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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12 Responses to “Peppermint White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Mandy — January 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Oo those look amazing! I haven’t been to your website in awhile. I love the new look! I actually said Mmmmmm out loud as I clicked on the link. LOL

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

      Welcome back! Glad you enjoy the new look. These cookies are definitely MMMmmm! In fact, I brought one in my lunch today 🙂

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    Mandy — January 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I just subscribed by email. I use your recipes all of the time!

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      What a great idea. I always forget about that feature 🙂

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    Sues — January 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t get enough peppermint, even after the holidays! I make a similar cookie, but love that you added white chocolate in for these 🙂

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      Peppermint is definitely one of my favorite flavors. I loved the candy pieces that were on the edges of these cookies and got all crispy!

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    Megan — January 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I didn’t get to decorate the house or get a tree… I have a feeling I may go overboard next Christmas. Hope you guys are settling in!

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      I already got Hubby agree to two trees next year! hope the new house is going well for you guys.

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    Katie B. — January 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Kind of sad that I have to wait another 9-10 months before it becomes socially acceptable to make these….

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

      It’s still winter, so it’s definitely still acceptable in my book!

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    Shannon — January 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    great tip on the candy canes! what a fabulous way to break in the new oven 🙂

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    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — January 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

    These cookies look so yummy, what a great idea with candy canes

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