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Friday, February 1, 2008

Banana Split Cupcakes OR Banana Cupcakes with Banana Coconut Frosting

Yesterday was my boyfriend's birthday, so I let him choose what kind of cupcakes he wanted. After looking through all of my cupcake books he finally decided on Banana Split Cupcakes. The recipe comes from Crazy About Cupcakes by Krystina Castella. It's a banana cupcake topped with a scoop of ice cream and all the fixin's of a banana split. The cupcakes are so moist and ccrraazzyy good! I left 5 of them plain for the banana splits, and I topped the remaining cupcakes with Banana Coconut Frosting. The idea for the frosting came from the same book, but the recipe just didn't work at all. I tweaked it and came up with a deeeeelicious banana frosting that I will definitely make again!
And may I just say I'm in an acceptionally good mood today. It's freakishly warm outside (68F), and I'm writing this entry with my bedroom windows wide open!
ingredients... and once again I've left out a very important ingredient!This batter was so delicious. I could've gotten an extra cupcake out of it, but I couldn't stop myself from eating the batter right out of the bowl! ...ready for the oven in their cute birthday cases!I accidentally deleted the picture of the naked cupcakes cooling...
But here's the main event!And this one is topped with the Banana Coconut Frosting!Don't you wish it was your birthday??

Cupcake recipe from Crazy About Cupcakes by Krystina Castella.

MY NOTES: It took 2 1/2 bananas to get 1 cup mashed. I used the leftover 1/2 banana in the frosting. I got 21 cupcakes. Mine were done at 19 minutes.

Banana Cupcakes
Makes 18-22


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.
2. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs to the creamed mixture and beat well. Add the bananas and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add all the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix until completely integrated.
5. Add the milk and vanilla. Mix for 1 minute on medium speed.
6. Fill cupcake liners one-half to three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.


Banana Coconut Frosting (my own recipe)
Makes enough to frost 30 cupcakes


9 tablespoons (1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet. Stir in coconut and pecans. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until coconut is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool before adding to the frosting.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the bananas, lemon juice, and vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl beat the cream cheese and remaining stick of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the sugar, then the banana mixture. Blend well.
4. Add the coconut-pecan mixture. Mix until incorporated.

15 comments:

April said...

Oh yum! I think that I will have to take 1 of each please!

Natalie said...

I hate you for being warm. It snowed like, two feet here last night.

CB said...

Those are too stinkin' cute! Lucky boyfriend :)

losslustlove said...

Oh dear me. Those look stunning! I'm not a huge fan of banana but my goodness they sound tasty. :D Great work!

shannie cakes said...

those look great. and actually. i'm birthday-ed out (mine was jan. 16th)!

btw i didnt mention this in the email but i'll be posting ANOTHER recipe from vctotw that i made... probably get around to it tomorrow.

PrissyCook said...

I love banana splits and these look like they would be super tasty. Great photos too.

Carla said...

My dad would love this because he is a huge fan of banana splits. Maybe I'll make this for his birthday.

Ms. Cupcake said...

Those banana cupcakes look good! You inspired me to make some banana cupcakes with chocolate frosting last night. I'm a fellow Virginian in Centreville!

v.diggie said...

i just tried those this past weekend, they were a huge hit with friends & family. thanks!!

Mimi said...

Heyy, these are the cupcakes that I wanted to make yesterday. So all I have to do is use cooking spray and flour the pans, and im set right?
Todays my nephews 1 year old birthday. I was going to make them...until I found out someone ate the bananas that I was going to use for the cupcakes.
womp womp :(

Anonymous said...

i'm making them right now for my boyfriend and they smell great! but i think 20 minutes was a little too much for my cuppies. they got a little crispy!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Anonymous, mine were done right before 20 minutes. Just to be sure, you should use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is calibrated and not too hot.

Blythe's Mom said...

How ripe was the banana you used. I made them tonight and something was just not right about them..the banana tasted funny and I am thinking it was TOO ripe. What was your consistancy like?

Blythe's Mom said...

Just to let you know I did try them again and I made them today. I however made them with a peanut butter frosting.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm from France and I've been looking for good cupcakes recipes...I've been trying 10 or 12 differents recipes...always extremely disapointed...cupcakes were dry and too thick..no good!and here you are!
Those bananas cupcakes turned out DELICIOUS! Very moist and everything I was hoping for....
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Marina