Banana, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Cupcakes

The Story:
            So here is the deal, I was slightly deprived as a child. 
            My brother was allergic to peanut butter, so we rarely had it in the house.  (My father loves the stuff, so he would sometimes sneak it in and hide it in the pantry.) 
            So all of the peanut butter combinations college students love and live off of, are so foreign to me.  Peanut butter and jelly has made it’s way into my life, but peanut butter and banana still seems so bizarre. 
            These cupcakes have helped me to see the light and the strange combination.

Banana Cakes:
1 ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick  (½ cup) butter, softened
1 ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 cup mashed banana, about 3 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2/3 cup buttermilk (or 2/3 cup milk plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.    Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.  Set aside.
3.    In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4.    Mash bananas well in a small bowl and add lemon juice.
5.     Add one egg at a time and then add mashed banana.  (If your eggs are still cold, run them under warm water.)
6.   Alternate adding flour and buttermilk until everything is combined.  Don’t over mix.
7.    Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for 10 minutes and then put directly into an airtight container.  The container may steam up, but this will keep the cake moist.  
8.   Frostings: For each flavor, beat butters (including peanut butter) and cream cheese for several minutes.  Then add all other ingredients.  Use only as much milk and powdered sugar as desired.
9.   Fill your piping bag so that one side is peanut butter frosting and the other chocolate.  It is tricky…
10.Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
11.   Use peanut butter cups to top. 

20 thoughts on “Banana, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Shabs says:

    Peanut butter and bananas are a great combo , as usual your cupcakes look awesome 😀

  2. 2
    ~Judy~ says:

    Can't wait to make these. Perfect combination!!

  3. 3
    kimberlycun says:

    beautiful! makes me want to whip up a batch now. thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  4. 4
    Stephanie says:

    I can't believe how gorgeous that frosting is! AMAZING!!

  5. 5
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Thank you all so much! And a huge thank you to FoodBuzz for being on their top 9 of the day!

  6. 6
    Spicie Foodie says:

    Congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9!! The cupcakes look amazing 🙂

  7. 7
    Gloria Lara says:

    Hey! I just found your blog, I'm from Chile and I love cupcakes, I've been learning how to make them and eating them with my family, because here in my country there're something new so people doesn't know them yet. I'll be waiting for your recipes!

  8. 8
    terrid614 says:

    ohhh my gosh! i just found your blog and love all the yumminess! i am your latest stalker!!! er, follower!

  9. 9
    bakingnbooks says:

    This look ridiculously good.

    And I kind of hate your right now because I know I will make them.

    …and I live alone. Which = TROUBLE.

    Oh god – the chocolate on the top! 🙂

  10. 10
    Kat @ Cupcake Kat says:

    These look so good. I love peanut butter. I don't know how you could have lived with out it

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    Kim - Liv Life says:

    Simply stunning photos!!! And yep… PB and banana are a darn good combo. We recently did PB and Nutella, that worked nicely to.
    Love the cupcakes! My daughter is a banana-aholic, these will be a favorite.

  12. 12
    Emily @ says:

    WOW are you kidding me?! These look so incredible! Chocolate, peanut butter and banana is the best combination! I can't wait to make these! Congrats on the Top 9 – so glad I found your blog!

  13. 13
    Spogden says:

    The icing looks amazingly creamy…i wonder what these would taste like with some spice rum in the icing?? Hmmm….

  14. 14
    Patty H. says:

    These look so delicious – – as do so many of your other treats! I love your site – glad I followed the Foodbuzz link – congrats on the Top 9!

  15. 15
    Beth says:

    These look amazing! Anything that's topped by a peanut butter cup has to be sensational.

  16. 16
    Jamie says:

    I'm looking forward to making next weekend for a friend's birthday. However, I wanted to check first, how many cupcakes does this recipe make?

  17. 17
    Lizzy Mae says:

    Jamie- Right around 24 depending on how large you make them, good luck!

  18. 18
    bakerbyNature says:

    So… I realize I am late on this, but these are the cupcakes of my dreams. The prefect combination… ever.

  19. 19
    Jacqueline says:

    My mouth is just watering looking at these fabulous photos, straight out of a magazine! Wow, what a flavor combo. Wish I had one right now.

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    Anonymous says:

    I made these cupcakes on Saturday and they were amazing! Getting the two different frostings in the bag was a bit difficult and I ended up having to improvise a little, but they tasted great. They came out so well that I had to try making the Nutella Cupcakes II on Sunday – also a hit! Thanks so much for posting these recipes, I can't wait to try the others

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