Banana Split Cupcakes

Gail Springsteen


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!

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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! The Test Kitchen


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Approximately 24
40 Min
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  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 2 c
  • 3
  • 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

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

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

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

How to Make Banana Split Cupcakes


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine bananas and pineapple.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the banana mixture, beating well after each addition.
  5. Fill 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.
  6. Slice off the top of the cupcake even with the paper lining.
  7. Spread with strawberry gelee (recipe to follow) or strawberry jam, and if you wish, a little cream cheese frosting (recipe to follow).
  8. Replace the top of the cupcake.
  9. Frost 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!)
    In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  11. STRAWBERRY 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.
  12. Add fruit puree mixture to the bowl and stir until gelatin is dissolved.
    Pour 1 cup heavy whipping cream into saucepan. Continuously stir until boiling.
  14. Gradually add chocolate chips until the mixture turns into a shiny beautiful glaze.

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About Banana Split Cupcakes

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

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