Crazy for Crust

Feb 24

Banana Split Cupcakes

Well hellllloooo, cutest dessert ever.

Banana Split Cupcakes: a banana split masquerading as a cupcake!


Now that I’m re-obsessed with all things Twilight (I’m on Eclipse for the gazillionth time) I’m seeing parallels in life pretty much everywhere.

{I’m also dreaming about Bella and Edward again. And pining over this shirt.}

When my cat is jealous of my dog and my dog is crazed with jealousy from the cat, it reminds me of a dog-feline-human triangle. Not much different than a dog-vampire-human triangle.

During the night my core gets really hot. Mel calls me a heater, and if he’s cold he just has to scootch next to me for a minute. Not unlike the tent scene with Jacob and Bella…only indoors with less threat of death.

Or like these cupcakes. How are these cupcakes like vampires?

They are super cute.

They are in disguise.

And they have a secret.

See? Totally a parallel to vampires.

{Really, at this point I can see parallels to everything. It’s called an obsession for a reason.}


These cupcakes really are like banana splits! Ice Cream Sundaes really aren’t knew. Every spring you see them fly around blogland, eliciting oohs and ahhs of their cuteness. When I was brainstorming desserts for my mom’s birthday party (a 50’s diner theme) I asked myself: what do you eat at a diner?

Ice cream sundaes, of course!

I wanted to make them different than just a cupcake looking like a sundae. So, I changed up the the flavors a bit.

The cupcake is banana. It’s my favorite banana cake recipe ever, the same one I made my Banana Cake with Caramel Filling from. (Thanks Jocelyn!)

Then, in true banana split fashion, I filled the cupcakes with strawberry ice cream topping, the kind you get with all the ice cream stuff. You could also use pineapple filling if you want. Both come on a banana split.

The “ice cream” is in the form of a generous scoop of vanilla frosting. That is topped with melted chocolate melts (I used chocolate almond bark, you can buy it in the baking section at Walmart and some grocery stores) to represent hot fudge. The cupcakes are finished with sprinkles and a red peanut M&M for the “cherry”.

Seriously, the cutest cupcakes everrrrrr. And they were a huge hit at the party.



See, look! They kind of sparkle in the light? Right? Or is that just me?

Banana Split Cupcakes

Banana Split Cupcakes

Cake recipe from Inside BruCrew Life


    For the Cake:
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup brown bananas, smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • For the Frosting:
  • 4 sticks butter, softened
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tablespoons heavy cream, if needed for consistency
  • To make the sundaes:
  • 1/2 jar of Strawberry and/or Pineapple Ice Cream Topping (like Smucker’s)
  • 6-8 ounces (about half a package) chocolate candy melts (Wilton, Candiquik or other almond bark)
  • 24 red peanut M&Ms
  • Sprinkles


    Make the Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake tins with liners (about 24).
  2. Mix cake mix, water, oil, eggs, and baking soda in a large bowl on low for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Reduce mixer back to low (or “stir” for a stand mixer) and mix in bananas.
  3. Fill prepared liners 2/3 full.
  4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. Make the Frosting:
  6. Beat butter until fluffy. Slowly beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing until frosting has formed. Mix in vanilla. If needed for consistency, add heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  7. Assemble cupcakes:
  8. Cut a small amount out of the center of each cupcake. Add a teaspoon of strawberry (or pineapple) ice cream topping to the hole in each cupcake.
  9. Use an ice cream scoop to place a large scoop of icing on the cupcake (to resemble a scoop of ice cream).
  10. Melt candy melts in the microwave, according to package directions. Spoon about a tablespoon over the top of the frosting on each cupcake, to resemble hot fudge. Sprinkle immediately with sprinkles and top with a red peanut M&M to resemble a cherry.

Some other cupcakes to brighten your day:

Ice Cream Buttercream Frosting

ice cream frosting

Funfetti Cupcakes

funfetti cupcakes

Sweets from friends:
Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes by Something Swanky
Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes by Love From The Oven
Banana Split Cake Bites by See Sarah Bake




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95 comments on “Banana Split Cupcakes

  1. You are right: the CUTEST cupcakes EVER! I could have a couple of these right about now…Just got back from the gym, so they are 0 calories, right? Genius! Have a wonderful week, Dorothy! P.S. Hope to see you on Wed. :)

  2. Hahahaa I get like that too when I read twilight! When Michael and I 1st started dating I was always convinced he was semi-quoting from the books (which he’d never read at that point). These cupcakes ARE super adorable, I love the pics too with the banana! Cuteness!

  3. They were adorable and tasted as good as they looked! Absolute yummy cuteness!!!
    Thanks for all of your hard work.
    Mom :}

  4. These are incredibly cute, I want to eat the whole dish!! 😀

  5. Are you kidding me?? These are so cute!

  6. Oh these are just too cute Dorothy! Can I eat the whole sundae please?! I love the banana hiding inside the cupcake batter!

  7. The cuteness is almost too much for me to bear! And these cupcakes look so much like a a real banana spilt. I’m loving the banana flavor in the cupcake batter as well!

  8. Incredible idea! Just looking at these make me so happy! If only I had a big spoon to shovel it all in my mouth!

  9. I love that you worked in bananas, jelly, chocolate, and whip cream all in one recipe…now we’re talking :)

  10. Um, hello cuteness! I am swooning over these adorable cupcakes! Genius to fill them with the strawberry sundae topping.. I freaking love that stuff. Also, gosh — my obsession with Twilight books is embarrassing, actually. I wish I had an immortal love :(

  11. You are the Queen of Amazing & Outrageous Desserts! XOXO

  12. Quite adorable! I’d, of course, eat the ingredients before they were completely assembled though lol.

  13. Oh Dorothy these really are the cutest cupcakes ever! And I love the idea of filling them with strawberry ice cream topping! Wish I had one now… And can I just add that I am anxiously awaiting breaking dawn on DVD!! Eeeek! :) love the recipe!

  14. I am in love with these!! Love that you have strawberry, chocolate, sprinkles, and banana all in one glorious cupcake!! And I love how you put three in a dish with a banana slice…I’m going to need all three…for taste testing of course :-) Thanks for the link love to my banana cake :-) I am so glad you love it as much as I do…I just made it again last week!!!

  15. lol your such a nerd, they will not sparkle, but I sure would love one anyway:)

  16. These are so well displayed, I love them!

  17. hahaha, I love that you are obsessed with twilight. You’re awesome. As are these genius cupcakes.

  18. Such a creative idea! Love the surprise inside :)

  19. The cuteness of these little things are seriously killing me. I kind of want to just sit down with the entire dish and stick my face in it!

  20. WOW … that’s a mega dessert … with a Coke, too! I do love it when one food looks like another food :)

  21. You’re too funny :) You’re making miss Twilight! Kristen Stewart kind of turned me off of them without even realizing it! Thank GOODNESS she’s not who I picture when I’m reading!!

    These are adorable! Especially for a diner themed party– omg, so cute!

    BTW– totally need to copy you (and others, I know) and get my social media icons at the bottom of my post. DO you think it really helps? I’ve been meaning to do it forever. Low priority, though 😉

    • I just started doing it. I don’t know if it makes a difference or not! I just copied the ones in my header. I want to get my email subscribe there too but haven’t figured that out yet. Hint, hint… 😉

  22. Oh My! The cuteness is out of control! I am a sucker for a banana split! Once of these cup cakes has to have less calories than the ice cream one! That is if I don’t eat the whole batch at once! Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  23. This is adorable! I love the presentation! I can only imagine that they taste just as good!

  24. These are just the cutest ever and that they have strawberry filling all the better, YUM!

  25. Too.Cute.For.Words!! Love these Dorothy! Thanks so much for sharing : )

  26. I am trying to avoid licking the screen! Yum!

  27. How fun!! I have to make these ASAP!

  28. I actually don’t think I can even handle how cute these are. AND, I totally do that when I am reading a book. Like if a character in a book is super mad at her husband, I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not actually mad at mine, it would be hilarious if it didn’t sort of turn into a problem, lol!

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  30. This recipe is absolutely KID Friendly and delicious enough 4 me to try this weekend.

  31. How could they not be a hit?? These made my day when you posted them on instagram. So cute. I bet your guests loved them!

  32. These look so fun! And I love the pictures, too! I love the story about Twilight, too… I’m that way with Harry Potter. :)

  33. I love this! Oh my goodness! It’s such an adorable idea.

  34. These are awesome!!! The pictures are fabulous and I cannot wait to eat one.

  35. this is one of those things that are just too cute and creative to eat.

  36. Dorothy, these are the most adorable and fun cupcakes EVER!! Love, love, love.

  37. These are the cutest cupcakes ever! We would love for you to link the up at The Hopeless Housewife Link party, we are giving away a Le Creuset French Oven!

  38. The picture alone has my attention. What a fun creative recipe, and they look delicious too!!! Hugs, Terra

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  40. what a cool idea!

  41. I cannot get over the presentation and creativity in these cupcakes! I kinda want to steal the whole bowl 😀

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  44. Hi, Dorothy! Stopping by to let you know that I featured your yummy (and ALMOST too cute to eat!…almost! ;)) Banana Split Cupcakes on my blog today: … Thanks for sharing this fun recipe! :) Hope you’re enjoying a terrific week!!

  45. Instead of strawberry filling i used chocolate! Yum!

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