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Banana Cupcakes with coconut and cherries

A few weeks back I was drooling over some cupcakes my friend Cakelaw, from Laws of the Kitchen made and the next day I decided to make some. I did not have exactly the ingredients so I used both plain flour and self raising flour and reduced the baking powder, I added orange essence as I was out of vanilla essence and added a little bit of extra sugar as I wanted to add 2 ripe bananas I had.

They turned out great, the kids loved them especially those with the glaze.

Banana Cupcakes with coconut and cherries


  • 1 ½ cups sifted plain flour
  • 1 ¼ cups of self rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
  • 200 gr. butter, softened and cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Additional Ingredients:

  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Cherry Preserve


  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line muffin tins with paper muffin cases.
  2. Cream the butter in an electric mixer so it is soft and pale, then beat in the sugar in 3 lots, and beat the mixture until the butter and sugar are fully combined. Beat in each egg and then finally beat in the orange essence.

  3. Remove the batter from the mixer, and fold in the flour and milk alternately, starting and ending with flour. (If you prefer, you can use the mixer to do this on low speed.)
  4. Divide the cupcake batter equally between the 24 muffin cases and smooth over the tops.
  5. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until cooked through. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  6. Sift the icing sugar.  Add the lemon juice and mix until you have a spreadable paste.
  7. Add the glaze and decorate with coconut and a cherry.

lemon cupcakes


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20 Responses

  1. Lore

    I’d like mine with a cherry on top please 😀

  2. Ivy

    Right choice. One coming up (lol).

  3. Minko

    thanks for entering. these look great. i will have to try them

  4. Peter G

    Mmmm…yummy cupcake Ivy…I’ll have an extra cherry thanks!

  5. glamah16

    Very nice. And with those lucious cherries.

  6. Ben

    Your changes of the recipe seemed to have worked out pretty well. And I just noticed you won the first place at the GCC County Fair. Congratulations!

  7. Ivy

    Thanks Glamah.

    Ben, it worked fine and thanks for the GCC but it was not big deal.

  8. Laurie Constantino

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  9. giz

    You just never disappoint do you Ivy :). I’m sure that if I had to rework the recipe I just wouldn’t even know where to begin (i.e. don’t have enough of this flour so I’ll reduce the baking powder).Huh??? I wouldn’t even think of it or how it could impact the whole thing. So much to learn.

  10. Ivy

    Giz, thanks, I don’t know what to say. When I don’t have the ingredients I just make use of what I have at hand and go along with my instincts.

  11. Bellini Valli

    You were inspired by Cakelaws cupcakes and your have insoired me sis:D

  12. Ivy

    Sis, I am sure you make lovely cupcakes and I am looking forward to see what you will prepare.

  13. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    well done
    i am amazed at your zeal and this recipe for cupcakes banana with coconut and cheriies looks so good..even the pictures have come out very nicely..

  14. Ivy

    Thanks Anamika. I believe that we learn a lot every day and my photos have definitely improved just a little bit since I started blogging one year ago (lol).

  15. Jeena

    Any kind of coconut cake and I am there! These look so lovely Ivy. 🙂

  16. Illatharasi

    Ivy, I am drooling over your cupcakes now 😉

    Looks fantastic !

  17. Cakelaw

    Wow Ivy, these look delicious! Cherries on top are such a sweet idea. And thanks for the mention 😉 – much appreciated.

  18. Ivy

    Jeena, thanks. I simply LOVE coconut and although I should avoid eating it I can’t resist.

    Vani, I can believe you because that’s how I felt when I saw them at Cakelaw’s blog.

    Cake, I always drool over your recipes. You inspired me hon. and of course, you should get credit for this. Thanks for posting it.

  19. Haley

    We would like to feature this recipe on our blog. Please email haleyglasco@gmail.com if interested. Thanks 🙂



  20. Ivy

    Haley, thanks for choosing one of my recipes. Please go ahead and publish it. Hope you will put a link back to my site.