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Banana Pudding Cupcakes

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Did you know that bananas are the #1 selling item at Walmart?  That makes sense, because bananas are the most popular fruit in the United States.  I am definitely a weird one, because I don’t like bananas.  I hate the texture, but force myself to eat one a day to stay healthy. I DO, however, LOVE artificial banana flavoring! That’s the classic banana pudding taste, and I go nuts for that!

My love of banana pudding is what inspired this cupcake. It screams, “banana pudding!” because two boxes are used in this recipe!  There’s pudding powder in the actual cupcake, and then pudding is stuffed into the middle of the cupcake, too.  Nilla Wafers are in the cupcake AND topping it, as well.   It’s absolutely delicious, especially when topped with my fluffy whipped cream frosting (that also uses a pudding powder in it!). There’s a lot going on with this little cupcake.  🙂

What you need:

CUPCAKES

  • 1 yellow box cake mix
  • 1 box (3.5 oz) banana pudding & pie filling 
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup crushed Nilla Wafers (nearly powdered)

PUDDING FILLING

  • 1 box (3.5 oz) banana pudding & pie filling 
  • 2 cups milk  

WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box (3.3oz – 3.9 oz) vanilla pudding & pie filling
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk
  • Nilla Wafers (crumbled on top of cupcakes)

Make them:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In your mixer, add all of the cake ingredients and mix until JUST blended.  Do not over mix. Note that the batter should be very thick.

Fill each liner 3/4 full of batter.

Bake 18-21 mins, then allow to cool completely.

MAKE THE PUDDING FILLING

Add two cups of milk and the entire box of pudding mix and whisk according to directions. Store in fridge until you’re ready to use.

Once cooled, core each cupcake, then spoon in pudding.

MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING

Using a cold bowl (I always put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes), beat the heavy whipping cream until peaks begin to form. This should be a couple of minutes.

Add powdered sugar, and beat about 20 seconds, until incorporated.

Add pudding mix and beat to combine, but watch it – this will thicken very quickly! Scrape sides of the bowl.

If needed, add 1 teaspoon of milk to thin it out.

Frost the cupcakes, and sprinkle with crushed Nilla Wafers.

Get ready for big hugs and compliments!!

How about these yummy cupcakes?

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5 from 5 votes

Banana Pudding Cupcakes

These Banana Pudding Cupcakes are PACKED with pudding flavor, and even have real banana pudding in the center!

Ingredients

CUPCAKES

  • 1 yellow box cake mix
  • 1 box 3.5 oz banana pudding & pie filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk I use almond milk
  • 1/4 cup crushed Nilla Wafers nearly powdered

PUDDING FILLING

  • 1 box 3.5 oz banana pudding & pie filling
  • 2 cups milk

WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box 3.3oz - 3.9 oz vanilla pudding & pie filling
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 teaspoons milk
  • Nilla Wafers crumbled on top of cupcakes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • In your mixer, add all of the cake ingredients and mix until JUST blended.  Do not over mix. Note that the batter should be very thick.
  • Fill each liner 3/4 full of batter.
  • Bake 18-21 mins, then allow to cool completely.

MAKE THE PUDDING FILLING

  • Add two cups of milk and the entire box of pudding mix and whisk according to directions. Store in fridge until you're ready to use.
  • Once cooled, core each cupcake, then spoon in pudding.

MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING

  • Using a cold bowl (I always put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes), beat the heavy whipping cream until peaks begin to form. This should be a couple of minutes.
  • Add powdered sugar, and beat about 20 seconds, until incorporated.
  • Add pudding mix and beat to combine, but watch it - this will thicken very quickly! Scrape sides of the bowl.
  • If needed, add 1 teaspoon of milk to thin it out.
  • Frost the cupcakes, and sprinkle with crushed Nilla Wafers.

Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl.  I love to drink wine while I bake.  I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures.  I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.

18 Comments

  1. Mary Gardner Reply

    Banana pudding is something I always love to make for family get togethers and this would be a great alternative for something new and a little different.

  2. Debbie Welchert Reply

    What a great recipe. This is one recipe my whole family is going to love.

    • LeAnn Harbert Reply

      My son loves banana pudding, he would love to try these cupcakes.

  3. shelly peterson Reply

    These look so yummy. I love banana desserts. I need to make these.

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