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. Hey Sally!! These look sooo cute and delish! Anything pink is my weekness 😛 btw, the new web design looks great!!! 😀

  2. Yay! It’s a party over at Sally’s…with sprinkles…even some at the bottom near recent posts! LOVE your re-design, girl! Just as Averie did, I looked around at everything. She and I had an exchange when her blog redesign was unveiled…that we both shoot straight down the page when we see beautiful blogs we think Lindsay has designed. And, sure enough, Purr Design is there proudly at the bottom! She offers that incomparable look and all the latest cool widgets. So jealous that you don’t have to enter your copyright info any longer each time you post. I adopted the same method, and copy and paste it in, after a spammer stole an image and is pinning to their site via Pinterest. Anyway, GORGEOUS blog and colors that are SO YOU! Today’s cupcakes and even your prop assistant, Jude, matches in color. I’m ecstatic for you…such an exciting year and 2014 to look forward to as well with your wedding and first cookbook! Can’t wait for your cookbook! 🙂 xoxo

    1. Stacy, this is the sweetest comment I’ve ever read. You are too much! I am so happy that you follow along with my blog and know just how many things are going on for me right now! And I love love love Lindsay’s work. I, too, can always tell when a website is “hers” – and her look is exactly what I wanted for my own blog too. I appreciate your feedback! Means a TON. =)

  3. Love the new site design, Sally! And I’m thrilled that you decided to incorporate sprinkles into it too…. so perfect! 🙂

  4. Your new design is so you to a T. Also, these cupcakes are like a smoothie in cake form. LOVE IT!

  5. The site looks so happy and cute-just like you!!! Coincidentally, the same can be said for these cupcakes 🙂

  6. Wow, Sally, this looks fantastic! I didn’t check your site for a few days because I just celebrated my 25th birthday by getting an AWFUL cold (who the heck gets a cold in August?! THIS girl ;)), and today I found your lovely new layout! It looks wonderful and very streamlined, but with lots of personality and character. 🙂 Great job! Plus, the recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for always trying to improve on your website! No wonder you have one of the best blogs EVER 😀

    1. Happy birthday Caley!! To the sweetest reader ever. I love hearing from you and what is more – I love that you love the new site as well. And I was going for a cleaner, more streamlined look so I’m glad it comes off that way!

  7. Site looks great, like the redesign alot, especially the color palette, goes great with your recipes! 🙂

  8. I love the new look Sally!!! And these cupcakes look amazing! The whole sprinkle thing makes me very happy we have the same love for sprinkles. 🙂

  9. These are just so lovely Sally! They are just such a unique combination wow! And the website is just gorgeous!

  10. Sally, your redesign is gorgeous!! I so happy for you….but SO jealous!! I have been dying for a redesign from Purr and by Lindsay too! I have so many questions for you,I think I need to shoot you an email about this! LOL! Do you mind?

    I LOVE it, it beautiful!

    Also love the cupcakes! Bananas and strawberries? Heck yes!

  11. LOVE the new design, Sally – I’ll bet you’re just over the moon about it! It’s beautiful – just like the cupcakes!

  12. Hi Sally! I’m a brand new reader and have had so much fun exploring your blog. So many fun recipes to read and try! And these cupcakes look absolutely scrumptious — like a banana split in cupcake form!

  13. Love the new website! Very simple and elegant!
    The cupcakes look absolutely divine! Love love love strawberry cream cheese!!! 🙂

  14. The facelist is gorgeous, Sally. I love it! And these cupcakes? Yes and yes! I could eat that strawberry cream cheese by itself!

  15. Sally, the redesign looks awesome! Sleek, colorful, and sophisticatedly fun. 🙂 Also these cupcakes look delicious! I love the idea of brown sugar… yum!

  16. Oh my goodness! Firstly, I have to say I absolutely LOVE your new design!! It’s so bright and pretty. And I love the sprinkles in the header. It’s perfect for this blog. 🙂
    Secondly, these cupcakes are stunning! You are so right–chocolate goes with pretty much everything. And chocolate and bananas are definitely meant to be together. This strawberry cream cheese frosting looks amazing!! Cream cheese frosting is always something that I could eat an entire bowl of by myself with a spoon. Even the spoon is optional. haha! This frosting looks sooo luscious. <3
    Pinning! These cupcakes are fabulous! 😀

    1. Yes, Abbie – chocolate can go with everything and I’m glad you agree. Maybe not vegetables, although that would be interesting. 😉 So glad you love these cupcakes and the new website design! Thanks!

  17. What a pretty redesign! It’s so you! And love the little sprinkles. 🙂 And the colors!

    And these cupcakes look great, too! I didn’t even know strawberry cream cheese was a thing. Guess I’ll have to make my own while over here! But it’s kind of pointless. I’ll just eat it with a spoon. 😀

  18. LOVE your sites new look!! And I’m loving these cupcakes 🙂 Strawberry cream cheese?!?! OMG I so wish we got cool things like that over here!

  19. Oh, buttermilk and cream cheese make everything better, don’t they? These are seriously drool-worthy!

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