Banana Split Cupcake

Cupcake Hero is BACK! This is one of the first blogging events I ever participated in. After a 9-month or so hiatus, CB has brought it back for all of us cupcake fans out there. This month’s ingredient is banana, which was a shocking selection since CB does NOT like banana. I struggled all month to think of a creative use of banana in a cupcake. Finally, on a restless night, I came up with this idea.

As you know, a classic Banana Split has a split banana, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, topped with pineapple, strawberry, and chocolate. Then the whole thing is topped with chopped nuts, whipped cream, and of course a cherry.

These cupcakes are so freaking cute! I can’t wait to make them again. They taste just like a banana split with the added bonus of having some cake in it! I opted to leave the nuts and whipped cream out, but you could definitely add those if you wanted to.

First I started with some Martha Stewart yellow buttermilk cupcakes. They are my current go-to white cupcake. Although the recipe makes a TON of cupcakes! Then I used my round cookie cutter to cut out the center of the cupcake.

Next I added a slice of banana.

On top of that I added some mushed up strawberries. You could also use strawberry ice cream topping, but I just took some frozen strawberries, thawed them out, put them in a ziplock bag and mushed them by hand.

Then I topped the strawberry with another banana slice. At this point I realized I wouldn’t need the top of the cupcake that I had cut out. So I ate it. Tasty!

For the frosting, I used the pineapple cream cheese frosting that I’ve made tons of times, except I bumped up the amount of pineapple in it. Then I got it really cold by putting it in the freezer for about an hour so that I could scoop it with my cookie scoop to make it look like ice cream.

Next I drizzled some pourable chocolate ganache over the top of the frosting.

Lastly I topped with a cherry.

I wanted to do a shot of the inside of the cupcake. It’s quite messy in there, but that is definitely the way a banana split looks after you take the first bite.

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10 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream”

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — August 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

    My ice cream with coconut milk keeps freezing solid, into a very solid rock. Any ideas what the problem is? I have a recipe going up tomorrow, with a disclaimer that you need to defrost it if you freeze it overnight, heh…

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:16 am

      Hm. I have noticed that some of my ice creams do need to sit on the counter for a bit before they’re scoopable. But I haven’t noticed if it’s related to the coconut milk or not… Mine is usually fine after sitting out for 10 minutes or so…

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    Shannon — August 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    you are on a roll with the frozen treats! sounds like its been a good summer 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:34 am

      I definitely am on a roll this summer… Homemade ice cream is just so dang good.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Love that you use coconut milk with all of this chocolate!

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      I love the subtle coconut flavor that it provides!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — August 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

    So much chocolaty goodness, wow I need this in my life. This ice cream looks beyond amazing!! Pinning :))

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Chocolate fudge <3 oh my! This looks wonderful!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — August 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

    That’s where those extra pounds have come from! Delicious homemade ice cream ruins all diets, but it’s just so yummy! This batch looks fantastic!

    • beantownbaker — August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Absolutely! It’s so worth it.

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