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?

IMG_3315

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!

301
mommieof4munchkins said...

I say wait until your little helper gets there and be surprised together! How fun!

August 17, 2009 04:20 AM
302
pacegirlno3 said...

I'm with Jewelz on this one. If you have a "preview + rewrap" then you can have your camera at the ready when your niece opens her box to capture her surprise.

Waiting would kill me!!!!!

The cupcake toppers are flipping adorable!!

tracypace at gmail dot com

August 17, 2009 04:20 AM
303
Whitney Lamb Adams said...

How cute!! I would have the same dilemma but you should wait for your niece! I can't wait to see what it is.

August 17, 2009 04:21 AM
304
Kelly said...

See… I know the PC answer is to wait until your neice is there. My gut reaction is to Rip it open and see what's in there!! Of course, the middle of the road answer is to open it up; see what ya got!; and then seal it back up and act surprised with your neice!!!

August 17, 2009 04:21 AM
305
Michelle said...

RIP REWRAP!!RIP REWRAP!!
RIP REWRAP!!RIP REWRAP!!
RIP REWRAP!!RIP REWRAP!!
RIP REWRAP!!RIP REWRAP!!
RIP REWRAP!!RIP REWRAP!!

August 17, 2009 04:22 AM
306
Amber W. said...

I would wait… Open both gifts when you have someone special there to help you.

August 17, 2009 04:22 AM
307
Baby Amelia said...

I would open yours and rewrap, but I'm bad like that. Cupcake toppers are SO cute!

August 17, 2009 04:22 AM
308
Kelsey said...

I think you should open your's… why? Because, as a youngest sibling, I have no patience for surprises. I HAVE TO KNOW NOW!

kelsey.pine@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:22 AM
309
Edie said...

Wait for your little helper!

August 17, 2009 04:22 AM
310
Megan said...

I couldn't wait. So I would immediately pop your nieces in the mail. The moment she receives it get on Skype and open them at the same time. Then take pictures and post them. Good luck.

August 17, 2009 04:22 AM
311
Piper Paradise said...

Open that blased thing – RIGHT NOW!!!! : -) I can't handle surprises…. can't you tell : -0

August 17, 2009 04:23 AM
312
-Val- said...

Wait for your niece. Anticipation is half the fun.

August 17, 2009 04:23 AM
313
Brad and Ang said...

I would try to wait, but I can't handle suspense, so I would end up opening it! Angela
brangbywater@msn.com

August 17, 2009 04:24 AM
314
Amy said...

I would open them right away, but I think you should wait. :)

August 17, 2009 04:24 AM
315
Karen said...

Such cute wrapping! Open yours RIGHT THIS MINUTE! She can open hers when she comes. I could not stand to wait even this long!

August 17, 2009 04:24 AM
316
Kim said...

I would recommend waiting – will totally add to the moment if you are both surprised at the same time!

August 17, 2009 04:25 AM
317
Mrs. E said...

Wait and open them together!

August 17, 2009 04:25 AM
318
liv said...

wait until your niece comes — what a fun way to start a visit. :)

August 17, 2009 04:26 AM
319
Krulish Family said...

I would open mine….

kjgirl39@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:26 AM
320
Laura said...

I love surprises! Anticipation is fun! I would wait.

If I am chosen you can contact me through my website – http://lauraezolnoski.com/cooking

August 17, 2009 04:26 AM
321
jasmine said...

it depends on how long it will be until you see your niece! (or until i saw my niece) i could probably wait it out for a few days, but if it were longer, i'd totally peek and rewrap, then open together!

August 17, 2009 04:26 AM
322
Kate Long said...

No question…open them both! And then immediately take a picture and show us what you got.
k8slong(at)msn(dot)com

August 17, 2009 04:27 AM
323
Greg and Diana said...

Who doesn't love surprises?? I say you rip into yours to see what's in there because I couldn't wait to see what is inside, then leave the other one for your niece and she can have fun ripping that one open and then you get to see the "surprise factor" in action again when her face lights up at what's inside!! Come on, you know you want to =)

August 17, 2009 04:28 AM
324
Reesha said...

I think you should just wait. PIck her up early if you have too. LOL :O)

August 17, 2009 04:28 AM
325
The Mosley Family said...

Open them together…more fun that way!

August 17, 2009 04:29 AM
326
The Parsons' blog said...

You probably should wait…it's hard though, speaking for myself – I'm not much of a wait-er. :)

August 17, 2009 04:29 AM
327
Anonymous said...

I love my nieces as if they were my own…so if in your shoes..I'd wait to open the gifts together…it'd be more fun! Plus, maybe they coordinate with eachother :)

arbonnetinnie@yahoo.com

August 17, 2009 04:29 AM
328
Josh said...

I would try to sneak peaks but ultimately I would wait too :-)

August 17, 2009 04:29 AM
329
bruinbr said...

I can hardly stand the cuteness of those toppers! I know the best thing to do is to wait and open the goodies together with your niece, but I would probably cave and open mine right now! :P

August 17, 2009 04:29 AM
330
melissa said...

I guess that depends on how long you have to wait. If over a week…open now!

August 17, 2009 04:29 AM
331
Kate's Mommy said...

open it now! :)

August 17, 2009 04:30 AM
332
Jo Whitehurst said...

I think you should wait for your niece. Your joy and satisfaction will be multiplied!

August 17, 2009 04:30 AM
333
Daisy said...

I say, wait for your niece before you rip. She'll have just as much fun opening it as you would. Besides what kid doesn't like ripping open a present?

August 17, 2009 04:31 AM
334
Kelly and Megan said...

OPEN IT!!! No wait – don't do it – it's better to wait, no matter how hard it is :)

August 17, 2009 04:31 AM
335
C said...

Oh, I'm not very good at surprises. I say open yours and watch your niece's delighted surprise when she gets to open hers. :)

August 17, 2009 04:31 AM
336
Cathie said...

Man, people are much nicer than I. I say rip it open! Maybe not the niece's, but certainly your own. Really, is it going to make her feel that fabulous that you waited? My siblings would be like, "Yeah? And?"

August 17, 2009 04:32 AM
337
Anonymous said...

Wait until your helper comes so you can two can share in the fun suprise. you should have a contest for people to guess whats inside.
kmdevine04@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:32 AM
338
sara said...

Wait wait wait waittttttttt!! And then take a million photos and share them with us! :)

August 17, 2009 04:32 AM
339
Kelly said...

Open yours and post a picture for all of us, and then make sure your niece doesn't get to check your website until after she's opened hers. I love reading your site, thanks!
kellycrowe1@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:32 AM
340
ScrapinShana said...

Hummmm, I know it would be tempting, but I would wait for my niece to open them ) Love the cupcake toppers, those would be perfect for my son's 1st birthday! Love your blog, gonna make those apple pops for Open House!
Shana
skcactusflower75@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:33 AM
341
BellaKella said...

I think you should forget about worrying about whether to wait or not to wait..

and post both packets to me :) I will keep them safe…. or start a dilemma-related competition of my own as to whether I should keep them safe for you or Keep them for myself? :P

kking_84@tpg.com.au

August 17, 2009 04:33 AM
342
Nicky said...

Owwww these are so cute.

Please hold our for your neice! It will be so much more special! (I bet you don't!!!!)

Nicky
(www.alittlebitprecious.blogspot.com)

August 17, 2009 04:33 AM
343
carly k said...

Those are darling! I like the monkey the best. And you should definately wait! Surprises are the BEST!!

August 17, 2009 04:33 AM
344
Krystal Michelle Photography said...

Well it all depends on how long you have to wait. If it's just a day or two, wait it out. If it's a week or more, I would rip into my own just to see what it is and then wrap it back up so I could share the experience with my little helper.

August 17, 2009 04:33 AM
345
Carpenters said...

save till you neice comes, but take a peek…ha…I am so bad.

August 17, 2009 04:34 AM
346
Jen said...

Rip it open!!!!

August 17, 2009 04:34 AM
347
Sarah said...

I think you should bake even more adorable creations so that you have more to post on your blog!

AND also, perhaps you can try to come up with a list of the most fun things you and your niece can do together. It's very important that this list be perfect (wink wink) and I'm sure it'll take you until she arrives to make it JUST so!

Thanks for the chance to win these – they're so cute I can hardly stand it!!

(I'm not sure how to make sure you can get in touch with me if, I mean WHEN I win without posting it for the whole blog-world to see…! Can YOU see it w/o me posting it? I sure hope so!)

August 17, 2009 04:34 AM
348
mishymishy said...

I say peek, then quickly reseal the box :)

powerpuffgrrrl at hotmail dot com

August 17, 2009 04:34 AM
349
barfingmonkeys said...

leave it as a surprise. theres nothing better than the face that appears for a surprise!

August 17, 2009 04:35 AM
350
Carrie Lu said...

rip it open now!

August 17, 2009 04:35 AM
351
vegga said...

There's nothing like a long wait to heighten antici…..pation! :)

~ Kelly

August 17, 2009 04:36 AM
352
Dorsey said...

I too would be tempted to open them both and then re-wrap, but you should probably wait until your little helper returns. It will give you something to look forward to. Plus all that wondering will be a good way to get those creative juices flowing. Hope it is worth the wait!

August 17, 2009 04:36 AM
353
teresa said...

open them and re-wrap them! that's what I would do!

moochmonkey@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:36 AM
354
Rusha Rawaf said...

I would wait, but call your little helper and ask her to come as soon as possible, like NOW!!
email: rusharawaf_at_gmail

August 17, 2009 04:37 AM
355
Chelsea Bass said...

I couldn't wait.

August 17, 2009 04:37 AM
356
LadySaotome said...

I'd be so tempted but I'd wait for the little helper. It's just twice the fun with their excitement!

August 17, 2009 04:38 AM
357
April said...

I would also wait. I am not good at surprises, though.

August 17, 2009 04:38 AM
358
Loy said...

even though it is difficult to wait…you gotta. sorry not going to get the OK to sneak. LOL

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
359
Ashley said...

As much as I would rip them both open right now and then rewrap them, I vote for waiting on your little helper. It would be so much fun to open them together!

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
360
Jaymie said...

I would be making a play date to have her over as soon as possible so that you can open them soon.

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
361
Anna Mae said...

I think you should wait. "Patience is a virtue" and you are virtuous, right?!?!? Thanks for the chance to win.

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
362
Tammy said...

I would wait, I am pretty good about that, but others in my household would have opened them already and then not even bothered apologizing about their impatience…! can't wait to see what you got.

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
363
tiina said...

Since you asked what we would do, not what you should do…I would open that puppy up! My little helper would still be surprised and thrilled to open something up too, and at least I'd have the restraint not to open BOTH up myself! ;)

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
364
I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

I LOVE suspense and surprise, so I would wait to open every time. Sometimes, since I live so far away from my family, I tell myself I need to get the chores done first, before I open a package from home. It's more fun that way :)
Kath

August 17, 2009 04:39 AM
365
Him, Her & The Wee One said...

I would definitely wait and open them together. Just think how fun it'd be for each of you to discover a fun little surprise at the same time!

August 17, 2009 04:40 AM
366
Campbell said...

I would have to open just one end really carefully and peak in there….but that's just me…i'm too curious.

August 17, 2009 04:41 AM
367
Amanda said...

I say WAIT! It is almost like Christmas, there are some that can put presents out early and forget, and others that just can't stand it and peek :)
WAIT!
WAIT!

August 17, 2009 04:41 AM
368
Lynette said...

Yeah, yeah….everyone says wait but come on…..I'm a big fan of your blog….willpower is NOT one of your strengths! :) LOL

August 17, 2009 04:41 AM
369
Reece's said...

Ya…im not good with that kind of advice, so good luck with that! But, I would love those toppers and a couple of cute little kids I have would love to see them on top of their cupcakes :)

knobbylegs@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:43 AM
370
{Amy} said...

Ugh.. I hate that! I'd say wait! It'll be worth it!

August 17, 2009 04:43 AM
371
Gourmified said...

Oh! I totally think you should wait! It will be so worth it to open them together and see what surprises await…thouth I totally understand the overcoming desire to OPEN OPEN OPEN! Good luck!

August 17, 2009 04:44 AM
372
Jenni said...

It would kill me, but I'd wait! Just put them out of sight so you won't be tempted! Can't wait till you reveal what's inside. When's your niece coming again?? :)

August 17, 2009 04:44 AM
373
Angela said...

as much as i want to do the right thing……i would RIP IT OPEN NOW!!!! for the love of all things that are sweet and delicious…OPEN IT NOW!!!!

okay. fine. wait. it's the right thing to do.

but i'll TOTALLY keep your secret if you decide you just can't take it and want to OPEN IT NOW!

:)

August 17, 2009 04:44 AM
374
Tori said...

Wait for your helper. She would be so excited.

August 17, 2009 04:44 AM
375
Jes said...

Even though I'm a big fan of surprises, I say keep it all nice and packaged up, then you and your niece can have a great surprise together! Next time you get a mysterious wrapped box, well that one is game for destruction!
deusjesmachina@gmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:45 AM
376
Cassie said...

One: I need to make those cupcakes, they sound fabulous.

Two: Those candle holder/cupcake toppers are stinkin adorable and I so hope I win. ;)

Three: I would try my hardest to wait for my niece. :) Even though I would want to rip 'em open and see whats inside. You're niece will be so excited. :)

Good luck everyone!

August 17, 2009 04:45 AM
377
Cara said...

wait until your niece comes! ahhh love surprises too but definitely wait for her!

August 17, 2009 04:45 AM
378
Anonymous said...

There's no way I could wait…just one little peek!

mmfavorite at gmail

August 17, 2009 04:46 AM
379
Anonymous said...

I think you should wait. It would be sweet to open them together with your niece.

August 17, 2009 04:47 AM
380
Anonymous said...

There's no way I could wait…just one little peek!

mmfavorite at gmail

August 17, 2009 04:48 AM
381
Anonymous said...

Invite your niece over ASAP and rip em open TOGETHER! (:

-farihah

farihahkamali@live.com

August 17, 2009 04:48 AM
382
My Little Family said...

What you remember down the road is what mattters…let her remember the genuine excitment on your face when she opens them. That's what is going to make her smile.

August 17, 2009 04:49 AM
383
Anonymous said...

I think your neice would love for you to wait. Take pictures of the event!

Laurie

Lavan29@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:50 AM
384
Kate said...

I would like to say I would wait but I know I would be trying to peek inside. I am sure I would try to open it carefully and then hope I could re-wrap it!

August 17, 2009 04:51 AM
385
Cheryl said...

I think you should wait. I would be dying to open it but think of the anticipation of waiting and if you opened it early you would be disappointed with yourself because you didn't wait!!

August 17, 2009 04:51 AM
386
Sadia said...

Wait, absolutely. The anticipation will sweeten the pot, as will the sharing.

Unless, of course, the contents of the boxes are time sensitive or perishable.

August 17, 2009 04:52 AM
387
sarcar said...

You should wait & open with your niece.

August 17, 2009 04:52 AM
388
Rox said...

Of course you SHOULD wait…but I wouldn't be able to.

August 17, 2009 04:52 AM
389
Marianne said...

I am known for taking a peek! U know how it is…carefully unwrap just one side of the box & take a peek – just a little one & then tape the sid back up!!

Let us know what u decided!!

Marianne (Sydney, Australia)
dellom@hotmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:54 AM
390
MN2NM said...

Wait. Definitely wait. So easier said than done, no?

August 17, 2009 04:55 AM
391
jeanne mostly wilson said...

As awesomely exciting as it would be to open it right now I'm sure that your niece would feel super special to be included in the opening. I vote to wait. And those candle holders rock!
jeannerlopez (at) gmail.com

August 17, 2009 04:56 AM
392
Elise said...

AHHHHH! Cuteness level maxed OUT!!! They are just too sweet & as for those parcels….ummmmm, I think I would definately have to RIP into mine & then wait for your niece to arrive to see what's in hers. "What's that? She's not excpected for at least 3 days???" Maybe just a peek in one end! shh!!
Good luck with the suspense, & that creamy cream cheese frosting looks to die for! Pick me random.org PLEASE!

August 17, 2009 04:56 AM
393
PatQ said...

If I'm being honest, which I do try to be, I would open it and rewrap it. I couldn't stand the suspense.

August 17, 2009 04:57 AM
394
Tara said...

As a former baking helper to my aunt (who am I kidding, I still help her when I get the chance) I say open them together! Then you can have a fun mystery day of baking to use whatever's inside…together! So fun :)

August 17, 2009 04:57 AM
395
Two Beautiful Girls Mommy said...

I have a hard time with surprises so I would have opened them before I could even get a post up! LOL! Of course then I would feel guilty and would have ended up re-wrapping them!!

August 17, 2009 04:57 AM
396
Sybil said...

open yours, then let her open her's when she comes.

August 17, 2009 04:59 AM
397
apparentlyjessy said...

I think you should wait, the surprise will be much more fun if you both open yours together!

August 17, 2009 05:00 AM
398
-allie- said...

I would wait and open them together, then take lots of pictures for us!!

August 17, 2009 05:00 AM
399
zapyx said...

wait, it will be a surprise for both of you!!

August 17, 2009 05:00 AM
400
Kevin said...

oh, man I'm pretty sure I would open them both and rewrap the one for your neice back up again.

August 17, 2009 05:01 AM
Comment Pages
Random Sweetness
Newsletter 2
Left Custom Ad
Advertisement
Google Left
image
image
popshop
Bakerella T-Shirts
Show off your inner Bakerella with a super-cute T!
FM Media Survey