Need a use for those brown bananas? These banana chocolate chip cupcakes with bourbon cinnamon buttercream frosting are IT.

I’m pretty sure after a day whose sole purpose it is to spend money on overpriced prix fixe menus and consume chocolate and red velvet by the {large} heart-shaped boxfulwe need some fruit in our food pyramids.

So I made cupcakes. With bananas.

Totally counts.


Not to mention the shot of bourbon in the frosting.

We’ll need that after we come home from the gym to find that our boyfriends have “reorganized” our pantry in our absence.Β  By which I mean took what was organized chaos and DESTROYED IT by trying to arrange things in a geometrically reasonable manner.


A sweet gesture to be sure.Β  So long as your girlfriend isn’t irrationally possessive of her six different kinds of flour, half a box of gingersnaps, and rice paper rolls. Among other things.

In which case, during your cleaning spree it would probably do you good to hide “relocate” the bottle of Maker’s and the extra cupcakes.

Because the only thing worse than a girl who’s irate over you trying to help her…is a drunk girl who’s irate and blaming you for making her fat.

True story.


Anyways. These are good stuff.

You’ll crave them when you’re annoyed at your boyfriend, when you wake up in the morning, before you go to bed and countless moments in-between.

And with three whole bananas in them, you can totally inhale them without guilt. Seriously. Legit.


One year ago…Mango and Black Bean Casserole, Bok Choy and Baked Tofu Stir Fry in Citrus-Ginger Sauce
Two years ago…Pasta with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Feta and Arugula
Three years ago…Chicken with Caramelized Baby Onions and Honey

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Bourbon Cinnamon Buttercream
Need a use for those brown bananas? These banana chocolate chip cupcakes with bourbon cinnamon buttercream frosting are IT.
Yield: 12-16 cupcakes
For the cupcakes
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1¼ cups)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
For the buttercream
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp bourbon
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with cupcakes liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the egg and brown sugar until smooth. Add in the vanilla. Mix in the greek yogurt and melted butter. Stir in the dry ingredients. Mix in the bananas and milk until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop or a ¼ cup measure, scoop batter in liners until they are ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the buttercream
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. With the mixer on low, gradually add in the sugar until it's combined and all added. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in 2 tbsp bourbon. Taste to make sure it's not too much. Add in the next 2 tbsp. Increase the speed to medium-high and then beat until fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake


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94 Responses to Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Bourbon Cinnamon Buttercream

  1. bellini says:

    Yes these are totally healthy and no need to break out the bottle to cry into since the booze is in the icing:D

  2. Pam says:

    He can come organize my pantry. I won’t get angry, especially if brings some of these cupcakes with him!

  3. I LOVE banana cupcakes. And that’s partially because I feel like they’re somewhat healthy, as you’ve suggested πŸ˜‰ And man oh man, that bourbon cinnamon buttercream sounds wonderful! Definitely something both the hubs and I would enjoy. Well done!

  4. argone says:

    Very yummy cupcakes … congratulations !

  5. SImply Life says:

    haha, Love the post…and the cupcakes! πŸ™‚

  6. These cupcakes are perfect! The beautifully swirled frosting is just irresistible.

  7. Danielle says:

    Why is it that men are so annoying when they’re just being helpful? And why are they so unhelpful most of the time? And why can’t I eat all of those cupcakes and blame my husband for making me fat? Seriously!?! Men!

    πŸ™‚ They’re the crazy ones!

  8. Danielle says:

    Bananas – Im thinking this is breakfast -Ill take one.

  9. Jeanette says:

    So funny! I have to say I’m guilty of putting my husband’s things “in the right place” which drives him totally nuts. These cupcakes look seriously good – love the Greek yogurt you used in them.

  10. Bourbon cinnamon buttercream? I just can’t get enough of this! So lovely, Joanne!

  11. These look and sound amazing…I’m pretty sure I already have them pinned but I *needed* the reminder to make them. If my husband organized anything, I’d be ecstatic. (I’d probably actually be annoyed b/c it wouldn’t be done to my specifications!)

  12. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that goes completely nuts if someone puts something in a different place from what I’m used to. Organized chaos is still “organized”! πŸ˜‰ These look fabulous, by the way. And yes, bananas makes this healthy. Bourbon does, too πŸ˜‰

  13. Amy says:

    I actually wrote today that Paul considers rearranging my pantry MY favorite pastime. I do seem to do it a lot. And then he goes in there and tilts things, pulls them to the front of the shelf, places the crackers on the same shelf as the nuts. He does it to mess with me…like going over to someone’s extremely organized desk and moving their stapler. I cry on the inside.

  14. Delicious, Joanne!! I just made Joanne Chang’s banana bread last night (and added chocolate chips) – clearly what it also needed is some of this frosting!

  15. Hey Joanne! Thank you for the Valentine dessert roundup… I made your delicious champagne cupcakes and we loved them! Can’t wait to share the rest to my friends at work. These cupcakes look good too! Maybe next weekend! πŸ™‚

  16. Michelle says:

    Banana, chocolate, booze. You hit all the major food groups!

    If you are still annoyed, please let me borrow him. My pantry is a disaster. Everything in there looks like a Jenga game gone bad.

  17. Ashley says:

    That. Is. Amazing. Ah, boys…they mean well, don’t they? Love the addition of bourbon in these. And anything. And everything. Yummm!

  18. Love everything about these! Um, I flip out every time Matt tries to organize my papers which are in my favorite form of controlled chaos:-)

  19. If someone rearranged my pantry I would just consume the whisky alone. These look scrummy πŸ™‚

  20. Sarah says:

    umm, wow! these cupcakes have all the best flavors πŸ™‚ yum!

  21. I didn’t consume a single piece of candy or chocolate yesterday. Totally on accident too! These cupcakes are calling my name!

  22. Audra says:

    Yes this counts as a full serving of fruit for sure! I love a cupcakes that is chock full of bananas- I’m sure these are so full of flavor! And bourbon frosting is the perfect topping!

  23. Mary says:

    You should clone that man! Joanne, these really look wonderful and I’ll have to give them a try. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  24. Jenn Kendall says:

    i’m so in love with that frosting, i wish i had these sitting in the kitchen right now

  25. sandra says:

    I have blamed my husband for more irrational things than *not* hiding the cupcakes. I can see the whole conversation unwind.

  26. Pam says:

    You crack me up. I bet the.boy. won’t be organizing your pantry again! The cupcakes looks SERIOUSLY DROOL WORTHY!

  27. SallyBR says:

    I don’t know what is Maker’s – but will have to google, you got me curious.

    I wish I knew how to make this petal shape icing on the cupcake – it sounds like brain surgery to me (sigh)

    loved this post….

  28. SallyBR says:

    Silly me! It’s a brand of bourbon…

    (google is everyone’s friend!) πŸ˜‰

  29. LOL Joanne! I would never touch your pantry or kitchen drawers! What was he thinking?

  30. cindspectus says:

    I have neither the counterspace nor the money for a stand mixer at this particular moment, but to make this frosting I may just need to dig deep in my pockets for it! (And push other things off the counter, of course).

  31. Chris says:

    OMG I would scream if Alexis did that to me. I can’t stand people moving my pantry or spice cabinets around. I have a system, people, a system!

  32. Ashley Bee says:

    YES! Totally making these this weekend! I have some bananas that are quite ripe.

  33. Jordan says:

    These cupcakes sound absolutely phenomenal! I happen to have bananas I need to use up and now I know what I’ll be using them to make!

  34. I am allllll over that frosting. HELLLOOOO beautiful! These sound super tasty!

  35. these sound amazing πŸ™‚ and i’d totally flip if mike ever rearranged my ingredients, lol!

  36. Hotly Spiced says:

    Oh dear; the boyfriend trod (trampled) on sacred ground. All in innocence I’m sure. The cupcakes look so yummy with that beautifully piped frosting – a shot of bourbon never goes astray either – good thing you could find it! xx

  37. I have a banana muffin recipe coming but it doesn’t have Bourbon Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting!!! and now I am wondering where that has been all my life! I just need a bowl + spoon and that’s good for me πŸ™‚

  38. Geni says:

    The cupcakes look spectacular! Mmmm…I can just taste the creaminess of that yummy looking frosting. Regarding The Boy, I once told my daughter (when she was 8), “Sometimes boys (and men) are just bozos sweetie. You will figure that out someday.” She replied, “Moooom, I already KNOW that!” as she rolled her eyes. That’s all there is to say about your story.

  39. Beth says:

    These look awesome. Almost as awesome as having somebody rearrange your pantry in a geometrically-reasonable manner. (Talk about Mars and Venus.) That made my day!

  40. Eileen says:

    Hooray for cupcakes! Now THIS is a great plan for all the banans in my freezer. I love the sound of a bourbon buttercream too–and I’m not even a frosting person!

  41. I don’t even like my husband in the kitchen because he doesn’t know where everything is and then he never puts things back in the right place. I usually “babysit” him if he attempts to cook…lol! These cupcakes with the bourbon frosting sound so good! I would not feel guilty at all eating these πŸ™‚

  42. Wow, what a beautiful and delicious combination of flavors in these cupcakes, Joanne! They look absolutely wonderful. I can tell you baked them with a whole lotta love!

  43. Yummy!! These cupcakes look to die for!! By the way congrats for being in Cooking Light magazine!!

    Have a great weekend!

  44. Debbie says:

    Whoa….I love just about anything with bananas….do they ever look delicious!

  45. These look super duper yummy! The frosting sounds extra-delicious!

  46. Karis says:

    I’m jealous of your beautifully decorated cupcakes. I should make this recipe so I can practice because practice makes perfect, right? πŸ™‚ Oh by the way, I was just reading the March 2013 Cooking Light and was happy to see you featured in the Blogger Spotlight section.

  47. Oh girl, you never fail to make me laugh. πŸ™‚ Totally cracking up at the messed up reorganization project. πŸ™‚ These cupcakes are gorgeous and sound so delish. πŸ™‚

  48. Cathleen says:

    Haha, what a sweet guy! You would like my boyfriend, he doesn’t want to touch my stuff because he thinks I’ll flip at him, even though I have NEVER cared who touches my stuff. Maybe if I had 5 more types of flour I would care more πŸ˜‰
    These look fantastic! Perfect way to use up my bananas!!

  49. teresa says:

    haha! such good intentions. these look amazing, i want one!

  50. Annie Patz says:

    That’s it…I am trying these tomorrow! Bourbon cinnamon buttercream frosting…sweet jesus.

  51. That Girl says:

    I’m going through such a cupcake phase right now!

  52. OohLookBel says:

    These cupcakes look and sound beautiful. A perfect combination.

  53. I know I’ve been absent (on a break) but couldn’t resist stopping in to ogle these beautiful cupcakes! The poor boy, I’m sure he will never make the mistake of helping you organize your foodie stuff again! lol! Glad you had the cupcakes to soothe your soul.

  54. Lynn says:

    I would hate it if someone reorganized my pantry, too. I know just where everything is. πŸ™‚ These look delicious and I happen to have a bottle of Makers…

  55. Saguna says:

    Ah, best laid plans… πŸ™‚ I really would not let anyone get any ideas about organizing anything of mine either- I hate having to dive into cupboards to find little ‘unimportant’ bits of rice flour or almond extract.

    These look awesome. Ticking the fruit box and the booze box= success. I would love to make these bourbon-y banana-y babies tomorrow morn. Good way to start the day, I reckon…

  56. marie says:

    Haha, no salads here, the day after Valentines πŸ™‚ I love banana muffins, cupcakes, whatever, they’re delicious.

  57. Joyti says:

    Ooo, those sound delicious!
    Good luck with the pantry.

  58. P says:

    I’m very OCD when it comes to having a clean pantry/fridge. I’m always checking to see if anything has expired and need to know where everything is so nothing goes to waste. I know it drives my family insane, but it’s what keeps me sane! πŸ˜›

  59. Ugh. It’s the worst when someone tries to be helpful but just messes up your system. Hard to be mean when someones trying to be nice, but hard to function when you can’t find anything!

    Bourbon cinnamn buttercream? YESSSSS

  60. grace says:

    that seems like a lot of bourbon in the frosting, but i’m awfully sensitive when it comes to other flavors competing with my beloved cinnamon. πŸ™‚

  61. Just looking at these makes me happy. I can only imagine what eating them will feel like!

  62. These look and sound so delicious – you are killing me here Joanne! I give up all sweets during Lent, and I can’t even go cry in my beer over not being able to have these because I give up alcohol too. Going to go cry in my bowl of carrots now *sigh*

  63. Gloria says:

    ummy,yummy I love the bourbon on the topping!

  64. Betty says:

    What a great way to get your daily fruit serving! And with bourbon no less. πŸ™‚

  65. These sounds delicious and with bourbon in frosting… Yum!
    Got to try these soon..

  66. Chaya Selig says:

    A sophisticated cupcake for adults.

  67. haha there always has to be an OCD person in a relationship!
    cupcakes look delectable, as always!

  68. Kari says:

    I think this must be the best means to get banana in one’s diet πŸ™‚

  69. Victoria says:

    I am all for guilt-free cupcakes!! I also totally hate it when people to try to “help” me reorganize my organized chaos. Why can’t people just mind their own business? haha.

  70. Yep, I concur – these are totally health food! The flavor combination sounds like it’s to die for. If only I hadn’t already eaten all the bananas I bought this week…

  71. Natalie G says:

    Now these look like a damn good cupcake! Amazing flavours here, I gotta try this one out.

  72. Reeni Pisano says:

    These are gorgeous! Perfectly acceptable for breakfast – I don’t know how anyone could resist! I might pass back out afterwards cause I’m a total lightweight.

  73. Healthy but with a boozy kick? Love it.

  74. Johanna GGG says:

    banana and choc chip can’t go wrong – just so long as you can find them in the pantry πŸ™‚ I would be very cross at anyone who wants to rearrange my pantry because it is my own special brand of chaos – no wonder you needed a shot of bourbon in the icing!

  75. Yasmeen says:

    I may be the only person on the planet to say this, but generally I’m not into cupcakes. Or… I’m just over them. Too many of them, everywhere, all the time.

    BUT. I have made room in my life for these. The flavor combination – yes. Oh yes, we’ll be fast friends.

  76. Elizabeth says:

    Without the bourbon, these would totally be a breakfast cupcake, right?

  77. Lora says:

    What a fantastic combination of flavors. Wow!

  78. ellysaysopa says:

    These sound great. Love the sound of that frosting. Yum.

  79. Well, we all have moments of craziness. Thank you for sharing yours with us. Makes me feel…a little more normal πŸ™‚ I love the 3 bananas in these cupcakes! Fab.

  80. Candace says:

    Bourbon cinnamon buttercream? You’re killing me with that. There are no words to tell you how badly I want some right now. πŸ™‚

  81. Health food for sure. πŸ˜‰ These sound delicious!

  82. These look amazing and your cupcake skills always make me so jealous! It’s weird that I would never find a drink of bourbon appealing but the idea of bourbon in baked goods makes me swoon!

  83. These look so good.
    Such an unorthodox mix of flavours which I’m sure will work beautifully.
    Sacramenta xx

  84. Laura says:

    OMG he re-organized your pantry?! I might take back my sympathy over the surgery! Yikes! πŸ˜‰

    Gorgeous cupcakes.

  85. Oh man – I have 2 bananas riping on my counter so you know I’ll be making this over the weekend!

  86. I’d crave these no matter if I’m ticked off at my husband or anyone . . . and even more when I’m wanting a guilty splurge! Love the little addition of bourbon in the buttercream! Yea!

  87. Sara Potter says:

    I made a veganized version of the frosting for a friend and it was ridiculously good. Still, since I am not vegan, I want to try this again with real butter. Trying to decide if browning the butter would be gilding the lily a bit. Any thoughts?

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