Island Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Coconut and rum add a tropical touch to this simple cupcake recipe. Then, to transform the single-serving treats into bananas foster cupcakes, add a caramelized brown sugar banana topping.

Island Banana Foster Cupcakes
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 cup butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • ¾ cup shredded coconut, lightly toasted

  • ¼ cup rum or unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 recipe Bananas Foster Topping

  • Whipped cream (optional)

  • Shredded coconut, lightly toasted (optional)

Bananas Foster Topping

  • cup butter

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

  • 3 bananas, sliced

  • ¼ cup rum

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and the 3/4 cup coconut milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Fold in the 3/4 cup coconut and the rum.

  3. Spoon batter into prepared cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.

  4. Bake about 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks.

  5. Spoon Bananas Foster Topping over warm cupcakes. If desired, pipe or spoon whipped cream onto cupcakes and sprinkle with additional coconut. Makes 24 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Bananas Foster Topping

  1. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and, if desired, nutmeg. Add bananas; toss gently to coat. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until bananas are heated through. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat rum over low heat just until rum almost simmers; remove from heat. If desired, use a long match to carefully ignite the rum.* Once the flame dies down, pour rum into banana mixture. Gently stir in vanilla.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

For safety, keep face and hands away from ignited rum in saucepan. (The flame is hard to see.) Leave on unlit stove burner until flame dies down.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

263 Calories
14g Fat
31g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 116mg 2%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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