Banana Pudding Cupcakes

I am a complete failure in the chocolate chip cookie department. It makes no sense to me! I follow the directions exactly and yet they come out terribly! I made another attempt yesterday only to turn out another flop. They were flat and burned. I think I have an idea of where I’m going wrong, but I was feeling frustrated and too demoralized to go on. I was beaten by the basic American chocolate chip cookie…

Today, in an effort to redeem myself, I decided to experiment. Banana bread was on my mind and then I took a turn towards the creative and conjured up Banana Pudding Cupcakes. I also make a mean banana pudding (seriously, it’s better than any other I’ve ever tasted!) and I figured a cupcake version would be a win! My excitement was tainted a bit when I googled “my” idea and saw that it was not as original as I first thought. But whatever; this is my take on the recipe and I’ll happily take credit for the lovely little cupcake gems that I turned out today. 500 million times better than my chocolate chip cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding, prepared
  • 1 container of Cool Whip, thawed
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and smashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (or 1 teaspoon baking soda)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Nilla Wafers for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, and banana then mix well. In a medium size bowl mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and gently mix just until combined.
  2. Pour the batter into muffin tins lined with paper baking cups filling each 3/4 full. Bake the cupcakes at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a cupcake.
  3. In a medium size bowl, gently combine the Cool Whip and 1 cup of the prepared vanilla pudding (reserve the rest of the pudding for some other purpose, like a late night snack) to make the icing. Cool the cupcakes completely then top with the icing and garnish with one Vanilla Wafer.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Banana Pudding Cupcakes
 
These came out perfectly! The cupcakes are light and moist with the perfect amount of “banana-y ness.” It’s not a strong banana flavor like banana bread. They are mild and sweet little cupcakes that match perfectly with the Cool Whip/pudding topping. Yum!
 
Banana Pudding Cupcakes


Enjoy!

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62 Comments on Banana Pudding Cupcakes

  1. Audrey
    March 22, 2014 at 4:12 am (3 years ago)

    Yummy. Im always looking for something different too do with over ripe bananas. And cupcakes are better for portion control than cake 🙂

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    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree! Making cupcakes instead of a whole cake or dessert helps me limit the amount I eat.

      Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! I think they would be perfect for a party! Not too difficult to make.

      Reply
  2. debbie mcmullen
    March 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm (3 years ago)

    wow! My hubby and kids will love these! Banana pudding is a favorite here so theyre sure to be a hit! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Banana pudding is one of my husbands favorites too! It's such an embarrassingly easy dessert and yet everyone loves it. These cupcakes are a great spin on the old banana pudding dessert.

      Reply
  3. Kerrie McLoughlin
    March 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm (3 years ago)

    i just bought nilla wafers so this is perfect!

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    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm (3 years ago)

      I just happened to have them on hand when I decided to make these cupcakes. Kind of funny because Nilla Wafers are not a pantry staple for me! I guess they will be now… 🙂

      Reply
  4. Scott
    March 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Love Nilla Wafers in almost anything! These are a nice change from chocolate.

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    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree! I love chocolate but pretty much always prefer a "fruity" dessert.

      Reply
  5. justdecorate
    March 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm (3 years ago)

    I think these could turn out to be my favorite cupcakes. I love banana and vanilla.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

      They're my new favorite for sure!

      Reply
  6. Yona Williams
    March 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh yeah…this recipe just got PINNED. I have got to find the time to make these…I bet they will taste amazing.

    Reply
  7. Kimberly Renee
    March 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm (3 years ago)

    It just so happens that I have a box of banana pudding in my cupboard. My grandma would love these.

    Reply
  8. Krystal Butherus
    March 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

    The frosting looks so good! I'm impressed!

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      March 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I just frosted them with a spoon. Pretty easy to do!

      Reply
  9. wanderingsearching.com
    March 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)

    These look wonderful and it's something I can actually eat being a vegetarian. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply
  10. Marcie Robinson
    March 23, 2014 at 12:26 am (3 years ago)

    They look delicious!! I will have to try!

    Reply
  11. Stephanie Manning
    March 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    These look very yummy! I will have to give them a try! Sharing them on my FB fanpage! 🙂

    Reply
  12. Renee Hutchinson
    March 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm (3 years ago)

    I don't like bananas but my son loves them. I bet this would be a big hit with kids.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh yeah, perfect kid food! My daughter will eat them without the icing and calls them "muffins" 🙂

      Reply
  13. Roaen
    March 24, 2014 at 12:01 am (3 years ago)

    oh yummmm.. this is genius. i love banana puddings AND cupcakes!

    Reply
  14. Corina Ramos
    March 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm (3 years ago)

    OMGEEE this is looks so yummy! I'm going to have to try this one for sure! Thanks for joining the I'm Every Woman Weekly Linky blog party and sharing it with us!

    Happy Tuesday Carissa!

    Reply
  15. LeahSay - Bonnie
    March 26, 2014 at 1:57 am (3 years ago)

    Oh delicious! Banana is a favor in our house so this will be on my baking list for this week.
    Thanks for linking up.
    Hint* add and extra egg to the chocolate chip cookie recipe. Works like a charm.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm (3 years ago)

      I'll try that as soon as I work up the courage to try making chocolate chip cookies again 🙂

      Reply
  16. Mandy Carter
    March 26, 2014 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

    The sound so delish! I pinned these to my Cupcake Group Board!

    Reply
  17. Eliz Frank
    March 26, 2014 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    You did a terrific job on this cupcake. It looks too beautiful to eat. I bet it is just as delicious.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm (3 years ago)

      We ate the pretty ones first. Haha! 🙂

      Reply
  18. Sabrina @ PLN
    March 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my these look so good! Saving the is recipe to try it out. thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  19. Rachel Ralston
    March 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, I bet these are so good. Banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts so I must try this recipe out. Thank you for sharing this.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

      I actually really don't like vanilla pudding… or any pudding for that matter! But banana pudding I DO like.

      Reply
  20. wendy downey
    March 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG my husband is a serious banana addict… I'm going to have to make these

    Reply
  21. Fabulous Perks
    March 28, 2014 at 1:25 am (3 years ago)

    Ooh my these look so delicious! I a huge fan banna treats. I could totally eat one of these right now.

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Reply
  22. Carol Biederman
    March 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Stopping by from I'm Every Woman Blog Hop. These cupcakes look simply delish! Are they easy to make? I sure hope so! Might have to give them a try this weekend. Happy Friday, and thanks for sharing.

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    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, actually super easy! I was completely surprised by how perfectly they came out on my first attempt. That basically never happens when I make up a recipe! I'm not a great baker because I take shortcuts and don't like to measure, but I think these cupcakes are pretty much foolproof.

      Reply
  23. Victoria
    March 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks delicious. Thanks for linking up at #ThrowbackThursdayLP

    Reply
  24. Tammy @ creativekkids
    March 31, 2014 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    Those do look so yummy and not overly sweet! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, not too sweet at all. I can eat one and not feel miserable after 🙂

      Reply
    • Tammy @ creativekkids
      April 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for also linking up with the Tasty Tuesday's Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty's Tuesday's Pinterest Board!

      Reply
  25. Carie Spence
    April 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my these looks good! So cute and like someone else said….perfect for a party!

    Reply
    • Carissa Shaw
      April 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree! They would be so cute displayed at a party.

      Reply
  26. Michelle Nahom
    April 2, 2014 at 3:47 am (3 years ago)

    Yum! These look awesome! I bet my kids would be thrilled if I had these ready for them after school! Thanks for sharing them with us at LOBS!

    Reply
  27. Carie Spence
    August 20, 2014 at 1:58 am (3 years ago)

    These look like they would be incredibly good! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

    Reply

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