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Oh um, hey Friday, meet my 3-milk cupcakes…with Nutella buttercream. ?

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

If there was ever a Friday for cupcakes, today is that Friday. For one, it’s been kind of a brutally painful week. Getting wisdom teeth pulled is zero fun and I cannot wait to have all the pain soon be gone. Crossing my fingers that happens ASAP, cause man I am over the throbbing pain. Two, it snowed again this week… a lot. SOOO over the snow. And finally reason number three, this Friday should be all about cupcakes (with Nutella buttercream!!)?

Easter is Sunday and everybody knows Easter Sunday should be filled with chocolatey goodness.

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvestCoconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

Therefore I’m going to get right down to the cupcakes today. Honestly, words cannot describe how much love I have for these Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes. They’re simply perfect in every way. Let’s start at the cupcake and then move onto the buttercream.

The cupcake itself, is all on delish. It’s vanillay, bananay and hinted with a subtle touch of coconut flavor. For some reason whenever I think Easter, I think coconut. I know most people think carrots, deviled eggs, carrot cake and ham, but I dunno I’m a coconut girl. Ok, while this year I did do a little combo: see my coconut carrot cake cheesecake 🙂

Anyway, the point here is, if you simply wanted a yummy banana cupcake this would be a great recipe. Me being me though, I of course had to take it a step…or two, further. Which leads me to the three milks. If you’re wondering what the heck that’s all about, let me explain. A three milk cake is amazing. Basically, you bake a cake, poke a bunch of holes in the top and then pour a sweet milk mixture over the cakes. Typically the mixture consists of whole milk, coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk. I used goat milk in place of the whole milk, which I HIGHLY recommend, but if you don’t feel like buying goat milk, use whole milk, almond milk or any other milk you love.

And yeah, I know it sounds really weird to be pouring milk onto you cake, but you guys it’s a magical, magical thing. The cake just soaks up the milks leaving you with a light, moist and sweet cake. Honestly, it’s everything.

Just trust me here, mmm k?


Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

Moving on now to that buttercream frosting. Oh that Nutella buttercream, this is a recipe that everyone should have up their sleeve. It’s perfect for pretty much any cake, cupcake, brownie, baked doughnut, whatever. It’s flipping good.

All I did was replace the cocoa powder in my favorite chocolate buttercream recipe with Nutella. The return the result was a creamy, milk chocolate buttercream that yes, you could totally just sit and eat with a spoon…

Not going to lie, I was kind of starving for any and all foods Sunday night. Since I couldn’t eat or chew anything, this frosting was my little piece of heaven. One spoon + me + lots of guzzling salt water afterward.

No shame. No shame at all…but I could have done without the swishing and swirling of salt water after. Again, I cannot wait until my mouth is all back to normal again.


Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvestCoconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

OK ok, so what happens when the cupcake and buttercream meet??

You get one KILLER of a cupcake. I mean, really, KILLER! The fun thing about these cupcakes is that they are great for taking to parties, serving to kids and then taking the leftovers home for yourself.

TIP: if you’re making these for Easter and want to ensure that you have some cupcakes left for yourself, I highly recommend doubling the recipe and saving a batch just for you (ok and maybe a significant other). What, it’s just smart thinking, and hey, it’s EASTER!

Chocolate time!

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

Real quick before I leave you guys for the weekend, here are some of my favorite Easter Brunch, dinner and dessert recipes. Enjoy!




And here is a complete and SIMPLE Easter Menu if you want to take all the thinking out!

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 24 Cupcakes
Calories Per Serving: 276 kcal

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Nutella Buttercream

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup nutella
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream or full fat coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • toasted coconut + fun decorations for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 20-24 muffins cups with cupcake liners or grease with cooking spray.*
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla until the mixture is well combined and pale yellow in color. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until fully combined.
  • Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans, filling each three-quarters full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, do not over bake. Allow the cupcakes to cool slightly and then transfer the cupcakes to large a rimmed baking sheet. Using a skewer, make holes all over the top of the cupcakes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, goat milk (or regular milk), sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until combined. Gently pour the milk over each cupcakes, ensuring it gets down into the cupcakes nooks and crannies. You may not need to use all the milk (save any leftover for basting during chill time). Refrigerate for 2–3 hours or until the milk mixture has been absorbed. During this time, I like to spoon more milk over the cupcakes to make sure they a staying moist and really soaking up all the milk they can.
  • To make the buttercream, Add the butter and 1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand held mixer). Beat the butter and powdered sugar together until the butter is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the Nutella and vanilla and beat more, scraping down the sides as needed, another 2 minutes or until there are no streaks of white. Add 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream + a pinch of salt and whip the frosting for 2-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. If desired add the remaining tablespoons of the heavy cream (I normally do) and whip until combined. Taste the frosting and add more powdered sugar if you like a sweeter or thicker frosting.
  • Frost the cupcakes generously with the Nutella buttercream. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and decorate as desired. Cakes should be kept in the fridge and brought to room temperature 20-30 minutes before serving.


*Alternately you cane bake these cupcakes in 12 (8 ounce) ramekins. Baking time should be about 15-20 minutes.

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

I mean? It doesn’t get any better…or sweeter. Have a great Easter guys!

Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream | @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    These cupcakes are amazing. I could eat that frosting with a spoon. I have made them twice and the second time I cut the amount of milks in half because the cupcakes couldn’t absorb that much. I have 2 really ripe bananas so I’m making the recipe again today but will cut it in half. This is perfect because 24 cupcakes is too many for the 3 of us but unfortunately my neighbors will lose out. Haha. I am so happy to have this recipe because I always seem to have overripe bananas and how many banana breads can you make? Plus, I was gifted a food-service size container of hazelnut spread so I’m always looking for ways to use it. I thought I would have it forever, I now regret giving a lot of it away.

  2. Hi! I would love to make these but it’s just my fiancé and I and 24 cupcakes is a lot even for us. Haha could you give me the measurements for half the recipe?

    1. Hey Natalija,
      You just have to cut the measurements in half:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi there! I am sure that will be fine! I would bake 30-35 minutes until set in the center. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  3. Hi Tieghan,
    I made these cupcakes for Greek Easter Sunday celebrations, last week, and they were a hit with children and adults! I have frozen some of the leftovers to enjoy very soon.
    Thank you!
    South Australia.

  4. Want to make these luscious banana coconut cupcakes with Nutella buttercream frosting this Easter (2017); however, I am unclear on two of the ingredient measurements as listed. Please clarify for me:
    1. Nutella Buttercream Notes notes – 2 Cup Sticks unsalted butter softened, 1. Which is it? 2 cups butter which = 4 sticks, OR 2 Sticks butter which = 1 cup butter? Not sure what you mean, or what the ,1 means at the end
    2. Cupcake Ingredient notes – 1 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14. I’ve never seen a 1 oz can, and what does the 14 mean. How much sweetened condensed milk is used? Please respond to me email noted below with the exact amount used for butter and sweetened condensed milk, would very much appreciate, sorry I don’t understand.

    1. I am so sorry for the confusion! Recipe has been fixed to read correctly. you need 2 sticks butter for the buttercream and 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Let me know if you have other questions. Thanks!

  5. Just made these and they are magnificent! The banana in the batter really makes the differeence, they make the cake so moist. I realized I didn’t have canola oil so I used coconut oil, and it turned out just fine. I did find my 3 milk mixture to be runnier than yours looked, but no bother. They were delicious and easy to do, and I look forward to eating this whole batch and making them again!

    1. Wooowoo! SO happy you liked the cupcakes Kelsey! Glad the coconut oil worked well!! Probably tasted great! Thank you for commenting(:

  6. I wanted to say thank you for this recipe! I made it into a 13 x 9 cake for easier transport and I’m so happy that all of my friends really liked the cake… especially the nutella frosting. 🙂 I unfortunately had much less coconut milk than I thought so the coconut taste ended up being masked by everything else, but I really liked the combination of a moist banana cake with nutella… it was really good and not very hard to make at all. Definitely making this cake again in the future!

  7. I love Fridays 😀 anyways, these cupcakes look to die for! I love the way you made them, and the coconut, banana and Nutella combo is so perfect!

  8. I am totally drooling over these cupcakes. I’ve never made a tres leches cake before but now I cannot wait!

  9. The texture is beautiful! And the Nutella buttercream takes them to a whole new level of yumminess 😉 .

  10. These look heavenly! I can’t wait to try them! I adore your site and your photos are
    beautiful. Today, I made your chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed pretzels. They were a HUGE Easter hit! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  11. You had me at Nutella buttercream! This is a lovely Easter dessert idea, I’m bookmarking it for next year!

  12. Well, this is exciting ! I have never had a 3 milk cake before, so looking forward to trying this. Sounds amazing ! Love the toasted coconut idea for the topping, I am a huge coconut fan. Dying to make these Tieghan 🙂
    Hey, I am sorry you are still battling with the throbbing, I hope that by the time you read this, you are feeling loads better and are feeling more normal again. 🙂
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  13. Amazing recipe! Long time reader- first time commenter. 🙂 Two questions! Would this work as a cake instead of cupcakes? And secondly, since Nutella is pretty sweet on its own could I skip the powdered sugar in the frosting? Thank you and get better soon!

    1. Hi Natalie!!

      Yes, this will work great as a one layer cake and yes, you can either reduce or omit the powdered sugar. Just taste the frosting as you make it and add more ass needed. Let me know if you have more questions. Thank you so much for reading!! 🙂

  14. Tieghan, you may have dry sockets from your surgery. I would talk to the dentist, cause they can give you cloves to relieve the pain. By the way the cupcakes remind me of what we used to do to plain ole cake when it was day or two old. Yum!

    1. HI Pam!

      I am feeling much better, but if things get worse I will bring that up. Thank you so much and have a great weekend!

  15. These look delicious. I just had nutella banana bread this last weekend and the flavors went so well together, that I thought there should be a cake out there with banana and nutella. Lo and behold!

  16. These are done and chilling in my fridge. I love the frosting! It is sweet but not terribly. I left the paper on for dousing. I did transfer the cupcakes to a clean platter before frosting. Thanks for an awesome Easter dessert idea!

  17. I’ll be at your house in five. Just kidding 😉 But seriously, I need these cupcakes in my life! Especially that nutella buttercream <3

  18. These look sooooo yummy! Silly question, if using paper cupcake liners, should those be removed prior to poring the milk over the cupcakes? Or is it better to leave them on the cupcakes to help hold in the milk? Can’t wait to make these! Thanks for another great post!

    1. Hey Anne! Great question…not silly! I left mine on, but either way is fine. I guess on is best as it does help with keeping the milk in a little. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks and have a great Easter weekend!

  19. Hello, Tieghan, I sure hope your pain finally goes away, real soon. In the meantime, thank you for this recipe. The cupcakes sound yummy just by themselves, for me with just a drizzle of vanilla icing. I’ll be making these asap. Happy Easter!

  20. Yum! I haven’t tried a 3 milk cake before but my favorite cake recipe ever has sour cream in it so I’d imagine it would add a similar taste.

  21. I’m so sorry you’re still recovering from those pesky wisdom teeth 🙁 I have to say, these cupcakes look absolutely divine!! Not sure what I like better – the tres leches cake, or the nutella buttercream… can’t wait to try them!

    1. You can replace the nutella with an equal amount of cocoa powder too! 🙂
      Thanks and have a great Easter weekend!

  22. ohhhh yes.. I love three milk cakes, it’s been way too long since I made one! i think they’re even cuter when in cupcake form 🙂

  23. These look incred, T! 3-milk (or tres leche) cake is a staple dessert where I live so I’m all over these!
    I’m sorry it’s been a sucky week for you. Hopefully next week gets better. Happy Easter!