Friday, February 4, 2011

Banana Pudding Cupcakes

I got the idea for banana pudding cupcakes from several blogs. But most of them were a banana cake, with a heavy buttercream frosting and a Nilla wafer for a garnish. I wanted something that Actually tasted like banana pudding.

This was perfect! The flavor was awesome and the cake was very moist. I suck at homemade whipped cream, so I used a mixture of fat free Cool Whip and vanilla pudding for the topping. I LOVED this, and will definitely make this again.

They need to be served immediately or refrigerated; and cold they taste even MORE like banana pudding. I am so in love with these cupcakes!





Banana Pudding Cupcakes (Makes 22-24 Cupcakes)

Ingredients
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 3.9 ounce box of instant banana pudding
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of hot water
4 eggs
2 tsp. of vanilla
24 Nilla Wafers
2 Bananas; sliced

Directions
Mix all ingredients together, except the bananas and the Nilla wafers. Spoon one spoon full of the batter into the lined muffin tins. Place one cookie and then two slices of banana in the batter. Then finish filling all of the tins. The batter should completely cover the bananas.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes (I baked mine for 19 minutes) or until a tester comes out clean.


Frosting
Ingredients

One 16 ounce container of Cool Whip (I used fat free)
2 3.9 ounce boxes of instant vanilla pudding
1 cup of milk

Directions
Mix the pudding and the milk until smooth. When completely mixed, fold in the whipped cream until there are no streaks.

Frost cooled cupcakes and top with crushed Nilla wafers.

Edit: I recently made these for our Easter dinner, and wanted to share a new picture. I'd say my cupcake decorating has vastly improved in the past year! (4/12/2012)




77 comments:

  1. Yum! I can't wait to try these!

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  2. Yummy!!! I have a lot of birthdays coming up in the spring and summer and I always make homemade cupcakes instead of cakes for everyone. These are next on my list! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Ooh ~ these look so DELISH! I can't wait to give them a try!! ;)

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  4. MMM This sounds amazing! I think I'm gonna try to HUNGRY GIRL it.. and swap the oil for applesauce or diet sprite/7up, and use FF Sour Cream??? Wish me luck!

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    1. Sounds like a good idea....did it work?

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  5. I made these last night. They were the best cupcakes I've ever eaten. I linked your recipe on my blog. Thank you ohhhh soooo much for this creation!

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  6. Oh my gosh these were sooooooo goooodddddd!

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  7. I just made these tonight and they were absolutely amazing!!! I'm going to have to make these again for my family and friends back home, but I'm excited to share these with my thesis class here at school. Thank you for sharing this!!!

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  8. Just wanted to add that I linked this recipe on my blog! Thanks again for sharing it, I'm looking forward to making them again!

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  9. I made them for my daughter's birthday party and they were a huge hit! We did have to put the Nilla wafer on top the bananas or they were floating to the top. Super yummy!

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  10. I made this recipe for my son-in-law BD so00 good
    now Iam going to try the cake with different flavoring , I have vanilla cake with vanilla pudding in the oven right. than I well move on to chocolate.***thanks again***

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  11. Can I bake these the night before and frost in the morning before serving??
    Thanks :-)

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    1. Absolutely! When you bake them, the top does sink in a little because of the filling, so don't worry if you see that. Hope you like them!

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    2. They were a huge hit! Thanks!! My frosting wasn't as thick as yours, any tips?

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    3. I'm glad they were a hit! And no, I can't think of any reason why your frosting wouldn't be as thick... Sorry I can't be of more help.

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  12. Hi! I am going to be making these for my sister's baby shower as favors - would food coloring ruin the icing? And do you think they would sit ok for about 2hrs? Indoor of course. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    1. No, I think a little food coloring will be fine. And they'll be okay for a few hours, but I would store them in the fridge. The last time I made these, I kept them refrigerated the whole time, and they lasted about 5 days.

      Hope you enjoy them!

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  13. I have made these 3 times and taken them to work. I usually bring in cupcakes once a week. These are the most requested recipe! Love them. I don't think I'll ever make regular old banana pudding again.

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    1. Thank you SO much! I'm glad you and your coworkers have enjoyed them =)

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    2. How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

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    3. 24-26 depending on how full you fill the cups.

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  14. what kind of banana pudding should be used? instant? thanks for the recipe & congrats on your new decorating prowess!

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    1. Yes, just instant banana pudding.

      And thanks!

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  15. made these for my son's 20th birthday --- he requested them! I think he consumed at least 5 of them before the day was over! big hit -thanks!

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    1. I'm so glad he enjoyed them so much!

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  16. I'm going to make these today! Very excited to try them!

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    1. Awesome! Let me know how they turn out!

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  17. do you think that it would bake the same if i split the recipe and baked a small cake? would the nilla wafers be okay or should i crush them in the layer instead of full cookies?

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    1. I honestly have no idea if it would bake the same. I'm always wary of halving recipes that call for a boxed mix. Since the dry ingredients are premixed, I worry I wouldn't get enough of the elements that I need.

      I do think that leaving the cookies whole will be fine. They get super soft when they're baked in, and no longer have the crunch of the cookie.

      Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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  18. To make the actual cupcakes, did you use regular banana pudding or instant banana pudding?

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  19. I made these for my husbands unit and they absolutely LOVED them! People wanted some to take home and others wanted the recipe! My hubby doesn't like sweets much and he devoured several of these! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I'm glad they were a hit!

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  20. I just tried these and used strawberry cake mix instead of vanilla.... Delicious!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

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  21. Amazing idea. Me and the kids past them out to friends and family and they were raving about them. thanks for sharing

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    1. You are so welcome! I'm glad they were a hit!

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  22. OMG.......these were awesome!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  23. I am thinking of making these for my son's 1st birthday party tomorrow. I was also considering making it into a cake. How big a cake do you think it would make if it makes 24-26 cupcakes?

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    1. I think it would make a two layer cake. I would definitely double up on the frosting, though. Good luck!

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  24. Just finished making these! They came out awesome!!!! Wish I could post a picture they look scrumptious. Thank you for the recipe!

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  25. Just finished making these and THEY LOOK SCRUMPTIOUS! Thank you for posting the recipe. I can't wait to dig in!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I hope they tasted as good as they looked =)

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  26. I made these 11/7/12 for my sons 13th birthday. Banana pudding is the only dessert that he really likes, so I was really excited to find this recipe :) These cupcakes were AMAZING! They were not hard to make either which was a big plus! I did add my own little twist by adding 8oz of cream cheese (because cream cheese makes everything better, lol) to the icing. OMGOODNESS it was GOOOOD!!!! I had people telling me they were the best cupcakes they had ever eaten! Thank you for sharing this wonderful & now household favorite recipe!!!

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    1. Your comment made my day! I'm so glad they were such a hit. I'll have to try the cream cheese next time, because you're right: it does make everything better! =)

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  27. I made these cupcakes a few months ago, after finding the recipe on Pinterest, and am just now getting around to tell you how WONDERFUL they were! They aren't overly sweet, which pleased my picky family. I didn't have the materials to pipe the frosting, but I spread it on with a knife, topped with crushed wafers, and they looked great anyway! Kudos on a fantastic recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I'm so glad you liked them!

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  28. Have you tried to fill them with a pudding center? These sound good as is, but I was just wondering if a little pudding center would make a difference. And if you use banana pudding instead of vanilla would it be too overpowering?

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    1. No, I haven't. With the addition of the banana slice and the nilla wafer, there isn't much of a cupcake anyway. I don't think it would stand up to pudding.

      And I don't like the flavor of banana pudding. I don't really care for the artifical taste of banana pudding, so personally I think it would be overpowering.

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  29. Wow...if you love bananas these are the BOMB!!!!

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  30. I wanted to make these for my husbands office.. They are always having desserts which he always comes home with but he never brings any so I thought these would be great. !!! And something different from typical cookies brownies and plain cupcakes.. I just wanted to ask a few questions like.. My cake mix calls for 1/2 cup V. Oil should I follow the box or your suggested 1 cup?.. Also sour cream isn't a big hit for my husband will he taste it? ... Thank so much .. Love you creative recipie !!

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for your comment.

      I would use the full cup of oil. I have made this (and doctored up other cake mixes with this method) so many times, and it makes the most moist cupcakes ever. And I definitely would not skip the sour cream. I HATE sour cream with a passion. If I order nachos and there is even a touch of it, I can't eat it. You can't taste it in these cupcakes though at all. It mostly makes the cupcake more dense and helps it stand up a little better to all the other stuff going on in this cupcake.

      I hope they're as big a hit at his office as they are at mine & my husbands =)

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  31. Ive made your recipe for cupcakes before, everyone enjoyed them. Today is my mom's bday and sh e requested them!! I am going to try and make a cake with your recipe. Do you think it would taste good if I drizzle icing on it and served warm instead of whip fosting?? Also do you have a recipe for breading pudding??? Thanks and I enjoy your website!!

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  32. I'm making this cupcake today for a group of people and can't wait. I do have a question...Like in a traditional banana pudding, do I layer the cupcake cups more than once? Or just use the 1 cookie and two bananas and cover with batter?

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  33. I'm going to be making these cupcakes. How well does the frosting stand up?

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    1. Don't over mix it, and it stands up fine. Last time I made these, I over mixed the frosting, and even though it was still delicious, it wasn't as stiff and didn't hold its shape as well when I piped on the cupcakes.

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    2. These are AMAZING...I'm going to try the same recipe except with strawberry cake mix and strawberries in the cake..we'll see how this turns out lol

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    3. I'm glad they turned out well! Let me know how the strawberry version ends up!

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  34. The only boxes of instant pudding at the store here are 3.4 (I am stationed overseas in Japan) My cupcakes seemed a little dense, and I really don't know how to adjust it. They taste ok, but I think they would taste better.

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    1. Ok, I adjusted (silly me) and bought 2 boxes and measure to 3.9.

      Do your cupcakes flatten when they come out of the oven?

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    2. They do. Because of the banana & cookie in the middle, there really isn't anything substantial going on there. Mine always sink a little once I take them out.

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  35. I love this recipe! Baking them again today for Father's Day because that's what he asked for! Thanks for posting!

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    1. You're so welcome! Glad you guys like them!

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  36. Tried this recipe twice. Came out very gooey like. Wasnt worth eating. Trashed them all. Frosting was the only thing that came out right. Very disappointed.

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  37. This has got to be the best recipe ever! Every time I make them people go nuts over them. Made them for a Super Bowl party yesterday and already had a few people text me asking for the recipe. I

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  38. SO yummmy! Everyone that I have had tried these…they love them & so do I and I'm not a huge banana fan either! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. The only kind of instant banana I can find is banana cream pie. Is that ok or should I do something else?

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  41. Ok thanks! I am making these tomorrow for the first time and I am so super excited about them! They are for my nieces 4th birthday party and I have a family of about 30 to 40 people and all but 2 or 3 love banana pudding so I hope these do well!

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  42. I want to make them and take them to work the next day...they won't be served until 330 pm the next day. How do I get the frosting to hold up if I'm unable to make the frosting at work?

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    1. The frosting will hold up fine, as long as you don't over mix it (over mixing will make it harder to pipe). Just refrigerate and they'll be fine. They're actually better when made in advance.

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