Monday, August 17, 2009

Monkey Business

Banana Cupcakes

Check out the frosting on these banana cupcakes. Super smooth and creamy, cream cheese buttercream … so delicious and creamy. Did I mention creamy? I also used a little added yellow to tint the otherwise cream colored creamy cream cheese frosting … you know, just to enhance the senses. I’m tricky like that.

Banana Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large ripe banana (or almost 1 cup)
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tray with 12 baking cups.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl with a wire whisk.
  • Cream butter and sugar in a mixer for about four minutes.
  • Add banana and mix until combined.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add half the flour in three additions alternating with milk in two additions. Scrape down the sides with each addition.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until done.

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box (1lb) of confectioner’s sugar
Buttercup yellow icing color (optional)

  • Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer until thoroughly combined
  • Add vanilla. Then Add sugar in small batches until combined and creamy.
  • Add a small amount of buttercup yellow icing color to frosting and mix.

Now you can eat them just like this or …

Confetti Cupcakes

Party them up a little bit with small pastel colored confetti sprinkles … just because it’s that kind of day.

But, these banana cupcakes need something else… something to keep them company.

A little friend maybe?


Yes definitely.

But my little monkey needs a friend, too.

Cupcake Toppers

So this little piggy and teddy joined in on the fun.

Cupcake Toppers

And so did my favorite martian, robot and bumblebee.

My head is actually going to explode from all this cuteness.

Bumblebee Cupcake Topper

Could these be any more adorable? Look at that bumblebee bottom.

Cupcake Towers from Lollipop Workshop

Why yes, yes they can! These cupcake toppers are also candleholders. I’m officially in love here.

Cupcake Toppers from Lollipop Workshop

And it gets even better. They want to be your friends, too. Not these, they’re mine. All mine.

Cupcake Toppers

But these could be all yours.

When I bought these cutie pies from the Lollipop Workshop on etsy (also be cheery on flickr), I bought enough for two more sets. And I want two of you to have one. Well I want all of you to have them, but I only have two sets to give away. (Martian and Robot colors may vary from above.)

All you have to do to enter is give me some advice.

You see, Lollipop Workshop also sent me something else … A surprise … when she mailed the cupcake toppers.

I’m 10000000% certain it will be crazy cute!

From Lollipop Workshop

It’s in this box and I haven’t opened it yet.


Lollipop Workshop Goodies

Because she also sent this box for my little helper. So sneaky and sweet of her.

So the question is…
Should I wait until my niece visits again so we can open them together?
Should I rip open mine now and show you what’s inside?
Should I open both of them? I could re-wrap ‘em and no one would be the wiser.
But I do like surprises. Hmmmm… tortured by sweetness.

Okay, so you know I’m really gonna wait, right.

But, I’m just curious – what would you do?

  • Leave your answer in the comment section below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a set of assorted cupcake toppers from Lollipop Workshop.
  • Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, August 18th at 5 p.m. TIME’S UP!
  • Two winners* will be picked at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening on this post.

*Winners will be chosen using the integer generator.

Good Luck!

And, here’s some more cuteness from Lollipop Workshop. Custom cake toppers, lollidolls and candleholders. The store sells out quickly when she adds new products, so just send her a message if you need a custom order.

Okay, Time’s up and here are the two winners

#1619 – Elle
#831 – The Pettit Family

Congrats! You’re getting some super cute cupcake toppers!

sarah said...

I think you should wait until your niece comes that way you can both get enjoyment from opening them together!

August 18, 2009 04:41 PM
CharlieGirl said...

Open in, then re-wrap!;)

August 18, 2009 04:42 PM
heather said...

oh how hard it would be, but I'd wait for the surprise of opening the gifts together~

August 18, 2009 04:42 PM
Mac-n-Bird said...

I'd give the box a good shake to make sure it sounds like something that wouldnt spoil. If the shake doesn't sound like baked goods, then you should wait! The anticipation i'm sure will kill you though! You know she will just love opening the gifts with you. All little girls love presents! Even this one! :)

August 18, 2009 04:48 PM
Kat said...

You should wait for your little helper! The reaction will be much better when neither of you know what to expect!!

August 18, 2009 04:48 PM
Tami said...

I'm horrible…I would totally open one of them up. What if it was something inside that might spoil? You would hate to have wasted something so wonderful!! If it's not….rewrap and wait for your little helper!
Good luck!

August 18, 2009 04:49 PM
pam said...

I would soooo open them both and then wrap the other one up. And then probably pretend that I didn't … but then it would bust out of me because whatever is inside will be so FAB I would have to talk about it !!!

August 18, 2009 04:49 PM
Mommy Daisy said...

I would wait. I love surprises.

August 18, 2009 04:50 PM
Diana said...

Hard as waiting can be it will be even better to share the fun of tearing the paper off!!

August 18, 2009 04:51 PM
Melonie said...

Tear into them! You could always re-wrap them if you want! :D That's what I would do for sure. meloniew a t g m a i l d o t c o m

August 18, 2009 04:51 PM
Malea said...

I think it would be an absolutely lollipop sweetness to wait for your niece and open them together so as to not ruin the surprise for either of you. :)

August 18, 2009 04:52 PM
Chantele said...

I would wait, but it would be killing me the whole time!:)


August 18, 2009 04:53 PM
dayodestin said...

Unless you're not going to see your niece for a year, I would wait to open them together.

August 18, 2009 04:54 PM
Kelly said...

hmmmm. I would wait until your niece came over…you can share the excitement!

August 18, 2009 04:55 PM
Julz said...

Ask your neice to come over right now so you can open it together!!!

August 18, 2009 04:57 PM
adrienne1101 said...

As tempting as it would be to see what's inside, I would wait for your niece to visit again! It would be special to have that moment together!

August 18, 2009 04:58 PM
Anonymous said...

I've heard that patience is a virtue. So I say, wait till the young one can get there to help you with the excitement of opening the gift.

August 18, 2009 04:59 PM
Trina said...

Wait for your niece. It will be worth the wait when you see the excitement on her face!

Oh, and make sure you take pics when she opens hers…we want to see!!!

August 18, 2009 05:00 PM
The Whiney Boobit said...

I've learned to be patient and it's more fun to wait.

August 18, 2009 05:00 PM
Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella!

Those candle holders are just the cutest! Okay so my advice is if your niece will be visiting in the next week or close to, I would wait for her to open. If she is going to be a lot longer than that then I would open it and then rewrap it before she visits. I am also someone that can't stand to just let something sit there and know what's in it!

Love the blog!

August 18, 2009 05:01 PM
Amy said...

Open them together, and then re-wrap and stare at all that lovely packaging again! Or wrap up something else with it, and show us all the goodies!

August 18, 2009 05:03 PM
Kristy said...

I wait and share the surprise together. Enjoy!

August 18, 2009 05:04 PM
erin said...

I personally think you should totally wait and open them together. How long will it be until the little helper is in the kitchen again? This could be something to entice her to come back sooner…

August 18, 2009 05:06 PM
Jen said...

If the shoe was on the other foot she would wait for you….right??

August 18, 2009 05:10 PM
Josie's Mom said...

I'd open and rewrap! That's what I do with Xmas presents! :-) And I'm 34!!!

Shannon Jones

August 18, 2009 05:11 PM
Tara Long said...

As so many others have said, I would also wait. She would feel so loved and special…Or at least I would if I were her. :)


August 18, 2009 05:11 PM
Tula said...

Wow, that's a hard choice. I'd probably wait, maybe, on a good day.

August 18, 2009 05:12 PM
Anonymous said...

You should wait, it will be just or more exciting with your niece!

August 18, 2009 05:14 PM
Waitingonyou2 said...

I would totally wait and open them together…after I opened it and repackaged it so no one would be the wiser. :/

August 18, 2009 05:16 PM
Carrie said...

Hmmmm..I'd wait and open the presents together, as long as you'll see your niece again within, say, a month.

August 18, 2009 05:16 PM
Heather B said...

i think there is NOTHING better than enjoying a surprise with a child. their innocent excitement takes us back in time and enhances the moment. its also a great opportunity for bonding and making memories that you'll have forever!! please post pics when you open!!!!

August 18, 2009 05:17 PM
Sandi said...

Wait for your niece. She will love them and have so much fun!

August 18, 2009 05:17 PM
Danielle said...

I would open! I can't stand to wait!!

August 18, 2009 05:20 PM
Nachelle said...

I love suprises, but I have no patience, I would open yours and save your nieces :)

August 18, 2009 05:20 PM
Miri said...

Wait for the little helper of course! Make her feel proud and special :)


August 18, 2009 05:21 PM
Anonymous said...

Surprises drive me nuts, but looking at that cute wrap job- bright, cheery, colorful, I think I'd be fine just staring at it. I am just a sucker for polka dots. Know your niece will love it.


August 18, 2009 05:22 PM
Sandi said...

You need to wait for your niece. She will love them and have so much fun!

August 18, 2009 05:22 PM
Chelsea Lynn said...

I think you should wait to open it together, I'm sure it will be worth the wait, and it'll be all the more special when you do open it–together :) .
~Chelsea Lynn

August 18, 2009 05:22 PM
mamakrystal said...

Geesh, the element of surprise is suspenseful…but since you had a little helper involved. It would be safe to say, wait until your niece comes back. I bet the look on her face will be priceless, too!

August 18, 2009 05:22 PM
Three Cameras: said...

Wait! Open them together…you'll be happy you did.

August 18, 2009 05:24 PM
Three Cameras: said...

Wait! You'll be happier promise!

August 18, 2009 05:26 PM
Jenn and Alan Atherton said...

You should wait…I would wait and then probably forget that I had saved it…and have to keep saving it for another time.
theathertons (at) gmail (dot) com

August 18, 2009 05:26 PM
sjohnsinMN said...

My gut reaction is to wait until she gets there to do it together but I know myself enough that I would open mine and rewrap it to open it with her's when she gets there.

August 18, 2009 05:27 PM
Kendall said...

That's difficult.

I say you rip it open now. Because it'll satisfy your need to know BUT also, and more importantly, your niece will feel so special. Like "Wowwww…I get this fancy present? This is MINE?" And you can make it a day about her.

Although I don't know how old your niece is.

And it also depends on how long you have to wait. Difficult.

But the cake toppers are sooo cute!

August 18, 2009 05:27 PM
Jacie said...

I would have a VERY hard time waiting. I think I would open mine and let the neice open hers when you see her! I am very impatient, can you tell!!! Good Luck and can't wait to see what it is.

August 18, 2009 05:31 PM
Jana said...

I just LOVE surprises… I would wait until she got there, but I would be squirming out of my seat waiting.. I might call and urge her to come sooner..
Happy un-wrapping!

August 18, 2009 05:33 PM
Tenay Jo said...

Hmmm, thats a tough one. If my niece was going to visit soon, I'd wait. But if she wasn't going to come for a month or more, I probably would open mine…because I'm so impatient. A few weeks is the longest I could wait. :)

August 18, 2009 05:34 PM
The Spiteful Chef said...

FedEx your niece her package, with a note that says to call you before opening. Then you can open them together and send each other an email with a picture of each of you holding up the gift. It'll be a special way to connect, even when you can't be in the same place. Plus, she'll have something to remind her of her time with you while she's at home!

August 18, 2009 05:36 PM
Becka said...

Send your niece a picture of the present so she can guess what it is.

August 18, 2009 05:38 PM
luluvision said...

If it were me, I would totally rip mine open!! Because when your niece comes to visit, it would be fun to totally focus on her reaction when she opens hers! How's that for rational?! ;-)

Thanks for doing the giveaway! The toppers are super cute!!

August 18, 2009 05:38 PM
Anonymous said...

I'd wait to open them too. :) As difficult as it is, it will be fun for your niece and you to open them together and share in the surprise!

-CA Girl

August 18, 2009 05:39 PM
amy said...

wait until your niece comes. then you can both have a surprise together.

August 18, 2009 05:42 PM
The Saunders Family said...

I say, go ahead open it! Of course, don't tell your neice what it is so she can be surprised. And what if it's something different, you'll have a surprise now and one later! I'm not one to wait to open things.


August 18, 2009 05:43 PM
Daphne said...

I would totally open both of them and then rewrap them and then feel wickedly guilty afterwards….but then I'd smile ever time I thought about the cuteness inside of the boxes….

August 18, 2009 05:43 PM
Christine said...

I think you should stop by your niece's place for a visit and open them up together!!!!!!

August 18, 2009 05:44 PM
Paola said...

definitely wait…it will make it much more special…=D

August 18, 2009 05:45 PM
Becca said...

if it was my sister, I'd open both and pick which one I wanted – then rewrap the other. What can I say, I'm an evil older sister. But since it's your niece, I think you'd better wait and open them together!

August 18, 2009 05:47 PM
Raquel said...

Hmmmm, It's almost as complicated as the question "Is the glass half full or half empty?"


I would have the lolly & then hide the boxes somewhere until she comes, but if before then you are having a crummy day then just remember you have a present tucked away to make you smile;P

August 18, 2009 05:47 PM
Hillary said...

I know I should say just wait, but there's no way I'd be able to! So I say open yours, but leave hers.

HillaryMcCormack at gmail dot com

August 18, 2009 05:48 PM
LtlLori said...

If it were me, I would totally bust them open and rewrap, but I think you should wait for your niece… as hard as it may be!

August 18, 2009 05:49 PM
DeannaBanana said...

I'm a brat, I'd open them both and then re-wrap them.

August 18, 2009 05:51 PM
Colleen Hickey said...

They are super cute! I'd be anxious to know what's inside, but, I would also love to open it with a special someone! My vote is to wait for your niece to visit and open it with her!

August 18, 2009 05:52 PM
Judy in Indiana said...

I will wait for my kids to come home from school and let them open things for me, but any longer than that and I just cannot take the suspense. Really. I am the girl who wants to know what is in the boxes before Christmas morning. My husband does not appreciate this, so I am good, just because it brings him so much joy to surprise me.

August 18, 2009 05:52 PM
Dawn said...

I think you should wait until you are with your niece! It will make your anticipation so much more worth it! :)

August 18, 2009 05:52 PM
cecily_techuan said...

I would wait for your niece, but oh, the suspence!

August 18, 2009 05:52 PM
stoneamazon said...

Open yours now! Then let her open hers later!

August 18, 2009 05:52 PM
Anna Banana said...

I think you should wait…because everyone will know if you do open it and show us what is inside:)

August 18, 2009 05:54 PM
jentren said...

Wait for your niece! Surprises are one of the little things that keep life exciting.

August 18, 2009 05:54 PM
Sian said...

I would wait. Surprises are so much fun! Adorable cupcakes! wattsian at

August 18, 2009 05:59 PM
Nancy said...

I would have to open the one. I can't handle the suspense. And then when your niece opens hers you can give her the attention she deserves without being distrated by your own!

August 18, 2009 05:59 PM
CMD said...

I would wait for your niece, make sure to tell her you waited just for her and she'll be 10 times more happy!

August 18, 2009 06:01 PM
canadasuperhero said...

I think you should wait to open it without her — I know my niece would be so sad if I did.

August 18, 2009 06:01 PM
Rhonda said...

Oh how fun! I would jump at the chance and open one box! Then I would save one to open when your neice comes over! She will love opening one with you!

Love the cupcake toppers! Fingers crossed!

August 18, 2009 06:03 PM
Michelle said...

What I would do is open them take a peek and then re-wrap them. I hate then things are right in front of me…I just need to find out what it is!

August 18, 2009 06:03 PM
Sarah said...

You need to open thme now. What if there's something perishable inside?!

August 18, 2009 06:03 PM
BurlyGirly said...

Ooh! I have an awesome niece of my own, who lives in Colorado – while I'm in Cali! When we do get to see each other, I try to make it as special as possible. I think you should make her next visit extra special by opening the presents together! ;)

August 18, 2009 06:03 PM
Anonymous said...

Surprises are the best, and just think of how much fun it will be to open it with your neice. You should definitly wait until your niece visits again and open them together? But, you have to promise to show us.

August 18, 2009 06:04 PM
Michelle said...

What I would do is open them take a peek and then re-wrap them. I hate then things are right in front of me…I just need to find out what it is!

August 18, 2009 06:04 PM
Lisa W. said...

I don't think I could wait… I'd have to open it and then oh and ah once the girls opened their's! Good luck!

August 18, 2009 06:05 PM
Cathie from Canton said...

You totally have to wait to open them together….
I would be soooo tempted to do the whole re-wrap thing, but probably couldn't make it look as cute as it does, so in the end I would wait.

August 18, 2009 06:05 PM
Danielle B. said...

Super cute! So glad you show us these adorable Etsy Shops!

August 18, 2009 06:09 PM
Claudia said...

I would say open them together. It would be extra special and you get to see her joyful face when she opens hers =D


August 18, 2009 06:09 PM
ECL 1996 said...

I would tell you to wait and open them together, but I'm totally the type of person that would open them to see what is inside and re-wrap them. (The anticipation would just kill me!!) Besides, if you open them, then re-wrap them, you get the joy of opening the gift twice.

Liz –

August 18, 2009 06:09 PM
Danielle B. said...

oops.. I forgot to answer your question… I say wait. I don't think it will be too hard for you since you dont like to open pretty packages anyway! :o)

August 18, 2009 06:10 PM
clau_lili said...

U Should wait until ur niece visits U again

August 18, 2009 06:11 PM
Jess said...

I would wait! It's nice to have surprises!

August 18, 2009 06:12 PM
Dan and Michelle said...

I think you should open yours and show us!

August 18, 2009 06:13 PM
Anonymous said...

I would wait. Like you said in your post, surprises are great! And the anticipation is what makes the surprise so much fun! Plus, what a great experiance you get to share with your neice.


August 18, 2009 06:14 PM
Emily said...

these toppers are a-d-o-r-a-b-le!

I am with you on this one! I would wait, even though it would "kill" me each day, the best part will be your nieces face as she rips into that super cute packaging!!! Thanks for sharing!


August 18, 2009 06:18 PM
morgaine24 said...

i would wait its always fun to open together and go ehhhhhh!!!!!!!!(happy excited squeals together vbarton24 at gmail dot com

August 18, 2009 06:18 PM
Monica :] said...

waiting for your niece is definitely ideal…

but if it were me, i'd pick up my niece or go to her house to lessen my waiting time. lol :)

August 18, 2009 06:22 PM
Gram said...

I think you should wait for your neice. I love to have unopened packages around – the anticipation.

August 18, 2009 06:23 PM
Brandi said...

I would wait for your niece…even though the anticipation would kill me!

August 18, 2009 06:24 PM
the irish librarian said...

It kills me to say this, but I think you should wait for your little helper-it would be so much more special (how's that for good grammar?) for each of you.
Of course, that's not what I would do, but we're talking about you :)
I'm excited to see myself!

August 18, 2009 06:24 PM
Jackie said...

A tough one for sure but I think you should wait for your niece so you can both share in the excitement of the surprise.

August 18, 2009 06:26 PM
Megan said...

I would probably open both and re-wrap them but wait until your niece comes to visit again! The anticipation is one of the funnest parts! It's great to have something to be excited for!

August 18, 2009 06:28 PM
Ashley said...

I think you should wait…it would be more fun to open them together!

August 18, 2009 06:29 PM
Anonymous said...

Oh, I would wait for a little person to share it with, as much as I'd be tempted to rip into the packages! So much more fun to share it with someone11

August 18, 2009 06:30 PM
anon said...

wait, wait, wait! pleasure is all about anticipation.

August 18, 2009 06:30 PM
CA Clayson Fam said...

Think of how much fun you will both have if you just wait to open them with her. It will be a surprise for both of you, and sooo much fun!

August 18, 2009 06:31 PM
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