Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Cupcakes - the ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! @sallybakeblog

Today’s recipe was inspired by my recent 10pm snack of banana slices drizzled with melted dark chocolate. I arranged the slices nicely on a fancy plate, made myself a cup of tea, and was planning to slowly enjoy my snack as I finished up some photo edits for the evening.

I inhaled it all in about 5 second flat. I don’t even think I came up for air. Anyone who has self control around the combination of chocolate and banana – I applaud you.

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting.

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Frosting. Super-moist and all your favorite flavors in one!

The next day, I used the rest of my ripe bananas to make these banana chocolate chip cupcakes to bring to my friend Kristen’s house. Ultra ripe bananas are key to the cupcake’s flavor. Brown, heavily spotted bananas will make the very best banana cupcakes.

The cupcakes are the moistest cupcakes I’ve ever made. They’re soft and light, unlike a dense, tight-crumbed slice of banana bread. Even on day 2 – these banana cupcakes are still incredibly moist and soft. If you make cupcakes for a living, then you know finding a cupcake recipe that remains this way past day 1 is a major feat! You have the bananas, brown sugar, and buttermilk to thank for their moist texture.

Remember: don’t leave out that buttermilk!

Even without the frosting, these cupcakes are full of flavor. Complementary to their sweet banana flavor are the flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar. I can’t eat a banana baked good without brown sugar and cinnamon being present.

Sally's Baking Addiction Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

You may recognize this banana cupcake recipe from last year when I topped them with strawberry cream cheese frosting. (I beg you – please try that combo!)

Or maybe you noticed these cupcakes topped with Nutella frosting in my cookbook on page 136? I even used this banana chocolate chip cupcake batter to make a Banana Chocolate Chip Layer Cake on page 69. Topped with milk chocolate frosting, of course.

Photos of all three:

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After today’s banana chocolate chip cupcakes cooled, I got out all of the ingredients to make some milk chocolate frosting. Before I started mixing, Kevin stopped me and suggested peanut butter frosting instead. I knew I loved this man for a reason.

So you can thank Kevin for this recipe. Though when it was time to clean up after frosting all the cupcakes, Kevin disappeared and I was left with all the dishes.

Funny how that worked, huh?

I whipped up my favorite peanut butter frosting along with my favorite milk chocolate frosting. Swirled them together and the rest is delicious history. Surely you’re a wild fan of the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and banana – right?

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting.

Let’s discuss the frostings. The peanut butter and milk chocolate frostings that – when combined – taste like a peanut butter cup! Oh my lanta, get ready for something amazing.

Learning to swirl two types of frosting together takes practice. It’s ok, I wasn’t a pro when I first tried my hand at it last year. Like any sport, instrument, or hobby – the more you do it, the more you’ll get comfortable with it.

I have a very detailed page about How to Make Swirled Frosting. Use this tutorial as your guide. You’ll need a piping bag and Wilton 1M swirl tip. I bought my piping bag from Michael’s, a craft store. They sell them everywhere, even online. I use a reusable piping bag, but you can also find disposable bags. The piping tip I use for swirled frosting is the Wilton 1M swirl (I also purchased this at Michaels). I love this piping tip because it makes frosting look like soft-serve ice cream.

All you do to swirl the frostings on top is spoon some peanut butter frosting into one side of your piping bag and milk chocolate frosting into the other side. Then, pipe onto cupcakes in a swirl pattern:

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting.

Again, here’s a page with more visuals to help guide you with the chocolate peanut butter swirl frosting.

I also include how I use the Wilton 1M swirl piping tip. If you’re ever curious about how I frost my cupcakes, that’s a handy page to read!

If you do not have a piping tip and bag, or are not yet comfortable using them – then just frost the banana chocolate chip cupcakes however you’d like. Frost them all with the milk chocolate frosting or with the peanut butter frosting using a knife.

Please note: if you decide to only use 1 frosting, you’ll have to double the recipe below to guarantee there is enough for all 18 cupcakes.

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting.

Today’s recipe is a breeze to make if you just take your time with it.

Give yourself a solid 15 minutes to mix up the cupcake batter and as the cupcakes are cooling, spend some time making the frostings. Both frosting recipes are simple: add more or less cream to adjust your frostings’ thickness. Find them too sweet? Add a pinch of salt to tone down the sweetness. I must say – I’m a huge fan of the slightly salty/sweet peanut butter frosting. I often use this peanut butter frosting to frost my brownie cupcakes.

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting.

Peanut butter, chocolate, and banana are the ultimate trio of flavors when it comes to dessert. These cupcakes have got to be one of the best cupcake recipes I’ve ever made.

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Go bananas for these other banana-filled treats: Homemade Banana Cream Pie, The Best Banana Cake I’ve Ever Had, Dark Chocolate Chip Raspberry Banana Bread, Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake, Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls, Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting, and Best-Ever Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! Super-moist banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with milk chocolate and peanut butter swirled frosting.


Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 large very ripe bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120ml) buttermilk*
  • 1 cup (180g) mini or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips

Milk Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) heavy cream or half-and-half*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (90g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream or half-and-half*

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 chocolate frosting: Sift together the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder to assure there are no lumps. Set aside. With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy – about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition. Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined for at least 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
  6. Make the peanut butter frosting: With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the peanut butter and butter on medium speed until creamy and completely smooth – about 3 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Mix on medium until combined. Add the cream and mix on high until creamy, at least 2 minutes. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is too sweet.
  7. Frost cooled cupcakes with a knife or with a piping bag/tip. If you’d like to just make 1 kind of frosting and not both, make sure you double the frosting recipe of your choice to make sure there is enough for all cupcakes. To swirl the two frostings like I did, here is how I made the swirl frosting. There may be leftover frosting depending how much you use on each cupcake. Decorate with banana slices and/or more chocolate chips if desired. Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Prepare cupcakes and frosting 1 day in advance. Keep cupcakes covered tightly at room temperature and the frosting covered tightly in the refrigerator. Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before frosting and serving.
  2. Buttermilk: For the cupcakes, use buttermilk. You can sour your own milk at home to make DIY buttermilk. For this particular recipe, simply measure 1/2 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice in a measuring cup/glass. Then fill the rest up with milk until you reach 1/2 cup. Stir it around, let sit for 5 minutes, and it will be ready to use in your cupcakes. (Alternatively, you could also use 1/2 Tablespoon of white vinegar.)
  3. Heavy Cream: For the frosting, heavy cream or half-and-half will give your frostings the creamiest texture. You may use milk instead, keeping in mind the frostings won’t be as creamy.

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A little treat on the side…

This past Friday marked the biggest day in my career so far. I was asked to visit the NPR’s (National Public Radio) studio for an interview with Michel Martin, host of Tell Me More. I sat down with Michel in the recording studio and, while shaking the entire time, talked with her about my cookbook and my love for baking.

What a rush! If you know me at all in real life, you know that I’m not shy in the slightest. But put me in a position where I have to public speak, let alone on national radio – and I completely freeze up! The producer and Michel herself were both so easy to talk to though.

Fact: I almost said “crap” twice because I was so nervous and lost my train of thought. I could’ve said much worse, right?! Whoops!

NPR Studio Visit March 7 2014

They asked me to bring a batch of Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies to munch on. This recipe is both on my blog and in my cookbook! It’s the recipe that won the Nestle baking contest last year. Tune in tomorrow, Monday March 10th 2014 to listen to the interview. It is also available online if you miss the interview or download the podcast.

Thank you everyone for helping me get to this point. I say it a lot and I’ll continue to say it forever: I wouldn’t have a blog without my readers. Thank you for supporting my blog and my new cookbook!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Cupcakes - the ultimate trio of your favorite flavors! @sallybakeblog

215 Comments

  1. These look so good Sally! I have to admit, I haven’t tried swirled frosting before, but I’m going to soon, it looks so pretty! And of course the banana/chocolate/peanut butter combination is amazing 🙂

  2. If you put me infront of a room full of people, I go completely still and silent. I freeze up like a clam! It’s so terrible! Lol But it’s over and I’m sure you did great! Phew!

    These look absolutely amazing. Whenever I order pancakes out at diners, I always go with banana, chocolate, and peanut butter chips as add-ons! Love the combo!

    1. Yes, Lauren – I’m the same way. My public speaking class in college was my worst nightmare! Hopefully I’ll get better. You diner pancake of choice – yes. Must order that whenever I go to one again!

  3. Congrats for coming so far. This is only the beginning. You will find so much more success in the future.
    Sally, these cupcakes are amazing. I love how you worked in all the flavors.

  4. PB, chocolate and banana really are the best dessert trio. These kind of remind me of the dessert I had last night when I went out for the 2nd of my many birthday dinners this week… fried banana with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and peanut butter sauce. All of those amazing flavors all in one bowl!

  5. Of course I’m in love with these cupcakes already. Especially that peanut butter icing which might be the perfect finish to a bundt cake I’m planning. I can’t wait to try it =)

  6. Bananas with drizzled dark chocolate is totally one of my favorite late night snacks 🙂 Love these cupcakes Sally – they look and sound amazing! CONGRATS for being on national radio – that is quite the accomplishment and so amazing! You’re such an inspiration!

    1. Thanks Chelsea! I have a feeling I’ll need some chocolate + banana to help calm my nerves as I listen to the interview for the first time haha.

    1. Oh gosh, thanks Erin. I haven’t heard the interview yet so fingers crossed it’s as awesome as you say it will be!

  7. Ooh these look amazing! I love the idea of the milk chocolate and peanut butter swirl icing especially 🙂
    I can’t wait to download your radio interview! Something to listen to while I am baking tonight!
    As for nighttime snacks, I’ve never tried banana drizzled with chocolate – such a great idea 🙂

  8. Sally, these are STUNNING. I mean, seriously! Absolutely gorgeous photographs…I can’t believe how good the swirls look and how neat the edges are, and you captured it all so well! It is really amazing artistry. 🙂 I’m so happy for you about your publicity! Everything is really seeming to take off for you, and you totally deserve it!

  9. I think this might be my favorite cupcake of yours so far – it has everything I could possibly want in a cupcake and they look like perfection. Congrats on your amazing achievements – I have loved following your journey and can’t even tell you how much you inspire me. So excited for all you’ve accomplished so far! You go, girl!!

    1. Thanks so much Kathi! I have to agree with you about the cupcakes – I think these are my favorite so far. I had no self control around the pb/choc swirl frosting!

    1. Thanks Chung-Ah! I’m so nervous to hear myself. Hopefully they edited out the time I paused when I almost said “crap!” lol

  10. Absolutely fantastic recipe Sally!!
    I made these last night, the peanut butter icing was by far the best I have made. Bravo!!! Hit the spot!

  11. So excited I got my copy of your cookbook in the mail today. I will be trying out at least a couple of recipes next week for a Mad Hatter Tea Party!! Congrats on the NPR interview, I’m sure you did great!

  12. Awesome interview Sally! You sounded great. I actually work next door to that NPR studio, so it’s cool to know you were giving the interview nearby!

    1. That IS very cool, Hali. I didn’t stay too long in DC, but I really should visit there more often because it is so close!

    1. Thanks Lindsey! These cupcakes are a winner. You can make those perfect swirls too, just takes a little practice. I messed up on the first 2!

  13. Awh Sally I just listened to your interview, it’s the sweetest (no pun intended 😉 )! I hope one day you have your own baking tv show!

    1. Thanks Hayley! It was VERY strange hearing myself on the radio. They edited out the few times I paused out of nervousness. Thank goodness!

    1. So happy you are loving the cookbook so far, Lauren! Now go buy some bananas so you can make these cupcakes next weekend. 🙂

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