Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

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Banana cupcakes are another way to use up overripe bananas. Bananas never have to go to waste. There are so many possibilities for overripe bananas that I am now looking forward to them being neglected on our counter. I will be there to swoop them up to experiment with more goodies. This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

This experiment also gave me an excuse to use my new favorite cinnamon chips. Turns out that Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips are not as mysterious as I thought since I just found them at Jewel. I thought I stumbled on some rare treasure, but apparently I just didn’t look hard enough at the store! In any case, they are super yummy.

Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

These banana cupcakes are so darn easy and pretty much cheating since I used a box of cake mix. Any flavor cake mix will work, and it will be fun to try different combinations. I used a cheap box of yellow cake mix that I had in the cabinet for longer than I’d like to admit.

Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting
Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

Cupcake Ingredients:

Makes about 21 standard size cupcakes

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 package of French vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon sugar (optional)
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip

Cupcake Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake tins.
  3. Mash bananas in a mixing bowl.
  4. Melt coconut oil and add to bananas.
  5. Mix eggs into the mixture and slowly add in the cake mix.
  6. Once everything is mixed well, stir in the chips by hand.
  7. Pour batter into cupcake tins about 3/4 of the way.
  8. Bake for about 18 minutes.

Frosting Instructions:

  1. Beat pudding, milk, and powdered sugar using a mixer for about five minutes.
  2. Stir in Cool Whip by hand.
  3. Sprinkle in cinnamon sugar for taste. (Optional)
  4. Frost completely cooled cupcakes. Store leftover frosting in the refrigerator.
Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

The frosting is very sweet, and I will probably skip the cinnamon sugar next time. That was my sad attempt at trying to make my frosting look like the beautiful cupcakes on Pinterest. You know the ones with that multi-color swirl? Yeah, it didn’t happen. I used a piping tool to apply the frosting, but Cool Whip frosting melts. So, you must do this immediately before serving.

Banana Cupcakes Recipe with Vanilla Pudding Frosting

Overall, these banana cupcakes are a sweet and delicious treat that I will make again.

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  1. Fee Roberts says:

    Oh my! I didn’t even know that they made cinnamon chips and I never knew that you could make frosting with pudding! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely be trying this. Sounds so yummy!

  2. I didn’t know about cinnamon chips either. Wonderful. Great recipe

  3. David Fultner says:

    I love new tasty ideas Thanks.

  4. Yum, Banana cupcakes with cinnamon chips, I need to remember to put cinnamon chips on my shopping list. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. Nicole Dziedzic says:

    These looks so delicious, my kids are always in the kitchen when i bake treats, not only do they love the treats, they love being able to lick the spoon and bowl. They would be all over these.

  6. Julie Wood says:

    These Cupcakes look so delicious and I love how easy and fun they are to make. I would love to make these for my Sister’s Birthday!

  7. Jessica Cox says:

    These look really good and not to difficult to make.Your swirl is cute a lot better than I could do.

  8. David Fultner says:

    I have never seen cinnamon chips. This sounds GREAT>

  9. This is something I could make. Thanks.

  10. I’ll make them this weekend. Thanks.

  11. courtney b says:

    I’ve never had a banana cupcake before but a homemade one sounds amazing- 🙂

    I think chocolate frosting woud be soooo much better though!!

  12. David Fultner says:

    i have trouble eating bananas alone. I think these will be great.

  13. Petro @ The Seaman Mom says:

    These look amazing! I’ve got some bananas no one’s gonna eat, apparently so I’m going to make some of these goodies today.

  14. I love, love, love anything with banana! Pinning! (and making!) Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and share with us at Brag About It! Looking forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us next week!

  15. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet says:

    That frosting looks fantastic! What a great idea! I will have to try that out soon. Pinning to my sweet treats board. Stopping over from Idea Box. Hope you have a great day!

  16. there is a stabilizer that you can use for making frosting that you don’t want to collapse-maybe that would help with this frosting? These sound (and look) yummers!!

  17. Oh wow the entire idea of banana with vanilla is just amazing!Keep it up 😀

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