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Banana Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Using extra-ripe bananas in this recipe ensures the cupcakes will be sweet and moist. The ganache frosting is made even fluffier with the addition of marshmallow creme. —Stephanie Lelo, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in bananas and pecans.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-24 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt chocolate with cream over low heat; stir until blended. Remove from the heat. Transfer to a small bowl; cool until mixture reaches room temperature.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in marshmallow creme and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 310 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • JamieZ09
    Oct 22, 2011

    Really loved this recipe. Took them to work and they were a huge success! Will make again!

  • npetrarca
    Mar 6, 2011

    Absolutely delicious!!! We spread a little bit of Nutella on the cupcake before we ate it.....unbelievably good! Will definitely make again and again :)

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    Jan 22, 2011


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    Dec 15, 2010

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  • Amy the Midwife
    Sep 13, 2010

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  • glo58bes
    May 10, 2010

    My family loved these! I used a peanut butter frosting from another recipe ( 1/4 cu. natural peanut butter, 1/4 cu. milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 3 cups powdered sugar.)

  • connie00
    May 10, 2010

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  • npetrarca
    Feb 13, 2010

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Delicious! My husband is already begging for me to make them again. Try them out! You will not be disappointed!

  • jane428
    Apr 19, 2009

    The BEST cupcake ever!