Banana Split Cupcakes

Gail Springsteen

By
@gail0925

I fashioned this recipe from a cake recipe which included pineapple and bananas. I thought if I added strawberries and chocolate and cherries, it would be like a banana split. And it is!

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
Approximately 24
Prep:
40 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Grab a fork and dig in because this banana split cupcake recipe is a mouthful of yum! The banana and pineapple mixed into the cake make it tender and moist. The strawberry gelee is amazing, but if in a time crunch use a bit of strawberry jam. The ice cream is replaced with a rich cream cheese frosting. These take a bit of time to make, but worth it. It truly is a banana split rolled all up into a cupcake!

Ingredients

FOR CAKE

1 c
butter, softened
2 c
sugar
3
eggs
2 tsp
vanilla extract
2 c
mashed ripe bananas
1/2 c
canned crushed pineapple
3 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
salt

FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1 pkg
cream cheese, 8 oz., softened
1/2 c
butter, softened
3 3/4 c
confectioners' sugar
1 tsp
vanilla

FOR STRAWBERRY GELEE

1 c
strawberry puree
1/4 c
sugar
1 Tbsp
lemon juice
2 Tbsp
cold water
1/2
envelope Strawberry Jell-o powder
1/2 c
diced fresh strawberries

FOR CHOCOLATE GANACHE

1 c
heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 c
chocolate chips

Step-By-Step

1In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine bananas and pineapple.
3Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
4Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the banana mixture, beating well after each addition.
5Fill paper-lined muffin/cupcake cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
6Slice off the top of the cupcake even with the paper lining.
7Spread with strawberry gelee (recipe to follow) or strawberry jam, and if you wish, a little cream cheese frosting (recipe to follow).
8Replace the top of the cupcake.
9Frost and decorate with the cream cheese frosting and chocolate ganache to look like a sundae or banana split, and top with a cherry (I decorated cherries and Hershey's Chocolate Drops with some disco dust to "bling" them up!)
10CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
11STRAWBERRY GELEE (to fill or sandwich into cupcake):
Heat puree and sugar in small saucepan. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat. Put water in small bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top. Let sit for 5 minutes.
12Add fruit puree mixture to the bowl and stir until gelatin is dissolved.
13CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
Pour 1 cup heavy whipping cream into saucepan. Continuously stir until boiling.
14Gradually add chocolate chips until the mixture turns into a shiny beautiful glaze.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Cupcake Collection