Banana Chocolate Spice Cupcakes

The Story:

What am I doing right now?  I am sitting in a Bio 100 class.  Yes, I am a super Senior in college and successfully put off a GE until my last semester.  But it’s totally okay, because I just sit in the back with the TA’s and chit-chat the whole class (and write blog posts, like the one for German chocolate cupcakes, for all of you lovely readers).  I think the Professor thinks I’m a TA at this point… [end-story]

Banana Chocolate Spice Cupcakes

Banana Chocolate Spice Cupcakes


Banana Cake:
1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 large or medium ripe bananas
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp lemon juice
3 eggs
1/4 C. oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 C. buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Chocolate Spice Buttercream:
1 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
2-3 C. powdered sugar
Banana Chips to decorate


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In another small bowl, use a fork to finely mash bananas with baking soda and lemon juice.
4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, vanilla extract, buttermilk and cinnamon.
5. Stir in mashed bananas.
6. Stir in cake mix until smooth.
7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minute or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
8. Buttercream: Beat butter until smooth. Add cocoa, vanilla, milk and cinnamon and beat again. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add more milk if needed.
9. Pipe onto cooled cupcake and top with banana chips! You can use fresh banana slices, but serve immediately or they will turn brown.

13 thoughts on “Banana Chocolate Spice Cupcakes

  1. 1

    Oh wow I enjoy banana and chocolate together but the addition of just a little cinnamon has to make the world of difference!

  2. 2
    xiaoxi says:

    I am in the similar shoes with you. I am a super senior, too, but I live in the dorm with freshmen because I needed a place to stay right away, so dorm was the only option. I feel like a mom to them like baking cookies for them, telling them to quite down during the night, cleaning up their mess etc.

  3. 3
    Tia Annie says:

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

    At the beginning I was hesitant:) of the combination of flavors but I went for it, The cupcakes were so light and moist, simply delicious.

    I’ve made 12 regular size and 36 minis. I had all the ingredients at home, so it was a plus for me.

    Definitely this is a keeper. Thank you Lizzy for your dedication. God bless

  4. 4
    Hannah says:

    What are you getting your degree in? Just curious because your cupcakes are so awesome! Can’t wait to buy your book. I’m making your Lemon Cream and German Sweet Chocolate cupcakes today for a 90th birthday party! Thanks so much for the great recipes!

  5. 5
    camie says:

    My four year old just requested a birthday cake containing bananas, chocolate and acorns (!). This is a great start!

  6. 6
    Sendye says:

    I love it. Thank you so much !

  7. 7

    Thanks, I have just been searching for info approximately this subject for a while and yours is the greatest I have came upon so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure concerning the supply?

  8. 8
    Nisha says:

    Hi! Could I replace the two bananas with a mango to make mango cupcakes (and keep everything else the same)?


  9. 9
    Patty says:


    This sounds yummy, I definitely want to try it. Instead of doing a chocolate buttercream, can you add the chocolate into the batter? Like a banana marble cupcake.


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