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?

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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.

Why?

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 random.org 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!

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Justin said...

i think i'd love these

August 19, 2009 03:10 AM
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Lizzie Fish said...

I actually have a question…maybe I should ask later? But can you tell me why my cupcakes are always so coarse? I use the cake flour and the room-temp ingredients…and I'm at a loss. I can make them LOOK really pretty, but I want them to TASTE amazing, too! Thanks in advance. =)

August 19, 2009 03:24 AM
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Liz said...

I think you should wait til your neice comes. Hopefully it's soon!

August 19, 2009 11:42 AM
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Samara Link said...

Crazy amount of cuteness for one post. :)

August 19, 2009 03:21 PM
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betty said...

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August 19, 2009 06:18 PM
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andrea said...

hi, id love to know what program you use for your photos thanks!!

andrea
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August 19, 2009 08:18 PM
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Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella.. I have a question for you.. What do you do with all of your creations? Do you eat them all? Do you give them away? I really love baking but I can't seem to figure out what to do with all the leftovers after my serving.

August 20, 2009 02:56 AM
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Andee Layne said...

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August 20, 2009 04:06 AM
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Lina said...

cant belive i missed that deadline! ugh! those are too cute~ and i would wait!

August 20, 2009 05:56 AM
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bakergirlcreations said...

Awesome toppers :) I know you are super busy, but a little note for you over here: http://bakergirlcreations.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/a-pleasant-suprise/

August 20, 2009 07:37 AM
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petitechef said...

absolutely ADORABLE! :)
Great site I really enjoy all the pictures!

August 20, 2009 07:29 PM
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We Are Not Martha said...

I think that just depends on how long it will be until your niece comes back!! Aww I guess you should wait for her :)

I'm not a big fan of monkeys, but those banana cupcakes sound splendid!!

Sues

August 21, 2009 01:21 AM
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glovin said...

Definitely wait for your "little helper"! It will be so much more special :). Those are too cute! I love the candle holders!!

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August 21, 2009 06:40 AM
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Sarah said...

the anticipation of the surprise is almost as good as the surprise. You must wait!

August 21, 2009 08:18 PM
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Julianne Hendrickson said...

wait until your niece comes, she will be so fun to watch, especially when you are expectant as well!

August 22, 2009 01:54 AM
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Annie said...

I would wait…but it would be TORTURE!

August 22, 2009 04:33 AM
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Renee said...

Those are SO CUTE! If I don't win I might have to buy my own…it will be more fun for her if you're surprised!
But it's quite clear that you're a better one…


Reenee
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August 22, 2009 08:33 AM
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clairelascaux said...

Oh!!!
Seems to be so goooood!
Your pictures are so good too !

August 23, 2009 06:36 PM
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Carnalis said...

Did anyone else make the cupcakes? i did – the smell of warm banana and vanilla is divine.

Mine needed a good 30 minutes cooking time, and they feel moist and dense, yum yum. i shall do the icing (frosting) tonight and enjoy my children's delight at eating them tomorrow.

August 24, 2009 06:39 PM
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Anna said...

So I just made a batch of bana cupcakes as a trial run for my son's monkey birthday party on Sunday and oh my goodness! They are fab-u-lous! Thank you! Thank you!

August 25, 2009 10:19 PM
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Renee said...

Cute stuff Bakerella! The cute factor pretty much makes my day!!!!It'll be more exciting!!!!thanks


Reenee
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August 27, 2009 05:30 AM
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adriana said...

I made the banana cupcakes a few days ago & they tasted great. At first I thought I should've added more banana but I didn't & they still tasted great. Very moist & made the house smell great. I recommend making them.

August 28, 2009 12:34 AM
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MiniKat said...

Just thought I would tell you I tried this recipe out over the weekend and everyone at our sewing circle loved them! So tasty and a nice summery change from overly rich chocolate cupcakes. [Not that rich chocolate cupcakes are bad of course. Sometimes you just need some variety.]

Thanks so much for sharing it with us. :-)

September 1, 2009 07:16 AM
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mlanezoo said...

Hi Bakerella-
Made these cupcakes two days ago for a party and they were a hit! Super easy to make and delicious!
Thanks!

September 2, 2009 02:36 AM
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