Grandpa’s Banana Cupcakes

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These Banana Cupcakes are my Grandpa’s recipe. Fluffy cupcakes are a fun and tasty handheld version of banana cake! Made from scratch, you’ll be buying extra bananas to make sure you have enough to make these (and of course banana bread too)!  

These cupcakes are a piece of my childhood… something we always had at Grandma and Grandpa’s! They actually started as a banana cake and are delicious topped with a fresh lemon buttercream frosting!

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To Make Banana Cupcakes

Banana cupcakes are perfect for a family dessert, or a classroom or team party! The riper the bananas, the smoother your cupcakes will be and the sweeter banana flavor they will have. Remember to very gently fold in the beaten egg whites for the fluffiest results!

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  1. Preheat the oven and prepare cupcake or muffin tins with pan release or paper cupcake liners.
  2. Beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form, this gives the fluffiest ever cupcakes.

Overhead shot of Banana Cupcake mixture in glass bowls

3. Cream together the butter, sugar, yolks, and milk. Add remaining ingredients (per recipe below) and of course mashed bananas.

4. Gently fold in the beaten egg whites until fully incorporated and scoop into prepared muffin or cupcake tins.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Before decorating allow to completely cool.

Overhead shot of Banana Cupcake batter in a muffin tin

My Favorite Frosting for Banana Cupcakes

I love the flavor combination of  banana and a rich Chocolate Buttercream Frosting! But these banana bread cupcakes are so moist, they’re great without or with frosting!

For banana cream cupcakes, cut each cupcake in half and spread cream cheese frosting between them! All the deliciousness of frosting, without any of the mess!

How Long Do They Stay Fresh?

Banana cupcakes will keep in a zippered bag or an airtight container for about a week.

They freeze great, place in a freezer bag and they’ll keep a few months!

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Review Recipe

Grandpa’s Banana Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 18 cupcakes
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
These are the best ever fluffy moist cupcakes.


  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup milk (just shy of ¼ cup)
  • 2 eggs separated
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Add lemon juice to bottom of measuring cup. Add enough milk* to make ¼ cup (of lemon juice and milk) and set aside.
  • Beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar with mixer.
  • Add in yolks and milk mixture.
  • Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Slowly add to butter mixture.
  • Stir in bananas. Then gently fold in egg white mixture.
  • Pour muffin mixture into lined (or greased) muffin tin.
  • Bake for 17-20 min or until cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.

Recipe Notes

*You will use just a little less than ¼ cup milk

Nutrition Information

Calories: 167, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 147mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 209IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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