Monday, 8 February 2010

banana & peanut butter cupcakes

cupcakes are so good. i have become a little obsessed lately because there is a delicious little cupcake bakery right by LSE... so it has become a tradition to get cupcakes every friday between classes. what better way is there to start off the weekend? well, i discovered a recipe for cupcakes on sunday in a magazine and figured what better way to start off the week than with cupcakes? so... it is monday, and i have made cupcakes. ah... they are heaven. the recipe said they were based off a recipe from butter lane cupcakes in new york city.

For batter:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flower
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk (i didn't have buttermilk so got a substitute recipe here)
1 1/4 cups ripe banana, mashed (i only had just under 1 cup and it is fine - so don't worry too much about exact measurements on this one)
For icing:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick softened unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy
3. Add eggs and vanilla, and mix until batter is smooth
4. Combine all dry ingredients and mix into batter in 3 parts, alternating with buttermilk. Reduce speed to low and mix for 2 more minutes.
5. Line cupcake pan with wrappers. Using a spatula gently fold mashed bananas into batter. Scoop into cups until 2/3 full.
6. Bake for 25minutes and let cool.
7. For frosting, combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 stick softened unsalted butter and 1tsp vanilla extract. Add 1 cup creamy peanut butter and 3tbsp milk. Makes 18.

my cupcakes cooling on top of our ghetto (or you could say retro...?) 1980s stove.

the finished product. i haven't actually had a completed one yet... fred was just finishing up dinner as i was frosting them and i thought it would be wrong to spoil my apetite. but i am definitely going to gobble one up as soon as we eat (once i finish typing this). i did try one without frosting though... and they were delicious. i have only ever known frosting to make things to make things better... so i am sure they are going to be divine!


1 comment:

Margaret said...

Now I know for sure you are going to have to cook for me when we come for a visit. Those cupcakes look so yummy! Do you make muffins also? Now it seems in the US I am always wanting to buy them. Miss you both!! xoxoxxooxoxooxox