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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5 Responses to “4th of July Layered Cookie Cake”

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    Linds — July 7, 2008 at 11:17 am

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    Julia — July 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    M&Ms were an inspired idea! And honestly, I think 3 layers was a better size. 5 layers is just too much as I ended up splitting the layers in half when I served it because they were just so big.

    Thank you for the post-back!

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    Elly — July 8, 2008 at 1:23 am

    This looks SO good. I just bookmarked it and I hope to try it in the next year since my bookmarked list is too long 😛 I think halving it is the way to go, it already looks pretty big. Mmm.

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    ~Amber~ — July 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, this looks pretty darn tasty! I love M&M’s.

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    rash — November 25, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Hey there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my
    new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your
    blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the fantastic work!

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