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Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting.

Best. Cupcakes. Ever.

Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever. - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #BananaCupcakes #BrownSugarCupcakes

 

I hate to say, this is another recipe I have been holding off from sharing with you all for over a month! A month! Photos, recipe, everything ready but never posted it. You see, in this wonderful world of blogging that I have come to now call my career, you can come by time to time another blogger who has

A month! Photos, recipe, everything ready but never posted it. You see, in this wonderful world of blogging that I have come to now call my career, you can come by time to time another blogger who has

Photos, recipe, everything ready but never posted it. You see, in this wonderful world of blogging that I have come to now call my career, you can come by time to time another blogger who has somehow telepathically had the same idea as you and post it before you get to do so. LOL, this happened to me with these cupcakes!

I’m serious, it is crazy to me, I was scrolling Pinterest a couple days after I made today’s post and came across a pin for these cupcakes from The Chef Next Door. I hadn’t even consumed all of these cupcakes and she beat me to it! LOL, great minds think alike. 😉

So, I’m crediting her here because hers look completely amazing as well, the recipes are slightly different, so you should give them both a try! I wanted to give a nice buffer of time for her cupcakes to circulate before I brought mine into the mix, please forgive me!

 

Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever. - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #BananaCupcakes #BrownSugarCupcakes

 

Trust me, they’re worth the wait!

 

Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever. - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #BananaCupcakes #BrownSugarCupcakes

 

These seriously are some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever made and tasted.

 

The banana cupcake itself is like an amped up extra light but still seriously moist banana bread. But to me, the real winner here is the brown sugar frosting.

It’s one of those weird recipes, you know where you cook flour and milk together… I know, it sounds weird but… but…. wow. It’s the best frosting I have ever made. EVER.

It might be the only frosting I will ever make again. EVER.

Recipe for the frosting adapted from Tasty Kitchen. This post contains affiliate links.

 

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Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever. - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #BananaCupcakes #BrownSugarCupcakes

 

The frosting can take a bit of work, but once you tasted it. You will understand the deliciousness.

Promise.

 

Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever. - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #BananaCupcakes #BrownSugarCupcakes

 

ENJOY!!

 

Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever. - ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #BananaCupcakes #BrownSugarCupcakes

 

4.9 from 11 reviews
Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting
 
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Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting, light, moist banana cupcakes are topped with THE BEST brown sugar frosting. Best. Cupcakes. Ever.
Ingredients
Banana Cupcakes
  • 1½ Cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ Cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • ¼ Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
Brown Sugar Frosting
  • 2½ Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • ½ Cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • ½ Cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • ½ Cup packed brown sugar
Instructions
Banana Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line muffin tin with wrappers, set aside. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add in the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine, add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined and no dry spots. Divide the batter among the 12 cupcakes wrappers, about ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 17-19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Place on a wire rack for 5 minutes, take out and place directly on the rack to cool completely.
Brown Sugar Frosting
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk the flour into the milk and cook over medium heat, whisking continuously until thick. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and let cool to room temp.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and there is no graininess left. Add in the cooled milk mixture and beat it on high speed until a whipped cream consistency. This can take a while, do not give up! Well worth the effort. Frosting cupcakes and enjoy! Any leftover cupcakes should be refrigerated.

 

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29 Wonderful Comments

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    May 18, 2015

    Omg these cupcakes look so amazing! Pinning and hoping that I have a good excuse to make these very soon! Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from the Frugal Crafty Home blog hop.

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    Stephanie B. says:
    May 18, 2015

    I made these cupcakes last night and brought them into work this morning. My co-workers loved them! I had one after I had made my batch and the frosting really is awesome!

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      May 18, 2015

      YAY, so glad everyone liked them! Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment on how they came out!

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      Kimmie says:
      February 1, 2017

      Did you refrigerate the frosting? I’m making these now for tomorrow and trying to figure out if I should refrigerate the frosting and frost them in the morning or if I can do it tonight.

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        February 1, 2017

        I would do it in the morning. Thanks for checking!

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    Tianna says:
    May 21, 2015

    these look divine!! I love that they have a natural flavor as well – bananas are a favorite 🙂

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    May 22, 2015

    These look so cute and delicious Dana. I love a good banana cupcake. Visiting from Freedom Fridays:)

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    Elizabeth says:
    May 22, 2015

    I do love brown sugar frosting! Such a nice change! Pinned. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Hope to see you again tomorrow.

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    Corri says:
    November 15, 2015

    Made theses for my Mom for her birthday! Been a while since I have baked. Your instructions were perfect, and made me feel like a star baker. Thanks for posting them!

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    Lee Anne says:
    August 4, 2016

    I know this is an old recipe so you may never see this comment, but in case you do..this recipe is amazing! I’ve made them multiple times and the cupcakes never last the day. I especially love that as long as I have some ripe bananas (which is always) all the other ingredients are staples. Thank you so much!

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      August 4, 2016

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, I love that you love them too!

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    Jaimee says:
    August 17, 2016

    Wow, I’m so glad that I found this recipe. It came out amazing! My cupcakes were sooo moist and the flavour was not too sweet, I could taste the natural banana flavour which my mom loves! I served them to my family and they loved them! Followed exactly what it said in the instructions and I’m satisfied. 🙂

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    Angela says:
    September 24, 2016

    These cupcake are crazy good! Better than any bakery cupcakes I have ever had! The frosting tastes like no frosting I have ever had! It is so delicious!!! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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    EK says:
    November 19, 2016

    Delish! I made these and I love them. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to eat a whole one because I ate too much batter. 🙁 It’s just so good!

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      November 19, 2016

      LOL sounds like a good problem to have, I’m so glad you like them!

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    Eylia says:
    December 3, 2016

    Hello. I hv tried ur recipe. It turns out great! The cake is so moist n the frosting wow delicious. I am wondering if the frosting tastes good with chocolate cupcakes. Thank you so much for sharing ?

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      December 3, 2016

      Thanks so much! I’m not sure how it would pair with chocolate but it’s so good I can see it being yummy with every flavor. The chocolate might over power it thought.

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    Abigail Paulsen says:
    December 24, 2016

    I made these cupcakes and they really are tasty, and the frosting tasted like chocolate chip cookies. However I frosted them while they were just slightly warm in the middle, and the frosting melted very quickly. It didn’t help that I was bringing them to a pool party in a hot car, but despite the messy appearance they were delish!

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    KendyRhea says:
    January 7, 2017

    It’s snowing outside and I wanted to bake a feel good sweet. The recipe was easy and the ingredients were right out of the cupboard, nothing fancy, which I like. The frosting was perfect – together it was like having a warm piece of banana bread with a smear of sweetened butter. It hit the spot! And I shared with my apartment security guards and the guys shoveling snow – they loved them!

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      January 8, 2017

      Thanks for the wonderful note, I’m glad you liked them!!

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    Rachel says:
    January 16, 2017

    Delicious! I made these with my daughter (10yrs old). She had fun, and the cupcakes were so amazing, moist and flavorful. Frosting was great too, enjoyed whipping the ingredients and seeing it all come together beautifully.

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    Stacy Mc says:
    February 26, 2017

    Found these on Pinterest and made them for my son’s minion birthday today. He is crazy for bananas and he loved these with and without the frosting. Kept finding him with a new one in his hand as he stole them off the tray. They were delicious and made my day when our guests enjoyed them since I’m not a baker. Thank you so much for the great recipe and instructions!

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      February 27, 2017

      Yay, this warms my heart. Thanks so much for letting me know how they came out!!

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    Amy Fleming says:
    March 27, 2017

    Wow! The cupcakes are delicious and the frosting is next level. I think I could just make a batch of frosting and be happy. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mandy says:
    April 11, 2017

    Oh my, these are perfect. They’re light and not too sugary. They’re just like banana bread only they boast this incredibly fluffy, creamy buttery frosting. I tweaked a few things but nothing major. Great photos and easy to follow instructions. Thank you for sharing!

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    Grace says:
    May 10, 2017

    Hi! I’d like to use this recipe for a cupcake pull apart cake. Do you think I can tint the frosting with food coloring? Thanks!

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      May 11, 2017

      Yes, you can tint the frosting. It may not come out as vibrant as you want due to the brown sugar making the frosting a slightly tan color.

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    Pamela Cedano says:
    May 10, 2017

    Great recipe! I made it for my teacher and she liked them so much. I made a swiss cream frosting though and added some caramel to it which made these taste beyond good!

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    Melanie Cannon says:
    July 26, 2017

    I made the cupcakes. They were amazing. I put any overripe bananas in my freezer and I doubled your recipe and they came out perfect. Moist, light and super delicious. I did really struggle with the frosting. The flour and milk in the saucepan came out like glue but I soldiered on. I couldn’t get the brown sugar grainy texture out of the butter and i beat the sugar until I almost broke the sugar. I ended up using my go-to carmel frosting which likely wasn’t as light — but perhaps you an offer some tips on the frosting.

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