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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4 Responses to “Cookie Carnival – Blueberry Lemon Cookies”

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    SiHaN — May 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

    how did you manage to get yours looking lyke the crumbly toppings of a muffin? my are so darn smooth!!! gosh.. yours look reallie enticing. great job!

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    Mevrouw Cupcake — June 2, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Cakey is just the word I was looking for! We gobbled these all up in flash!

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    Jen — June 2, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I’m not sure how I did it. I just followed the directions… I used frozen blueberries and my batter definitely looked like ice cream out of the fridge. I love cakey cookies so these really hit the spot for me!

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    Hygeian Stew — June 4, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Those do look like muffin tops (the yummy part). I enjoyed the cakey cookies too!

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