Dessert First – Banana Split Cupcakes

Some calendars declare August as “Eat Dessert First Month.” Well since it is also the Coast Guard’s Birthday Month, we can’t let this opportunity pass us by! Each Tuesday during the month of August, our very own Coast Guard food service specialists will share some of their favorite dessert recipes so you can have dessert first!

Coast Guard food service specialists serve in approximately 370 units worldwide. They keep the Coast Guard fleet ready and able to perform the service’s missions. Dessert is always a morale booster, as well as being an important part of special events like a Change of Command.

This recipe is a perfect blend of a cupcake and a banana split – two desserts in one!

Banana Split Cupcakes by FS2 Jessica Touchette, photo by SN Sarah Wilson

Banana Split Cupcakes by FS2 Jessica Touchette, photo by SN Sarah Wilson

Banana Split Cupcakes

Made  by Second Class Petty Officer Jessica Touchette

Food Service Specialist at Coast Guard Base Seattle

(Makes 14 Cupcakes)

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup sugar 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk


Icing Ingredients and Toppings:

  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp softened butter
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Maraschino cherries


Cupcake Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Grease 14 muffin cups.
  • Lightly beat bananas and white sugar together in a bowl until smooth; add eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
  • Beat in vegetable oil until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, and buttermilk; mix well.
  • Pour batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  • Bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean; approximately 20 to 30 minutes.


Icing Directions:

  • Add powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and butter in mixing bowl.
  • Mix on low speed for 2-3 minutes. Increase speed for 2-3 minutes.
  • (if you desire more “fluff,” I suggest adding more heavy cream)
  • Your icing is ready and you are now ready to decorate.


These are especially fun to decorate with kids! Enjoy!