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Favorite Banana Pudding Cupcakes

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cupcakes 1x


Banana Pudding Cupcakes are based on the classic Nilla Wafer banana pudding dessert. A perfect banana cupcake filled with vanilla pudding and topped with a dollop of Cool Whip blended with pudding then garnished with a vanilla wafer… what’s not to love!



  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix, prepared with milk according to package directions
  • 1 8 ounce container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 18 Nilla Wafers for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream; mix well. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until combined.
  5. Prepare 18 muffin tin cups with paper cupcake liners. Scoop the batter into each cup, ¾ full.
  6. Bake the cupcakes at 350 for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Cool Whip with ½ cup of the prepared vanilla pudding. Reserve the leftover pudding for filling the cupcakes. Refrigerate until it is time to frost the cupcakes.
  8. Cup a hole in the center of each cupcake about 1-inch in diameter and halfway down into the cupcake. Remove the center of the cupcake and reserve. Fill each cupcake with a heaping teaspoon of vanilla pudding. Cut off and discard the bottom half of the reserved cupcake centers to create a small “cap” to place back on the cupcake to cover the hole in the center hiding the vanilla pudding inside.
  9. Frost each cupcake with a generous dollop of the Cool Whip and pudding mixture. Place one Nilla Wafer cookie on top of each cupcake.

  • Category: dessert
  • Cuisine: American
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