Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

Deliciously moist and fluffy banana muffins with a cream cheese mousse baked on top.

The Ultimate Best Banana Muffin. Light, fluffy and cake-like banana muffin with a cream cheese meringue baked on top. My favorite banana baked good.These banana muffins were made indulgently famous by Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco. The recipe was shared by the Food Network Magazine and when I came across the appetizing looking photo, I had to give it a try. From that moment on, it’s been my ultimate favorite banana baked good recipe. So, that’s why I’m sharing it with you. 🙂

The Ultimate Best Banana Muffin. Light, fluffy and cake-like banana muffin with a cream cheese meringue baked on top. My favorite banana baked good.The original recipe is called Banana Cream Cheese Breakfast Cakes. But, to me, they’re mini cakes disguised as muffins, so I decided to call them muffins instead. They look and act like a muffin because they’re made for breakfast, but they’re made with cake flour and have the light airy texture of a cake. So cake or muffin, I’m not sure, but what I can promise you is that they taste amazing!

banana cream cheese muffins-1Now, this recipe requires a little patience. I thought I’d be honest and upfront so that you’re not cursing me halfway through. There’s an extra step involved for making the cream cheese mousse, and there will be a few extra bowls and utensils to clean, but it will be all worth it as you take your first bite into these scrumptious, heavenly muffins.

banana cream cheese muffins-2These muffins are light, airy, and deliciously moist. They are sweet, and full of banana flavor. The cream cheese mousse takes these muffins over the top, giving them a creamy, melt in your mouth taste and texture.

The Ultimate Best Banana Muffin. Light, fluffy and cake-like banana muffin with a cream cheese meringue baked on top. My favorite banana baked good.So make a batch today and let me know if they become your favorite too.

Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

  • Servings: makes 16 muffins
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1 & 1/2 cups plus 3 tbsp cake flour

1 & 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

3 large eggs

1 & 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 large very ripe bananas)

Mousse filling ingredients

8 oz cream cheese room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

2 large egg whites (must be at room temperature)

1/2 cup sugar


1) Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Transfer into another bowl.

2) Clean out the mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until frothy. Gradually add in the sugar, then mix on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes.

3) Add half of the cream cheese mixture, mix until just combined. Add the rest and mix until smooth. Transfer into a pastry bag with a large round tip and set aside. Clean out mixer.

4) Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 muffin pans with 16 paper liners. Sift flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.

5) Using the paddle attachment, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the mashed bananas.

6) Add half of the flour mixture, stir until moist. Add the rest and stir until just combined.

7) Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Insert the pastry tip halfway into batter and pipe in about 1 tbsp of the filling. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin (not the filling) comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy.

I tend to be light handed when filling the muffins with the mousse, so I always have about half of the cream cheese mixture left over. I simply freeze the rest in a plastic container and defrost in the fridge for the next time I make these muffins again.

Recipe adapted from the Food Network Magazine

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  1. Hi Lily, these look delicious! I am excited to try them for the next gathering I have – I don’t think any of my friends will be able to resist these. Plus, I am crazy for bananas and can probably eat three or four of these (in one sitting). You have a beautiful blog and such lovely and bright photos. Looking forward to seeing more. 🙂

    • Thank you so much Ngan for your kinds word. I look forward to following your blog also. You are an amazing cook. I especially liked your vegetarian feast post.

  2. They look so yummy!

  3. I have some bananas sitting on my bench and I can’t wait for them to get super ripe now! The cream cheese baked into the top sounds super indulgent and perfect for a weekend breakfast treat 🙂 I bet my colleagues would love these too!

  4. There is no doubt that this will become a favorite. I think it is already…and I haven’t even tried it yet…but I know that I’ll love it!! 🙂

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