Banoffee Cupcakes

by Jennifer on March 11, 2013

in Cupcakes, St. Patrick's Day Desserts

Banoffee Cupcakes by Not Your Momma's Cookie

I kind of love St. Patrick’s Day.

Not because I enjoy getting pinched or consuming food and beverages that are unnaturally green, but because it reminds me of the amazing trip to Ireland my husband and I took a couple years ago.

Portmagee Ireland

Portmagee Harbor, on the Ring of Kerry

We spent two weeks driving around Ireland’s West coast (on the opposite side of the road!), enjoying awe-inspiring scenery, TONS of sheep, and truly fabulous food. I’ll be making a couple treats for St. Patrick’s Day and sharing some pictures and maybe even a couple funny videos of our Irish adventure.

For example, here’s a funny one of our unusual traffic issues:

One dessert we got to try in Ireland is Banoffee pie, which is a fabulous combination of bananas, toffee, cream and sometimes chocolate. It turns out that it is actually an English dessert, but we saw it everywhere on our trip, so it counts in my eyes. I decided to recreate this yummy dessert as a cupcake with a moist banana cake, a smooth toffee filling, a whipped cream frosting, sprinkled with toffee bar pieces.

Guys, this is the real deal. Amazingly delicious! I’m kind of obsessed with the banana cake, which is moist and not bready at all. Give it a try today!

Love the cupcake liners? They are from Bakers’ Stock!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Banoffee Cupcakes
Moist banana cake with toffee filling and sweet whipped cream frosting.
Recipe type: Cupcakes
Serves: 24
  • Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking spice (can substitute cinnamon)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1⅓ cup white sugar
  • 4 large, overripe bananas, mashed well (approximately 14 ounces)
  • Filling
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Frosting
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional
  • Toffee chocolate bar pieces for garnish (like Heath bar)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, baking spice, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, mix the eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, and mashed bananas on medium speed until smooth. Gradually stir dry ingredients into banana mixture. Spoon into cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  5. To make the filling: combine the dark brown sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Do not stir! Boil for 3-5 minutes, or until mixture deepens in color. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and butter. Stir constantly for 3-5 minutes, or until mixture thickens ONLY sightly.
  6. To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream.
  7. To assemble. Use a knife to cut out the top of a cupcake in a cone shape. Spoon/pipe in toffee filling. Put frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a 1M tip. Frost. Garnish with toffee bar pieces, if desired.
Toffee adapted from Curtis Stone. Whipped cream frosting adapted from Allrecipes.


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1 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me March 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

Wow! Those cupcakes sound great! I love the flavor combination and while I’m familiar with the word banoffee, I had no idea what it was about. Yum! P.S. I’m super jealous of your trip. Sounds wonderful!


2 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Thanks, Michelle! It was a phenomenal trip – we had so much fun :)


3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

What a great trip; Ireland is on our list. I have family in England, so we have been there a couple times, but never made it to Ireland. Can’t wait to see more of your pictures.

Cupcakes sound wonderful. I love anything with toffee!


4 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

Thanks, Erin! I went to England in high school on an educational tour, but I would LOVE to go again! Ireland was amazing, for sure! :)


5 Amy March 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

Do you think your toffee filling would work as a filling for chocolates? I’m trying to figure out how to make something that tastes like butter toffee filling without it actually having to turn into hard English toffee.


6 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

Hey girl! I think it could definitely work. I know this for a fact because I cooked my first batch too long and it was too thick – pliable, like cookie dough almost. I don’t see why you couldn’t roll it into balls and dip it in chocolate :)


7 Amy March 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Could you make it thinner and then use a squirt bottle to fill a chocolate mold? Sorry, I’m being a pain with all the questions!


8 Jennifer March 13, 2013 at 8:24 am

You could make it thinner too, but it probably wouldn’t harden much and the center would be a little gooey, more like caramel. As long as that’s ok! :)


9 Janine - March 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

Learn something new every day… I’ve never heard of banoffee. Man, it sounds delicious! I love toffee and your know its gotta be good with bananas and cream!


10 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

I hadn’t heard of it until we went to Ireland. SO good! :)


11 Beth @ Hungry Happenings March 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

Oh, these sound heavenly and I have some ripe bananas just waiting for a great recipe. I am curious, did you use all of the toffee filling in the cupcakes or did you have some left over?


12 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi Beth! I had a little left over, but I filled mine pretty generously! I didn’t want to adjust the recipe to not include the whole can of sweetened condensed milk ;)


13 Beth @ Hungry Happenings March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

Great to know. I was thinking of cutting the cupcake recipe in half, and I actually have a small amount of sweetened condensed milk leftover from another recipe which I can use to make the toffee filling.


14 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’ve halved the base cupcake recipe before with great success! :)


15 Karly March 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I’ve never had banoffee pie and now I’m sad! These cupcakes look amazing!


16 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Definitely give the pie a try sometime, Karly! It is super yummy :)


17 Carrie@BakeNoPrisoners March 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I am so making these!! YUM-O!


18 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Thank you! You won’t be disappointed :)


19 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings March 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Love the pictures and video :)


20 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)


21 The Bearfoot Baker March 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I can’t wait to try these. When I go to the store, I have to move turkey’s out of the road. It always makes me laugh. I am so glad the sheep didn’t ram you! LOL


22 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Haha – when I watch that video now, I have no idea why I was so convinced that they were aggressive, car-ramming sheep ;) Most of the time they just ignored us!


23 Laura Dembowski March 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Those cupcakes look so pretty and yummy! I would love to visit Ireland one day – it always looks like such a beautiful place!


24 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thanks, Laura! It is such a beautiful place :)


25 Mike @ Semi Sweet March 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I never heard of Banoffee before! Sounds delicious! Great pic of Ireland! It’s defintely on my must-visit bucket list.


26 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Thanks, Mike! You HAVE to get there – such an awesome place! We had a blast :)


27 The Partiologist March 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Your trip looks aaaaaaaamazing! And the cupcakes aren’t so bad either – I wish I could bite into one NOW!


28 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Thanks, Kim! We had an awesome time! :)


29 Patricia @ ButterYum March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Totally adorable! I was inspired to make banoffee pie a couple years ago following a trip to the UK, but it was a big “too much” fir ys, if you know what I mean. These cupcakes would have been a much better option.


30 Patricia @ ButterYum March 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

oops ***for us***


31 Jennifer March 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thanks, Patricia! I definitely know what you’re saying – I hardly ever made whole, large desserts like multi-layer cakes and pies. Then we have too much left over! :)


32 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

These are SO gorgeous! I’ve never had banoffee – but I so need to!


33 Jennifer March 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thanks so much, Dorothy! :)


34 Amanda March 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Those sheep walk kinda funny – it’s cute! And that frosting sounds amazing!


35 Jennifer March 13, 2013 at 8:20 am

They were a constant source of amusement :)


36 marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings March 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I LOVED Ireland so much too. I hope some day to get back there and take my hubby with me. these sounds super yummy!


37 Jennifer March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

We want to go back so much! We only saw the West coast, so we didn’t go to Dublin or Northern Ireland, so I feel like we’re missing out :)


38 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 13, 2013 at 3:56 am

So jealous of your trip to Ireland! And these cupcakes are just gorgeous! They’re almost too pretty to eat.


39 Jennifer March 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

Thanks, Chung-Ah! :)


40 cat March 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

As an Irish lass myself I run into this sheep problem constantly! Seriously though, I would have thought banoffi pie was available in America?! It’s delicious and these look scrumptious!


41 Jennifer March 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

I’ve never seen it in the US, so I don’t think it is very common over here :) I’ll spread the word though!


42 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Oh yum, your cupcakes look absolutely perfect!


43 Jennifer March 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Thanks, Rosie! :)


44 Afraa March 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I made it, it is sooooooo delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)


45 Jennifer March 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm

So glad you enjoyed them, Afraa! :)


46 Mahara July 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

I just made these and oh my God! they are heavenly….Thanks ever so much. I particularly appreciated the fact that they worked right from the first trial :)


47 Jennifer July 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hi Mahara -thanks so much for your comment! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these cupcakes – they are so yummy! :)


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