Brownie Banana Bread Cupcakes

Back In January my friend (and roommate!) celebrated her birthday. We had a party at our apartment and I made these cupcakes. The desire to make them first started when Alana told me that a guy from her work’s girlfriend…who works at an amazing bakery downtown…made banana chocolate chip cupcakes that were to die for. I so wanted to prove that my banana cupcakes could be better.

 Since I never tried the cupcakes made by the pro baker I can’t say definitively that mine were better. However I like to think they were. 🙂 I think they tasted great and I think (and hope!) that everyone at her party thought so too. Chocolate and banana taste so good together and the idea of a brownie layer in a cupcake is just too tempting to pass up.

Last weekend Kara and I made these cupcakes again and now I’m sure that these are total winners. After trying one I packed them up and put them in the freezer because I knew that if I left them out I would sneak one every day until they were gone.

Here's what you'll need

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined

Add the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined

Scoop the brownie batter into the cupcake liners and press down with the back of a spoon

Now for the cupcake layer. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside

In another bowl, mix together egg and brown sugar until smooth. Then stir in the vanilla

Add the melted butter and sour cream in next

Gradually stir in the dry ingredients

Add the mashed bananas in last

Scoop the cupcake batter on top of the brownie layer

While the cupcakes bake and cool, start the cream cheese frosting

Frost the cupcakes, sprinkle some mini chips on top for decoration and EAT UP!


Yield: 20 cupcakes


For the Brownie Layer:
¼ cup butter, softened
¾  cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1½ heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, lightly tossed in flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with liner, set aside.

In the bowl of an stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. With the mixer on medium speed, add in flour (with chocolate chips tossed in), salt and cocoa powder, mixing until just combined.

Spoon about ½ – ¾ of a tablespoon of brownie batter into each cup. Press the batter down with the back of a spoon coated in non-stick spray.

For the Cupcake Layer:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 egg
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup sour cream
½ cup butter, melted

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk egg and add brown sugar, mixing until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Add the sour cream and melted butter and mix. Stir in the dry ingredients, then add mashed bananas and mix until batter comes together. The batter will be thicker than normal cupcake batter.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into liners on top of the brownie batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting:
1½ sticks butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1¾ cup loosely packed brown sugar
1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

Beat butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until completely combined and creamy, scraping down the sides a few times as needed. Add in brown sugar and powdered sugar, beating on low speed and gradually increasing to medium speed. Pour in vanilla extract. Beat frosting for 4-5 minutes on medium-high speed until creamy. This frosting is not very thick, so make sure to either frost immediately before eating, or store in the refrigerator for up until 30 minutes before serving.

Source: How Sweet It Is