Banana Pudding Cupcakes

These incredible Banana Pudding Cupcakes are a fun family baking project and the kiddos can help, too. Tender baked vanilla cupcakes are filled with a super simple banana cream filling and chunks of bananas then topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed vanilla wafers. They’re the epitome of homestyle goodies that are always a hit whenever they’re served.

Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  1. 1 box vanilla cake mix plus ingredients to prepare (Use whole milk or buttermilk in place of water)
  2. OR from scratch using 1 recipe Old Fashioned Butter Cake

For the filling:
  1. 1 [8 oz] container spreadable light cream cheese softened
  2. 1 [14 oz] can sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1 cup whole milk
  4. 1 [3.4 oz] package instant vanilla pudding mix
  5. 1 [16 oz] container frozen whipped topping thawed & divided
  6. 3 bananas
  7. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  8. 1 cup crushed vanilla wafer crumbs for garnishing

Instructions
To prepare the cupcakes: 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two 12 cup muffin tins with liners.
  • Prepare the cake mix per the instructions on the box using milk or buttermilk in place of the water. Use the same quantity of eggs recommended by the package directions. Bake the cupcakes per the directions then set aside to cool. (From scratch Old Fashioned Butter Cake)

To prepare the filling: 
  • In a mixing bowl, whip together the softened cream cheese and the sweetened condensed milk for around 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add the milk, vanilla and instant vanilla pudding mix.
  • Whip the ingredients together on medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes until the mixture thickens. Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping by hand.
  • Slice and quarter the bananas just before adding to the custard, so, they won't brown. Fold the chunks of chopped banana into the custard.