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Banana Emoji Cupcakes


As my good friends know, I love using emojis. I frequently feel like emojis allow me to communicate my thoughts and feelings better than words. To honor these wonderful little smileys, I made banana cupcakes decorated with my favorite (and most commonly used) emojis.

Serving: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 1 hour

Bake Time: 14-18 minutes

Banana Cake Base:

  • 2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Buttercream:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup honey roasted peanut butter
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 container yellow sprinkles
Begin with the banana cake base. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Butter, flour, and place parchment paper circles in four nine-inch, circular cake pans (I made three layers, but wished I had done four! The tops get too rounded if you try to fit all the batter in three pans). In a small bowl, mix the mashed banana with the lemon juice, and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt, then add eggs, one at a time. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, then beat banana mixture into the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Pour the batter into the a lined cupcake tin, and fill 3/4 full. Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
For the peanut butter buttercream, beat the butter and peanut butter until fluffy, then slowly incorporate the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Add in the vanilla and salt, and splashes of cream. Continue to mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Reserve a few tablespoons of frosting and color them black (for the facial expressions), and color the remaining frosting with the red gel food coloring (I also made pink frosting for the tongues). I frosted the top of the cupcakes with a large, round tip, then dunked the cupcakes in yellow sugar sprinkles. I then drew my favorite emoji faces onto the cupcakes using a small round tip 😀
Tip: Chocolate chips and sprinkles make great eyeballs and eye brows,  and red sugar sprinkles make great blushing cheeks 😛



Thursday 2nd of May 2019

This was the first recipe I’ve made of yours that didn’t turn out. Not sure if it was the order of how things needed to be mixed together, but the batter seemed a little broken (not smooth) and thick and the cupcakes are sweet and more like muffins than cupcakes. I’m wondering if it would be best to do your vanilla cupcake recipe and add banana extract? Any idea what went wrong? Why baking soda over baking powder for these?


Monday 6th of May 2019

I'm so sorry to hear that Hailey! I definitely am not a fan of banana extract, and always favor real bananas when it comes to baking! Are you spooning you flour into your measuring cup and leveling it, to make sure you're using the right amount of flour? Or maybe the batter got over-mixed a bit? Sometimes that can change the density of the batter, and make them more muffin like :/ Those are my only guesses!

Celinda Rodgers

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

How long should I wait to frost and decorate them after they come out of the oven?


Tuesday 25th of April 2017

Until they are fully cooled! I usually put my layers in the freezer to speed up the process. at least 30 minutes in the freezer! they should be chilled to the touch.

Selma's Table

Saturday 11th of October 2014

These are so cute - just adorable and would certainly appeal to the emoji generation!! Good job!!