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Well hellllloooo, cutest dessert ever.

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

banana split cupcakes in ice cream dish decorated like a sundae with a banana

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.}

banana split cupcakes in ice cream dish decorated like a sundae with a banana

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.

banana split cupcakes in ice cream dish decorated like a sundae with a banana


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

banana split cupcakes in ice cream dish decorated like a sundae with a banana

Banana Split Cupcakes

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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:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake tins with liners (about 24).
  • 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.
  • Fill prepared liners 2/3 full.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Make the Frosting:

  • 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.

Assemble cupcakes:

  • 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.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to place a large scoop of icing on the cupcake (to resemble a scoop of ice cream).
  • 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.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here for easy ways to use overripe BANANAS

Some other cupcakes to brighten your day:

Ice Cream Buttercream Frosting

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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Last Updated on February 2, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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

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