Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Coffee Icing


I have had quite a hiatus from blogging! I have been wandering around New Zealand for the last month, so my baking opportunities have been limited. I had a few baking attempts, but hostel baking is definitely not my A-game. Also, supplies are limited in that part of the world – they don’t even know what graham crackers are!!!

I actually made these right before I left, but I didn’t really have time to post about them. Admittedly, they are actually banana chocolate chip muffins, but I feel like putting icing on anything makes it a cupcake. Regardless, they were delicious, which is all that really matters.



  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2-½ small bananas, ripe
  • 1 tbsp. butter, fully melted
  • ½ tbsp. oil
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F, and line a muffin tray.
  2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Mash bananas in a mixing bowl until puree-like. Add melted butter, oil, and vanilla, and mix at low speed until combined. 
  4. Add sugars to banana mixture, and mix at low speed until combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to banana mixture, and mix at low speed until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 13 – 20 minutes depending on liner size, rotating tray halfway through. Toothpick should come out clean (unless it hits a chocolate chip).



  • ¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 heaping cup icing sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 50 g coffee chocolate chips, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. milk


  1. Beat butter on a low-medium speed until fluffy.
  2. Add icing sugar until well combined, and then add vanilla  and salt.
  3. Melt chocolate and add to icing. Mix at medium speed until well mixed.
  4. Add milk (slightly more or less as needed) and mix thoroughly. 

I added a chocolate covered espresso bean on top of each one, and then some sprinkles, because why not. 

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