!! I don’t see how it could be bad. I’ve tried a bacon chocolate bar and it was delicious! Plus, it looks really pretty on those cupcakes!

PS…I’m always intrigued by that little man on the buttermilk container. I’m buying it next time I’m at the store. Thanks for the rec! 🙂

September 27, 2012 12:06 am

Not much of a fan of bacon on desserts, but I could totally go for a couple of those pretzel ones! 🙂

September 26, 2012 12:29 pm

I can’t stop staring at that bacon!

September 26, 2012 12:02 pm

I love all these different components!

September 26, 2012 10:09 am

As with all of your recipes, these look amazing. Can you please tell me where you get the cupcake liners used in the main picture? I like the look of them and haven’t been able to find them online. Thanks!

September 26, 2012 8:23 am

see I think the cupcakes sounds amazing, but the bacon, that is actually the part I really want to try!

September 26, 2012 7:58 am

Sounds like I totally need to make myself a bacon necklace and find me a man! Love the cupcakes and love the idea of brown sugar bacon!

September 26, 2012 2:05 am

Forget bacon necklaces–I’m making bacon dumbbells if it’s going to help me lasso in a guy. How much more macho could you get….right?

September 25, 2012 10:18 pm

I used that cultured buttermilk, also. It’s great to have on hand! These cupcakes look amazing!

September 25, 2012 8:48 pm

Whoa. I can’t get enough of these photos! WOWZA!

September 25, 2012 8:28 pm

Died when I saw that bacon….

September 25, 2012 7:40 pm

1) I need that cupcake. I won’t specify bacon or pretzel because I want both.
2) I need candied bacon. Just in or around my mouth, preferably.
3) I want that powdered buttermilk. How cool is that?!

September 25, 2012 4:55 pm

One word. WOW. I’ve always wanted to try bacon on a cupcake. it just seems so rebel. 😉

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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