Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are fluffy, moist, and come together in a snap. Your family will go bananas for them!

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting have a decadent cream cheese frosting that pairs perfectly with the banana cake. You won't be able to stop at one!

Well, hello there! If you follow along here at My Baking Addiction on a regular basis, you may have realized that I’ve been somewhat absent for a little while.

I’ve popped in here and there to fulfill contractual obligations with the lovely brands that I work with, and shared recipes like these Chocolate Cherry Sandwich Cookies and this Slow Cooker Taco Soup, but other than those, I’ve been pretty silent.

What started out as a little break to recover from the busy holiday season rolled into me taking some time to focus on myself (at first), and then to suffering from serious anxiety after noticing my right underarm area was swollen.

At first I blew off the swelling as an injury from working out with my personal trainer. Because the dude is no joke when it comes to making me work my butt (and arms) off. But as it became progressively more noticeable, I decided to make an appointment with my doctor.

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Since my doctor knew I had atypical cells removed from my breast in the past (if you’re interested, you can read all about that here), they immediately ordered a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound.

When the call came in to schedule the appointments, they wanted to schedule me a month out. ONE WHOLE MONTH.

As someone that struggles with anxiety – especially health related anxiety, there was no way I was lasting a month without answers.

My mom works in the healthcare industry and was able to call in a couple of favors to get me in sooner, but it still took weeks to get seen.

Instead of scrolling though Pinterest for awesome recipes and home decor, I found myself on Google and in breast cancer forums. Obsessing over what could possibly be wrong with my underarm.

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Ladies, Google is NOT your friend when it comes to illnesses. I’m pretty sure I’ve diagnosed myself with no less than 5 life-threatening diseases within the past month.

The thought of there being something seriously wrong consumed me, and pretty much affected every aspect of my life. Even though I went through something similar before, it’s so much different now that I’m a mama to the sweetest girl on the planet.

If you suffer from anxiety too, I want you to know that I am here, and I struggle with it too, and I know it’s not easy to climb out of that hole once you’re in it.

My husband told me yesterday that I was the zombie version of myself for the last few weeks. Sure, I functioned – I showered every day, took care of the house, and of course, Elle.

But I really had no drive to do much more than the basic necessities, so baking wasn’t happening. Instead, I binge watched Golden Girls (did you know the whole series is on Hulu now?) and makeup tutorials on YouTube to take my mind off of things.

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With each day that passed, my anxiety increased exponentially until I was finally able to go in for testing. My aunt drove me to my appointment and I was given the results right there – a big, wonderful negative.

They said everything looked perfect. And literally within moments, I felt like I could breathe again for the first time in weeks. It felt pretty damn amazing.

My doctor is now monitoring me for a possible pinched nerve, or maybe I just have one excessively chubby armpit.

Truth be told, I had no intention of blogging about these banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I wanted to use up some overly ripe bananas in our fruit bowl, and while I considered muffins for half a second, we needed to celebrate this No-Breast-Cancer moment in our lives.

Nothing says celebration like frosting, and you know what? Nothing says Get-Your-Crap-Back-Together-Jamie like dusting off my camera and photographing some delectable cupcakes.

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So here we are. With some super moist and fluffy Banana Cupcakes (thanks to cake flour instead of all-purpose) topped with my favorite cream cheese frosting.

You can totally use all-purpose flour, the crumb of your cupcakes will just be a little heavier in texture. And that cream cheese frosting is pretty much perfection. It’s sweet, tangy and the perfect topping for delicious banana cupcakes.

The takeaway here?

Take care of yourself. If you notice something isn’t right, get it checked out regardless of how busy you are, or how much anxiety you have. Oh, and stay away from Dr. Google.

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed
For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 3 ¾ cups), sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

For the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy - about 4 minutes.
  4. Add in sour cream, vanilla and eggs and mix until combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in the mashed bananas until incorporated, taking care to not over mix.
  7. Use a large cookie scoop (about 3 tablespoons) to divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups.
  8. Bake cupcakes in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops turn golden-brown and a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean.
  9. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
For the cupcakes:
  1. In a the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together, cream cheese, and butter until well combined about 5 minutes.
  2. With the mixer of low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly incorporated and smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Turn mixer to medium speed and mix for approximately 5 more minutes.
  3. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes. If desired, top with finely chopped pecans.

Notes:

Store leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow cupcakes to come to room temperature before serving.
Cupcake recipe adapted from Food Network.

50 Responses to “Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Karen — February 28, 2017 at 11:10 am

    So happy your results came back negative. I can only imagine what you must have been going through.

    I’ve got some ripe bananas and knew I didn’t want more banana bread so this is perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      I hope you love them Karen! Thank so much for stopping by and for the kind words.
      -Jamie

  2. Roseanne — February 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Oh my goodness. You had me sitting on the edge of my chair, reading with my breath held. {{Hugs}} I think I even had a few tears sneak out. I have been there. I have a sister that died in 2015 from C. I can’t even say the word any more. Just {{{HUGS}}} and phew!! Back to bananas and cupcakes and delicious frosting . . . yummmmmm. These look delicious. I will make them, I will Pin this, I will spread the word on my non-food blog, and I will say a little prayer of thanks for you and me and all the women fighting or not fighting the battle. ~smile~

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Oh, Roseanne your comment has me crying happy tears. I am so sorry you lost your sister. Thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers – they truly mean so much. Hugs and prayers right back at ya!
      -Jamie

  3. Janice — February 28, 2017 at 11:28 am

    So glad you’re OK! Stress can really make you sick. Love your recipes! Thanks and be well.

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      It definitely can, Janice. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment!
      -Jamie

  4. Michele Zigmont — February 28, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Hi there so sorry to have heard this above information…But at the same time happy you are fine. I can’t tell you how I enjoy every one of your recipes and my favorite past time to especially unwind/relax is baking and cooking….If I ever am in doubt about selecting a recipe (and I don’t always follow one hahaha) I look for one of yours and it never lets me down!!!
    Thank you for all your time into making recipes that are ALWAYS spot on and amazing….
    Looking forward to future recipes..Take care

    Michele Zigmont

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Michele! Your kind words have certainly brightened my day!
      -Jamie

  5. monica — February 28, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Jamie, Happy NO BREAST CANCER moment to you!!!! Glad you’re healthy and back in action :)

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Monica!

  6. dezi — February 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Dear Jamie, Today as I started looking at your post I said to myself, “Oh, I need to make try those cupcakes for my Sunday School class.” If they turn out like yours, my friends will enjoy them. Thank you so much.
    As I read your post, my heart ached for what you have been going thru. The anxiety…..and how you felt made me hurt for you. I am so sorry. I am glad that you have your answer and that now you can breathe.

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Dezi-
      Thank you! Your kind words mean so much to me. I hope your friends enjoy the cupcakes as much as we did!
      -Jamie

  7. Charlene Garcia — February 28, 2017 at 11:53 am

    You’re awesome! I love you… I diagnose myself all the time!

    Glad you are okay!…
    Charlene

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Charlene! :)

  8. AMy — February 28, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Dr. Google is the worst. I have a mild case of anxiety too and basically react exactly the same as you did to any sort of health related issues. I don’t want to be a hypochondriac running to my doc for everything but if I don’t look in to most things, I go in to zombie mode too. Awful. I’m glad your results were good and that you have nothing to worry about!

    I have five almost too-ripe bananas on my counter and I think I know what I’m making with them now! Thanks! :)

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy! So glad I am not alone. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes as much as we did!
      -Jamie

  9. Lindsay Solem — February 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Dear Jamie,
    I’m humbled and touched by your post today. You could’ve kept it “comfortable,” and stuck with food, but you didn’t. You were honest and real and I so appreciate that. I’m thankful to the Lord that you’re cancer free, that can be such a scary, looming, diagnosis. And I’m glad you aren’t carrying around all that anxiety anymore. I struggle with anxiety as well. My triggers tend to be my overwhelming task list (I’m really detail-oriented and can get overwhelmed by the minutia of things) or my people pleasing nature, I resist any sort of relational tension. My faith in Christ has helped me, as well as the support of loving family and friends, and growing in true thinking, but the threat of slipping in to anxiety looms large in my daily life. Especially as we prepare for our first child, a baby girl (I’ll be joining you soon, due: 5/29/17)! Anyway, thanks again for sharing your heart with us, and your delicious recipes and your fun way of sharing them, I always look forward to checking them out and sharing them with people who I think would love them, as I have. May you be encouraged today in whatever you put your heart and hands to.
    Warmly, one of your fans,
    Lindsay

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Lindsay-
      Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. I’m typically a pretty private person, but for whatever reason felt compelled to share this story here on my blog.
      Congratulations your baby girl – she’ll seriously be the best thing that ever happened to you! I wish you and your family all the best!
      -Jamie

  10. Heather Morge — February 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I have anxiety as well, so I completely empathized (and had anxiety) while I read your entire post. I am so glad everything turned out well. I am the same way, though, and there is no way I could wait one full month for an appointment. I would have worried myself sick. Anyhow, glad things are looking brighter. And yes, cupcakes with frosting definitely makes things better. Take care!

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Heather! :)

  11. Nan — February 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I am happy to hear that it was a big NEGATIVE. I know how it feels when you have anxiety and I can empathize with you.  Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe.

    • Jamie — March 1st, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by with such kind words, Nan!
      -Jamie

  12. Bizness — February 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Jamie – I’m so glad you went with your gut and got yourself checked out and even gladder it was negative! My aunt is fighting a losing battle with breast cancer at the moment – she has a few months at best left. The only sign she had was a hot feeling and ever so slight swelling near her armpit and had to fight to get doctors to take it seriously. She was diagnosed with secondary – by the time they picked it up it was in her lymph nodes. We cherish every moment with her.

    Be like Jamie guys! Not with the Dr Googling, but definitely with the checking yourself out (prod those boobs and surrounding areas!) and going straight to your doctor with any fears.

    • Jamie — March 2nd, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you! I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt. All good thoughts sent your way. xxoo

  13. Deborah Lee Proano — February 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for your post and for sharing about your recent trial. I’m a fan of your blog and have been so for many years! I’ve made your chocolate white chocolate cupcakes many many times (sometimes as cupcakes, sometimes as cake) and people love love love it. It’s my favorite cupcake recipe!

    I did notice you had not been posting as frequently as you used to and I missed hearing from you, that didn’t stop me from going to your blog and looking at various other recipes. Sorry to hear that you went through such a troubling time; I’m very glad to hear that your test results came back negative! Must feel like a new lease of life! Wishing you all the best, and kudos to you for taking up the camera again and getting back into the swing of things. Looking forward to more posts and recipes from you.

    • Jamie — March 2nd, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      You are so kind, Deborah Lee! Thank you so very much!

  14. Natalie — March 1, 2017 at 12:00 am

    It looks delicious! I love banana cupcakes :)

    • Jamie — March 1st, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you, Natalie!

  15. Shifa — March 1, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Hi there.

    I don’t use case flour. What’s the proportion for using All purpose flour in this recipe?

  16. Dee — March 1, 2017 at 10:33 am

    So happy to hear that things were negative! As someone who suffers from anxiety, I can only imagine what you went through. And yes, no better way to celebrate than to bake something!!! The answer to all of life’s problems. LoL

    I do have a question though, if you use all-purpose flour, do you still use the same amount? I simply cannot wait to try these!!!

    • Jamie — March 2nd, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Dee! Here’s a great article about converting cake flour to all purpose. I hope you enjoy the cupcakes!

  17. Tammy — March 1, 2017 at 11:01 am

    wonderful inspiration and delicious looking cupcakes, i will try both.

    • Jamie — March 1st, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you, Tammy!

  18. Marie — March 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Thank the good Lord you are alright!

    When I read 1 # confectioners sugar sifted….does it mean to shift prior to measuring (I do all my ingredients by weight measurement) or to weigh out 1 # and then shift it? There is a bit of a difference in weight.

    • Jamie — March 1st, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Hi, Marie! You can take a 1 pound package of confectioners’ sugar and sift it, or measure 3 3/4 cups and sift. Thank you for your kind words!

  19. Kate — March 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I made these cupcakes as soon as I read your post this morning…..delicious does not describe how absolutely heavenly they are!!!!! The cake is light with just the right amount of banana, not over-powering, the texture is fine and provides the perfect balance to the frosting with the fine pecan dusting. Just perfection. My husband loved them. My only question is can I double the recipe or do I have to make some minor adjustments….

    • Jamie — March 2nd, 2017 at 11:57 am

      I’m so glad everyone at your house loved them, Kate! I’ve never doubled the recipe, but I think you should be just fine. All the best to you!

  20. ROB — March 5, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story. It is a good sign that you are talking about your recent trials and I’m happy for you that things have taken a turn for the better.  I wish you the best.

    I discovered your blog last year and it’s one of few that I actually follow closely.  I’ve been an avid cook for all my life, but have only began baking the last two or three years. My confidence and knowledge have been growing.  Your recipes appeal to me a lot and I like the way you present them.

    As I read your banana cupcake recipe this week I happily realized that I had ever single ingredient already on hand to make them, which I did yesterday.  It is a very easy recipe and turned out excellent cupcakes.  I like moist cake, which these were.  I did, however, modify your cream cheese frosting recipe, which terrific results that I want to share with you and your other readers.  I drastically reduced the sugar quantity to just one cup sifted.  I added a generous pinch of very fine salt as well as a tablespoon or so of sour cream to help loosen the frosting a little.  Then I whipped the crap out of it in my mixer to make fluffy.  I couldn’t stop tasting it!  I’m sure if I’d used the amount of sugar recommended that the frosting would have been unpalatable to me.  I don’t enjoy sickeningly sweet desserts.

    Thank you for your blog and keep your spirits high!

    • Jamie — March 5th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Rob-
      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on the recipe and for your thoughtful words. I am so glad the cupcakes turned out well for you. I can’t wait to try your version of the cream cheese frosting – it sounds delicious!
      -Jamie

  21. Princess — March 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I am so glad your medical report came out negative… I love your banana recipe, looks so yum yum! I will try it out once am done with my exams.

    • Jamie — March 9th, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Best of luck on your exams! I hope you enjoy them!

  22. Savannagal — March 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I made a batch of these this past weekend. The only thing I changed was that I used 3 medium bananas instead of 2 large ones. I meant to add walnuts but forgot. Next time. The cupcakes themselves turned out great. Nice and moist, and tasted like bananas. So often banana bread and cupcake recipes don’t taste much like banana at all. But these were great. I didn’t like the frosting as much. It tasted bland to me. Not at all like the cream cheese frostings I’ve had many times on carrot cake. That’s kind of what I was expecting. It didn’t taste bad, just didn’t taste much at all. Just sweet. It also make a huge amount of frosting. I have quite a large bowl of it leftover. I could easily frost another 12 cupcakes and still have some leftover. I hope it will keep until this weekend so I can make another batch or maybe make a loaf this time. Thanks much for the recipe.

    • Jamie — March 15th, 2017 at 11:28 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the cupcakes. I really like a good banana flavor, too!

  23. Leann — March 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Hi I’ve no idea where to start with baking or cooking lol.. what size cup??? I’ve only ever worked by measuring out in grams .. only just starting to follow you blog the pic of the chocolate  cake pulled me in xxxxxx thank you 

    • Jamie — March 18th, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Hi, Leann! I think this ingredient weight chart should help. I hope you enjoy the cake!

  24. Masha — April 7, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Hi Jamie,
    These look amazing! Can I ask you, I’m a complete beginner and I got a bit overwhelmed about the type of piping nozzles. Can you give any advice for something I could use on both cupcakes and cakes? Thanks!

    • Jamie — April 7th, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Hi, Masha! You don’t need to pipe the frosting if you don’t want to…just spread it on top and enjoy! I hope you like the cupcakes.

  25. Neil — April 8, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Do you mind sharing what type of cupcake pan/cupcake liners you use to achieved this straight edge/ side look.

    Thank you

    • Jamie — April 10th, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Hi, Neil! I’ve purchased my cupcake liners from Bake it Pretty for many years. I hope this helps!

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