Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cupcakes how I love thee

The other day I made cupcakes to bring to a bridesmaid get together for my friend Shannon. I decided to try something new and whilst looking through one of my many cupcake cook books my hubbsters made a comment that the last banana was over ripe for his liking.

If that banana is too ripe to just eat, then surely its perfect to freeze for banana bread. Then I thought about the 10 other frozen bananas I have waiting for purpose. Lightbulb! Surely BANANA CUPCAKES would be a delicious new recipe to try.

I looked up a recipe online and found one by the Queen herself, Martha Stewart and had a honey cinnamon buttercream. I thought that sounded all kinds of awesome and so,

Banana Cupcakes With Honey Cinnamon Frosting

Makes 12

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 for garnish (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Spread tops with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting. Just before serving, peel and slice banana into rounds, and place one on each cupcake, if desired.

Honey Cinnamon Frosting

  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes

The icing was a keeper. The cupcakes looked good, I had a miniscule bite from hubbie's. Reviews were great- 9pts a cupcake!

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