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banana cupcakes next to golden oreos with white frosting.
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Easy Banana Cupcakes

A fluffy banana cupcake with a Golden Oreo crust and cream cheese frosting!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 5


For the Cupcakes:

  • 24 Golden Oreos plus more for garnish
  • 1 (approx 15 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 medium overripe bananas
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup water

For the Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
  • 3 cups (339g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line pans with cupcake liners (makes about 24 cupcakes). Place a Golden Oreo in the bottom of each liner.
  • 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.
  • Scoop into prepared pans, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  • 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. Frost or pipe onto cupcakes (I used a 1M tip) and top with a 1/2 or full Golden Oreo.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Cupcakes can be frozen for up to one month.



  • Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  • Cupcakes are done baking when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcake.
  • Don't overfill your cupcake liners - fill about 2/3 full.
  • Store cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
You can skip the cookie base and just make plain cupcakes. You'll get a few less cupcakes because you can use more batter in each.
Use vanilla, chocolate or chocolate cream cheese frosting instead!


Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg