Banana pudding…… reminds me growing up in the south. My grandfather use to make a big pan of the homemade version. I just loved going over to his house beacause he would ALWAYS have this on hand. He knew it was my favorite, and till this day, it still is!
You know the one, with layers of Nilla wafers surrounded with vanilla filling and topped with a fluffy whipped cream. My favorite part of this classic is the way the cookies would get soft and yummy like cake after the dessert sat a few hours in the fridge. Incredible.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The best part was digging in and getting a bite with all the layers together and just letting it savor in your mouth. Oh so perfect under the souths summer sun.
I designed these banana pudding cupcakes after his delicious dessert and in remembrance of my sweet grandfather.
I used my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe and put a delicious Nilla wafer at the bottom of each cupcake liner before scooping in the batter.
I make a really easy pastry cream and have it scaled perfectly for just the right amount for 12 cupcakes. It’s topped with fluffy vanilla buttercream and garnished with a caramelized banana.
I have to admit, it taste just like the dessert, all in a few wonderful bites. I like the cupcake version because it allows a little discipline here in just having one cupcake and not half of the pan of dessert!
It instantly takes me back to my grandfather’s kitchen and so many sweet memories of him and this dessert. He always had banana pudding waiting for me when I visited.