I’ve been going caramel crazy lately. I made a ton of batches of both my Homemade Caramel Sauce and my Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce and have been topping EVERYTHING with it. I can’t help it. The stuff is addictive.
As great a topping as caramel sauce makes, there was no way in hell that was all I was gonna use it for. So to put my Homemade Caramel Sauce to better use, I swirled some into this banana bread and stuffed some inside these cupcakes. Those recipes were a caramel dream come true, but I still had loads of caramel sauce, so I thought “what the hell? Let’s bake more desserts!”
On top of going crazy for caramel, I’ve been going bananas for bananas! And by bananas, I mean banana desserts. I’m one of those people who hate eating bananas alone, but adore banana-flavoured baked goods. Overripe bananas add so much moisture and natural sweetness to a baked good along with a strong banana flavour that even the biggest banana hater would fall in love with!
I’ve shared a few cupcake recipes on here now, but they have all either been chocolate or vanilla. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever made a cupcake that was outside those 2 flavours. Now that my baking skills have improved, I think it’s time for me to venture on to different flavours. I already had some overripe bananas leftover from my Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe, so it was the perfect opportunity to bake up these moist and fluffy banana cupcakes!
These cupcakes were inspired by my Banana Caramel Layer Cake, but I made a few changes to make them even more amazing. Instead of making a caramel buttercream like I did for the cake, I topped these cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting!
Imagine the most soft and moist banana bread you’ve ever had, with caramel sauce swirled in the batter and caramel flavoured cheesecake stuffed inside. It’s the greatest banana bread ever in the form of a fluffy and flavourful cupcake!
The banana cupcake recipe is just my banana cake recipe cut in half, but you can go with that recipe if you want more cupcakes.
The cupcakes are super light, fluffy and moist with the perfect banana flavour that’s enhanced with cinnamon! They taste just like my perfect banana bread, but with a softer and less dense crumb.
For this recipe, and pretty much every banana baked good, you wanna use overripe bananas. I’m talking nearly black peels, but you also don’t want them to be rotten. Overripe bananas are the key to achieving that sweet banana bread flavour along with a ton of moisture!
I put my bananas into a paper bag and allow them to ripen on top of the refrigerator. If you need to ripen your bananas at last minute, you can do that by preheating your oven to 300F, separating your bananas and placing them on a baking sheet, then popping them in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until peels are black. After this, allow the bananas to cool completely before using.
I used 3 large bananas, because I wanted the banana flavour to really shine next to the other powerful flavours in these cupcakes. To mash the bananas you can either use a fork, or you can purée them in a food processor if you don’t want small chunks of fruit in the finished cupcake.
To make the cupcakes, we cream the butter, and a mixture of white and brown sugar until fluffy. Using a mixture of white and brown sugar provides these cupcakes with the lightest texture and softest crumb. Vegetable oil is also added for moisture, along with sour cream which gives the cupcakes a soft and tender texture.
Once everything is mixed together, you’re gonna end up with a thick and creamy batter with a smell so intoxicating you’ll be tempted to have a taste. Fight the temptation and scoop it into your cupcake liners. It’ll taste better once it’s baked, I promise.
I ate a few on their own since they’re so addictive, but these aren’t muffins, they’re cupcakes which means we have to make them sweet and over the top! I recently made these Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cupcakes that were deliciously filled with a ton of salted caramel sauce, so I thought I’d do the same for these banana cupcakes. Instead of using salted caramel sauce, I made a batch of my regular Homemade Caramel Sauce to fill the cupcakes.
What really takes these cupcakes to a new level is the Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting! This frosting is extremely creamy and the slight tang of the cream cheese and sweetness of the caramel pair perfectly with the fluffy banana cupcakes!
This isn’t the stiffest frosting, thanks to the added caramel sauce, but it’s still pipe-able. The decoration of the cupcakes were inspired by these cupcakes and my Ferrero Rocher Cupcakes. For the design, I transferred the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip and piped a rim around the cupcake. I then used a small offset spatula to smooth the frosting out, then dipped the tops into some crunchy toffee bits. Then using a large star tip, I piped a swirl on top.
To finish the cupcakes off, I drizzled some more caramel sauce on top and garnished with a fresh slice of banana! I recommend placing on the banana slices just before you’re about to serve, because they will get soggy after awhile. You can also top them with banana chips!
Fluffy and moist banana cupcakes with a smooth caramel filling that erupts in your mouth with every bite, a creamy and smooth caramel cream cheese frosting that’s to die for, and a toffee rim that adds amazing crunch and flavour. These are the true definition of cupcake bliss!
Banana Caramel Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting