Monkey Food…

I almost never finish a bunch of bananas before they start getting too soft and brown to eat… so I’ve had a few trials with banana cupcakes.

I wanted to replicate the roasted banana cupcake I had in San Francisco at Kara’s Cupcakes… so tried roasting bananas and then adding them to the batter (recipe from Martha Stewart’s Banana cupcakes).

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Cut banana’s lengthwise…

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Brush with melted butter…

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Roast them in melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and honey in a 400 degree oven for 15 min. or so.

After they cooled, I mashed ‘em up with a fork and folded them into the batter.

The combination of Honey-Cinnamon and Cream Cheese in frosting sounded so enticing that I decided to experiment a bit. Wanting a light consistency other than simple buttercream (powdered sugar and butter), I opted to add a slight twist on buttercream made with whipped egg whites, boiling sugar syrup, and butter. I cut back on the 2.5 sticks of butter and added 1/3 c. cream cheese. Then a few squirts of honey and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.

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The result was a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting. The only thing is- the cupcake turned out more muffin-like and too dense for the frosting.

Second time’s the charm, right? I adapted this banana cupcake recipe from The Cupcake Project:  

The Banana Cupcake Recipe (Makes 16)

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3-4 bananas, pureed

Cream butter and sugar
Add eggs
Add sour cream, flour, and baking soda
Add vanilla and pour in bananas.
Bake for 20 min at 350

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I adjusted the sweetness factor (the original was too sweet for me) and also upped the banana content, because I happened to have more at the time. I also used my handy dandy Magic Bullet to puree the bananas, because I didn’t want to risk having dense chunks that turn cupcake-into-muffin.

This time, I just did the regular cream-cheese buttercream frosting, with ratios slightly off and in favor of the cream cheese, because I had leftover whoopiee pie filling!

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • Approx. 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dash of cinnamon (to taste)
  •  Squirts of honey (to taste)

Cream butter and cream cheese together. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey. Whip until light and fluffy.

I got some good feedback on these guys- I liked them myself texturally- quite light and more cakey than muffin-y. Though overall a bit too sweet for me. Next time… perhaps caramel?! Yummmmmm.

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One thought on “Monkey Food…

  1. Love these delicious banana cupcakes! Also my Mom had me freeze one for her when visiting 3 week later. She loved it and it was as good as fresh. Cupcakes for breakfast!

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