Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

by Marcy on February 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes Peanut Butter Frosting

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Cupcakes…who doesn’t love a cupcake?! My girls are constantly asking me to bake, and I while I love to bake I am constantly wishing that I had the willpower to not eat too much of what I bake! Not good!! Anyway, because I love to bake, I love the taste of homemade baked goods. And while you can certainly find great baked goods at local bakeries and sometimes the grocery store, in my opinion home baked is almost always better. Home baked is often much cheaper as well. So as long as you have the time and the desire to do it, I say go for it. (Hopefully you have better willpower than me!).

The recipe I am sharing with you today is for Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. I have been making Peanut Butter Frosting for years…ever since my mom figured out how to morph her buttercream frosting into a delicious peanut butter frosting that rivaled our hometown bakery’s version. I love whipping up a batch of this frosting to put on a plain pan of brownies, and it is excellent on chocolate sheet cake. Check out the Lego Friends Beach Party Birthday Cake that I made for my daughter’s 7th birthday last year – using the peanut butter frosting as “sand”.

The beauty of this recipe is that it is relatively simple. The base of the cupcake recipe is a boxed cake mix – something that you can find on sale for $1 or less if you watch for sales and/or coupons. Peanut Butter is a pantry staple in many homes, and if you have issues with your bananas ripening too quickly when you get them home like I do, this recipe is perfect for those mushy bananas!

Pairing Peanut Butter Frosting with Banana Chocolate Cupcakes just sounded like a yummy thing to do, and it did not disappoint. Use a Wilton 1M Star Tip to perfect the swirly, bakery looking frosting on top of your cupcakes and everyone will think that you spent a fortune on this delicious treat! It’s up to you whether or not you let them in on your secret – although there is no way I would give someone else credit for these. :-)

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Recipe courtesy of Stretching a Buck.
  • ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups of mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 package of Devil’s Food Cake or Chocolate Cake Mix without pudding
  • 1 Chocolate Bar (optional, for garnish)
  • Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe follows this one)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, mashed bananas, oil and water with an electric mixer on medium smooth until smooth. It’s okay if there are still a few small chunks of banana.
  4. While on low speed, add in the eggs and cake mix. Mix on medium-high until batter is completely smooth.
  5. Spoon batter into the cupcake liners, filling about ⅔ full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, cool.
  6. Make Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe here)
  7. Frost cupcakes – I used a Wilton 1M Swirl to frost the cupcakes. Garnish with chocolate shavings – I used a knife to shave off part of a chocolate bar!

Butter Cream and Peanut Butter Icing
  • 1 stick Room Temperature Butter (I use unsalted)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla (I use the good stuff!)
  • 1 lb Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP Milk (I eyeball it)
  • ¼-1/2 c Creamy Peanut Butter
  1. Mix butter and vanilla until smooth. (I use a hand mixer). Add powdered sugar and a splash of milk. Mix. Add additional milk sparingly until icing reaches your desired consistency.
  2. To make peanut butter icing, follow instructions above, then add ¼-1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter and mix. Add as much or as little peanut butter as you like to taste.

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