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Banana Pudding Cupcakes from Scratch with Dulce De Leche

These Banana Pudding Cupcakes are made from scratch and are filled with a banana pudding and vanilla mousse and topped with dulce de leche.

three banana cupcake on a yellow napkin

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that Lindsay from Life, Love and Sugar is by blogging bestie. Today is a SUPER special day because we’re celebrating that she is about to have her first baby BABIES! Lindsay and her husband are being blessed with unexpected twins.

Lindsay has shared her journey through infertility, and after finally going through IVF last spring, they were thrilled find out they were pregnant with a baby boy. Then after one of her early ultrasounds, she texted me, “we’re having twins”. I immediately called her back and I think I dropped an f-bomb or two along with more than one “are you serious”? It’s really just starting to set in with me.  I couldn’t be happier for her because I know how much these babies mean to them and I can’t wait to meet them!!!

a close up show of banana pudding cupcakes

I have always wished we lived closer to each other because we have become such close friends and since I couldn’t be there for her baby shower, it only made sense to ask some of our blogging friends to help me celebrate with a virtual baby shower. I know, it’s like a weird blogger thing, but we all live so far apart!

It was SO hard for me to pick a dessert to share for the party, because even though I am a party of one over here, I really wanted to make some of Lindsay’s favorites. She loves banana pudding, anything with caramel and dulce de leche and anything Bailey’s-flavored. I’m convinced she is responsible for my banana pudding addiction as well. Finally, I decided on Banana Pudding Cupcake from scratch, with a banana pudding filling and a vanilla mousse on top.

a group of cupcakes on a white cake stand

The homemade banana pudding cupcake is a variation of my moist vanilla cake. I scaled the recipe to make 12 cupcakes, but it could easily be doubled. This cupcake has a denser crumb with a rich banana flavor. The riper your bananas, the better these will be.

I wanted to add a filling to these because I just love a little surprise inside a cupcake. I opted for an instant banana pudding, but I only made a half batch since there’s only 12 cupcakes. You could certainly use a vanilla pudding too, but I just love the added banana flavor. I used a knife to cut out the centers of each cupcake, but you can also use my favorite tool, the cupcake corer.  Once the pudding has set, just use a small Ziploc bag to fill each cupcake.

A cupcake with a bite taken out of it to show the pudding filling

For the topping, I made a vanilla mousse with a touch of dulce de leche. It’s made with heavy whipping cream, instant vanilla pudding and dulce de leche. First, you need to whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form, and then add the dulce de leche. Once it’s been blended, add the instant vanilla pudding. This turns the whipped cream into a thick and stabled mousse. It’s much denser than a whipped cream, but lighter in texture than a frosting.

For the garnish, I pipped more dulce de leche and also sprinkled on some Nilla Wafer crumbs (graham crackers work fine too!). You can also add a slice of fresh banana if you’re serving these right away, or even banana chips. The garnish is totally optional.

These cupcakes need to be refrigerated, but they can be made the night before serving and stored in an airtight container.

three banana cupcakes on a yellow napkin

Dear Lindsay, as you are about to embark on this new journey of your life, everything is about to change. You have nothing but love to give these boys and I can’t wait to see you as a mom. You and Ian have been through so much to get to where you are today and God has answered your prayers, twice! Just remember I am only a phone call away and one day, I’ll show up with a much needed bottle of wine (well prosecco, duh).

See what everyone’s bringing to the party! 

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Star and Moon Decorated Cookies,
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Salted Caramel Popcorn Brownies
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a group of cupcakes on a white cake stand

Banana Pudding Cupcakes from Scratch with Dulce De Leche

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 16 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


These Banana Pudding Cupcakes are made from scratch and are filled with a banana pudding and vanilla mousse and topped with dulce de leche.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, smashed (about ½ cup)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups milk (I use nonfat)

For the Filling:

  • ¼ cup instant banana or vanilla pudding powder
  • ¾ cup milk

For the Topping:

  • 1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoons dulce de leche
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding
  • Additional dulce de leche for garnish


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until the eggs and oil are well incorporated and the batter is lighter in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  3. Next mix in the smashed and beat until well combined.
  4. Add half the flour followed by the baking powder and salt, and beat on low speed while pouring in half of the milk and mix just until the flour starts to incorporate.
  5. Finally add the remaining flour, mixing on low speed while pouring in the remaining milk and beating until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the batter from the bottom to the top to ensure it’s well mixed. Use a large cookie scoop to divide the batter evenly between the cupcakes liners, filling about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. Test the cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, you cake is done. Allow the cake to cool completely.

For the Filling:

  1. In a bowl, combine the instant pudding and the milk and stir until the powder dissolves. Refrigerate until the pudding is firm.
  2. Once firm, pour the pudding into a Ziploc (or piping) bag. Cut out the center of the cupcake using a knife or a cupcake corer. Fill the center of the cupcake with pudding.

For the Topping:

  1. Prepare your mixing bowl by placing in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill.
  2. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Add the dulce de leche and beat until combined.
  3. Finally add the instant pudding mix and continue beating. The whipped cream with thicken quickly, beat it just until you feel the powder is combined.
  4. Use a large open star tip to pipe the mousse on to the cupcake. Garnish with dulce de leche. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.

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13 thoughts on “Banana Pudding Cupcakes from Scratch with Dulce De Leche”

  1. Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it! Baking time indicates 14-16mins? Wondering if this should be 24-26mins? Please advise. Tia

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Criscencia, 14-16 minutes if correct for cupcakes. If you are baking a cake, it might be more in the 25 minutes range.

  2. These look delicious! I’m thinking of adding maybe a teaspoon of cinnamon.. I love the banana and cinnamon combo, so I think it could be good too. Would love to hear your thoughts =)

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    These are seriously everything love!!!! Thanks for including me in Lindsay’s shower.

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    Holly N @ Spend With Pennies

    I absolutely LOVE banana anything at all! I’ll definitely have to add these to my must make list! Thank you for putting together such a lovely baby shower for our friend Lindsay!

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    Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar

    You know me well, friend! These cupcakes look amazing! Thanks so much for the shower and for being such an awesome friend. My only disappointment is that everything is happening at the same time and I can’t be at your wedding. 🙁 We will definitely celebrate with Prosecco ASAP! Can’t wait!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love that we can celebrate Lindsay with cupcakes! The surprise in these makes them so much better and of course I love the banana on top too. Congratulations, Lindsay!