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Banana cupcakes with a caramel surprise inside are topped with a caramel and banana buttercream.

Caramel Banana Cupcakes on Taste and Tell

Photos Updated April 2014

Originally posted February 11, 2009 – I found myself with a bunch of ripe bananas a few weeks ago, and just had to remake this cupcake recipe from the archives. You can never have too many ideas for recipes with overripe bananas, in my opinion!! I loved the caramel in the center of the cupcakes, but they do harden up a little bit, so if you are looking for a soft caramel center, I would suggest filling them with a caramel sauce or dulce de leche after they are baked. And I’ve updated the frosting recipe since first posting several years ago, and I think that this frosting is pretty amazing. There is caramel and banana in the frosting!! These are a delicious way to use those bananas up!

I feel like I’m cheating or something. I do realize that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and that I should be posting about delicious chocolate or other Valentine’s treats like this or this. But I’m not. Needless to say, I haven’t baked anything in the last few weeks. I wanted to post about something sweet today, so into the archives of photos I went, and there was no chocolate to be found – at least nothing worthy of this special day of love.

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

So these may not be worthy to serve on Valentine’s Day, but my special Valentine sure did love these when I made them. But you really can’t go wrong with bananas and caramel!! They reminded me a lot of a “fancier” banana bread – the banana flavor comes through well in the cupcake, and the frosting is very buttery, so it made me think of a slice of banana bread with a nice slather of butter on top. I wish the caramel would have come through a little better, but it was still there in the background.

Another great way to use up those browning bananas!!

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

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Caramel Banana Cupcakes
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Banana cupcakes with a caramel surprise inside are topped with a caramel and banana buttercream.
Serves: 18 cupcakes
  • 12 ounces (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • One bag (5.5 oz) soft caramels
  • 4¼ cups powdered sugar
  • caramel sauce, for topping, if desired
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 12-count muffin tins with 18 liners.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat 4 oz. (1 stick) of the butter with 1 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Add ¾ cup of the bananas, the banking powder and ½ teaspoon of the salt and beat until smooth. Add in 1 cup of the flour and mix just until combined. Add in 6 tablespoons of the milk and the remaining ¾ cup of flour and mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually mix in the remaining ¼ cup of sugar on high speed and continue to beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until no white streaks remain.
  4. Fill each of the cupcake liners about ¾ full. Cut 9 of the caramels in half and add one piece to the center of each cup of batter. Bake in the preheated oven until the top springs back when touched, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  5. While the cupcakes are baking, add the remaining caramels to a heavy saucepan. Add the remaining ¼ cup of milk, ¼ cup of bananas and ¼ teaspoon of salt and cook over medium heat until the caramels are melted.
  6. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and ¼ cup of the powdered sugar until thick, about 3 minutes. Slowly beat in the caramel mixture, then transfer the mixture back to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the remaining 8 oz (2 sticks) of butter at high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the cooled caramel mixture, then slowly beat in the remaining 4 cups of powdered sugar. Beat on high until light and fluffy.
  8. Pipe the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and drizzle with caramel sauce, if desired.

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31 Responses to Caramel Banana Cupcakes

  1. mikky says:

    great idea for valentine’s day… hope all is well with you and your new angel… 🙂

  2. noble pig says:

    I don’t think you can go wrong wit these, they would work for me for Valentine’s.

  3. Elyse says:

    wow, you’ve really done it. i’m not a steak-girl and you have me wanting to try steak. i also happen to…how, do i put this nicely…not be bananas’ biggest fan, but your cupcakes have me wanting to try bananas too! again, this is a testament to the power of your yummy looking goodies!

  4. Claire says:

    Well, I certainly think they’re Valentine’s Day worthy! Why must it be chocolate???

  5. Ning says:

    I would love to have a bite of these any day – valentines day or not!

  6. Ben says:

    Even if it is cheating, it still looks and sounds delicious. I don’t care for Valentine’s Day, but I would gladly eat those cupcakes. 🙂

  7. bbaking says:

    mmm I love banana cakes!

    I expect that lovely little lady of yours will take up some of the baking time now?

  8. kat says:

    Great flavor combination

  9. Maria says:

    I am glad you posted these cupcakes! They look fantastic!! Happy V-day to you!

  10. Ingrid says:

    Looks good to me. I don't care of chocolate cakes so this is more to my taste.

    I have a banana cake in the freezer. I'm going to use "your" frosting when I defrost it! Dumb question but do I take it out & defrost in the fridge or counter? Now that I'm thinking about it I'm not sure. THX!

  11. Michelle says:

    Sure why not caramel and bananas for Valentine’s day? Hope you have a good one! 🙂

  12. Grace says:

    you’re not cheating–these are more than enough to fulfill me. heck, all you had to say was caramel. 🙂

  13. Elizabeth says:

    That flavor combo looks great!

  14. Brilynn says:

    Those are totally worthy of being served on Valentine’s Day or any day!

  15. n.o.e says:

    Well, my Valentine is allergic to chocolate; he’d no doubt love these cupcakes though! They look great.

  16. Paula says:

    Bananas with caramel?!!! Sign me up! If this is cheating, have at it! YUM! Sending sleep wishes your way!

  17. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I love finding new ways of baking with bananas, Deb – and you are so right, they are terrific with caramel!
    These look really delicious.

  18. Rosie says:

    I think these cupcakes are just perfect for valentine’s Day!

    Rosie x

  19. Donna-FFW says:

    These are beautiful and I bet they taste fantastic. So delicious!!! Great flavor combination!

  20. glamah16 says:

    I love the flavor combo. Nice change for chocolate.Hope the V Day was special.

  21. Bren says:

    what pretty cupcakes!

  22. Kevin says:

    The caramel and banana combo sounds great!

  23. Brighton says:

    I made these and they were amazing! I'm making the chocolate ganache cupcakes next.

    Thanks for the recipes 🙂

  24. Catherine says:

    Wonderful cupcakes!!! Blessings, Catherine xo

  25. Love that caramel drizzle, beautiful cupcakes!

  26. dina says:

    this looks delicious! I love the hidden caramel!

  27. My favorite flavors in one bite, these are awesome, so glad you re-posted these!

  28. Nancy Caron says:

    OMG! Just made these— what a fantastic recipe! These are out of this world! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s certainly a keeper, I’ll tell ya.

  29. Um, yes and yes, these look super amazing. Caramel? Banana? Buttercream? The combo sounds super amazing!

  30. Chels R. says:

    What a great way to use up those ripe bananas!

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