Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting


Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting | Cooking ClassyAren’t bananas and Nutella just made to go together? I was at a loss for what I wanted to make and post, don’t get me wrong I have endless lists of things I want to make but nothing on my lists seemed to be what I was in the mood for. After some thought, it hit me, something with banana and Nutella. And if you follow my blog you know I’m obsessed with cupcakes so what better than to make that combo in cupcake form? It’s a miracle I had any of this heavenly, fluffy, melt away in your mouth, Nutella Buttercream Frosting left to go on these cupcakes. Once I had a taste there was no stopping me, it was like one of those times where you have to hurry and frost all of the cupcakes while restraining yourself and hurry and give them all away or you’ll be left with half the cupcakes unfrosted. Which is something I almost felt fine about doing because people would still be happy with an unfrosted banana cupcake, right? We’ll just tell them it’s a fluffy banana muffin :). This frosting though, has got to be one of the best I’ve ever made. This recipe ended up making an unpopular number in baking – 14, how annoying I know (if only it could have been 13, then it could have at least been labeled a baker’s dozen). But sometimes it just happens. I adapted it from my banana cake recipe and realized with all that added banana there was no way I was going to fit it into 12. Let’s just say you’ll be glad you have 2 more than you normally do, I’d much rather have more cupcakes than a lesser amount. With that said, the frosting listed is for 12 cupcakes but you could definitely get away with the 14 if you don’t want a tall layer of frosting. If you do like the tower of frosting then make 1 1/2 the recipe. You might just want to make 1 1/2 anyway then you can keep it in the fridge and eat it like fudge for the next few days. The perfect afternoon pick me up. Enjoy!

Nutella Buttercream Frosting | Cooking Classy

I love making hairdos out of frosting…

Nutella Buttercream Frosting | Cooking Classy

Nutella Buttercream Frosting | Cooking Classy


Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Yield: 14 cupcakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup mashed over-ripe bananas (from about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil , divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • Nutella Buttercream Frosting , recipe follows (if you want it piled high like pictured do 1 1/2 the recipe)
  • Chopped , toasted hazelnuts, finely chopped chocolate or sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. Mash bananas together with lemon juice, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter, 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, granulated sugar and brown sugar until pale and fluffy, then mix in remaining 1 Tbsp vegetable oil. Blend in egg, then blend in egg white and vanilla. Mix in banana mixture. With mixer set on low speed and working in three separate batches, add in 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 1/2 of the buttermilk and mixing just until combined after each addition. Divide mixture among 14 - 15 paper lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 18 - 22 minutes. Allow to cool in muffin tin several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost with Nutella Buttercream Frosting and top with sprinkles or chopped, toasted hazelnuts if desired. Store in an airtight container.
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Nutella Buttercream Frosting

Yield: Enough for 12 cupcakes (not piled high)

Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , nearly at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup salted butter , nearly at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 2 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 - 4 tsp heavy cream


  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butters on medium-high speed until very pale and fluffy, about 5 - 6 minutes, occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. Add in Nutella and cocoa powder and whip 2 minutes longer. Mix in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and blend on low speed until combined, then add in cream and whip on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes longer. Spread over cupcakes.
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  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Amazing, Jaclyn! Guess what? I made cupcakes like this for my upcoming cookbook! Much different recipes but the same idea. I couldn’t believe how GOOD they were. And your Nutella buttercream looks heavenly. September 24, 2013 at 9:27am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love making hairdos out of frosting… = LOVE THAT. ME too :)

    keep it in the fridge and eat it like fudge for the next few days = oh you too? I do that all the time.

    Gorgeous. Pinned! September 24, 2013 at 10:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! September 24, 2013 at 12:27pm Reply

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture: Holy deliciousness! I made banana-nutella pop tarts once and they were phenomenal. They’re a match made in heaven! September 24, 2013 at 11:11am Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: That nutella buttercream frosting looks (and sounds!) incredible! September 24, 2013 at 1:49pm Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: That frosting looks fantastic! September 24, 2013 at 5:33pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): Nutella is delicious with everyyyythinggggggg September 24, 2013 at 6:46pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: OMG. I haven’t made anything with Nutella in so long, and that buttercream looks heavenly. I bet it’s amazing paired with the banana as well! September 24, 2013 at 6:49pm Reply

  • Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King: Mmm! I’ve just jumped on the banana bread bandwagon, and I cannot get enough. These look beautiful! September 24, 2013 at 7:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Mary-Clay! September 25, 2013 at 11:09am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Gorgeous cupcakes! And that frosting is so incredibly dreamy! September 24, 2013 at 10:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Chung-Ah! September 25, 2013 at 11:09am Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: More cupcakes are ALWAYS better! Especially with Nutella Buttercream! Your cupcakes are beautiful as is your photography. Thank you for sharing, Jaclyn. Pinning! September 25, 2013 at 4:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy, you’re always so nice :)! September 25, 2013 at 11:08am Reply

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel: I’m probably the last person on the planet to try nutella. I’ll buy a jar sometime I swear ;) But until then I’ll just gawk at your perfect frosting! September 25, 2013 at 6:46am Reply

  • naz: Your cupcakes always look fabulous
    What nozzle tip do u use September 26, 2013 at 12:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I used the Wilton 2D for these I like the 2E too. And thanks! September 27, 2013 at 6:56am Reply

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  • sun-soul: I want to try making the cake, but it’s not clear to me when to add the banana/lemon juice mixture. You say to mix them together and set aside, but you do not specify when to add it to the batter. Should it be blended into the sugar/butter mixture after the eggs are added? Or should it be added when adding in the liquid (buttermilk)? Or should it be added at the very end? Please clarify. Thanks October 7, 2013 at 8:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for pointing that out! Just added above! It’s added just before the dry ingredients. October 11, 2013 at 7:21pm Reply

  • Lauren: The Frosting looks AmaZing! I’m Just Wondering Why You Use Half Salted butter And Half Unsalted? I only Ever Buy Unsalted Butter, Would It Make Too Big Of A difference? (My Phone Is Acting Weird And Capitalizing Randomly) October 7, 2013 at 8:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I personally just like to use half of each to balance out all that sweetness. Really it’s just personal preference so just use what you like. Hope you love it! October 13, 2013 at 6:14am Reply

  • Jamie: I feel like I’m missing something, and think I know the answer, but the instructions say to mash bananas with lemon juice and set aside, but then never addresses them again? I imagine it goes in around the same time as the egg/egg white? October 7, 2013 at 9:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry, I’ve added that above. October 13, 2013 at 6:19am Reply

  • Jill: I found these cupcakes on Pinterest and decided to give them a try this afternoon. Talk about success!! They are so yummy. The frosting is rich by itself but the banana helps tone it down. These just may become a staple for me :) October 8, 2013 at 7:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Jill! Thanks for your comment! October 8, 2013 at 7:34am Reply

  • Linda: So, how do you get the recipe for Holiday Fudge Bites? I clicked on the banner, but nothing happened. November 29, 2013 at 9:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That must have been an ad at the top of my page, sorry about that! November 29, 2013 at 7:50pm Reply

  • April: This recipe looks amazing! All of my fav things in one cupcake. some frosting recipes ask for the frosting to be put in the fridge and then whipped again before piping. Can the frosting sit for 4 hrs before eating and still have the fluffy texture? I have to prepare these for a party but the drive is about an hr and 30 min. January 6, 2014 at 9:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it should still be fluffy after 4 hours. I hope you love them April! January 6, 2014 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Nutella frosting! | 49th Blog: […] I’m sorry I don’t have a picture but I must tell you I made this frosting this weekend, Wow is all I can say. I am in love with it’s taste and texture. It’s my new favorite frosting. Delicious! I found it on Pinterest, but here’s the link to the recipe on the Cooking Classy blog […] February 3, 2014 at 12:52pm Reply

  • Linda: Can you make the frosting with regular beaters? I’m just starting to experiment & don’t have a mixer with paddles.
    Thanx for any help. :) February 10, 2014 at 9:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should work fine! February 10, 2014 at 12:36pm Reply

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  • Haregu: So I want to make a cake does this recipe transfer. February 26, 2014 at 11:56pm Reply

  • Babbu Dalal Goel: hi, i was also thinking about same combination for my daughters 4 th b’day, n i searched on net i got the same recipe…… after reading every ones comment i think i can make my daughter n guest happy….. May 30, 2014 at 1:01am Reply

  • Cat: Made this Nutella buttercream at the weekend and it was delicious! Thank you for a great recipe. I have linked to your blog on my blog :) July 8, 2014 at 1:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Cat! July 22, 2014 at 10:38pm Reply

  • Melinda: Why do we add cornstarch? What does it do? I’ve never come across a recipe that calls for cornstarch in cake… August 27, 2014 at 2:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It helps offer a good texture in this specific recipe. It’s similar to what cake flour can do. September 22, 2014 at 9:32pm Reply

  • Melinda: Also, which star tip did you use? August 27, 2014 at 2:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The Wilton 2D on these. September 22, 2014 at 9:36pm Reply

  • Susan: Would it be ok to substitute milk in place of whipping cream in the nutella buttercream icing?
    I do not use whipping cream alot and it would be a waste for such a small amount. Thanks. October 26, 2014 at 2:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could use milk you might not be as much though. November 26, 2014 at 10:13am Reply

  • Angel: I just made these cupcakes and frosted it with cacao buttercream frosting.. The flavor of banana combined with cacao frosting is awesome! November 13, 2014 at 6:35am Reply

  • Claire: I don’t normally comment on recipes online but this one hit a homerun! The banana cupcake was perfect! I’m a huge banana fan and have been looking for a good recipes for cupcakes. As for the frosting, easy, delicious and was stiff enough to hold piping shape. I garnished them with dried banana slices and clear sugar sprinkles. New favorite cupcake recipe in my book. Thanks :) November 17, 2015 at 10:00pm Reply

  • Karen: Can this cake be made as a layer cake or 9×13? How long would it have to bake? February 20, 2016 at 8:58am Reply

  • Jaimie: What style tip did you use to frost these?? They look fab! June 2, 2016 at 8:20pm Reply

  • Afraa: Looks fab! Can’t wait to try it! I LOVE how the icing looks, which icing tip did you use? it looks similar to the effect Wilton 2D gives. May 25, 2017 at 2:00pm Reply

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