Sunday, May 15, 2005

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting (Adapted from Everyday Food)

For the cupcakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (can use all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the frosting

1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

To prepare the cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, bananas, eggs and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Evenly divide the mixture between the wells of a 12 cup muffin tin lined with paper liners.

Place into the oven and bake until a toothpick placed in the center comes out mostly clean with a few moist crumbs attached, about 22 to 28 minutes. Remove from the oven and place pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare the frosting

In a medium mixing bowl, beat together confectioners' sugar, butter, honey and cinnamon until very smooth, at least 2 to 4 minutes. Spread over the cupcakes.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

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  1. These will definitely be on my baking list as soon as the bananas turn very, VERY ripe!

    They look delicious!

  2. Sounds great! The frosting looks wonderful!

  3. i always have problem measuring tablespoons of butter. how do u go about doing it?

    joe, do u happen to know how many grams is one tbspn of butter?


  4. Dee - Let us know how they turn out!

    Christina - We loved the frosting.

    Deb - Thanks!

    Elaine - 1 tablespoon of butter is 14 grams. 8 tablespoons is 1/2 cup (one stick or 112 grams) and 16 tablespoons is 1 cup (two sticks or 224 grams).

  5. I was just asking a friend what she does with "black" bananas!!! We get tired of the basic banana bread. I will give these a try...thanks.

  6. CLS - Banana bread is good, but one can only eat so much! I thought these were a nice change of pace!

  7. Joe,
    firstly, the honey cinnamon frosting tasted great!!!
    but i was in such a bad mood when i was baking..
    1) i forgot to melt the butter and ended up mixing everything in softened butter.
    2) i neglected the cool completely, and while it was semi-cooled, i placed the frosting and it MELTED all over. plus, over here, it's humid and warm. didn't help.
    3) decided to take away most of the frosting and spread the melted parts on the top of the cupcake, thus, it's now honey cinnamon glaze.

    :( i hope it turns out fine!

  8. Elaine - I hope it turns out well for you! Whenever you are frosting a baked good, you must let it cool completely.

  9. Hi Joe,
    I am one of the few Canadians that post on CL .
    I love the fact that you do reviews on recipes from Canadian Living. Which happens to have wonderful recipes.
    Minneapolis is near and dear to my heart as a child we visited often from Manitoba.
    I live much further west now and enjoy the western rockies.
    Do keep up the wonderful job you do with your Blog . A faithful Canadian reader.

  10. Ruth - I love Canadian Living recipes! Thank you for the kind comments!