Chocolate Banana Cupcakes Recipe

I've decided to bake these cupcakes today for two very simple reasons:
  1. Now that I am officially on Maternity Leave, I have all the time in the world to do whatever I want e.g. go swimming, shopping, watch TV shows, clean the house, go out to lunch, take naps, cook and BAKE! Otherwise I usually can't be bothered baking...
  2. Prices of bananas are finally coming back down in Australia. Ever since the cyclone hit Queensland, where most of the bananas come from, prices of bananas have been ridiculously expensive (at one point it was $16 per kg!) making bananas the "luxury fruit" in Australia for almost a full year. I saw bananas for only $3.98 per kg at Coles the other day, so finally I can indulge in bananas again and bake my favorite banana cake using the Best Ever Banana Cake Recipe.
Of course this time around I didn't just bake my usual Banana Cake. I used the ever reliable banana cake mix I am all so familiar with to make the base of this recipe.

I start by preheating the oven at 160C. Cream 125g butter and 1 cup slightly packed brown sugar together with the electric mixer. Add three eggs, beating well between each one. Fold in 1 3/4 cup self raising flour and stir in 3 mashed bananas, 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Pour into individual cupcake cups (only halfway as they will rise).

Here comes the little "surprise". Insert a small "square" of dark chocolate into the centre of the cupcake mix. Then bake in the oven for approx. 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Meanwhile, to make the icing mixture just mix 2 cups of icing sugar with 2 teaspoons of softened butter and 2 tablespoons of milk. Give the mixture a good stir until properly mixed through and allow to set, adding more icing sugar if it appears too runny.

Allow cupcakes to completely cool before piping the icing and sprinkle / decorate as you please.

The best part of this cupcake is the moist banana cake and the gooey chocolate centre! Mmm...

Oh wait, some would probably argue the best part of this cupcake is the icing... lol, can't beat the yummy factor of just plain and simple, SUGAR!!


  1. Looks yummy! I'm having my coffee right now...I could go for one!

  2. Love that chocolate surprise in the middle.

  3. I know a lot of people that would think they'd died and gone to heaven if they bit into that chocolate center. It's perfect for a banana cupcake. Yours look sinfully delightful.

  4. You'r right the best part of the cupcake looks so very tempting...The chocolate centre and moist crumbly cake both incredibly good!!

  5. all these while i thought that blackberries, grapes, strawberries and raspberries were luxury fruits until bananas went insanely expensive!

  6. Putting things inside cupcakes is always cool.

  7. oh man these look like the best cupcakes ever to me! granted, i favor anything with banana! i need to make this.

  8. I am loving the little surprise. I need to try that the next time I make cupcakes.

  9. Chocolate and banana go so perfectly together! I would love to bite into one of these and get the chocolately goodness in the middle! Mmmmmmm

  10. Hi Kim:
    Congrats on being mom to be :-P
    Sorry for not checking in for a while. Ever since I'm back on working field, I was way too busy to updates with my fellow foodies.

    My boy just love banana muffins/cup cakes, thanks for sharing this great recipe.

  11. WHY didn't I think of that? The next time I'm baking I'm doing exactly this!

  12. Oh man is that like heaven or what?! I love the chocolate surprise in the middle

  13. It looks so simple and wonderful! Your recipes and photos are some of the most beautiful that I've ever seen! ^^

  14. These look ultimately delicious - sneaky piece of chocolate in the middle ;)
    Wonderful post and blog!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Fudgy No Bake Fridge Biscuits

  15. Hi there,

    I was wondering what size bananas you use when you say to use three?

    Also does this produce a moist cupcake?

    Kind regards,