I feel like I’m committing a major sin or something.

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I mean… cake, bananas, chocolate, frosting… bourbon. What the what.

Though I bet you’re not that surprised since I trash up desserts and well, food in general, any chance I can. It’s my favorite thing to do by far.

Banana Bourbon Cupcakes I howsweeteats.com

Yeah. So let’s be honest. This cupcake is sort of a mess. It’s a banana cupcake with chocolate chips, topped with bourbon buttercream, dipped in chocolate bourbon ganache. I just kept adding junk on top. I couldn’t help it.

This is sort of what it looks like when I get dressed in the morning. In attempts to be somewhat trendy and hopefully cute, I continue to add layer after layer until I look like a complete joke and am too embarrassed to go out in public. But then I go out in public anyway and just relish in my humiliation of way-too-neon accessories.

And the end result is no where near as wonderful as bananas and bourbon and chocolate and cake and frosting and gluttony. Oh well.

Banana Bourbon Cupcakes I howsweeteats.com

Oh and those things on top are just some crushed toffee pieces that I added because I am obnoxious.

Banana Bourbon Cupcakes I howsweeteats.com


Banana Bourbon Cupcakes


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 large egg
3/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed toffee pieces (like Heath chips)

bourbon buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons bourbon

bourbon chocolate ganache
4 ounces chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon bourbon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and set aside.

In a larger bowl, whisk egg and add brown sugar, mixing until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Add sour cream and melted butter and mix. Stir in dry ingredients, then add mashed bananas and milk, mixing until batter comes together. The batter will be slightly thick. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measure, scoop batter in liners until 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely.

bourbon buttercream
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in sugar until it's combined and all added. Add in vanilla and 2 tablespoons of bourbon, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. If the frosting still seems too thick (or you just, uh, want more booze), add in remaining bourbon and more if necessary.

bourbon chocolate ganache
Add chocolate to a large bowl. Heat heavy cream until just hot - when bubbles are appearing on the edges, then remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Once creamy, add in the bourbon, mixing again until smooth. Use however you'd like - dipping, drizzling, etc. I chose to dip about 1/3 of each cupcake top in the ganache before it firmed up, then topped it with some crushed toffee pieces.

[cupcakes adapted from these banana avocado cupcakes]

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111 Responses to “Banana Bourbon Cupcakes.”

  1. #
    Rochelle Hutchinson — January 11, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    This sounds totally amazing. One thing missing though… BACON!!!


  2. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — January 11, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Wait, is there something wrong with me that I think this is a totally acceptable cupcake? I kind of just want to put bourbon ganache on everything now though…


  3. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — January 11, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    No words! These look so good. Keep throwing more on top.


  4. #
    Christina @ oven adventures — January 11, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    I am DYING over these!! These are are a hot mess in the best way possible.


  5. #
    Ruby @ the ruby red apron — January 11, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Ay ay ay! These cupcakes are killing me! Bananas and bourbon… I died.


  6. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 11, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

    Aren’t these just gorgeous!


  7. #
    Gina — January 11, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    Can I replace Bourbon with anything else? I know it’s the maybe ingredient but…


  8. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 11, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    I don’t think these cupcakes are like accessories. In other words, when you look in the mirror, put more on.


  9. #
    L. Rowan McKnight — January 11, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

    Not only does this sound delicious, but that first photograph is awesome!


  10. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — January 12, 2013 @ 1:51 am

    you are obnoxiously neon and we all love it.

    but the crummies … why all the crummies?!?


  11. #
    Susan — January 12, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Oh baby…this is to die for, although I do think that you need to add some bourban to the batter …


  12. #
    JNB — January 12, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    I have a question…..Are the chocolate chips and toffee pieces in the batter? The pictures look like the chips are but the recipe doesn’t say when to add them.


  13. #
    Olga — January 12, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I usually don’t bake cupcakes, although these look heavenly. I prefer making loaves. Can cupcake batter be easily adapted for a loaf/bundt?


  14. #
    Madison — January 12, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Those look marvelous–especially all the chocolate chunks in the cupcake. Yum! I just made some amaretto banana bread. Let me tell you: liquor and bananas go great together! :)


    • Angela — January 12th, 2013 @ 11:53 am

      Wow, amaretto banana bread sounds great! Did you create that recipe?


  15. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — January 12, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    Now that is a cupcake. Ripe bananas! Gosh I bet those are so moist with the perfect texture.


  16. #
    Rachel @ The Pescetarian and the Pig — January 12, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    First, these look absolutely amazing. Banana and chocolate dessert of any kind makes me feel all tingly inside! Second, I’m going to print out this recipe and leave it in some super-obvious place at my mom’s house. My birthday is on Tuesday, I want these, I hope she gets the hint ;)


  17. #
    Angela — January 12, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Oh my God, these look absolutely delicious!


  18. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 12, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I absolve you from your sins dear…and umm send me a dozen!! :)


  19. #
    Aikko @ Bake Happy — January 12, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    I just want to reach into my screen and grab those cupcakes!!!


  20. #
    Ashley — January 12, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    Wow wow wow. Yummmmmm! These sound insane tasting. Less is more should never apply to cupcakes.


  21. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — January 12, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    This cupcake is not a mess, it is absolutely perfect! Nothing can go wrong with bananas, bourbon, and chocolate.


  22. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — January 12, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Being obnoxious is more fun sometimes…
    I’m coming over. I need to face-plant one of these


  23. #
    honeywhatscooking — January 13, 2013 @ 1:34 am

    only you could think of something this amazing and so unique. Great recipe.


  24. #
    Laura — January 13, 2013 @ 4:33 am

    WHERE did you get those spoons. I have been looking for those everywhere!


  25. #
    Allie {Urban Feast} — January 13, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. These are basically a combination of all my favourite things, they look a bit involved but I’m sure they’re worth it!


  26. #
    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes — January 13, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    ahhh yummm. I can’t eat bananas though (allergic) but I would definitely try the bourbon cupcakes !


  27. #
    Kristi @ lifesprinkles — January 13, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    haha! for what it’s worth, I think they look amazing


  28. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — January 13, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Oh my overly obnoxious delicious looking fantastical banana cuppity cakes…get.in.my.face.


  29. #
    ATasteOfMadness — January 13, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Wow. I’ve got to say, this looks too good! I don’t know if I could stop after one!


  30. #
    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — January 13, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    Trashing up cupcakes are obviously successful. And that bourbon buttercream looks amazing!


  31. #
    tania@mykitchenstories.com.au — January 14, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    You are one clever obnoxious woman


  32. #
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — January 15, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    You had me at Bulleit! Love the styling of these, too – unexpected and beautiful.


  33. #
    Jaime P — January 17, 2013 @ 12:26 am

    I believe I’ll try this with the new Crown Royal Maple…think it will give it even more!


  34. #
    Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker — January 18, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    I’m not really a fan a of bananas, but these cupcakes look and sound insane. Seriously. With the chocolate and the toffee on top? Bourbon chocolate ganache? Yes. Please.


  35. #
    Margaret — January 26, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    I made these last night for hubby. they are SO GOOD!! I have the share with my neighbors so we don’t get FAAaaaaaT!! The bourbon buttercream is to die for – I will be using that on lots of other goodies!! Thanks for another awesome recipe!


  36. #
    Barbie Belanger — February 28, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    THANK U for an AMAZING CUPCAKE recipe!! I made these this morning and my family LOVED


  37. #
    Emily — June 1, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    When do you add the chocolate chips? They’re mentioned in ingredients but that’s it.



  38. #
    AC — June 21, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    What’s with the depression in the icing dome (ala thumbprint cookies)?

    P.S. Couldn’t help noticing your icing is just, uh, really thick.


  39. #
    Kelly @ Running Blonde — August 24, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Hey! This recipe looked so amazing I just had to try it myself. They definitely lived up to expectations! So boozy and delicious. Thank you so much for the inspiration.



  40. #
    britney — December 11, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    how many cupcakes does this yield?? :) going to try this weekend!


  41. #
    CJ — June 3, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

    I made these for my roommate’s birthday. She LOVES bourbon and whiskey, and she tends to make boozy cupcakes for everyone’s birthday (she made me mimosa cupcakes; her boyfriend got Irish Carbomb Cupcakes, her BFF had mimosa cupcakes, and her sister enjoyed delish White Russian ones). I couldn’t leave her out.

    THESE WERE A BIG HIT. I was aiming to carry on the tradition, but most people agreed that these were one of the best boozy desserts we’ve had.

    As a tip, I taste-tested the frosting before decorating and wound up doubling the amount of Jack Daniels I used. Wanted to give it more of a kick to make that whiskey taste stand out.



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