Banana Split Cupcakes

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Banana Split Cupcakes

By Stefani Pollack

What’s better on a hot summer day than a banana split?  How about a banana split cupcake?  These cupcakes are loaded with all of the flavors you know and love from the ice cream treat – bananas (of course) plus chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, and nuts.  They’re piled high with whipped cream and topped with chocolate sauce, chopped nuts, sliced bananas, and a cherry.  Like the ice cream treat, these cupcakes can easily be shared and are best eaten with a spoon.

Banana Split Cupcakes
Yield: 18 cupcakes

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup strawberry yogurt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
½ cup macerated strawberries
½ cup dried pineapple, loosely chopped
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup walnuts, loosely chopped


Preheat oven to 350º F.
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl.
Mix in eggs, yogurt, flour, and baking soda.
Stir in bananas, strawberries, pineapple, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
Bake for twenty-five minutes or until the tops bounce back when lightly touched.

imageBanana Whipped Cream Frosting

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 over-ripe banana, mashed*
Chocolate syrup, to taste
½ cup walnuts, loosely chopped
½ cup bananas, thinly sliced
18 cherries, pitted

*A non-ripened banana can be used by microwaving it for 45 seconds (or until it is soft but not liquid), then letting it return to room temperature.


Whip heavy whipping cream and sugar until light and fluffy.
Mix in bananas until just combined.
Frost cupcakes.
Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Top with walnuts, banana slices, and a cherry.

Stefani Pollack is the author of the popular cupcake blog, Cupcake Project. While she loves simple chocolate cupcakes, Stefani prefers creative cupcakes inspired by her favorite flavor combinations. She encourages her readers to branch out and experiment in the kitchen. Why cupcakes? They bring out the kid in us! Visit Stefani at

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Reader Comments:


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By Anonymous on May 31, 2012


Made these today-most amazing cupcakes I've ever done. The frosting alone was incredible and I ate it by the spoonfull! Loved that you could taste each ingredient in the cupcake and none were overpowering, all went together perfectly. Incredible!!!

By Emily on June 25, 2011


omg!!! i think this is going on my recipe pages i didnt taste it yet but i will i comment after i do it!!! i know its gonna rock my tastebuds! lol

By christine on June 01, 2011


I love your recipes Paula. There are so many can't decide which is my favorite. I made these Babnana Split Cupcakes for Mothers Day. They were so rich and so dellicious. I never thought of mashing bananas into the heavy cream. The icing was flavorful, and totally different from the average frosting. Not as sweet as the buttercream- a perfect topping. Thanks for another great recipe.

By jamie at on May 14, 2011


I could not get the icing to thicken up at all. I don't know what I did wrong :( I haven't tasted them yet because I got on here to see if anybody else had problems with the icing. Im gonna have to just go buy some icing real quick so I can finish them.

By Jessi on April 23, 2011

These were good but not great.  They were more like a banana nut muffin than a cupcake.  They were dense like a muffin is and not light like a cupcake would be.  The whipped topping with banana was wonderful. Most likely will not make again but we will eat the “muffins” that were made.

By Amie Sullivan on September 30, 2010

This is such a beautiful cupcake. Excellent image! smile

By Mei Teng on July 18, 2010

These aren’t Paula’s… they’re Stefani Pollack’s from “The Cupcake Prjoect.” I ADORE her work, check out her blog:

(you all really should read the Byline…)

By Katii on July 17, 2010

Looks great!

By kathy kneedler on July 13, 2010

I made these this past weekend and they were a hit. I have been trying out different recipies for an upcoming birthday party and I think that these will be the perfect addition/ centerpiece for that occasion. The taste was magnificient! And the whipped topping was the perfect icing on the cake I have ever made. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

By Melissa on July 12, 2010

thank you for providing this wonderful receipe of Paula Deens- Banana Split cupcakes…they sound so delicious and cant wait to make….hopefully for a picnic coming up….thanks again wendy hope

By wendy hope on July 11, 2010

You are my HERO Paula…As a southern cook myself I admire you and your love for ” REAL butter” only the southern cooks really get what that sweet taste of butter does for a dish! I’m so glad I found your website! I didn’t honestly know you had one..
Much love—robin from SC

By RobinDSC on July 09, 2010

Oh my gosh, my teeth hurts just looking at the pictures, but oh I bet it is so good though, might try to make some for my little girls birthday party in a few weeks, she will be 5, and I havent known a 5 year old that didnt love cupcakes or anything sweet,, Love your show,,,

By Angela Hambric on July 08, 2010

I thought this was a buttercream frosting at first.  I’ve been looking for that real creamy buttercream recipe.  Does anyone have it?
Thanks much!!!

By Betty on July 08, 2010

My husband, Harold,? Could,if I let him, a Banana Split every night! I think he will love these. Thank You for all the GREAT food recipes you provide for the world! I love your personality also! If I am down/blue.? YOU make my day…Thanks. 

By Lori Gebert on July 08, 2010

Can not wait to try these cupakes! I love your show.

By jewell littleton on July 08, 2010

I am so gonna make these this weekend.  We make a banana split cake that is unbelievable.  So we have to try this one.  Thanks Paula.

By Jamie M Shaffer on July 08, 2010

WOW!  This is perfect.  I’m having a luncheon this Saturday with a group of ladies and I think this would be a perfect dessert! Thank you so much for all of your great ideas Paula!

By Connie on July 08, 2010

Over the 4th I made the Savannah Strawberry Tall Cake but,I changed the filling,I cooked 2 cups of pineapple juice,2 eggs,1/4 cup of flour and 1 cup of sugar until thick like pudding and left cool then I whipped up a box of dream whip and folded the pineapple mixture to the dream whip . The pineapple topping and strawberries were a wonderful combo everyone loved it.

By Glenna Rudy on July 08, 2010

Paula,they sound so good I will try them for my great grand kids i think they will love them.I love watching you on TV.

By Joyce Girdner on July 08, 2010

Love your recipes Paula you are awesome keep them coming

By Joanne Cassell on July 08, 2010

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