Caramelized Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
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Caramelized Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I really enjoy caramelized bananas with rum, served with vanilla ice cream, so I couldn’t resist to the thought of a cupcake made with them. This recipe is now one of my favorites. It doesn’t quite taste like banana bread, it does have the taste of caramelized bananas.  The recipe calls for a cream cheese frosting to go with them, but I prefer a cinnamon whipped cream with a little rum.  It seems like a lot of ingredients and like it’s a lot do to, but they don’t take much longer to prepare than regular cupcakes, so give them a try!  When using whipped cream as frosting, it is best if you will frost only the cupcakes that will be eaten on that day.


Caramelized Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Makes about 18 cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma

Ingredients for the Bananas:
½ stick unsalted butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 ripe, but still firm bananas quartered (halved crosswise, then lengthwise)
2 tablespoons dark rum
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Cook until butter melts and sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes)
  2. Add the banana slices and cook until tender, turning once for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  3. Stir together rum and vanilla.  Turn off the burner and add the rum mixture to the pan.
  4. Using a long match, light the alcohol by placing the flame just in the outer edge of the pan.  Stand as far back as possible.  The flame should extinguish in a few seconds.
  5. Gently shake the pan from side to side to coat the bananas with the sauce.
  6. Spoon the bananas into a bowl and set aside.

Ingredients for the Cupcakes:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, softened
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon dark rum
Banana mixture already prepared
¾ cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, rum and banana to the butter mixture.  Mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture alternately with the cream; blend thoroughly but do not over mix.
  6. Pour into prepared cupcake pans.
  7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 1 minute in pan on rack.  Remove and cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
1 ½ cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (add more if you like a sweeter cream)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rum


  1. Whip your cream together with the sugar until it gets thick
  2. Add the rum and cinnamon
  3. Place cream in piping bag to decorate your cupcakes.

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    Monday July 26th, 2010 at 08:58 AM

    I made this last week for a family dinner and they were a HUGE success. They don’t have the texture of banana bread, they are spongy and you can definitely feel the caramelized banana. I will definitely make them again.

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    Saturday August 18th, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I first came across your blog when I was searching for a recipe for mango cupcakes and have been hooked since then! So far I’ve made your mango cupcake, green tea cupcakes and made the carmalized banana cupcakes last night. These are AMAZING!!!

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      Saturday August 18th, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Thank you for your kind words! We love reading feedback like yours. Any special requests for recipes you want us to try?

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    Kitty Hawker
    Saturday January 19th, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Just wondering at Step 4 of cupcakes (Add eggs, vanilla, rum and banana. Mix well.) if I was supposed to add it to the flour or sugar/butter? Regards, Kitty

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      Saturday January 19th, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Hi Kitty! You’re supposed to add the eggs, vanilla, rum and bananas to the butter and sugar mix. Then add the fury ingredients (flour) to that butter+banana mix alternating with the cream.

      Hope it helps!

      Kitty :)

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    charlene knight
    Sunday March 2nd, 2014 at 03:59 AM

    hi i cant wait to try this recipe just wondering can you use low fat butter and cream??

    thanks Charlene

    • Reply
      Sunday March 2nd, 2014 at 07:54 PM

      Hi Charlene! Thanks for your question! You could use them, though the consistency of the cupcake might be different since you’re using low fat butter.

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