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10 Best Ways to Decorate Cupcakes

Banana Fudge Cupcakes

Who has time to make everything from scratch? You can make great cupcakes with a boxed cake mix, but that doesn't mean you have to do whatever the instructions on the box say. Adding a few overripe bananas to a boxed cake mix is a great way of getting rid of them without resorting to baking them in the same old loaf of banana bread. These semi-wholesome treats take things up a notch with a generous dose of chocolate.


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Macadamia nuts

(Yields one dozen cupcakes)


First, prepare the chocolate cake mix by following the instructions on the box. Add the cinnamon and bananas to the batter, and bake according to directions.

While the cupcakes are baking, you can start on the frosting. Sift the cocoa powder and sugar together in a bowl, and set it aside. Cream the butter in another bowl for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the milk, vanilla, and about half of the cocoa-sugar mixture. Beat for 3 minutes, add the remaining cocoa-sugar mixture, and mix for 3 more minutes until smooth and spreadable.

After the cupcakes have cooled, frost them. Melt the white chocolate in a pan, then drizzle over the frosted cupcakes. Garnish with macadamia nuts and serve after the white chocolate hardens.