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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19 Responses to “Dairy Free Chocolate Cookies ‘N Cream Ice Cream”

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    Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles — January 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Yum that looks delicious and welcome back to my hometown! Cincinnati’s actually a great town that grows on you and has been evolving quite a bit in the time that you’ve been away. I suspect given your profession and work location history that we probably work for the same company as our day jobs ;).

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:30 am

      Yes, Cincinnati has changed a LOT since we moved away in 2007.

      I would suspect you’re right. There’s enough info to know where I work, especially if you work here too 😉 Going to go check out your blog now. I would love to meet some other Cincinnati area bloggers!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:31 am

      Ok I work for the *other* big company in town (just checked your About page).

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — January 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Isn’t the KA ice cream attachment the best thing ever? I am always making ice cream, even in the wintertime, but I never thought of using canned coconut milk as the base. I’ll have to try this out soon!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      Absolutely. I didn’t think I could love my KAM any more than I already did. The ice cream attachment proved that I can.

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    Cara — January 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I have lots of cans of coconut milk laying around and I know they make a good ice cream! Adding this one to my list 🙂

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    tracy {pale yellow} — January 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I bought myself KA ice creamer maker for my birthday this summer and I adore it! I’ve been thinking about making non-dairy ice creams, but the recipes all sounded strange. It’s great to see a recipe from a trusted source. Can’t wait to try.

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

      Let me know what you think if you try it. I am going to be experimenting with different milks since I can’t have cow’s milk…

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    Shannon — January 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    love coconut milk based ice creams!! this one looks fabulous, and good call throwing in those oreos 😉

    • beantownbaker — January 24th, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

      It’s ALWAYS a good idea to throw oreos in 🙂

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    Sabine — January 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

    My brother’s favorite thing to get at Coldstone is chocolate oreo ice cream. Too bad I don’t have an ice cream maker, or I would definitely try this!

    • beantownbaker — January 29th, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      I’ve been told you can make ice cream without an ice cream maker. I never tried it before I got mine though…

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    Mary — January 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I just made your recipe and luckily I tasted it before I cooled it. The ratio of sugar to cocoa powder is off. You should use at least twice the amount of sugar to cocoa powder in order for it not to have a horribly bitter taste. After adding more sugar it had a nice sweet to chocolately balance. Thanks for the recipe, my daughter is lactose intolerant and she will enjoy it.

    • beantownbaker — January 31st, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

      I am glad you were able to adjust this recipe to suit your needs. Hubby and I both enjoyed the sweetness level of this recipe. I’m sure different cocoa powders have different levels of sweetness. I plan to try this recipe without the cocoa powder to make vanilla ice cream too. We loved the creaminess of it!

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    Efrain Stamper — March 11, 2013 at 3:08 am

    This look yummy and chocolate ice cream is one of my favorite. Thanks for sharing the directions and ingredients.

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    Sara — April 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I just opened a can of coconut milk and it looked extremely curdled. I shook it a lot but it was still completely curdled. Is that how coconut milk is supposed to be out of the can? Are there any brands that you specifically like to use?

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    Raigon — October 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Oh how I wish I could try this.. I am currently gluten and dairy free.. However this being dairy free is is not gluten free with the oreo’s… Bummer!!

    • beantownbaker — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:28 am

      I’ve made this recipe again without the Oreos and it’s really good. Not quite as good as with the Oreos, but if you wanted to make it gluten free, just leave them out.

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