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Jul 09

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes

Bananas and Golden Oreos taste so good together…so why not make a Banana Golden Oreo Cupcake? These fluffy banana cupcakes have a crust – a Golden Oreo crust!

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Jordan started theatre camp this week. I mean, it’s a total stretch for her, being an actress. She’s totally shy, reserved, and never wants to sing, dance, or act anything out.


{If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that was all untrue.}

Jordan embodies drama. That girl is going to win an Oscar someday, I swear. I’m really hoping she loves theatre camp, because for almost 8 years we’ve been trying different things, to see what sticks. Dancing definitely did…but acting? I mean, can’t you just see it?

Theatre and Jordan are two things that, I think, belong together.

Bananas and Golden Oreos? That’s another one.

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Something about the spiciness of the Golden Oreos pairs perfectly with the flavor of the banana. I made Banana Cream Pie with a Golden Oreo Crust last year and it is still one of my favorites.

When I was coming up with cupcake ideas for Teacher Appreciation week (yes, I made these months ago, my bad) I had a bag of Golden Oreos in my cabinet and I wanted to use them in cupcakes. Immediately I thought of banana, because banana cake is one of my favorites! Each cupcake got a Golden Oreo cookie crust. It’s super easy – just pop one in the bottom of the cupcake liner, then top it with the batter.

The batter is bananas through and through…and it’s super easy because it starts with cake mix. Honestly, my favorite cakes come from cake mix. I’m still trying to find that perfect scratch cake/cupcake..but until I do, doctored cake mixes it is!

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes by | Banana cake, Golden Oreo Crust, and Cream Cheese Frosting!

And then, if Golden Oreos and banana cake wasn’t good enough, these are topped with cream cheese frosting. Bananas and cream cheese frosting totally go together. It must be a fruit/veggie cake thing. Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting is a must. Same with Red Velvet. And banana. Banana cake MUST have cream cheese frosting!

I made this frosting using vanilla bean paste. See all those flecks of vanilla? You can use regular extract, but if you can find vanilla bean paste (they sell it at Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma) you must try it. The vanilla flavor is unbelievable.

Golden Oreos + Banana Cupcakes + Cream Cheese Frosting = the Perfect Cupcake Trifecta

The perfect pairings.

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes by | Banana cake, Golden Oreo Crust, and Cream Cheese Frosting!

Like Jordan and theatre…I hope!

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 24

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 30 Golden Oreos, plus more for garnish
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 tired bananas (with brown spots)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • For the Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream, if needed for consistency


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line pans with cupcake liners (makes about 30 cupcakes). Place a Golden Oreo in the bottom of each liner.
  2. Place bananas in a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher until completely smushed. Add cake mix, oil, eggs, and water. Mix for 30 seconds on low speed with a hand mixer, then 2 minutes on medium.
  3. Scoop into prepared pans, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 14-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. To make frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix, 1 cup at a time, until combined. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. If needed to reach piping consistency, add a tablespoon of heavy cream (or 2). I didn't need to use any cream. Frost or pipe onto cupcakes (I used a 1M tip) and top with a 1/2 or full Golden Oreo.
  5. Store in refrigerator.
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84 Responses to “Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes”

  1. Heather @ French Press posted on July 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm (#)

    cupcakes with a crust – how YOU :) love that they are banana, and I hope that Jordan s LOVING camp


  2. Ashton posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm (#)

    Wow! These look beautiful Dorothy :) I could literally DRINK cream cheese frosting. I think… ;)

    Anyway. Love these, love Jordan, and I can’t wait to hear about camp!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you! I could drink it too. Or eat it with a spoon, which I did. At length. She loves camp so far, and is very excited to play Bashful on Saturday. :)


  3. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm (#)

    Oh wow! I love that there is a crust! These look amazing.


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#)

    I love the cookie base! I bet while it bakes, that softens up into the PERFECT texture. I could probably just eat those…right after I make my way thru the mound of CC Frosting! And the banana cakemix cake batter (I bet that is heavenly!) Pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Averie!! :) It’s the perfect crust for the cupcake!


  5. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm (#)

    You are definitely on to something here! It’s like the perfect marriage. They look amazing!


  6. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm (#)

    These look great! I have never tried Oreos and bananas together but I can only imagine the taste! I have some golden birthday Oreos and bananas, I going to smash them together right now!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      My dream dessert! :) Thanks Nancy!


  7. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#)

    These sound so delicious! Is it weird that I’ve never had a golden oreo? I’m obviously missing out here! Also, banana flavored anything has been a huge craving for me lately, so seriously, I need to get on these!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Golden Oreos are (gasp) better than regular!! :)


  8. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm (#)

    OOOH Yum!!! I am a sucker for Oreo’s!!! I want to eat these like now! Thank you for the share love!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 9th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      You’re welcome Chandra! Thank you!


  9. Amy posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm (#)

    You’re such a great mom for letting Jordan go to theater camp! All I got was band camp… And that was in high school in the 100° heat! ;)

    Love the Oreo crust!! And I love that you get 1.5 oreos per cupcake too… I might even stretch it and put a whole one on top too. They’re just too yummy!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2013 at 7:07 am

      I wanted to do a whole one on top…but ate too many out of the package first, lol. :)

      And camp is for my sanity, ha! :)


      • Amy replied on July 10th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

        I do that too! I have to “taste test” the Oreos to make sure they’re all up to par… And then I run out from testing too many and need to buy a second package!

        You are SUCH a smart mother!!! :)

  10. Tieghan posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm (#)

    These are awesome. I love the golden oero’s base and the bananas and frosting!! What an amazing combo. Oh and the photos are beautiful!


  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on July 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm (#)

    These are the most perfect cupcakes! They just are!


  12. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious posted on July 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm (#)

    Golden Oreo’s?? Where have I been…looks delicious seriously.


  13. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:50 am (#)

    Whoa nelly, my heart is pitter pattering over these gorgeous cucpakes! The top shot — PERFECTION. Seriously, amazing. You need to frame that bad boy on your picture wall or else.. uh, I will know and be very upset. Truly a work of art!

    And also, GIVE ME THESE NOW.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Aw! You’re so sweet! :) Thanks Hayley!


  14. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig posted on July 10, 2013 at 7:11 am (#)

    Hello beautiful cupcakes!! I so love this creation! Pinned it!


  15. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:11 am (#)

    These look amazing, Dorothy! Absolutely perfect for summertime indulging. I love the flavor!


  16. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:25 am (#)

    Seriously too cute and waaaay too delicious. Your pictures are so good! And this combo, well, how could I say no? Oreos in any form are plain addicting. And then banana cake . . . lets just throw moderation out the window!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      There’s no such thing as moderation with me, unfortunately. LOL!


  17. Mr. & Mrs. P posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:11 am (#)

    We saw these last night on our phone and we swear we had dreams that we were in banana and oreo heaven.. lol

    Pinned. Making these later


  18. Tanya Schroeder posted on July 10, 2013 at 11:29 am (#)

    I think I need to amend the amount of Oreos listed in your ingredients. I would add “plus even more for snacking while you bake”. I love cupcakes that start with a mix! And the banana and cream cheese is spot on!!! These look amazing!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      LOL, that’s always my problem! It’s why there isn’t a whole Oreo on top!


  19. Miss Messy posted on July 10, 2013 at 11:39 am (#)

    These look fantastic! :) yum yum cream cheese frosting!


  20. Kathy posted on July 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm (#)

    Anything with Oreo’s is going to be great, right?! I love how the recipe calls for “tired bananas.” Too cute!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 10th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Ha, I never thought about it – that’s what my mom has always called them! :)


  21. Nessa posted on July 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#)

    Love that they have Oreos on the bottom :)


  22. Lark posted on July 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm (#)

    Now these are calling my hubby’s name! He would love these!
    Thanks so much for sharing :)


  23. renee@chocolatepeanutbutterohmy posted on July 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm (#)

    OH yum! beautiful idea x


  24. Jenn Pilgrim, The Newlywed Pilgrimage posted on July 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm (#)

    All I can say is YUM! Perfect flavor combo. :) Pinned! Please share at my link party {direct link on my name}.


  25. sheila @ Sweet Baked Life posted on July 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm (#)

    Beautifully appetizing!


  26. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on July 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm (#)

    Dorothy – these turned out beautiful! I could eat that frosting with a spoon!


  27. Tahnycooks posted on July 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm (#)

    The flavor combo in this cupcake is beyond perfect. My mouth watered looking at these pic’s!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 12th, 2013 at 7:20 am

      My mouth is watering thinking of them too!


  28. Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life posted on July 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm (#)

    I just adore this cupcake combo! You can never go wrong when there is an oreo involved!! ;)


  29. steph@stephsbitebybite posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:47 am (#)

    These kind of remind me of banana pudding…cupcake style! I want one!!


  30. jamie @lifelovelemons posted on July 12, 2013 at 7:55 am (#)

    mmmm how yummy! love the oreo at the bottom!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 12th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      It’s my favorite part! Thanks Jamie!


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  32. cquek posted on July 13, 2013 at 4:58 am (#)

    How brilliant! It sounds super!


  33. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on July 13, 2013 at 9:26 am (#)

    You had me at banana! These sound delicious!


  34. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted on July 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm (#)

    You had me at “Oreo”. Definitely a must… I will be making these!


  35. carrian posted on July 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm (#)

    I’m totally a golden oreo girl so these pretty much were made for me!


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  37. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm (#)

    Lol be careful! Jordan reminds me of me a bit and I obviously caught the acting bug bad!

    Looove these cupcakes, perfect flavor combo! My mom would die over em!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 17th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      I would love it if she did! She already kinda has…


  38. Jennifer Dawn posted on July 18, 2013 at 6:13 am (#)

    Oh my word! These look AMAZING! I would be honored if you would link this up and join my weekly link party. Hope to see you there!


  39. Melissa B posted on July 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm (#)

    These look delicious! One of my favorite cookies are the “golden” Oreos!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 19th, 2013 at 9:20 am

      They’re the best! Thanks Melissa!


  40. aimee posted on July 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm (#)

    Made these today…. they are awesome!


  41. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden posted on August 8, 2013 at 9:10 am (#)

    This sounds like amazing flavor combo. I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.


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  45. Abigail posted on September 7, 2013 at 6:58 am (#)

    I changed some parts in the steps (but kept the same amount of ingredients) so this could be perfect for a two layer cake! I can’t wait to try it!


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