Banana Butter Pecan Cupcakes

I had some very ripe bananas laying around. I hate for food to go to waste. It is hard to advocate for people facing food insecurity if you feel like you are wasting food. I started digging through the cabinet for recipe ideas because Gabe or I would not eat them that ripe. Gabe also wanted to help me cook. He drags his Cars stool into the kitchen and hovers over the island. There isn’t a whole lot a 4 year old can help with. I spotted a Butter Pecan cake mix in the cabinet and thought I could do some improvisation. I don’t know that I would call this a recipe, it isn’t much more than a butter pecan cake mix with some adjustments including the addition of bananas.

When Gabe helps in the kitchen I try to let him participate as much as possible. The first task I gave him was peeling the bananas. I could have let him mash them with a potato masher but I wanted the texture to be as smooth as possible. I had him drop the bananas into my mixer and we let it do the work.

I basically used the same recipe on the back of the box except I adjusted the amount of water and added 3 ripe medium bananas. Preheat your oven to 350.


  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 1 Betty Crocker Butter Pecan cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
After we mashed the bananas, we added everything else to the mixer. I let Gabe count out the eggs, empty the cake mix into the mixer, showed him the lines on the measuring cups, and let him add in the wet ingredients. He also put the cupcake liners in my pan.
I spray my liners with a non-stick cooking spray, the cupcakes don’t stick to the liners as bad if you do this. We filled each cupcake liner just over 1/2 full with batter. I didn’t want them rising above the liners so that I could put the icing on warm.

The cupcakes are soft and moist. The flavors in the butter pecan cake mix don’t overpower the bananas.   They are very sweet, so I don’t recommend much icing. I put a dollop of cream cheese icing on the top of each warm cupcake and allowed it to melt across the top.It was fun cooking with my son and a great way to introduce him to cooking with recipes.


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