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Gone Bananas!! July 23, 2010

I know I know, I am already completely bananas! But. . .Cupcakes are so intriguing. They are small, fun, portable morsels of yumminess. Who doesn’t love a cupcake?? I personally, could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!! They are not only fun to make, but they are fun to eat. I have been on an extreme cupcake kick lately, and am making them ALL the time! I can usually come up with SOME reason as to why “I HAVE” to make cupcakes. Today’s was completely legit .. . . I had some SUPER ripe bananas on their way into the garbage if they weren’t used like today! I hate wasting food, so  .. .  It was time for some cupcakes!!

A while back my daughter Kiwi bought her Mom (that’s me) a cookbook ALL on her own (yes, she picked it out and all). This book was AWESOME! It is called “Crazy about cupcakes” by Krystina Castella. She has a website as well  here. This book is AWESOME! of course, I had to veganize the recipes . . . but there are 2 cake and 2 frosting recipes in the book that are in fact vegan already.  While thumbing through this cookbook, I cam across banana cupcakes.  ..  PERFECT! That is what I was going to make! Then  . .I needed a frosting, what sounds better with Banana cupcakes then peanut butter frosting with chocolate chunks on top?? NOTHING!! These were AMAZING!!  I have posted the original recipes here, and then added my vegan adaptations of them at the end. You really should go get this book if you like cupcakes!

Banana Cupcakes w/Peanut Butter Icing

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When you look at Yummy cupcakes, don’t they make you just want to smile?

Go forth and make yummy cupcakes,

putting a smile one the world one cupcake stuffed face at a time!

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.~.~.

(This recipe is from the book “Crazy about cupcakes” by Krystina Castella)

Banana Cupcakes

You will need:

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

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line cupcake pans with liners.

2. With an electric mixer on medium speed cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs to creamed mixture, and beat well. Add the bananas creamed mixture and mix well.

3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

4. Add all the dry ingredients to creamed mixture at once. Mix until the dry ingredients are completely integrated.

5. Add the milk and vanilla. Mix batter 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 the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan.

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My vegan adaptations were as follows:

1/2 pound (2 Sticks) unsalted butter = 1 cup earth balance organic

2 Large eggs = 2 egg equivalent of EnerG egg replacer

5 Tablespoons milk = 5 Tablespoons Rice milk

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Peanut Butter Frosting - (This recipe is from the book “Crazy about cupcakes” by Krystina Castella)

You will need:

12 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

4 Tablespoons water

1 1/3 Cups smooth or crunchy peanut butter

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

1. In a saucepan over high heat bring the butter, brown sugar, and water to a boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

2. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Put hot frosting on the cupcakes while the cupcakes are still hot.  Frosting will thicken as it cools.

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My vegan adaptations were as follows:

12 Tablespoons unsalted butter = 12 Tablespoons Earth balance organic

A note about this “frosting” – It may have been my vegan adaptations, but it turned out more like an icing or glaze than a frosting. I actually “dipped” my cupcakes into the frosting, and this was JUST the right amount for them!

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2 Responses to “Gone Bananas!!”

  1. Tes Says:

    I am feeling bananas right now :) I need to try this recipe soon. The picture really looks amazing and delicious.

  2. Jolanthe Says:

    Got your question about the planner. :) It is a total of 128 pages. :)


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