Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe By: merlfish
“I was inspired by a few different banana cupcake recipes before settling on this one. The cream cheese frosting is probably my favorite part; it’s just wonderfully decadent on a banana cupcake. Refrigerate cupcakes after frosting. P.S. They taste much better the next day!”

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, or to taste (optional)
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup 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 batter.
  4. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin tin.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center 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 confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth.
  7. Spread frosting over cupcakes.