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Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Kate Sears
Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 20 mins
Yield 16 cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)
Top homemade banana cupcakes with a rich chocolate frosting for a fruity sweet treat that kids and adults alike are sure to love.

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 313
  • fat 13 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 48 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 54 mg
  • sodium 109 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin and 4 cups of another tin, or line with paper or foil liners. (Pour 2 Tbsp. water into each empty cup.)

  2. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in banana, yogurt and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on a wire rack for about 15 minutes, then remove from tins to racks; let stand until cooled completely.

  3. Make frosting: In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of just-simmering water, melt chocolate. Let cool to room temperature. In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light, about 3 minutes. Beat in milk, vanilla and chocolate until smooth.

  4. Spread frosting on cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles, if desired, and serve.