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!
Let me preface today’s recipe by saying my absolute most favorite dessert in the entire world is a classic Banana Pudding! Not that fake banana flavored pudding in a box with sliced up bananas and cool whip smeared over the top.
No way Jose!
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!
This, you guys, would win my heart forever. Just an FYI. In case, you needed to know.
Today’s Banana Pudding Cupcakes recipe was inspired by this ever so dreamy classic southern dessert.
I found Keebler Vanilla Wafers at Kroger and decided to put one into the bottom of each cupcake. You can’t have banana pudding without the 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 a 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!
I like to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, but you can certainly spread it on if you wish. Either way, these cupcakes will still taste fabulous!
These cupcakes are certain to take you back and give you a sense of nostalgia. Especially if you grew up eating Keebler cookies and banana pudding. Banana Pudding cupcakes turned out to be the best way to combine two classics and turn them into something fun and new!