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Banana Pudding Cupcakes are the love child of two of my favorite desserts – banana pudding and cupcakes. Fluffy cupcakes flavored with real bananas and filled with creamy pudding. This banana pudding cupcake recipe is topped with delicious marshmallowy 7-minute frosting and you may never make another dessert again.

Banana pudding cupcakes.

In an ode to banana pudding, a southern classic, these Banana Pudding Cupcakes feature a banana-flavored cupcake with a vanilla wafer on the bottom, filled with homemade vanilla pudding, and topped with marshmallowy 7-minute frosting. These cupcakes taste just like an old-fashioned banana pudding dessert made from scratch.

My absolute favorite dessert in the entire world is a classic Banana Pudding! Not that artificial banana flavored pudding in a box with sliced up bananas and cool whip or whipped topping smeared over the top. That is NOT how we do things around here.

I’m talking about the real deal. The stuff grandma used to make. The double boiler homemade vanilla pudding, the warm chunks of banana and soggy vanilla wafers, the sky-high meringue, the labor of love!

Today’s homemade Banana Pudding Cupcakes recipe was inspired by this ever so dreamy classic southern dessert. We’re not using vanilla cake mix or pudding mix. We’re doing this from scratch and are going to end up with light and fluffy cupcakes filled with creamy delicious banana pudding.

I even decided to put a vanilla wafter into the bottom of each cupcake. You can’t have banana pudding without vanilla wafers!

I grew up eating Keebler cookies. My mom kept them stocked in our pantry and I was allowed to have two or three as an after-school snack. So, it’s only fitting that I use a classic cookie in a recipe that mocks a classic southern dessert.

Inside the cupcake is a hidden gem of homemade vanilla pudding. I made it simple for you, though. You don’t need a double boiler for this one. It’s all done in a pot over medium heat. If you accidentally scramble the eggs, don’t stress. Run the pudding through a fine-mesh sieve once it has finished cooking to remove any chunks.

Let’s talk about the frosting. Traditional banana pudding is topped with a delicate meringue that browns nicely under the heat of the oven. Since you can’t exactly put a filled cupcake back into the oven to cook meringue on top, marshmallow frosting seemed like a suitable alternative. And boy was it ever! This is the 7-minute frosting recipe that I used, and it’s perfect for this dessert.

I like to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, but you can certainly spread it on if you wish.  If you want to be extra extra – you can top each cupcake with a dried banana slice. Either way, these cupcakes will still taste fabulous!

Recipe Details

  • Taste – Decadent and delicious
  • Texture – Fluffy cupcakes with cool, creamy pudding filling.
  • Ease – These take a few separate steps, but are so worth it
  • Time – The pudding needs at least 2 hours to chill, but actual active time is about an hour.

What You’ll Need

Homemade Banana Pudding Cupcakes require making two separate recipes essentially – banana pudding and cupcakes.

Ingredients

For the filling

  • Sugar – White granulated sugar is what I used.
  • Cornstarch – This helps thicken the pudding and gives it a thick consistency.
  • Salt – I always use kosher salt when baking.
  • Milk – I use whole milk but because of the cornstarch, you can use 1 or 2% if you would like.
  • Egg yolks – From large eggs, lightly beaten. Save the whites for the frosting recipe.
  • Butter – Unsalted sweet cream butter.
  • Vanilla extract – I always have my own recipe of Vanilla Extract on hand, but use whatever pure extract you have available.

For the cupcakes

  • Unsalted butter – Sweet cream unsalted butter, melted
  • Mashed ripe banana – You need about a cup of mashed bananas. Make sure they are super ripe. You’ll need 2-3 of them.
  • Sugar – white sugar is fine, no need for brown sugar here.
  • Eggs – These should be at room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract – see above.
  • All-purpose flour – I use regular AP, but you can use gluten-free baking flour if you would like to.
  • Leavening – I use both baking powder and baking soda in this recipe to get the cupcakes nice and fluffy.
  • Salt – Salt works with the leavening agents to make the batter rise.
  • Milk – for the liquid.
  • Vanilla Wafer cookies – Keebler or Nabisco. You want the plain, round wafer cookies. Not the rectangular ones layered with cream. Those are confusingly also called wafter cookies but they aren’t what we want.
Banana pudding cupcake with a bite taken out.

How to Make Recipe Name

Like I said above, you’re basically making two separate recipes here. The pudding and the super moist cupcakes. Three if you count the frosting! So set aside some time to make all at once, or… make the pudding the day before and have it in the fridge ready to go when the cupcakes are cooled.

Make the filling

  1. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and milk. Stir with a whisk until well combined and bring to a light simmer over medium heat.
  2. Slowly add half of the warm milk mixture to the egg yolks while whisking continuously. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until it thickens. The pudding mixture should coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Transfer the pudding to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, mashed banana, and granulated sugar; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture alternating with the milk and mix well to combine. Begin and end with the flour mixture.
  4. Line 15 muffin cups with paper cups. Place 1 vanilla wafer into the bottom of each cup. Fill cups ⅔ full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcake springs back when touched. Remove from the pan immediately and allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Cut the centers out of each cupcake. Fill the cupcakes with the vanilla pudding.

Hint: They actually sell cupcake corers on Amazon, you can get one to easily remove the cupcake centers. But if you don’t have one, I’ve used a melon baller, a butter knife or an apple corer to evenly remove the cupcake centers before filling.

High angled view of banana pudding cupcakes.

Tips For Success

  • Make sure the pudding is completely set and the cupcakes are completely cooled before filling them.
  • I like to use a piping bag to pipe the frosting on the top of these cupcakes, but you can just spread with a knife if you prefer.

Storage & Freezing

  • Cupcakes will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. The filling can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Banana pudding cupcakes.

Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Yield: 15 cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

In an ode to banana pudding, a southern classic, these Banana Pudding Cupcakes feature a banana flavored cupcake with a vanilla wafer on the bottom, filled with homemade vanilla pudding, and topped with marshmallowy 7-minute frosting. These cupcakes taste just like an old-fashioned banana pudding dessert made from scratch. If you are looking to bake something new and exciting, this cupcake recipe is the one for you!

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 and ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cupcakes

  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (227 g) mashed ripe banana, about 2 bananas
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  • 15 Vanilla Wafer cookies

For the frosting

  • ¾ cups (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 large egg white
  • ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

Make the filling

  1. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and milk. Stir with a whisk until well combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a light simmer over medium heat.
  3. Gradually add half of the warm milk mixture to the egg yolks while whisking continuously. Return the mixture to the pot. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until it thickens. The mixture should coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Transfer the pudding to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Make the cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, banana, and granulated sugar; beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; stir with a fork or whisk. Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture.
  4. Line 15 muffin cups with paper cups. Place 1 vanilla wafer into the bottom of each cup. Fill cups ⅔ full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcake springs back when touched. Remove from the pan immediately and allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Cut the centers out of each cupcake. Fill the cupcakes with the vanilla pudding.

Make the frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the bowl over the pot. Beat mixture on high until the stiff peaks form and the mixture reaches 145ºF.
  3. Remove the bowl from the pot and beat the mixture for 5 minutes more or until it reaches a spreadable consistency. Spread or pipe the frosting over each cupcake.

Notes

Make ahead tips

  1. Cupcakes will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  2. Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. The filling can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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  1. Julia Stearns @ Healthirony says:

    These banana pudding cupcakes look so amazing and yummy at the same time. Found your post so easy to follow along when preparing them yesterday. So mesmerized by this. Thanks for sharing!