All the flavours of a banana split sundae wrapped up into one insane cupcake! These Banana Split Cupcakes start with a moist and delicious banana cupcake that’s been decorated with strawberry and vanilla buttercream, colourful sprinkles, chocolate sauce, chopped nuts and a bright red cherry on top! These are the perfect treats for a party!
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Happy Tuesday, everyone! This is the third cupcake recipe in a row that I’ve shared, and just like the other two recipes, this one is a combination of two desserts! In fact, now that I think about it, nearly all the recipes coming this month are inspired by other classic desserts!
Banana Split Cupcakes
What is a Banana Split?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with banana splits, it’s pretty much an ice cream sundae dish. They’re served in long dishes called “boats” and a banana is split in half (hence the name) and placed on both sides of the boat. Then three flavours of ice cream are scooped in between the split bananas, usually chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
Each ice cream scoop is then topped with a swirl of whipped cream, nuts, chocolate sauce, and a cherry! It’s delicious in both ice cream form and cupcake form!
Moist Banana Cupcakes
Now let’s take all those great banana split flavours and put them in a cupcake, shall we? Starting with the banana, of course!
I’ve never really been a fan of the banana part of a banana split (since they’re my least favourite fruit), but these banana cupcakes are without a doubt my favourite part of the entire recipe!! I know it’s really weird to me that I hate bananas, but I LOVE banana baked goods (especially banana bread, I can’t get enough!) so I made a double batch of the cupcakes so I can enjoy some without any frosting.
Pre-warning: there’s a lot of steps to making these cupcakes, but they’re all very simple and most can be made ahead of time so when you’re ready to put the cupcakes together, every part will be ready to go.
So the day before, make the banana cupcakes and strawberry sauce and store them both in the refrigerator in airtight containers.
A tip on the banana cupcakes, make sure your bananas are very ripe with brown spots. If your bananas aren’t ripe enough, place them in a brown paper bag and place them on top of the refrigerator and they should start to brown in a few days.
Homemade Strawberry Sauce + Strawberry Buttercream
So we got the banana part of the banana split, now we’ve got to add the strawberry flavour. For the strawberry flavour I just added a row of strawberry buttercream on top, but since you need to make my homemade strawberry sauce to make the strawberry frosting, you could also use it to drizzle on top of the cupcakes!
The strawberry sauce is very easy to make, simply combine strawberries, sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan and let it boil on the stovetop for 8-10 minutes. Then you can either push the sauce through a strainer and discard the fruit pieces, or you could blend the sauce up until it’s all smooth.
This is another part that could and should be made ahead of time so it can chill completely in the refrigerator. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory as to why hot strawberry sauce being added to buttercream is a big no-no.
Yellow Vanilla Buttercream
For the vanilla flavour, I also made a simple vanilla buttercream and tinted it yellow. As you will see in the recipe below, both the strawberry and vanilla buttercream are all one recipe.
So make one large batch of vanilla buttercream, then divide it in half and mix cooled strawberry sauce into one half, and mix yellow food colouring into the other half.
Now you can’t have a banana split dessert without sprinkles, so I covered the sides of the strawberry frosting in rainbow nonpareils. Once that’s done, pipe a swirl of gorgeous yellow vanilla buttercream on top.
Banana Split Toppings
It’s finally time to add the finishing touches to this banana split: the toppings! If you remember, I mentioned that one of the banana split toppings is chocolate sauce, so I drizzled some on top of the vanilla buttercream.
We already got the sprinkles, so all that was left was the chopped peanuts and a maraschino cherry on top! These Banana Split Cupcakes are such a fun and whimsical treat to serve at birthday parties or any end of summer BBQs you may have!
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