Wednesday, November 12, 2008

banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.



Oh, these cupcakes. I had been planning on making them for quite sometime, but just had somehow never gotten around to going for it. Awhile back, I purchased a small stack of little terra cotta pots for a craft project that I was thinking about doing, but never had done. And so, what better way to use them than as an adorable holding device for freshly-baked cupcakes?

I don't know why, but I always seem to buy more bananas each week than I can possibly eat, so yet again I had a few deep brown and squishy ones that had to be used quickly or they would have to be tossed in the compost. My three year-old was more than happy to mash them up and assist me in making this batch of sweet banana cupcakes.

Alice stopped by right as I was starting to make my favorite frosting on earth, classic vanilla cream cheese, which she kindly mixed with me and swirled in creamy dollops on top of the cupcakes. And of course, since these were presented in flower pots, they just had to be topped with little flowers. Because, you know, that's how we do things around here.

Note: These were not baked inside the pots- just inside a standard cupcake tin. They were stuck in the pots once cooled and then frosted.







Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: recipe adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 small bananas
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a blender or food processor, blend banana and buttermilk until the banana is broken up (alternately, you can just mash them together well). Combine banana/buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Fold dry mixture into the wet mixture.

Scoop out into cupcake papers. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

Cream Cheese Frosting: Combine 6 ounces or 3/4 package of cream cheese, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a half stick of room temperature butter. Beat until creamy. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Add 2-3 more cups until desired consistency is reached. Beat well.

24 comments:

Lil said...

These are sooooooooooo adorable!!

VeggieGirl said...

Cutest. Cupcakes. Ever.

sophstar's mama said...

So cute! I just can't believe that you manage to make them all pretty and fancy with a three-year-old helping...

Nancy said...

They are beautiful!

cindy* said...

i love the little pots and flowers...and i love how you do around this blog!

FaerySarah said...

wow these look so good! the photography is beautiful!

T.Allen-Mercado said...

gorgeous!

mella said...

I love them! On my way to the store for tiny pots right now!

Knick Knock said...

lush...I know you said you didn't bake these in the pots but you reminded me of something I've always wanted to try. Baking individual panetonne in mini flower pots. What's stopping me - I don't have any mini pots and I've never made panatonne before...but never say never. If you want to try it before me I found these links.
http://www.cookingwithkids.com/cookbooks/kneadit/pot.html
http://www.abc.net.au/juniors/pages/ceremonies/christmas/activityc.htm
oh and just for fun...
http://www.amazon.com/Tonys-Bread-Paperstar-Tomie-dePaola/dp/0698113713

Michelle said...

Beautiful! I wanna try :)

dorthjo said...

How adorable. More than that, how delicious sounding!

Elina said...

OMG, these looks amazing!!!

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slowlikehoney.net said...

These look adorable. I always think about banana cupcakes but I tend to eat my weight in bananas so they never make it to the oven :( But next time, I'm putting them to good use.

Stacey Snacks said...

Though bananas are my least favorite food, I love your little terracotta potted cupcakes!
You are so creative! and I am enjoying your blog!
Stacey Snacks

delicious said...

they must have been sticky to get out of the pots :D

teryll said...

absolutely clever presentation idea. they look so scrumptious too. perfect for a spring garden party!

Pacing the Panic Room said...

such great food photography, you have managed to make the tones delicious somehow. Great work on the food and the photographs. Love this blog.

Delicate Creature said...

awesome. must try!

Hannah said...

aw those are so cute, and look right up my alley, i may try out your recipe!

olive said...

This photography is so lovely, as are the artfully decorated cupcakes! I read this blog constantly and admire the photos/baked goods every time.

janis said...

i tried your recipe and these were the absolute BEST cupcakes i have ever had in.my.life.
thank you so much!

Miss Kar said...

oh my god oh my god these are the cutest things ever!

Betty said...

these are GORGEOUS!
very VERY creative :)

betty@bettysbites

Karen said...

These look fantastic - I will definitely give them a try!!

Thanks for sharing!!


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Karen

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