“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.”
- Oprah Winfrey
These banana cupcakes are one of the cupcakes I made for an event recently, as I mentioned in my last post. They were so well received that someone who attended that event, had me makes these cupcakes and the raspberry cupcakes for her event a few weeks later. So hey, these are pretty great! (If I do say so myself.)
|Here are my mashed bananas, from the freezer is fine, just thaw them first, drain them of liquid and mash. Make sure they are very ripe for the best flavor.|
I like using bananas in baked goods because I have a husband who doesn't like to eat a banana when it has even a few black spots. That means my freezer sees a lot of bananas. No problem. I just thaw them and use them for yummy baked goods like these moist cupcakes.
|My batter is ready to go, ready to be scooped into the cupcake tins|
These cupcakes are everything you want a banana cupcake to be.
1. Full of banana flavor.
2. A great, moist texture.
|Ready for the oven|
Yep, these hit all the right notes.
I frosted them with a mascarpone frosting. I love mascarpone cheese. It's sometimes called Italian cream cheese. It's much better tasting than traditional cream cheese, in my opinion. It's richer with a less tangy flavor.
|Right out of the oven|
The only ingredients in the mascarpone frosting is the cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. I've made mascarpone frostings before that included cream, and also ones that included butter. This version is my favorite. The flavor of the mascarpone cheese really stands out. The only down side is mascarpone cheese isn't cheap. If you live in the U.S., Trader Joes is the best place to buy it that I know of. The last time I checked, at the Trader Joes closest to me (which is about an hour away, so not super close) I think mascarpone cheese was 2.89 for the 8 oz. container. But at my local supermarket it's close to 5.00. And you need 3 containers. So yeah, not cheap, but very delicious. If you don't want to make this frosting, don't substitute cream cheese, just make another recipe. I'll list a few other frosting recipes below.
|Here is some of my mascarpone cheese - 2 of my containers are pictured, but I needed 3 to frost my cupcakes.|
Since most people like bananas, I think these are a great choice for a crowd.
|Here is my mascarpone frosting - this stuff is to die for, especially if you are a mascarpone lover like me.|
I hope these are as successful for your people, as they were for mine!
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More frosting recipe choices that would be great with these cupcakes:
Traditional Cream Cheese frosting from my Super Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes.
A yummy vanilla Not Too Sweet Frosting from my Best Super Moist White Cupcake Recipe.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream - (also not too sweet, and so yummy,) from My Favorite White Cupcakes
Toasted Marshmallow Frosting from my Sweet Potato Cupcakes.
Salted Caramel Buttercream -or Caramel Buttercream with a little less salt - from my Whoopie Pies.
Chocolate Buttercream from my Best Moist Chocolate Cupcake Recipe.
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Moist Banana Cupcakes
makes 24 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
2 cups (310 g.) flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks (8 oz.) butter at room temperature
1 1/4 cup (278 g.) white sugar
1/2 cup (118 ml.) sour cream or yogurt, a yogurt with fat in it is best, meaning try not to use a nonfat yogurt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
5 very ripe bananas mashed, or 2 cups mashed (16 oz.) (473 ml.)
1 cup chopped walnuts - optional - I've made these cupcakes about 4 times now, and I haven't used nuts yet, but I plan to at some point, depending on who I serve them to.
Dried Banana Chips for topping, optional
This amount of frosting will frost 24 cupcakes using about the same amount as I have used in the photos.
3 - 8 oz. packages mascarpone cheese
3 cups (315 g.) powdered sugar
3 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius, Gas Mark 4. Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners, greaseproof are best.
In a large bowl with a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the room temperature butter, and sugar and beat until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again for a few seconds, just to make sure it's all been mixed in.
In another large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. The flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Add the sour cream and vanilla to the butter/sugar mixture. Beat together until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat together. (I just start the mixer on low, and add an egg, wait a few seconds, add another, etc. until they have all been added.) (Of course I have the eggs cracked into a small bowl first, so as not to risk getting a piece of egg shell into my cupcakes.) Add the mashed bananas and mix again until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again just to be sure it's all been incorporated.
Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Mix just until it's been combined. Be careful not to overmix it, now that you have added the flour, you don't want to overwork it. Just mix it until it's all been incorporated. Scrape down the bowl one more time, and mix it together. Stir in the nuts, (if using) just until they have been mixed in.
Scoop with an ice cream scoop, or spoon with a spoon, the batter into the cupcake liners until they are about 2/3rds full. Bake for about 18-22 minutes until they pass a toothpick test. While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting, (directions below.)
Cool on wire racks for 10-20 minutes. Then remove them from the muffin tins and finish cooling on wire racks until cool.
Frost the cupcakes with the frosting and top with a dried banana chip, if desired.
Directions for Mascarpone Frosting
The mascarpone cheese is soft enough to be used straight from the fridge. It can be used cold, or at cool room temperature. If the cheese is at too warm of room temperature, it can melt like butter.
Beat the mascarpone cheese with the vanilla extract for about a minute. Stop the mixer and add the powdered sugar. Start the mixer on low until the sugar has been mixed with the mascarpone, (to make sure it doesn't fly out of your mixer) continue beating on medium high for another minute or so.
Refrigerate any leftover frosting. If you want to frost cupcakes after it's been refrigerated, you will need to beat it again.