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.

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Like Jordan and theatre…I hope!

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Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes

A fluffy banana cupcake with a Golden Oreo crust and cream cheese frosting!


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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Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

Other cupcakes I love:

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes


Chocolate Cake Ball Stuffed Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Cake Ball Stuffed PB Cupcakes

Sweets from friends:
Golden Oreo Vanilla Cupcakes by Inside BruCrew Life
Hostess Cupcakes by Something Swanky
Neapolitan Cupcakes by The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

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

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!

    • 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! 🙂

      • 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. 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. These are the most perfect cupcakes! They just are!

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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. 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!

  19. These look fantastic! 🙂 yum yum cream cheese frosting!

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

  21. Love that they have Oreos on the bottom 🙂

  22. Now these are calling my hubby’s name! He would love these!
    Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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

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

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

  26. I just adore this cupcake combo! You can never go wrong when there is an oreo involved!! 😉

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

  28. mmmm how yummy! love the oreo at the bottom!

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  30. How brilliant! It sounds super!

  31. You had me at banana! These sound delicious!

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

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

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  35. 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!

  36. 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!

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

  38. Made these today…. they are awesome!

  39. 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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  43. 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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  50. Wow! It looks so great that I want to bake right now :)) .. I love cupcakes and oreos!

  51. These sound fabulous! I just found Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oreos. Those could make something similar to a banana split cupcake! Can’t wait to try!!! Thank you for the amazing inspiration! And the pictures are absolutely perfect 🙂

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