Banana and Walnut Cupcakes

Banana and Walnut Cupcakes with Coconut Cream icing by #cupcakes #baking #bananas #coconut

Cupcakes must be like buses… I go ages without making any and then they keep popping up one after another. It’s not long since the last ones and there are more in the pipeline!

I had some left over icing from the plum and coconut cupcakes and used it for these cupcakes too. I am really rather smitten with my new coconut icing discovery, it makes such a change from buttercream and it’s so easy to make.


Banana and Walnut Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

Makes 12+ depending on size cakes used


1 mashed ripe banana

130g unsalted butter

130g caster sugar

2 large eggs

130g self raising flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

25g sultanas

25g broken walnut pieces plus 12 halves for decoration

100ml coconut milk

400g icing sugar, sifted

handful of dried banana chips

You will need a 12 hole baking tin and some paper cupcake cases


1. Preheat the oven to gas 4 / 180c. Line the 12 hole baking tin with paper cases.

2. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy using an electric hand mixer. Beat in the two eggs and then the mashed banana.

3. Fold in the flour and cinnamon and then the broken walnuts and sultanas.

4. Divide the batter between the paper cases (two thirds full) and bake the cakes on the middle shelf for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to touch. (18 minutes is what works in my oven).

5. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

6. In another large bowl, spoon the coconut milk over the icing sugar a little at a time, beating it into a smooth paste. It should be like thick PVA glue.

7. Spoon the icing over the cooled cupcake bases and stud with a banana chip and walnut half before serving.

These cupcakes are being linked up with:

One Ingredient organised by Laura and Nazima. This month the theme is “walnuts”.

The MacMillan virtual bake sale hosted by FoodNerd4Life. This is still open for another week so do link up your bakes and make a donation in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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  1. says

    I really am loving your coconut icing creation. This is such a winner and would have made the prefect topping for some pumpkin cupcakes I made over the weekend. Bananas with walnuts are such great partners too. Lovely flavours all round and thanks for sharing them in One Ingredient!

  2. says

    Stunning picture and delicious sounding recipe Sarah… i’m a huge fan of coconut so will def be giving this one a whirl. Someone told me the other day that coconut oil is good for making buttercream style icing for non-dairy folks, have you tried making it like that?

  3. glamorous glutton says

    These look delicious, a great combination of flavours. Walnuts in cake is one of my most favourite flavours but teamed with banana – Fab! GG