Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

September 22, 2017
Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes topped with chocolate or cream cheese frosting are a tasty new way to enjoy those over-ripe bananas ... not to mention, they're a fun little baking project for some family time in the kitchen.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PillsburyTM.  The opinions and text are all mine.  Thank you to PillsburyTM for sponsoring creation of these tasty cupcakes and this post!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with chocolate or cream cheese frosting image ~ a tasty new way to enjoy those over-ripe bananas!

You know what's a great weekend activity to do with a spunky little 7-year-old?  Bake and decorate cupcakes, of course!

And that's exactly what our spunky Little Miss H. and I did this past weekend for a little family fun.  As a lover of baking, I feel so blessed to have a little one who shares that same love.  She just adores getting in the kitchen and whipping up all kinds of sweet treats with me.  Especially when she knows she's going to get to taste test those sweet treats in the end.

So this past weekend when we realized we didn't have a lot of plans that would have us running all around town the whole weekend, we decided to spend some quality time together in the kitchen experimenting with a new recipe for cupcakes.  And experimenting with a fun new frosting product from Pillsbury to decorate them.

Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag frosting image

So with the idea of whipping up some banana chocolate chip cupcakes, Little Miss H. and I headed out to our local Food Lion to grab our baking supplies ... some perfectly over-ripe bananas, a bag of mini chocolate chips, and a couple packages of the NEW PillsburyTM Filled Pastry Bag frosting.

That's right!  Your favorite Pillsbury's frosting is now available right there in the Food Lion grocery store baking aisle in a convenient pre-filled Pastry Bag ... all loaded up and ready to go.  Which makes it super easy to frost and decorate your family-favorite cupcakes.

We decided our banana chocolate chip cupcakes would go great with either cream cheese frosting or chocolate fudge frosting, and fortunately with Pillsbury's Pastry Bags we didn't have to choose.  Because the Pastry Bags come in both those flavors ... a creamy Cream Cheese flavor, and rich delicious Chocolate Fudge flavor, too.  {But vanilla lovers don't fret ... there's a Vanilla Pastry Bag, too!}

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with chocolate frosting image

Decorating with the pre-filled Pastry Bags is really fun and super easy.  All you do is tear off the plastic from the end of the Pastry Bag to uncover the built-in star decorating tip {the plastic is perforated to make this extra easy}, and squeeze from the top of the Pastry Bag to pipe the frosting.

That's it!

Using Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag frosting image

Truly, they're such a breeze to use.  And you've got fun and easy little frosting decorations in a flash.

With the built-in star tip, you can frost your sweet treats in three fun designs ~ stars, rosettes, or waves.  We liked making stars the best.  When making the designs, we found that if the frosting became too "loose" in our warm kitchen, popping the Pastry Bag in the refrigerator for a few minutes brought the frosting right back to the perfect piping consistency.

After I had decorated a few of our cupcakes, spunky Little Miss H. gave her hand a try at it, too.  I think it made her feel all grown up to be piping designs out all by herself onto our cupcakes!

Using Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag frosting picture

Little Miss H. and I had such a fun family afternoon of baking and decorating.  Thanks to our experiments with this Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes recipe, we've discovered a new sweet treat way to enjoy our over-ripe bananas, Little Miss H. taste-test approved.

And thanks to the NEW Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag frostings, we've discovered a new convenient, easy, and fun way to frost our sweet treats, too.  All while enjoying a great afternoon of quality time together in the kitchen!

Click to save $1.00 on any Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag with Food Lion digital coupon.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes topped with chocolate or cream cheese frosting are a tasty new way to enjoy those over-ripe bananas.
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Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Source:  Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
(Print recipe)
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 5 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium-sized over-ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/3 c. mini chocolate chips
  • Pillsbury Filled Pasty Bag Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Pillsbury Filled Pasty Bag Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and butter in a mixing bowl. Beat on slow speed until everything is combined and you have a crumb mixture with a sandy consistency.
  2. Gradually pour in milk; beat until milk is just incorporated. Add eggs and beat until well combined.
  3. Add mashed banana and mini chocolate chips; stir in by hand until just combined.
  4. Line 16 muffin pan cups with paper or foil liners. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full and dividing the batter evenly across the 16 cups.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly touched and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly in the pan before removing cupcakes to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. Frost with Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag chocolate frosting and/or cream cheese frosting.

NOTE:  This recipe makes 16 cupcakes.  Don't be tempted to fill the muffin pan cups more fully, as it rises quite a bit and will spill out over the edges of the cups.  When I divided the batter between only 12 muffin cups, all of them rose over the sides of the cups way too much.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PillsburyTM.  The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. These banana chocolate cakes looks so yummy! I can not keep my mouth shut! Slurp! Slur!

  2. These look so good. I love anything banana! Thanks for sharing!

  3. We will love your cupcakes! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. OMG, these are going to be fantastic for tomorrow nights dinner, thanks so much for the recipe


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