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The Best Ever Banana Nut Cupcake Recipe

Updated on January 15, 2015

Banana Nut Cupcakes - The Best Recipe Ever

This recipe for Banana Nut Cupcakes has been in my husband's family forever. I do not know the origin but I do know that my mother-in-law was making these long before I ever met her wonderful son. She was famous for these cupcakes.

Not long ago I made a batch and when I told a good friend of ours (who knew and loved my mother-in-law) he asked with wide eyes, "Norma's Banana Nut Cupcakes?!!" Like if I made any other recipe he wouldn't be interested! Oh my goodness, they are THAT good.

So that's the story. Now for the recipe...

The Coveted Recipe

Well, coveted by our family, at least!


1/2 cup shortening**

1-1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk or soured milk

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream shortening and sugar until light. Add the eggs and beat well. Stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients together and add alternately with sour milk. Add the walnuts.

Fill each muffin tin about 1/2 full. Bake in greased or papered mufin tins for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool completely and frost with the Banana Frosting.


Stir together 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter, 3 Tablespoons of mashed bananas and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice.

**NOTE: I use butter instead of shortening most of the time and they're great that way, too. Maybe better. (-:

Don't have buttermilk on hand? Just mix 1/2 cup sweet milk and 1/2 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes. Voila! Buttermilk!

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As you now know, this is a special recipe. There are a couple of things I'd like to suggest, however.

First of all, I personally think that these cupcakes are the best when they're frozen. Yep! I love to keep them, unfrosted, in a container in the freezer. When I just can't stand it anymore and HAVE TO HAVE ONE I take it out of the freezer, frost it and eat it...sometimes just standing in the kitchen but more often with a cup of tea.

If you frost the cupcakes after they're cooled, it's a good idea to keep them either refrigerated or frozen since there is fresh fruit in the frosting. That is, if they last that long.

Personally, I try to hide them...selfish, I know but what the's every man (or woman) for him/herself, I figure.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for the blessing, Angel Susie...I'm so pleased.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Norma's Banana Nut Cupcakes" sound perfect to me too! I love that you provide a recipe for making buttermilk along the way...a very prepared baker....very nicely done and deliciously blessed...*

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thank you for the visit and the blessing, Kathy. Yes, that's really what my friend said...he loves that recipe!

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I love banana nut cakes, so these sound perfect as cupcakes. I loved that comment in your intro....yea, does that mean he wouldn't have liked any other cupcake LOL :) Giving this a *Blessing*

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @cupcakeideas2011: I learned a lot from my mother-in-law...she was a very good cook! Thanks for stopping by.

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      cupcakeideas2011 6 years ago

      So, this is a family cupcake recipe from your husband mother. Good thing your mother-in-law taught you the recipe of the family and able to share it with us. Thank you very much.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Ben Reed: Thanks, bejezzers!

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      Ben Reed 7 years ago from Redcar

      These look delicious. A great lens. Thank you

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @kimark421: Well, thank you for the visit! I hope you try the recipe...I think you'll find it delicious!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @ZablonMukuba: I am so sorry I just noticed your comment! Thanks for the visit and I hope you enjoyed the recipe.

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      Yum! Banana and cupcakes...two of my favorite things combined. Thanks for the great lens!

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      wonderful lens, am going to cook it

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @callinsky lm: They are super yummy, Cindy...I've got some in my freezer as we speak. Thanks so much for the visit.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I'm always buying too many bananas, so thank you for a simple, delicious recipe. These won't last long at my house.

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      I will definitely have to try these. They look super yummy.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @KimGiancaterino: You are more than welcome, Kim...I do hope you like them as much as we do. My favorite thing to do is freeze them UNfrosted, keep the frosting in the refrigerator (because there are bananas in it) and then take the cupcakes out of the freezer and slather them with the frosting and then gobble them up! Yum!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Sylvestermouse: Nope, you can't go wrong with these. In fact, I just made them again, husband is crazy about them.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These cupcakes sound delicious! I will have to try them. I doubt I can go wrong with banana cupcakes. I hope!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @Kimsworld LM: Well, I'm sorry I just noticed your comment...thank you for stopping by. If you did make this recipe, I sure hope you enjoyed them as much as we do!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: They are very good, Mary Beth. I'll bet you have some great recipes, should consider creating a Squidoo lens and share them! It's fun!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh these look really good!

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      Kimsworld LM 8 years ago

      I picked some banans just to other day. I think I will make a batch of your banana nut muffins today. Thank for sharing your special recipe.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      You know, I just whipped up a special recipe of banana nut cupcakes -- in the muffin tin for hubby. My secret ingredients included some vanilla-flavored soy milk and a dash of flavored coffee creamer -- hazelnut. Hubby said, "these taste interesting!" So, I think that was Mars for "yumm, yumm delicious." With icing? Well that would put these over the top.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Looks, well smells, tastes extra special good. Thank you.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks, everyone, for the thumbs up! This is a great way to use bananas that are a little too ripe.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This recipe sounds wonderful! It is going on my list of recipes to try! 5*

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Really excellent content and well on your way to becoming a Giant Squid!

      Take care


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      Lloyd Pinto 8 years ago from Mumbai

      Nice Lens Cheryl! 5*

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Delicious lens! I'm adding it to my 100 Cupcake recipes lens!