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Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Banana and Nutella are an awesome flavor combination in these Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting.  I should probably tell you how these banana cupcakes are perfectly moist with plenty of banana flavor and a not too dense texture. But Nutella Frosting is so good everything else pales in comparison!

Three Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting.

I’m usually somewhat hesitant to make anything with Nutella because it tastes so insanely perfect right out of the jar.

  I’m usually somewhat hesitant to make anything with Nutella because it tastes so insanely perfect right out of the jar.

Cupcake and piping bag with frosting.

Nutella Frosting

But if it is possible to improve upon perfection, Nutella Frosting does just that. Trust me, once you try the heavenly chocolate hazelnut spread in buttercream form, you won’t be able to resist licking the bowl clean.

There’s still plenty of that amazing Nutella flavor, it’s just transformed into a fluffier and creamier and even more awesome texture when made into a buttercream.

Nutella Frosting is deliciously addictive and the perfect compliment to a banana cupcake if you can refrain from eating it all straight from the bowl.

These Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting are sure to become a family favorite!

Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting topped with a banana slice.

Use Overripe Bananas

You want to use bananas that are really ripe for this recipe. They should have lots of black spots on them. Overripe bananas will give more moisture, flavor and sweetness to the cupcakes.


  • Add some crunch by sprinkling some chopped hazelnuts on the frosting.
  • Add half a cup of chocolate chips to the batter.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting Recipe Tip

Be sure to not fill the muffin cups more than 3/4 of the way full or they will overflow.


Can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days. Any longer and I recommend refrigerating them.

Upclose image of cupcake with frosting.

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Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Banana and Nutella make such a great flavor combination in these moist Banana Cupcakes with a smooth and creamy Nutella frosting. The frosting is so good you won't be able to resist licking the bowl clean.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk

Nutella Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, almost room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix together mashed banana, sour cream, and vanilla.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk and mix well.
  • Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with banana mixture in 2 additions.
  • Divide batter between prepared muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes, or until just firm on top.
  • Let cool a few minutes in pan and then remove from pan to cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat butter until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat on low until smooth. Add nutella and beat on medium until fully mixed in. Beat in half-and-half and vanilla. Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag fitted with a large tip or with an offset spatula.


Use overripe bananas for this recipe.
Cupcakes can be stored at room temperature for a few days.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands or products used.


Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 834IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, cupcakes, nutella

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Originally posted April 2, 2015.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

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15 thoughts on “Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting”

  1. Consuelo | Honey & Figs

    Anything involving Nutella is bound to be a huuuuuuge hit! These look unreal! I too love that banana nutella combo hehehe ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

  2. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These look so delish! I love nutella and bananas together… I used to top waffles with nutella and fresh sliced bananas ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    This is a delicious looking cupcake! I really have been missing out by never having had Nutella frosting! It looks so luscious!

  4. Danielle @So Munch Love

    I love that adorable banana garnish you added to these cupcakes. It makes me imagine taking a bite, right off of the top, of that delicious frosting and a fresh banana piece. Aaaand my mouth’s watering. Great job!

  5. Oh my goodness, these are amazing!! I love all banana baked goods and using nutella as frosting on these is the best idea ever!!

  6. Christin, I am with you in thinking that Nutella is just gold right out of the jar, best on a spoon or just spread straight-up onto something simple. However, you’ve convinced me here. The Nutella frosting and banana cupcake combination sounds amazing. I wish I could pick one up and smell it…is that crazy?

  7. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Just when I think you can’t possible come up with another banana dessert…. you pull out another amazing one!! Bananas are seriously my favorite, so I love that you love them so much too. These look awesome, especially the frosting!!

  8. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat

    I love the combination of banana and nutella! That frosting looks amazing!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Wow it’s like these cupcakes were made for me, Christin! Banana and nutella is the perfect combo, not to mention so delicious! I think I could just eats gobs of that frosting! Pinned!

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