Banoffee Cupcakes

I’ve been quite excited to share these Banoffee Cupcakes with you! I almost couldn’t wait. A banana filled cupcake is topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche, then finished off with dulce de leche icing! They’re so delicious and fun – you have to make them!

For another delicious banana recipe, try my Easy Banana Bread! It’s the perfect breakfast for banana lovers.

Banoffee Cupcakes - moist banana cupcake, with a layer of dulce de leche, finished off with dulde leche icing and a banana chip!

Banoffee Cupcakes - moist banana cupcake, with a layer of dulce de leche, finished off with dulde leche icing and a banana chip!

Banoffee Cupcakes Recipe

So yesterday, our church wrapped up a great first series for the beginning of the year. It basically turned the New Year’s Resolution on its head and instead of asking what you can do to make yourself better, it asked what we could do to make the world better.

It was basically all about the idea that if you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place. Often through doing for others, we grow so much more as people than when we focus on ourselves.

Certainly there’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose those 10 pounds – I’m with you there. But I thought it was a great message and reminder. So much of our culture is me, me, me. But God wants us to engage with and help others. Through doing His works, we grow so much more.

I just thought I’d share. It’s a wonderful and thought provoking message. The question they asked was “What breaks your heart?” What can you do to help?

Banoffee Cupcakes - moist banana cupcake, with a layer of dulce de leche, finished off with dulde leche icing and a banana chip!
Banoffee Cupcakes with a bite out of one

While cupcakes certainly don’t help with the 10 pounds or change the world, they are delicious.

But before I go any further on the Banoffee Cupcakes – Banoffee. Have you heard of it? Is it foreign to you? Banoffee Pie is totally a thing. It’s a pie made with bananas and toffee made from cooked sweetened condensed milk, also known as dulce de leche. Banana + toffee = banoffee.

I am huge lover of all things banana and dulce de leche, so I decided why not make it into a cupcake?

I am so glad I did. I only wish I’d made them a week earlier so that I could’ve taken some to Miami. The friend that we stayed with LOVES dulce de leche and I think he’d have loved these cupcakes.

Banoffee Cupcakes - moist banana cupcake, with a layer of dulce de leche, finished off with dulde leche icing and a banana chip!

How to Make These Tasty Banana Cupcakes

The bottom of the cupcake – the actual cupcake – is all about the banana. There’s a 1/2 cup of mashed bananas in the batter giving it full on banana flavor. The cupcakes alone are wonderful. Oh banana, how I love you.

I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and went from there. So like those cupcakes, these only use one bowl (except for the mashing of the bananas) and are easy peasy to make.

I thought about just topping them with dulce de leche icing, but then decided to not only have dulce de leche icing, but to put a thin layer of dulce de leche right onto the cupcake as well.

Best. decision. ever.

It just ups the ante a little bit and takes these babies from good to great.

I know. It’s just a thin layer. How could it make that much difference? It does. Just trust me.

The flavor of both the banana and the dulce de leche is unmistakable and they combine so perfectly in this cupcake. You might just find you do not want to share. And I won’t judge you one bit for it. Promise.

Banoffee Cupcakes - moist banana cupcake, with a layer of dulce de leche, finished off with dulde leche icing and a banana chip!

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Recipe

Banoffee Cupcakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 43 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

I’ve been quite excited to share these Banoffee Cupcakes with you! I almost couldn’t wait. A banana filled cupcake is topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche, then finished off with dulce de leche icing! They’re so delicious and fun – you have to make them!


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Ingredients

BANANA CUPCAKES 

  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup milk

DULCE DE LECHE ICING 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup dulce de leche
  • 12 tbsp water or milk
  • banana chips, if desired for garnish

Instructions

BANANA CUPCAKES 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add butter, egg white, egg, vanilla, mashed bananas and milk and mix on medium speed just until smooth. Do not over mix.
4. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way.
5. Bake 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool for 1 minute, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.

DULCE DE LECHE ICING 

1. Combine butter and shortening and mix until smooth.
2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add dulce de leche and mix until smooth.
4. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Add water or milk, if needed, until desired consistency is reached.
6. Spread a thin layer of dulce de leche on top of each cupcake.
6. Top cupcakes with icing and banana chips, if desired.

Notes

The shortening in the icing can be replaced with butter, if you prefer.

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Enjoy!

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31 Comments
    1. Megan Oxford

      The cupcakes taste awesome and are so light and moist. I hate dense “cornbread” like cupcakes and these were perfect. The combination of banana and dulce de leche is heavenly. The only problem I had was getting to frosting to stay on after I had smeared the dulce de leche. The frosting kept sliding off making a big mess. The perfectionist in me is ashamed to serve a messy cupcake. I should have trusted my gut and filled the cupcakes with the dulce de leche and left the cupcake tops clean so the frosting won’t slide off.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Shortening is a butter replacement that helps make a firmer icing. Feel free to replace it with butter, if you prefer.

  1. samantha p

    after the layer on cupcakes for the frosting did you just whip till it became lighter? Bit confused on that part.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m not sure I totally understand your question. You should add a thin layer of dulce de leche directly on top of the cupcakes. Then you add the icing (which has more dulce de leche in it) on top of that. Does that help?

  2. Jessica

    Hi! I made these a couple months ago and they were amazing!! The cupcake was super moist and light, the buttercream paired nicely with the banana flavor. I found that the buttercream recipe yields a lot for 12 cupcakes, I may cut in half next time to see. Thanks for sharing this great recipe, it’s a keeper for me!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I actually used store bought Dulce de leche. It’s usually near the sweetened condensed milk in the store.

  3. funsize wife

    Thanks for the response. I finished them with the delectable frosting and they sat overnight. They are moist and delicious, and I’m pretty certain they will disappear at the party today. Try this recipe if, for no other reason, than to taste the frosting!

  4. funsize wife

    Lindsay, When I made the cupcakes, the butter did not fully blend in with the batter. I tried to get it incorporated by hand, but no success. Unfortunately, the bits of butter melted as they baked, leaving small holes in the baked cakes. Any idea what to do next time?

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’ve had some bits of butter like that before, but haven’t noticed a problem with holes. Bummer. I’m sorry that happened. The recipe still works well if you melt the butter before adding it though, so maybe try it that way next time.

  5. Rachel @ Bakerita

    I adooore dulce de leche, and I love banana in every form I can get it. These cupcakes are like my dream! They’re so beautiful, and I love that you smeared extra dulce de leche right on the cupcake. I can get behind that! Pinned 🙂

  6. Michelle @ My California Kitchen

    Oh my gosh, I was just thinking I needed to go hunting for a way to use up a couple stray bananas on my kitchen counter. Thank you for these!! I can’t ever say no to dulce de leche!

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These cupcakes are stunning, Lindsay! I love the banana flavors going on here. And that icing is absolutely gorgeous! I need to take some lessons from you because when I frost, it comes out in big fat blobs! 🙂 Pinned!

  8. Karen+@+The+Food+Charlatan

    I’m ready to Banoffee everything over here, these look amazing!! I really love the idea of looking outward for New Year’s resolutions. What breaks your heart is a tough question with way too many answers. Thanks for the food for thought, and the food! 🙂 Oh and the link 🙂

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I have had Banoffee cookies, but never the pie! Now I totally want the cupcakes! Love that thin extra layer of dulce de leche…I agree, so necessary!!!

  10. Mir

    I learned about banoffee from my British friends! I’ve had the pie, but never a cupcake version! This looks phenomenal. I love the banana chip on top!

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