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bookworm cupcakes

Bookworm Reading Party and Bookworm Cupcakes

Banana chocolate chip cupcakes topped with a creamy peanut butter frosting and decorated with assorted candies to look like bookworms. A fun treat kids will love to help make!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 20 cupcakes
Author Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions


  • Banana Cupcakes:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups + 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips optional
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  • Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 ½- 3 cups powdered sugar
  • -
  • Bookworm Decorations:
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Gummy worms
  • Bite sized chocolate candy bars cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter. Add both sugars and continue beating until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add vanilla extract and bananas and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk to banana mixture. Beating just until blended.
  4. In the bowl, toss together chocolate chips with remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Stir chocolate chips into batter.
  5. Divide batter evenly among 20 paper lined muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Let cupcakes cool in muffin pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cupcakes are completely cool, using a large round tip, pipe peanut butter frosting on top of cupcakes. Place colored sprinkles in a small bowl. Carefully roll edges of frosted cupcakes in sprinkles. Top cupcakes with two pieces of chocolate candy bars (to form book) and one gummy worm.
  7. For Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting:
  8. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time alternating with one tablespoon milk, mixing until desired consistency is reached.