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Banana Cupcakes

13 Aug

Banana cupcakes rock. I mean, really really rock. They’re sweet and satisfying and yummy. I knew I wanted to venture outside of my standard cream cheese frosting with these, and ended up stumbling across a cupcake recipe that included a fab idea. Get this – honey cinnamon frosting. How have I not thought of this already? Honey + cinnamon = happiness. Add banana cupcakes to the mix and you’re pretty much set for life.

Banana Cupcakes
makes 12/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter – melted
  • 4 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter – room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Here’s what I did:

Cupcakes

  1. Blend together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Make a crater in the center of the dry mixture, and add butter, mashed bananas eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix wet ingredients and then incorporate dry.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  1. Beat all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  2. Chill the frosting for a bit while the cupcakes cool – it wasn’t as firm as I typically like it.
  3. Stir the frosting and top each cupcake.

Blueberry Banana Bread

1 Jun


I had this overpowering craving for banana bread last week and ran across a recipe that includes blueberries. After being on the receiving end of baked goodness recently that included blueberries (thank you S), I was in the mood for more and excited to try this combo. It was the perfect match of sweet fruit and the bread itself was moist and perfectly done. I typically do smaller bread pans when making any kind of banana bread to ensure an even bake. This recipe turned out four mini loaves that were perfect for sharing.

Blueberry Banana Bread
makes 4 small loaves/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Here’s what I did:

  1. Mix together butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs.
  3. Add in mashed bananas.
  4. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt (reserve 2 tablespoons of flour to coat blueberries) in a separate bowl.
  5. Fold dry mixture into banana mixture and add vanilla.
  6. Coat blueberries with the 2 tablespoons of flour, and stir into batter.
  7. Add walnuts and mix to combine.
  8. Pour batter into 4 mini bread pans (spray pans with baking spray first).
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely before cutting.

Banana Chocolate Upside Down Cake

12 Mar


The other day at work I was complaining about all these bananas I had to use asap. It was a serious problem. Seriously. I thought I’d make some banana cupcakes, but this yummy little treat was suggested instead. I’ve tried apple and pineapple upside down cakes, but never banana. Don’t let the ease of this recipe fool you – this is a taste to die for. Side note – this cake is the perfect match for a little ‘we can’t wait for summer’ sangria.

Banana Chocolate Upside Down Cake
serves two sangria drinkers, a runner, and a stressed out office/adapted from this recipe

Here’s what I used:

Topping

  • 1/3 plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water (or butter, I stayed lower-fat)
  • 4 medium bananas
  • couple squeezes of lemon juice

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup banana puree (2 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Here’s what I did:

  1. Pour brown sugar and water in the bottom of an 8×8 pan.
  2. Heat to a simmer on stovetop, remove and cool to room temperature.
  3. Peel and slice the bananas and layer on top of the brown sugar.
  4. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the banana layer.
  5. Blend together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
  6. Add sugar and blend.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, egg, egg white, banana puree, sour cream and vanilla.
  8. Pour the wet mixture into a hole in the middle of the dry mixture.
  9. Blend until incorporated.
  10. Fold in chocolate chips.
  11. Pour batter over bananas and smooth even.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until center is set.
  13. Cool for about 15 minutes, and upside down your cake on a platter.
  14. Eat it!