Banana Pudding Cupcakes & a Cupcake Secret

It’s been a while since I have given you cupcakes … forgive me?  Because I am SO making it up to you today!!  That is, if you like bananas.  These cupcakes are absolutely bursting with sweet banana flavor and topped with a banana cream pudding topping that is light and fluffy …  And since you’ve stuck around this long, I have an awesome cupcake secret for you, too!

But first, feast your eyes on these babies … banana pudding cupcakes with banana cream pudding topping!!

While these may look and sound difficult, they are so so easy to make and they are a fresh, light way to finish any summer meal!
And now…

Prepare one yellow cake mix as directed on the box EXCEPT DON’T ADD THE EGGS!!  Here is my cupcake secret … using this technique found over at Live Strong, substitute ripe bananas mixed with a little baking powder for the eggs.  Sounds crazy, but these cupcakes were soooooo light and fluffy and the extra banana really kicked up the flavor!  Using the back of a fork, mash together 2 ripe bananas (each about 6 inches long) with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and replace this mixture for the 3 eggs called for in the cake mix.  Bake the cupcakes as directed.

Now, the pudding for these pudding poke cake cupcakes … whisk together 2 cups of cold milk and 1 small box of banana cream instant pudding/pie filling.  Poke decent sized holes (I used a bamboo skewer rather than a fork) in your slightly warm cupcakes (poor cupcakes) and slowly spoon about 1 tablespoon of pudding over the cupcakes into the holes, allowing it to soak in or at least just fill up the holes.  It may not look very pretty since the cakes are soft and the pudding may sit on top a bit.  It’s okay … you’re going to give them a face lift with a yummy topping :)  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until ready to serve.

For the banana pudding topping, whisk together 1 cup cold milk and another small box of banana cream instant pudding/pie filling.  Gently fold in one 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip, stirring just until incorporated.  (I used skim milk, lite whipped topping and sugar free pudding, so this is about as guilt free as you can get for a cupcake “frosting”!)

Just before serving, pipe or spoon the topping on your cupcakes and garnish with a vanilla wafer cookie.  These have been one of my favorites lately … light, fluffy and in all honesty, these really do taste just like classic banana pudding.  In fact:

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  1. Mmmmm love banana pudding…love cupcakes…how could I not love these? Thanks for the recipe and the tip. Sounds weird but I’ll try it!

  2. These look delicious!!!

  3. Yum! These look GREAT! Pinned and Tweeted! XO, Aimee

  4. Love Banana Pudding! I actually blogged about banana pudding too. I guess we are just awesome like that. :)

  5. they look delicious

  6. I totally love these. SOOOOOO good Keri! I love that secret. So gonna use it sometime.

  7. These look so good and I have ripe bananas in the house! Yay! Cupcakes tonight. :) Pinning. Saw you on the The Taylor House Thursday.

  8. Looks fantastic, I am definitely adding this to my “must bake whenever it cools down” list.

  9. These look delicious!! I’d love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It’s a new linky party starting today. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi

  10. LOVE this idea! They look so yummy! I can’rt wait to try this!

  11. These look so good. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  12. These are too cute to eat! Well, almost ;) I don’t think I could resist it if I tried. The wafer just makes it look so adorable! I’d love for you to share this at my Throwback Thursday party.

    Hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing!

  13. These are dear! I’d love to see you at Thursday Food Fest! I open Wed eve at 7pm. I’m at

  14. These look great! I might have to try these today. It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday and he loves banana pudding.

  15. Love the idea of banana pudding in a cupcake! Would love to try.

  16. These look and sound wonderful! My kids are allergic to eggs, so I’ve used the banana substitution trick in other baked goods (sometimes successful, occasionally not!) I’m a new follower, looking forward to exploring more of your fun blog. Hope you’ll come visit.

  17. Lovely cup cake.

  18. Yum! Thanks for linking up at Friday Fun Party. Have a nice weekend. :)

  19. Sounds yummy. I’m pinning it.

    Stopping by from The Shabby Nest Friday link up.

  20. Yum. I’m pinning this now too.

  21. delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

  22. These look delicious – Great Pics! Also thanks for the cupcake tip – never heard of the banana substitution. Visiting from Craftionary linkup :)

  23. Those cupcakes look absolutely amazing!

  24. Banana pudding AND cupcakes together – WOW – can life get any better than this?

  25. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:

  26. Those look so tasty! Will have to try that tip next time I’m baking!

  27. Banana pudding is my favorite, can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you’ll be back next week!

  28. These look soooooooooo beautiful and sounds super DELICIOUS !

  29. I’m a new follower – found you through the link party at Family Ever After. These sound delicious and I can’t wait to try them! I am starting to teach the Wilton’s Cake Classes and our second class they learn how to fill and ice cupcakes – I might use this recipe as an excuse to try it! Thanks so much!!!

    Brynn –

  30. These look so delish! Love how you garnished the cupcakes with a cookie, too!

  31. What a cool idea to substitute the bananas for the eggs. Thanks!

  32. Banana instead of eggs eh? Now this I have to try! They do sound good!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  33. These sound amazing! What a great idea of replacing the eggs! Thanks for sharing at Cups by Kim!!


  34. I love the ones that come in a package & I bet these are wayyyyy better! Pinning this one for later…

  35. Yum! There is something so summery about banana pudding and cupcakes are a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

  36. Loving this recipe! I’m a new GFC follower and I’m totally pinning this! Oh, and I’m stopping over from Show Off Monday. Come visit me at

  37. These look great! Thanks for sharing with us for Tasty Tuesday!

  38. Banana pudding cupcakes!? Oh. Heck. Yes!!! I love banana pudding!

  39. These sound soo good:) I will definitely be trying these some time soon! I’m pinning this for later!

  40. Great post. I found you via the Tuesday Talent Show from Chef in Training
    I have linked a pizza I did with leftover roast chicken. Have a good week.

  41. Those looks so yummy and very pretty too. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  42. Banana pudding cupcakes? Yup that sounds absolutely delicious!!!! Love subbing out eggs for bananas…it works in most cookies too:-)

  43. These sounded so yummy, I had to come back and let you know they will be featured this week! Thanks again for sharing!

  44. YUM! These look and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to make them for our next family gathering.

  45. Those look fabulous! I just had to pin them to my sweet treats board on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing at A Crafty Soiree!

  46. Fantastic recipe! Very creative and delicious. We love banana pudding, so this sounds so good. Pinning!

  47. This looks great! I think I need lunch! I ‘d like to invite you to my linky party! I would love it if you would share these awesome cupcakes!

  48. Oh wow. I love banana pudding. Must try these! :)

  49. Who knew? Thanks for the tip! And oh my, these cupcakes look dreamy! Thank you so much for bringing them to my Back For Seconds Social!

  50. These are just SO SO cute!!

  51. Holy smokes these look SOOOOO delicious! And they’re adorable! I can’t wait to try them :)

  52. Yum yum yum! I am going to have to try that trick for egg substitution. Thanks for linking at Snips and Spice Sunday Slice. I hope to see you again this week!

  53. Yummy these look great.. What a great blog it makes me hungry lol check out my food blog if you get a min and have not done it already..

  54. These look just amazing. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  55. So cute! I want to eat them all! Thanks for linking up at What’s Cluckin! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

  56. I am making these right now– in the oven and smell delicious :) If I want to serve some tonight, and some tomorrow, do you think it would be okay to only frost the ones I’m serving tonight, then refrigerate the topping in a sealed bag or covered bowl for later, or do you think that would mess up the consistency?

    • Hi Melissa – you can definitely refrigerate the topping! I just give it a quick gentle stir before piping or piling it on the cupcakes. Any leftover topping is great in trifles, to top regular pudding, etc. If your cupcakes are soft, you can forego the “poke cake” method and just fill the cupcakes with the pudding. Either way, I’m sure they’ll taste great!!

    • I did have a little trouble getting the pudding to go into the poked holes, so on the second half of the batch, i just made one bigger hole in the middle…we’ll see how it turns out! Thanks!

    • update: they turned out great!! the first and second half of the batch both tasted good, although I’m pretty sure the majority of the pudding pooled on top instead of inside. However, it didn’t seem to matter! I made the cake using applesauce instead of oil also, so it probably made it more moist but it was delicious!

    • Melissa – you just made my morning!! I am SO glad you made these and loved them! Thanks for your sweet words and for letting me know you totally rocked them :)

  57. These are absolutely delicious! I made them for the first time today. I had trouble with the filling, so I cored the center of my cupcake and filled it that way. While I was making the frosting, I realized that I should have used my wisk as per your instructions instead of my beater to make the filling. Either way, I’ll be making these again and again. Thanks for the recipe!

  58. Fantastic cupcakes!, I so love your blog. The food looks amazing and delicious. I wanna try making that recipe.


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