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Feb 24

Banana Split Cupcakes

Well hellllloooo, cutest dessert ever.

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

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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.}

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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.

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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

Ingredients

    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

Instructions

    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.
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Some other cupcakes to brighten your day:

Ice Cream Buttercream Frosting

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Funfetti Cupcakes

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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 Responses to “Banana Split Cupcakes”

  1. Ellen @Bake It With Booze posted on February 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm (#)

    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. :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 24th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      0 calories for sure! And I’m super bummed I can’t come Wed. :( Mel is gone AGAIN.

      Reply

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on February 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 24th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Kayle! Have a great week!

      Reply

  3. Mom posted on February 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm (#)

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

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:23 am

      I’m glad you liked them! :) xoxo

      Reply

  4. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on February 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#)

    These are incredibly cute, I want to eat the whole dish!! :D

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  5. Karly posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm (#)

    Are you kidding me?? These are so cute!

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  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:19 pm (#)

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

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:22 am

      I love it too – it’s my favorite cake recipe! Thanks Sally! I wish you could have enjoyed them with me. :)

      Reply

  7. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm (#)

    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!

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  8. tanya posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm (#)

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

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:22 am

      Lol, me too. Thanks Tanya!

      Reply

  9. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips posted on February 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm (#)

    Too cute for words!

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  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

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

    Reply

  11. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on February 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm (#)

    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 :(

    Reply

  12. Susan posted on February 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm (#)

    You are the Queen of Amazing & Outrageous Desserts! XOXO

    Reply

  13. Kristin posted on February 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm (#)

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

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Ha, the only reason I didn’t was because it was for my mom’s party! ;)

      Reply

  14. Veronica posted on February 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Yes, me too! I want to get it as soon as it comes out, lol. Thanks Veronica!

      Reply

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 25, 2013 at 5:30 am (#)

    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!!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:16 am

      It’s my favorite cake, hands down! :) Thanks Jocelyn!

      Reply

  16. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:53 am (#)

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

    Reply

  17. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:04 am (#)

    These are so well displayed, I love them!

    Reply

  18. carrian posted on February 25, 2013 at 9:04 am (#)

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

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  19. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection posted on February 25, 2013 at 9:38 am (#)

    Such a creative idea! Love the surprise inside :)

    Reply

  20. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:55 am (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      I kind of did, lol. Thanks Julie!

      Reply

  21. Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:32 am (#)

    SUPER CUTE!! :*)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks so much Brenda!

      Reply

  22. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm (#)

    so freaking adorable!

    Reply

  23. Brenda posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm (#)

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

    Reply

  24. Ashton posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:01 pm (#)

    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 ;)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      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… ;)

      Reply

  25. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

  26. Holly Lefevre posted on February 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm (#)

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

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Totally! Thank you Holly!

      Reply

  27. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm (#)

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

    Reply

  28. Liz Fourez posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:41 am (#)

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

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  29. Jeni posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:53 am (#)

    Too cute!!

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  30. serena@serenabakessimplyfromscratch posted on February 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm (#)

    I am trying to avoid licking the screen! Yum!

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  31. Kara posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm (#)

    How fun!! I have to make these ASAP!

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  32. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on February 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 27th, 2013 at 6:09 am

      LOL, totally! Too funny. I’m all to my husband: why don’t YOU sparkle??? ;)

      Reply

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  34. Faye posted on February 27, 2013 at 9:44 am (#)

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

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Totally! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  35. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

  36. Alicia posted on February 28, 2013 at 10:56 am (#)

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

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 28th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      I need to read Harry Potter! :)

      Reply

  37. Kara @ Simplistically Sassy posted on February 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm (#)

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

    Reply

  38. Krista Low posted on March 1, 2013 at 6:54 am (#)

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

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  39. the cape on the corner posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:36 am (#)

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

    Reply

  40. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor posted on March 1, 2013 at 9:05 am (#)

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

    Reply

  41. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife posted on March 3, 2013 at 9:39 am (#)

    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!

    Reply

  42. Terra posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm (#)

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

    Reply

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  44. Dina posted on April 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm (#)

    what a cool idea!

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  45. Carla posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm (#)

    I cannot get over the presentation and creativity in these cupcakes! I kinda want to steal the whole bowl :D

    Reply

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  48. Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm (#)

    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: http://www.chattingoverchocolate.com/2013/07/banana-splits-dozen-pinteresting-ways.html … Thanks for sharing this fun recipe! :) Hope you’re enjoying a terrific week!!

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  49. lexi posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm (#)

    Instead of strawberry filling i used chocolate! Yum!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 23rd, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Awesome!! I think I’d love that even more!

      Reply

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