Banana Cupcake .. Merry Christmas everyone

by Maryam on December 28, 2010

Oh yeah, it is a little bit late for the “merry Christmas” phrase! However, it is never too late .. So, for everyone who is celebrating the Christmas event I say “merry Christmas” .. If you noticed I’ve spent big time discovering how fruits can make our life sweeter and more enjoyable. I consider jam and fruit based cakes are some of the best cooking experiences I have ever had. I did said this before and here I am mentioning it again .. I am a beginner in the baking field. Though, the more I get into it the more I love it and fear of it. I can feel the fear of ruining the whole thing within a blink. The fear is there with every new baking recipe, with every cup of flour I pour and with every spoon of sugar or salt I use. Yes, I like to be challenged and prove that I can “do it” but still there is a tiny fear asking me to withdraw with every attempt.

Being honest and true about the fear problem helps me to do whatever it requires to get through and try new baking recipes and techniques. On the other hand, I believe mentioning it from time to time may help others with their baking issues, and it delivers an important message to them .. “there are others just like you, who feel exactly as you feel and share the same kind of fear you have”.

Banana cake is not one of the my favorites. I did taste more than one, however, all of them weren’t satisfying at all. So, I decided to close this chapter of my baking life forever. While searching for a new jam recipe, I found this one by coincidence in food.com. The rating was very very high and I couldn’t resist not to print it and try it at least for the sake of curiosity.

I decided to give it my last trail and I didn’t expect much! Honestly, I love it! it was amazing without any doubt. However, I didn’t follow the mentioned cream cheese recipe. Instead, I made my own version, less in sugar and rich in taste. I was happy that countless of people ate and tasted this cupcake before the last bite was finished.

Banana Cupcake

Adapted from Food.com, Yields to 60 medium sized cupcakes.

Cupcake Shopping List

1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe

2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 1/8 cups sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk or 1 1/2 cups milk + 2 tablespoons lemon juice

60 medium size paper cups

Frosting Shopping list

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups icing sugar

Making the cupcake

Preheat oven to 375ºF.


Place paper cups into cupcake pan.

1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe

2 teaspoons lemon juice

In a small bowl mix mashed banana with lemon juice and set aside.

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 1/8 cups sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk or 1 1/2 cups milk + 2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a large bowl mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Beat in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture.
Pour batter into prepared cupcake pan and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Set the hot cupcakes aside to cool before garnishing with cream cheese frosting. Approximately half hour.

Making the Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups icing sugar

Cream the butter and cream cheese using electric mixer until smooth.Pour in vanilla and add icing sugar. Beat on low speed until combined.
Spread on cooled cupcakes.

enjoy with love,

Maryam