Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes topped with tangy strawberry cream cheese frosting. Light, moist, flavorful, irresistible!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes topped with tangy strawberry cream cheese frosting. Light, moist, flavorful, irresistible!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting – yeah, the longest recipe title EVER. But that’s exactly what these incredible cupcakes are. There’s no way to shorten it without taking away a delicious detail.

PS: Do you notice things look a little different around here? I got a website redesign! The talented Lindsay from Purr Design created this fantastic design and I am so excited about it! Lots of color, sprinkles, and an all-around “fun” atmosphere. I’ll be sure to post about the new changes soon! For now, what do you think of it?

Ok, back to cupcakes.

Moist & flavorful Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. These are amazing! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ve never made banana cupcakes before until recently. Sure I have a few banana muffin recipes on my website, but banana cupcakes are worlds different from muffins. Banana cupcakes are light, tender, and springy. They are just as moist and flavorful as banana bread, but not quite as dense.

Oh! And I added chocolate chips for good measure.

Moist & flavorful Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes piled high with creamy Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. These are amazing! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

These cupcakes are a true crowd pleaser. The combination of chocolate and bananas is beyond irresistible. While they may look fancy, the cupcakes are quite simple to make! You just need two bowls, a mixer, and a spatula (for taste testing, of course). The batter is full of moisture-inducing ingredients like brown sugar, eggs, bananas, and buttermilk. I love to use brown sugar in banana breads, so it just *had* to go into this cupcake batter as well.

Don’t leave out that buttermilk – it is required for this recipe – the lactic acid present is what will allow the baking soda to react and leaven the cupcakes. Don’t have buttermilk? You can make your own. Measure 2 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup. Then, add enough milk (1%, 2%, or whole) to the same measuring cup until it reaches 1/2 cup. Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes. The homemade “buttermilk” will be somewhat curdled and ready to use in your recipe.

I can’t imagine a banana dessert without cinnamon, so there’s a tad of the spicy sweet stuff in today’s cupcakes as well.

The combination of cream cheese frosting and banana bread is quite epic for me. However, instead of regular cream cheese frosting for my cupcakes – I went with strawberry. We always have strawberry cream cheese on hand. Kevin loves it on plain bagels – and, well – I love to smear it on my everything bagels. Don’t judge!

This cream cheese frosting is easy. Strawberry cream cheese, butter, and confectioners’ sugar. Common, it has to be good with that ingredient list, right? Tangy, sweet, creamy, and lick-your-lips amazing. Plus, pink frosting is so darn cute!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting-11

Creamy, tangy, and perfectly sweet Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. This stuff is amazing!

Slather that frosting on nice and thick! I added a strawberry slice and sprinkled a few chocolate chips on top of the frosting. A cupcake’s gotta have accessories, right?

You are just going to *love* these. There is something to please every single one of your sweet tastebuds. Creamy, moist, cinnamon-spiced, chocolate-y, fruity, tangy, sweet, and everything in between. Now let your bananas ripen and get to baking! You don’t want to skip these. 🙂

Moist & flavorful Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes piled high with creamy Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting. These are amazing! Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with tangy strawberry cream cheese frosting. Light, moist, flavorful, irresistible!


Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 grams) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 large very ripe bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk*
  • 1 cup (180 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces strawberry cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt, to taste
  • optional: strawberry slices and additional chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two 12-count muffin pans with 18 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Make the cupcakes: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together in a large bowl on medium speed until creamed. About 2-3 minutes. With the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla, beating on low speed for about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 additions, stirring by hand after each addition. Add the milk and stir until combined. The batter will be lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into 18 cupcake liners. Fill the unused cups one-third full with water to prevent warping. Bake each batch for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  5. Make the frosting: In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed for 1 minute. Switch the mixer to low speed and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar. Switch to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes until combined and creamy. Taste the frosting and add salt if too sweet. Frost the cupcakes with a knife and decorate with strawberries and chocolate chips, if desired. Serve cupcakes chilled. Cupcakes remain fresh stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. Buttermilk: Don’t leave out the buttermilk– it is required for this recipe. The lactic acid present is what will allow the baking soda to react and leaven the cupcakes. Don’t have buttermilk? You can make your own. Measure 2 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup. Then, add enough milk (1%, 2%, or whole) to the same measuring cup until it reaches 1/2 cup. Stir it around and let sit for 5 minutes. The homemade “buttermilk” will be somewhat curdled and ready to use in your recipe.
  2. Be sure to check out my 10 tips for baking the BEST cupcakes before you begin!

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176 Comments

  1. Love your new look on your site! I love Purr’s site designs. They’re always so incredible! As for the cupcakes, strawberry frosting has got to be one of the best creations ever. I’m sure it’s wonderful with banana and chocolate chips!

  2. I absolutely love the new look of your blog! These cupcakes were a perfect post today because they are so beautiful and compliment the blog design so well.

    Also, can we talk about how incredibly jealous I am that you live near a wegman’s????

  3. The new layout looks amazing! I love the header with the little sprinkles underneath.
    These cupcakes look amazing too 🙂

  4. OMG, Sally! The website looks incredible, I LOVE it! Lindsay does such great work. Thanks for sharing these lovely little banana cupcakes, too! Terrific flavor!

  5. Loving the look around here!!! It’s so pretty Sally! Lindsay does such a great job!! And these cupcakes? YUMMERS.

  6. I love the new look…the sprinkles are so you 🙂 I will definitely keep Lindsay in mind for future design work. Banana cupcakes are one of my favorites. I just love that you topped them with strawberry butter cream. So awesome looking!!!

  7. Love the design! These cupcakes scream “end of summer” to me… excited to try them, probably for our Labor Day work potluck!

  8. Love love love the new design!! Lindsay did a great job. As for the banana and strawberry combination, it’s just the best!

  9. Love love love the sound if these!! Do you think it’s possible to make strawberry cream cheese as we don’t have it in Scotland?
    The new website is fab!!
    Lx

    1. Hi Laura! You know, I’ve never had luck making my own. Adding strawberries to regular cream cheese really thins it out since they are so moist and juicy. I did just find this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-cream-cheese-spread/

      But I am afraid to put it into the frosting because of the added liquid from the fresh strawberries. You can always use regular cream cheese frosting too.

  10. Sally, I am a HUGE fan, your website if one of the first I check every morning over my cup of coffee. As if I couldn’t get more excited about a new recipe of yours, I found out that you shop at Wegmans! I am from Rochester, NY so Wegmans is like my holy grail! I was so excited I emailed my mom (in all caps because that’s what you do) “SALLY’S BAKING ADDICTION SHOPS AT WEGMANS!”

    1. LOVE Wegmans, Leslie! Seriously could spend hours in there. The hummus bar, the chinese take-out bar, the fresh sushi – all the CHEESE! Amazing. 🙂

  11. Ohmygosh I LOVE IT!!!!!

    Sally, it’s so beautiful and I just poked around and looked at every little thing from the circular icons on everything to your commenters heads to the popular posts on the bottom to the recent posts on the sidebar…all the pin it stuff and buttons, the topbar social media icons, the new tagline (how fun!), the new logo, the copyright stuff in the post about rewriting in your own words <—is that little gray box permanent? I have to drop my text in every post individually…I know each and EVERY thing and detail is a choice when working when doing a redesign and reminds me of my own redesign a few months ago with Lindsay. My eyeballs just noticed every.last.thing and know you had to make a decision on it all and not a stone is left unturned.

    It's so worth it, so beautiful, fits you so well. And this post…the colors or the cupcakes complement your site colors perfectly. I think you planned it 🙂

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you SO much Averie! You know all too well how much thinking, planning, and decision making goes into it! There’s a few tiny things I’m getting used to. Yes, the little gray box is permanent under all of my recipes. I don’t have to rewrite or copy/paste it each time. Thank you for looking over everything, you have great taste so this means a ton!

  12. I love your new design! So cute! Banana cupcakes with cinnamon and strawberries- doesn’t get much better! (And I’m loving the Wegmans love in the comments)

  13. First thing, the website is amazing, I really reflects your recipes (fun and yummy) and the love of sprinkles! Banana muffins are great by now a cupcake…even better! Strawberry cream cheese is a great invention. Could you just cook down some strawberries until really think and reduced and add them to the cream cheese? Sadly, no flavour cheeses over here. Chocolate to the batter, just perfection!

    1. Hi Eve! How about making regular cream cheese frosting and adding about 2 Tablespoons of strawberry jam? That should work!

  14. I love the new design!! I’ve been wanting to do one too. And these cupcakes? Can I just dive in? Also, I am jealous (as usual) of your pretty frosting skills! 🙂

  15. Oh, Sally, these cupcakes look amazing! I love when recipes use berries in the frosting, and I love the pink color that comes through in your frosting because you used strawberry cream cheese. How pretty and pink! 🙂 And your site design is wonderful, even though I liked your previous design very much too!! I can only imagine how much thought, time, and effort you have put into this.

    1. Thank you so much Julia – it wasn’t that much work for me, just some design decision making. My designer was wonderful to work with. 🙂 And I’m so glad you like the new look!

  16. I absolutely adore the redesign, Sally! The sprinkle accents are so perfectly suited to you and your fabulous blog!

  17. The cupcakes sound great, Sally! And your redesign – I LOVE it!! So clean and pretty! And the sprinkles are perfect 🙂

  18. Your new design looks fabulous, Sally! It’s so fun, clean and modern – I love it! Just as I love these cupcakes. I always have bananas in my freezer. Time to make some cupcakes!

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