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!

Carol said...

Oh, you should wait to open it with your neice. She'll be tickled to open the surprise with you. Then be sure to let us know what's in the boxes!

August 18, 2009 08:30 PM
Lital said...

I would wait until your niece comes again and then the two of you can share the surprise together! If you can't wait, call her up and invite her to come sooner!

August 18, 2009 08:30 PM
Chelsea said...

I would want to open them both right up but know my guilt would get to me and I could never, so I'd be stuck waiting. Good luck with the wait!

August 18, 2009 08:30 PM
Susan McCrae said...

I'd leave it until she comes round. Then you can act like a big kid on christmas day! Hope it's something really good! :D

August 18, 2009 08:31 PM
Dean and Amber said...

Together would be great…but If it were me..who knows I can't wait so I would probably open mine…look in it then wrap it back up. Also make sure to post pictures so we all can see what is in them. Cupcake toppers are so cute.

August 18, 2009 08:37 PM
Dayna said...

I would have trouble doing it, but I think you should wait! So cute!

August 18, 2009 08:37 PM
Anonymous said...

Wait for sure!! It will be more special to have your niece there with you!

August 18, 2009 08:39 PM
Teresa said...

I would totally open them both and re wrap them before she came back over. I can't wait!!!!!
But I fully agree that waiting is the best choice but I am so excited!! When is she coming?????

August 18, 2009 08:41 PM
Anonymous said...

Yep, wait for your niece.


August 18, 2009 08:43 PM
Anonymous said...

I would definitely OPEN IT!

August 18, 2009 08:44 PM
Kristy said...

Wait. She will enjoy it!

August 18, 2009 08:44 PM
Missy said...

Ummm I say wait until ur niece visits ;)

August 18, 2009 08:47 PM
Sue said...

Since you are the #1 most fun aunt on this planet:) . . . you and your cute little niece have to open these gifts together!!

August 18, 2009 08:51 PM
Jennifer said...

HThe suspence will make it that much better for both of you. You should wait for her.

August 18, 2009 08:52 PM
kmfeyen said...

Obviously, the most adult thing to do would be to wait, but some of us are just not that mature. I have a really hard time with patience, especially when it comes to surprizes. As much as I would like to think that I might handle this like a good auntie, my instinct tells me that I might opt for the trickery of rewrapping.

August 18, 2009 08:53 PM
gunnfam said...

You should open them together! That way she knows how special she is, that you waited to open it with her!

August 18, 2009 08:53 PM
Jennifer said...

Wait for her. It will make it better for you both.

August 18, 2009 08:55 PM
mama.laughead said...

I'd probably decide to wait and then peak at my helper's to make sure it would be appropriate and re-wrap.

August 18, 2009 08:56 PM
3419 said...

Wait for your helper – it will be worth it!!

August 18, 2009 08:56 PM
Alisa said...

If it was me…I would wait. If it was my mom, she would open it and then call my niece to tell her what it is.

August 18, 2009 08:57 PM
Anonymous said...

Wait to open them together — while I'm certain you won't be let down, regardless if you are or aren't you'll be satisfied in knowing both that you were able to resist and that you two got to experience the surprise together. Plus, you also won't have to put on a fake act of pretending you didn't open them in case you were considering rewrapping. :)

August 18, 2009 08:57 PM
Julie said...

I probably would wait but I would check on them like 50 times a day just to make sure that I didn't want to open them that very minute!


August 18, 2009 08:58 PM
Anonymous said...

I'm on the Wait train. Surprises are fun when shared, especially with nieces.

August 18, 2009 08:59 PM
Anonymous said...

Yeah, u better wait!

August 18, 2009 09:00 PM
JenB007 said...

While I think that you should wait, and that it would be the right thing to do, it would oh so very hard. But totally worth it when you see the look on your niece's face!

August 18, 2009 09:00 PM
Nancy said...

I'd have to wait. Guilt would kill me before curiosity.

Also, thank you so much Bakerella for responding to my e-mail about the cake pops!!! Your advice has been taken into consideration adn hopefully I will be able to get all 50 done for next Saturday!

August 18, 2009 09:01 PM
Anonymous said...

I would wait until your niece comes! She will love it!

Laurie in Minnesota

August 18, 2009 09:02 PM
Jazzy said...

Definitely wait, althoughI would probably try to have a peek inside somehow

August 18, 2009 09:02 PM
Linda said...

I think you should wait and open them with your niece! Share the surprise! :D


August 18, 2009 09:06 PM
vicki adamson said...

Definitely wait for your neice. What joy you will both receive that way.

August 18, 2009 09:08 PM
Lulu said...

Definately open them together….that way it's double the pleasure.

August 18, 2009 09:13 PM
Amanda said...

I think you should wait. I don't think your Little Helper will be any less ecstatic to receive her present if you've already opened yours, but why not be ecstatic together. Plus I'm sure the wait will only make it better. Imagine what it could be. :)

August 18, 2009 09:15 PM
Eloise said...

although i can never wait to open presents, since it's a dual gift for you and your niece, i'd say wait for her to visit–but maybe encourage her to visit sooner rather than later :)

eloise_violet (at)

August 18, 2009 09:18 PM
Kelly said...

Personally I would open them! But you seem much more patient then I am so I guess go ahead and wait. :)

August 18, 2009 09:18 PM
Anonymous said...

As hard as it will be, I think you should wait for your niece…

August 18, 2009 09:19 PM
Laura, Lynn and Macie Scow said...

I just made these cupcakes……HOLY CRAP THEY'RE GOOD!!!! I was only able to get 10 cupcakes cause I ate so much of the batter (wooooops). Thanks for another delicious recipe and this is just me, but, I have no patience and am a far too curious person….i'd have to peek and then rewrap the present! If you can wait, kudos to you! GOOD LUCK!!!

August 18, 2009 09:19 PM
tamela said...

I think you should definitely invite me over to open the gifts, so at least you can say you didn't do it :)

August 18, 2009 09:20 PM
Anonymous said...

Absolutely wait. Then the two of you can plot the best, cutest way to use the gift.

August 18, 2009 09:20 PM
Amber said...

Okay, I now have a new favorite Etsy shop. Those are so cute!!!

I think the nice answer is you should wait and open them together. Honestly, if it were me, though, I would probably cheat and open mine. Then, if I felt really really guilty I'd re-wrap it. :)

August 18, 2009 09:25 PM
Carol said...

I would not have lasted this long … I would have opened the one for sure .. if noth both. Open them already – the suspense is killing me and they aren't even mine!!

August 18, 2009 09:27 PM
the Blonde Wonder said...

I also LOVE surprises and the suspense. I think it would be the most fun to wait and open the gifts with your precious niece.

August 18, 2009 09:28 PM
Stacey Fox said...

What would I do?? I cannot stand waiting so I would have to rip into 'em. And then be sad the surprise was over so fast.


August 18, 2009 09:29 PM
the Blonde Wonder said...

I also LOVE surprises and the suspense. I think it would be the most fun to wait and open the gifts with your precious niece.

August 18, 2009 09:29 PM
dulcealicia said...

I would find it EXTREMELY hard to wait, but I would, in the end, wait and open it with little helper :) Opening presents with kids is so much fun!!

August 18, 2009 09:35 PM
Shannon said...

I would probably wait on opening both gifts…but it would be difficult! Those cake toppers are ADORABLE!

August 18, 2009 09:39 PM
Anonymous said...

Girl..I think you should rip them right open!! The suspense would kill me!! Go for it..enjoy your surprise!! And no matter what, when your niece gets there she will be surprised!!

August 18, 2009 09:42 PM
Jeremy said...

You have to wait! It will make it so much more fun!

August 18, 2009 09:43 PM
Sus said...

You should wait and open them together. Anticipation is good and your little helper will be so happy that you waited for her! What a fun posting, love the cupcakes and the toppers, would love a set of my own for family!

August 18, 2009 09:43 PM
hsturner said...

WAIT! It will be fun for both of You! I love a surprise!

August 18, 2009 09:43 PM
The Powell's said...

I vote for waiting until your niece comes to visit…it will be fun the share something special with her!

August 18, 2009 09:44 PM
kiki comin said...

i would wait too! way more fun to look together!:)

August 18, 2009 09:47 PM
Donna said...

wait for your niece! she will be very excited and will make it more fun!

August 18, 2009 09:48 PM
Kristin Conk said...

I would have a really hard time waiting but I would in the end wait!! I can't wait to see all the cuteness!!

August 18, 2009 09:50 PM
Elena said...

OPEN IT! (Unless your niece reads your blog.) I just wanted to rock the boat a bit. There's a little too much niceness here. But be very careful with the tape. I recommend an exacto.

August 18, 2009 09:52 PM
3455 said...

I love surprises, but I am a bit sneaky too…I'd say shake em around a bit and make a guess. Then wait until your niece arrives! :)


August 18, 2009 09:53 PM
passerby said...

Definitely wait for your niece to open them with you! There's nothing better than a surprise, especially one you have to unwrap!! :)

August 18, 2009 09:55 PM
Stephanie said...

I think you should wait until your lil helpers arrive!

August 18, 2009 09:57 PM
Sky said...

I say… wait for your little helper! I know that you are probably anxious and wanting to rip right into those gifts… but I think the anticipation will most definitely be worth it in the end! That way, the both of you can enjoy the surprise! Can't wait to see!

August 18, 2009 10:02 PM
AJ said...

I would wait for your niece to open them together. As funs as opening a surprise is, its tripled by having it reflected by someone elses enjoyment! It will be like Christmas!

August 18, 2009 10:03 PM
Kelli said...

I would have to unwrathen wrap them back up and open them together. I couldn't wait!

August 18, 2009 10:03 PM
Jackie from texas said...

rip open mine now and show you what's inside

August 18, 2009 10:03 PM
Kami said...

I really, really, wouldn't want to wait, but I think I would. I think. I'd have to hide it in a closet though to resist the temptation to peek.

kamicollin at gmail dot com

August 18, 2009 10:05 PM
Jerri-Lea said...

I can never wait!! I'd rip it open but if you want to wait for your niece have someone in your house hide them until then!

August 18, 2009 10:09 PM
andrea said...

mmm.. you should wait for your little helper hehe its more fun if you both open them together.


August 18, 2009 10:10 PM
Jayne said...

Oh what torture! I would wait, but I would think about it every second of the day until the happy moment arrived.

August 18, 2009 10:11 PM
Nancy K said...

Anticipation is half the fun! Wait for your neice and share the fun!

August 18, 2009 10:12 PM
Tiara Joy said...

I would love to say open and re-wrap… Actually I can almost be positive that is what I would do but I know my niece would not be so happy with Auntie TT if I was to do that so I say, hold off and wait for a visit. Then you can save your guilt quotta for eating sweets!

August 18, 2009 10:13 PM
Tawny Smith said...

Just to make you more comfortable in this world, you are not alone with the fetish for pretty packaging and miniature anything!

So about pretty packaging…of course I want you to open it NOW.

But, I know that when you tell your neice how long you waited to open these with her and the smile on her face when she discovers the cuteness inside…PRICELESS!

And you can't re-wrap pricelessness! (Is that a word? It is now!)


(that's my husband's nickname for me btw ;)

August 18, 2009 10:15 PM
Sarah said...

I would definitely rip it open! I am incapable of leaving presents unopened!

The grown-up in me says you should wait though!


August 18, 2009 10:16 PM
Tiffany said...

It would be hard to wait, but I would…I'm sure it'll be worth it to see the excited look on your niece's face!

August 18, 2009 10:17 PM
Erica said...

WAIT! she's cute. and so are the packages.

August 18, 2009 10:22 PM
rana said...

yes, I have to go with…wait and open together, (but if you open re-wrap and smile in surprise we'd all secretly be smiling)

August 18, 2009 10:25 PM
Dawn said...

My first reaction would be to rip them both open! But then I would actually end up waiting for that cute niece. :) dawn3111 at yahoo dot com.

August 18, 2009 10:29 PM
mamasue123 said...

Ohhh I don't know, I guess you should wait and open them together, but make sure you have your camera ready! Can't wait to see what was inside!!

August 18, 2009 10:30 PM
Chris and Gina said...

Oh, please wait for your niece! I bet she'd wait for you. :o)

August 18, 2009 10:32 PM
Daisy said...

Just wait… it's good to share surprises with people u love…

August 18, 2009 10:36 PM
Amy said...

Well, I know if it were me, I'd open it.
But I say you wait for your niece.
That wrapping paper is adorable :)

August 18, 2009 10:37 PM
Daisy said...

just wait…. Is always good to share surprises with the people u love

August 18, 2009 10:40 PM
Christeeny said...

wait until your neice arrives, then see who can rip open their package the fastest!

August 18, 2009 10:40 PM
Dawn said...

Wow that is torture. I am so not a patient person. While I would wait to open them together, I would be shaking and studying it like a mad person trying to figure it out.

August 18, 2009 10:43 PM
Nancy said...

I would want to wait to open them with my niece, but my bad angel always kicks in at the most inopportune moments! So i would probably open them both and re-wrap them before she comes! That way if you need supplies to do whatever it is, you can do it with her right when you open them! perfection!

August 18, 2009 10:44 PM
Missy said...

I'm probably to late to have a chance to win, but I would wait to open the little gifts with your niece. I'm sure she will be thrilled.

August 18, 2009 10:50 PM
Shaunna said...

Wait for your neice! Is she coming to visit soon?!!

August 18, 2009 10:51 PM
Missy said...

Oops forgot my addy. It's

August 18, 2009 10:53 PM
Michelle said...

I would wait! being the youngest in my family, I understand how important it is to feel special.

michelle. moore92

August 18, 2009 10:54 PM
Anonymous said...

I would so peak and them re-wrap. Just like at Christmas. :)

August 18, 2009 11:00 PM
suzanne said...

Kids always love surprises and to their love ones if I were you, I would wait until she comes to open it together!

August 18, 2009 11:15 PM
Valinda said...

Wait, even though I never can! How much fun will it be to be surprised together!

August 18, 2009 11:16 PM
sarraphim said...

Well, it's probably too late to enter to win anyway, but yeah… I think you should wait for the little helper to come over… then you rip them open at once, and see what you were given!


August 18, 2009 11:29 PM
Aimee said...

oh of course wait! But i would be thinking everyday about what is in that box until I could rip it open!

August 18, 2009 11:40 PM
Anonymous said...

Wait and open them together :) Cant wait to see pictures.

August 18, 2009 11:41 PM
Anonymous said...

I think you should wait! Let the suspense remian and keep you longing to discover the goodies inside!


August 18, 2009 11:43 PM
Kelli said...

Ok, I would LOVE to know what's in that package, but I'm a sucker for surprises so I would wait until I could open it with my little helper. Cute, cute, cute stuff!

August 18, 2009 11:43 PM
Jessica said...

Ohhhh my! These are so adorable :)

And yes, I think you should wait & open together. It'll be triple exciting that way – the surprise, her delight, and the gift!

Best of luck <3 Jessica

August 18, 2009 11:44 PM
heavenlyginger said...

save them. This is very much a do as I say, not as I would do comment :)

August 18, 2009 11:50 PM
Rachel said...

I would say open yours and save your nieces for her return!!

August 18, 2009 11:50 PM
createdbyamommy said...

Oooppeenn it….open it…..and then wrap it back again and act surprise ;)

just kidding!!!

Please be me, please be me, please be me ;)

August 18, 2009 11:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Wait for your niece!

August 18, 2009 11:56 PM
Christina said...

I would wait!


August 18, 2009 11:58 PM
jenn said...

you should wait for your niece. it'll be so much more fun that way :) those toppers are the cutest things ever!! i want them to decorate _my_ birthday cake

August 19, 2009 12:00 AM
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