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Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

  • Yield: Makes 28
Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2009


  • 3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 very ripe large bananas, mashed (about 2 cups), plus sliced bananas for garnish
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Caramel Buttercream


  1. Make cupcakes as directed in Basic Cupcake How-To, using mashed bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla for wet ingredients.

  2. Stir pecans into batter. Once cupcakes are cool, frost tops with caramel buttercream. Frosted cupcakes will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 2 days. Top with banana slices before serving.

Reviews (11)

  • Ines Verea Gandoulf 12 Mar, 2013


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  • Hannah Wallace 9 Nov, 2012


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  • Sandra7824 15 Jan, 2012

    We LOVED these cupcakes! Moist, and the smell of them baking was to die for. Yum! :)

  • ARosie 19 Apr, 2011

    I thought this was pretty good; you can make a 3 banana recipe if you make a "combine" with this recipe, as they are essentially the same:

    I put a few chocolate chips in the batter, and frosted with chocolate good!

  • shell5564 2 Mar, 2011

    I added a drop of raspberry flavoring to the buttercream frosting and it was AMAZING. But the cupcakes are more like light muffins. But overall delicious

  • cat1992 5 Feb, 2011

    These are delicious. They seem a little like muffins to me, but more like cupcakes after they're frosted.

  • Ahrisha 11 Sep, 2009

    This recipe is outstanding. Moist and flavorful

  • bertandrew 5 Jun, 2009

    I got my CUPCAKES book yesterday at the book signing event in Madison, Connecticut. I tried this recipe today and they came out great! Thanks, Martha!

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