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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8 Responses to “Cannoli Ice Cream”

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — September 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    This sounds so amazing!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Mouth watering 🙂 I love cannolis and I am sure my husband and I would finish this ice cream off quick!!

    • beantownbaker — September 28th, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      I bet you would love it. And I’m sure you could find a bakery who would sell you cannoli shells. I couldn’t find anything in Cincinnati and I didn’t have time to make any, so I had to go with store bought…

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    Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} — September 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Genius! I love the idea of this ice cream, I would hoard this for myself!!! Looks absolutely sinful!

    • beantownbaker — September 29th, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

      Hehe, I know what you mean. Sometimes I hide desserts in the freezer and don’t tell Hubby where they went 😉

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    Michelle — October 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    It was so delicious. I might try and make it soon.

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    Shannon — October 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    oh man, i am so trying this!!! I love the filing of cannolis but could take or leave the shell, so I think this would be perfect 🙂

    • beantownbaker — October 23rd, 2013 @ 12:26 am

      I’m sure you would love this – you could even leave out the shell pieces if you wanted to.

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