Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate peanut butter frosting on top of a perfectly light and fluffy banana cake.  This would be a delicious cake as well! You could even layer in some banana sliced between the layer of cake… Mmm…

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Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

The Story:

The blogger life is an interesting one.  I get way too excited to see ripe bananas at the grocery store, I fawn over sprinkles, I live in the cake stand section at TJ Maxx and I love old, beat-up cutting boards because they look great to photograph on.

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Banana Cake:
1 Box yellow cake mix (I always prefer Pillsbury)
3 eggs
2 ripe banans, mashed
1/3 C. oil
2/3 C. sour cream or plain yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting:
1/2 C. butter, room temperature
1/2 C. Smooth Peanut Butter (I use Jif)
2 Tbsp. milk, more if needed
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
3-4 C. powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a large bowl and add eggs, mashed bananas, oil, sour cream and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
4. Let cool.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting: Beat butter and peanut butter for 1 minute. Add milk, vanilla extract and cocoa powder and beat again. Slowly add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until your reach your desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, like cookie dough, add in more milk!
6. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles!

Whenever I pick out sprinkles for a cupcake it’s like a life decision. I just stand in front of all my jars wondering which ones are “right” for this flavor…. I’m so weird.

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake

My fav spot to shoot in the house, too bad the bushes out the window just got trimmed so now it’s all brown and ugly…

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7 thoughts on “Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

  1. 1
    Heather says:

    I know, I stand in the grocery store sprinkles aisle for at least 15 minutes-every time I’m there.

  2. 2
    Ashton says:

    Gorgeous Lizzy!!

  3. 3
    Nancy Norris says:

    Lizzy, I see there is no milk in this cake…….is that right? Getting ready to make them.

  4. 4
    Kristen says:

    Hi Lizzy, I’ve been following you for awhile now. I just wanted to ask what I can substitute for a yellow cake mix (or do u have a recipe from scratch for this?) Love your cookie recipes by the way, I’ve tried most of them. Thanks!

    • 4.1

      Yellow cake mix is hard to copy because it uses powdered egg yolks! Giving it a richer taste and yellow color (though some of the yellow color in mixes come from dye). You can use my white cake mix substitute recipe and use only egg yolks, add an extra too!

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