Banana chocolate chip cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Banana chocolate chip cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

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About this recipe: These easy chocolate chip cupcakes topped with a buttery cream cheese frosting are a decadent upgrade on a classic favourite, banana cake.


Serves: 12 

  • 155g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 80g soft brown sugar
  • 55g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 80ml buttermilk
  • 85g chocolate chips (optional)
  • Frosting
  • 85g cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250g icing sugar, or to taste

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Whisk flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Combine caster sugar, brown sugar and 55g butter in another bowl; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in egg. Mix in mashed bananas. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, stirring after each addition. Fold chocolate chips into the cupcake batter.
  4. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared muffin cases.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.
  6. Beat cream cheese and 3 tablespoons butter in a bowl until smooth. Add vanilla extract. Beat in icing sugar, about 125g at a time, until frosting is smooth.
  7. Spread frosting over cupcakes.

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