Are you ready to make the easiest cupcakes known to man? 5 Ingredient Banana Cupcakes are a fabulous alternative to making banana bread with overly ripe bananas!
These 5 Ingredient Banana Cupcakes are literally JUST five ingredients and can even be knocked down to three in a jiffy. All you need are 3-4 ripe bananas, cake mix, 2 eggs, vegetable oil and a can of frosting. The frosting and vegetable oil can even be omitted in a pinch. The natural sugars give off a robust banana flavor and the moisture prevents you from needing much else to produce a soft crumb.
5-INGREDIENT BANANA CUPCAKES
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Boxed cake mix is something I always have in the pantry. I buy it in bulk when it is on sale in a variety of basic flavors. It can be used to make these fabulous Banana Cupcakes, Cookie Bars, Poke Cake recipes, a traditional cake and more. For these cupcakes, you can use white, yellow or chocolate. I used yellow for this batch.
If you want to get super creative, add a few other flavors you might have lying around. Chocolate chips or toffee bits pair excellently with the flavors of banana. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin or apple pie spice. You can even add nuts like pecans or walnuts. Then you can customize the frosting. Cream cheese frosting is always a fabulous choice for banana cupcakes, but you can also use chocolate, German chocolate or vanilla. Not using vegetable oil gives these Banana Cupcakes more of a muffin texture, so then I just dust them with turbando or powdered sugar. And if I’m feeling really adventurous, I decorate them with banana chips, either homemade or store bought. Banana chips are surprisingly challenging to make from scratch without a dehydrator, so I usually cheat and just buy them. They are also great as a snack.
Banana Cupcakes are perfect for dessert, brunch or even breakfast depending on how you decide to customize. One thing is for sure, Five Ingredient Banana Cupcakes will soon be your new go-to secret weapon. For two more easy recipes using boxed cake mix, check out my M&M Cookie Bars and Oreo Poke Cake!
Want more easy cupcake recipes?
- Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
- Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
- Funfetti Cupcakes
- Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
- Apple Cider Cupcakes
- More dessert recipes…
Tools used to make this 5 Ingredient Banana Cupcakes recipe
Stand Mixer: I don’t know what I’d do without my stand mixer. I use it for just about everything…and I mean everything! Cakes, cookies, mashed potatoes, and shredding chicken!
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls get used just about every day at my house. The grip handle makes them easy to hold and the pour spout makes them perfect for batters!
Muffin Tin: Muffin tins are great for all kind of baked goods! I use mine for muffins, cupcakes, appetizers, and egg cups!
- 16.5-ounce box vanilla cake mix
- 3-4 ripe bananas
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- Frosting (vanilla or cream cheese preferred)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with liners.
- In a medium bowl, mash bananas.
- Add cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil. Blend until just mixed.
- Divide mix evenly among muffin tins.
- Bake for 18-24 minutes, or until tops gently spring back when touched and pass the toothpick test.
- Allow to cook fully before frosting. If serving as a muffin without frosting, dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.