Banana cupcakes with coconut and chocolate icing

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Here is a quick and mouth watering banana cupcake recipe. It is good to use ripe bananas - I had some leftover bananas on my kitchen bench I thought I would use before they go totally black. I searched for a cupcake recipe and found so many yummy ones on this website -

As I try to follow my clean-eating lifestyle, I usually substitute some ingredients in the original recipes with a healthier alternative and make them more 'mine'. I also made my own icing without butter.


  • 2/3 cup self-raising flour (it's about 11 tablespoons of flour)
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
  • 100g butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 small ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup syrup or natural juice of any fruit (pineapple, apple, orange - I used lemon)
For icing: 
  • 175g Greek yogurt
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • sprinkles
  • Preheat oven to 180C. 
  • Line a 12-hole medium muffin pan with paper cases.
  • Sift flours, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into large bowl. Stir in sugar and coconut and make a well in the centre.
  • Add eggs, butter, banana and pineapple to the dry ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula. 
  • Spoon into paper cases. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the cakes spring back when gently touched.
  • Leave in the pan for 5 minuntes then lift them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
For icing: 
  • Melt dark chocolate with double boiler method - fill bigger saucepan with water and put the smaller bowl on top. Break dark chocolate to little chunks and stir constantly until melted.
  • Let the melted chocolate to cool for couple of minutes before adding Greek yogurt and icing sugar.
  • Mix it until smooth and creamy. 
  • Spread icing over cakes. 
  • Sprinkle the tops.

I love using bananas in baking - they make cakes moist and are a good alternative for sugar. The chocolate icing came out smooth and creamy, for a thicker texture it is better to keep them refrigerated for a couple of hours. I left mine out instead as I liked the soft result I got.

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  1. They look delicious :) xo

  2. That topping looks sooo yummy!! Loove it! I can't resist choclate...but who can?

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  3. They look super delicious!
    Unfortunately my baking skills are non existent! haha
    Have a beautiful week!
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

  4. They look so appetizing! Thanks for the recipe:)

  5. ohh awesome post :) i always love reading your blog!