Banana Split Cupcakes

These have all the best flavors of a banana split - banana, chocolate, maraschino cherries and creamy vanilla - in cupcake form. (If you're a nuts person, you're on your own here.) A staple in my recipe box for years, my sister and I discovered this recipe during our weekly "get together and make completely bad for you food" sessions we used to have when we lived close to each other. Since this was before the era of chai-bacon-chocolate-latte cupcakes with dulche de leche-cinnamon-ginger frosting we were just amazed by the idea of rolling all the flavors of a banana split into a cupcake. Fast forward many years and it's still a great combination, and one that kids and adults both enjoy. The recipe is easy to whip up and makes a heck of a lot of banana split cupcakes. Which is good because a good portion of mine tend to get eaten even by me before they are frosted. And after. And for breakfast. And for pre-dinner snacks . . .

Banana Split Cupcakes


1 (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix, divided
1 cup water
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3 eggs
1 cup chopped drained maraschino cherries
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 cups prepared vanilla frosting*
1 cup marshmallow Fluff (Fluff works the best and doesn't make the frosting runny)
30 whole maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry

*I'm not in the frosting tub fan club, so if you have time I would highly suggest substituting your favorite vanilla frosting here. Cook's Country has a great frosting recipe that mykitchencafe describes wonderfully here.


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 30 regular-size (2 1/2 inch) muffin cups with paper muffin cup liners.
2. Reserve 2 T cake mix in a small bowl. Combine remaining cake mix, water, bananas and eggs in a large bowl. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer until moistened, about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Pat chopped cherries dry with a paper towel (I try to squeeze a lot of moisture out here) and combine with reserved cake mix in small bowl. Stir chopped cherry mixture and 1 cup chocolate chips into batter.
3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
4. Combine frosting and marshmallow fluff in medium bowl until well blended. Frost each cupcake with frosting mixture.

Yield: About 30 cupcakes

Recipe source: Adapted from 100 Best Bake Sale Recipes

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These look great-classy and flavorful! What a great idea. I am definitely bookmarking these for sure!

I was going to make these soon! They are yummy. I like how you did the frosting.

Thanks, Shanon. Your Bananas Foster cupcake recipe looks delicious, too!

Marla, I thought of you while I was making these, of course. The frosting is so easy. Just put it in a ziploc bag and cut a hole in the corner. It's much faster and easier than frosting a cupcake with a knife or spatula, plus more frosting ends up on the cupcake. ;)

What adorable little cupcakes. They must have really been delicious and full of fruity flavor. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog until tomorrow night and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cupcakes up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-5.html

These are so cute! They look like cartoons!
Jess : )

i happened upon your blog from the linky on sweet as sugar cookies! looks delicious- i would love to try this!

My kids would love these cupcakes! I don't know if the frosting would make it to the cupcakes with my little taste testers wanting bites. Marshmallow vanilla frosting looks so good!

Mmmm banana split in a cupcake...what isn't there to love. I love the look of the fluffy frosting too. Delicious!

Ooo Nicole, these look absolutely delicious!! I'm a cupcake nerd, so these really strike my fancy!
Thank you for the comment on my blog. I hope you will be enter my giveaway for the Houdini Wine Preserver that is going on this week :)
All the best and happy cooking! ~Megan

These sound delicious. Thanks for the post.

Those look absolutely wonderful. I love banana anything!

Wow, what a sight! Looks delicious. I love desserts with bananas.

First time I've heard about it but hey this is great! My mom is coming this weekend and I am planning to make her something homemade. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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