I have to admit that I had never eaten a Golden Oreo until some time last year when I made this new dessert using crushed Golden Oreos to make cheesecake and caramel dessert bars.  One day, I will try to turn that recipe into cupcakes.   Otherwise, I am an original Oreo fan (preferably DoubleStuf).

Anyway, I like the simplicity of this recipe from Crazy for Crust which uses a boxed cake mix dressed up with bananas for the banana cupcakes.  The batter goes on top of a Golden Oreo and this is all topped with a cream cheese frosting.  YUM!

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:
  • 30 Golden Oreos, plus more for garnish
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 tired bananas (with brown spots)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
For the Frosting:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream, if needed for consistency

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line pans with cupcake liners (makes about 30 cupcakes). Place a Golden Oreo in the bottom of each liner.
  2. Place bananas in a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher until completely smushed. Add cake mix, oil, eggs, and water. Mix for 30 seconds on low speed with a hand mixer, then 2 minutes on medium.
  3. Scoop into prepared pans, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 14-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  4. To make frosting: beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix, 1 cup at a time, until combined. Add vanilla and beat until smooth. If needed to reach piping consistency, add a tablespoon of heavy cream (or 2). I didn’t need to use any cream. Frost or pipe onto cupcakes (I used a 1M tip) and top with a 1/2 or full Golden Oreo.
  5. Store in refrigerator.

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