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!

Juno said...

Augh, I would definitely want to open them up but.. xDD I think it'd be worth it to wait. But I'd probably end up shaking the box all the time to try to guess what it is. Those toppers are adorable though! > u < I'll have to look into those.

August 17, 2009 11:01 AM
taffy said...

WAIT WAIT!! Open them together!! It's so much more fun to open presents together!!!! OOOOOH THE CUTENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 17, 2009 11:01 AM
Dawnisha said...

I say wait. It will be xtra special when you open them together. Cant wait to see whats inside! :)

August 17, 2009 11:04 AM
bttrflybabydoll said...

Oh my goodness how tempting that would be! I'd have to wait, but oh so tempting!

August 17, 2009 11:04 AM
Morgan said...

I think you should wait and open them both with your niece. The anticipation makes it that much more fun!

August 17, 2009 11:04 AM
Cynthia_from_Holland said...

I think it'll feel so much better if you wait and open it together.

Do you think it's a make-it-yourself-lollypop-kit? That's my guess.

Have fun waiting… ;-)
Cynthia from Holland

August 17, 2009 11:05 AM
Emily said...

I don't think I could wait! It's too adorable. But I commend you for having so much self-control!

August 17, 2009 11:05 AM
marla said...

Maybe you could open it up..and then rewrap it. But I guess that would too much work. I guess just wait??

August 17, 2009 11:05 AM
baseballmomX2 said...

Definitely wait for your Niece. I think it would mean a lot to her if you opened them together.

August 17, 2009 11:05 AM
veronica said...


August 17, 2009 11:06 AM
jane l said...

they are soooo cute.

i would wait and open them together,as much as i would be busting to open them earlier haha

August 17, 2009 11:08 AM
Anonymous said...

Wait until your little helper comes and then rip into them together! Nicole

August 17, 2009 11:09 AM
Rhiannon said...

I wouldn't be able to stand the wait! I'd open one up, then I'd save the other one for her to open when she came. Totally!

August 17, 2009 11:10 AM
Shannon said...

It will be so fun to open with her!

August 17, 2009 11:10 AM
Balancing Act said...

I would wait for your niece…what a fun thing to do together!

August 17, 2009 11:11 AM
DLI said...

I think you should wait for your niece. You will have fun opening them together. But honestly, I would probably open mine now. I'm impatient like that :)

August 17, 2009 11:11 AM
ecilynne said...

Wait until your neice comes over, it will be hard but you will be so happy you did. Put them away until then so you cannot see will help!

August 17, 2009 11:12 AM
jennypilgrim said...

Oh my, such a dilemma!!! I have a granddaughter so I know how it is when she visits. As much as I would want to open mine, I KNOW how much fun it would be to see her sweet face when we opened them together!!! You have to wait for your niece to open yours so you can open them together!

Jenny Moon

August 17, 2009 11:13 AM
DeborahB said...

You know, I'd wait. Then it'll be as much as surprise for you as it will be for her!

August 17, 2009 11:13 AM
Anonymous said...

You just gotta wait for your niece! But in the meantime walk by it…touch, smell and even give it a little kiss to keep reminding yourself that something special is in there just waiting for you and your niece. Plus, call her everyday to remind her that she has something special waiting for her! Snap pictures and email them to hype up the excitement factor! that's what I would do to my nieces!

August 17, 2009 11:14 AM
Summer said...

Most def wait!

August 17, 2009 11:14 AM
Connie Milliken said...

I say you open them….then re-wrap them!! LOL

August 17, 2009 11:14 AM
Emily said...

I would wait! As much fun as it would be to open yours first, it'll be doubly fun to open them together. :)

August 17, 2009 11:14 AM
*margie* said...

There's no way I could wait… it's too pretty not to open. I say go for it!

August 17, 2009 11:16 AM
Laufa said...

If you trust the source, let it be a surprise for both of you. Unwrapping is so much more fun when you don't know what is underneath.

August 17, 2009 11:17 AM
Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella,

I love your toppers and cupcakes, talk about going BANANAS! Somebody call Gwen Stephani! I don't think you should open it, just wait until she gets back, think about the feeling you'll get knowing that you were strong enough to wait, plus it's like athriller movie, keeps you wondering and wishing to know what's in there! Laurie

August 17, 2009 11:17 AM
Jackie said...

I would definitely wait until your niece arrives. That way the excitement will build.

August 17, 2009 11:20 AM
Aly said...

Definitely wait :) It will be so worth it to be able to show your surprise with your neice and not have to fake it if you already open them! "The best things are worth waiting for!"

August 17, 2009 11:22 AM
hello-emma said...

As everyone else thinks, I think you sould wait for you niece and open them togeteher! :) But she have to come soon! :D

August 17, 2009 11:23 AM
Carol said...

Oh, surprises are tough for me. I would probably peek at it and re-wrap it so you and your niece could then open them together! Thanks for a great blog :)

August 17, 2009 11:25 AM
Su said...

I would wait for your neice. However, I understand the temptation to sneak a peek NOW!!!!

August 17, 2009 11:25 AM
amylouwho said...

I'm dying of cuteness too! how cute!

I think I would wait. It might be hard, and involve a lot of hemming and hawing and shaking of the box. But I think I might be able to do it.

August 17, 2009 11:25 AM
Nikki said...

Yeah, you should wait. Easier said than done though!

August 17, 2009 11:26 AM
GG With A Twist of Lime said...

You gotta wait! I know its hard, but just think how fun it will be for the two of you to open together!!!!

August 17, 2009 11:26 AM
The Doane Home said...

I would rip into those beautiful boxes right away….they are just to awesome to not be opened….I wonder what is inside? Oh please tell us. Those cupcake toppers are so cute..would love to have them.

August 17, 2009 11:26 AM
Stephanie said...

Open them with her! It will be worth it!

August 17, 2009 11:27 AM
Heather said...

Someone really wise said "good things come to those who wait" …okay maybe that was a ketchup commercial but I still believe it.

So I say wait and open them together.

August 17, 2009 11:27 AM
bakerchick103 said...

I know I should say wait until your neice comes. But I know what I would do. I'd open them and rewrap them! ;) But that's just me!

August 17, 2009 11:28 AM
Mrs Sunshine said...

You should WAIT. If you open yours and it is super adorable, that will make you want to open hers!

August 17, 2009 11:29 AM
Hayden Mendenhall said...

Wait for your niece and then open the boxes together!

August 17, 2009 11:29 AM
Chelsea P said...

I think I would not be able to wait, and open mine before she came. Or at least arrange a special visit as soon as possible!

August 17, 2009 11:29 AM
melissa said...

I would wait for your niece… which means, call in sick to work this morning so you can drive to see your niece with the package and a cupcake, of course; you must take create something in your head that could appear to be a logical reason.

August 17, 2009 11:29 AM
Tracy said...

I would definitely wait…while my nature is to be extra curious, I would love to be surprised together. :)

August 17, 2009 11:30 AM
TADD's Mom said...

I do not do well with surprises! I'm the woman who tears her house apart looking for the gifts her husband stashed for her birthday! So I would rip into both of those presents. I just would not be able to stand the suspense.

August 17, 2009 11:30 AM
Melissa said...

I would be very tempted to go ahead and open it! But wouldn't it be special if ya'll opened them together? What fun!

August 17, 2009 11:30 AM
Ceridwen said...

Open them together!!!


August 17, 2009 11:31 AM
Close to home said...

I would wait for your sweet niece, but it would be tempting too to open, rewrap and then wait for her!!

August 17, 2009 11:32 AM
It's A Wonderful said...

Wait. She'll be so excited and you'll be so excited. I can't wait to see what's in them…

August 17, 2009 11:32 AM
Zaara said...

The right thing to do would be to wait for your little helper, but just between you and me and 9000 other bloggers, I love to be wrong!

August 17, 2009 11:32 AM
Susan S. said...

As much as I'm sure you're doing the anticipation dance, I'd wait for your neice. It's so much fun to do it together!

August 17, 2009 11:33 AM
Kerri said...

I would love to say rip it open so we can all find out what's inside, but alas, I think you should wait for your niece and open them together. After all, they are for both of you. (it almost pains me to say that; I've never been good at waiting on surprises! haha)

August 17, 2009 11:33 AM
Anonymous said...

Yes, I would wait, but you could make some Back to School cup cakes to pass the time…hint hint…..


August 17, 2009 11:33 AM
Amanda said...

So, for me the question is, "How soon is your niece coming?" If it's a month or something I'd mail it to her (overnight if necessary :)) and open it together…over the phone or skype?

August 17, 2009 11:33 AM
Jennifer said...

I say wait for your niece…the anticipation is half the fun!

August 17, 2009 11:34 AM
TheBlakeFamily said...

I say wait…..but I would ptobably open one now because I like instant gratification. But waiting is the right thing to do.

August 17, 2009 11:37 AM
R and R in Oklahoma said...

If it were me, I would break into the one that was for me! Then, leave the other one alone (or send it in the mail) so she can open it first.

August 17, 2009 11:37 AM
SMK said...

Awwww, I think you should wait for your niece! Unless, of course, you're capable of VERY carefully opening one, peeking inside, then resealing the box……

August 17, 2009 11:38 AM
CT said...

I'd wait for your helper. Surprises are WAY better with more people. (I think!)

August 17, 2009 11:38 AM
Megan Preston said...

I think you should make a cake and decorate it to look just like the gift and tear into that (yummy!). It will hold you over until your special helper comes when you open the real deal. :)

August 17, 2009 11:39 AM
QuiltyPleasures said...

Wait for your sidekick – hide them away so you won't be tempted! I lack willpower (and patience) so I know that if I had to look at those beautifully wrapped packages every day, I wouldn't be able to resist!

August 17, 2009 11:39 AM
Emily said...

Open it now! Live in the now!

August 17, 2009 11:40 AM
JoAnn said...

make a visit to your niece so you can both hurry up and open them.

August 17, 2009 11:41 AM
jn said...

i would open your carefully to see what it is and then rewrap it.

August 17, 2009 11:42 AM
Liz said...

I think opening them together would be really sweet, but it's hard to wait.

August 17, 2009 11:43 AM
Lori Fagan said...

The only thing better than a sweet surprise is one you get to share with someone you love! Just think of the look on her face when you rip into those packages together!

August 17, 2009 11:43 AM
Laura said...

Although I would want to rip them open immediately…I think you should wait. I'm sure it will all be worthwhile in the end.

August 17, 2009 11:43 AM
Spotgirl said...

As much as I love spoilers, I say wait for your niece. (Which is easy to say because it's not ME doing the waiting.)

Love, love, the cake toppers. Aren't you sweet for sharing?

August 17, 2009 11:45 AM
butterflies0218 said...

Wait for your niece. She will love to open them with you. The excitement on her face will make the wait worth it.

August 17, 2009 11:46 AM
shaina said...

Sure you should wait…but you asked what I would do, so I would probably open them both and re-wrap (I know it's awful!) I love surprises, but the kind that's like "surprise! here you go"…not "surprise! Okay you have to wait to open it", drives me nuts!

August 17, 2009 11:46 AM
Treasuresofjoy said...

Good excuse to have your niece over SOON! I am sure she would love you to wait for her!

August 17, 2009 11:46 AM
Corrick family said...

WAIT! But then have a race to see who can do it faster ;).

August 17, 2009 11:48 AM
Michelle said...

You should go to your local airport and get the box x-rayed! Hee Hee

P.S. You should definately wait to open the box!

August 17, 2009 11:48 AM
torinem said...

For sure open them together! It would make her feel so special!


August 17, 2009 11:49 AM
Gretchen said...

It's hard to wait, but I would wait for your niece to open together so you can both be surprised.

August 17, 2009 11:49 AM
Kara said...

I'd have it opened buy now…. but I guess you should wait for your niece.
"Good things come to those who wait"… or something like that :)

August 17, 2009 11:49 AM
minnesotamom said...

I'd wait…seems like it would be more special together. Then again, I'm the girl who asks to open birthday presents early! Ha!

August 17, 2009 11:50 AM
Scrappin Cheryl said...

I would totally wait! You love surprises and your niece will be thrilled to open the boxes with you! You'll be glad you did, though it will drive you crazy until then!

August 17, 2009 11:50 AM
Carla G. said...

Oh so cute!! I can't wait to check out the Etsy site! I would wait to open the packages – your niece will really remember the experience….how sweet of someone to do that!

August 17, 2009 11:50 AM
Candice said...

I think you should wait(: Then when she comes, you'll be able to enjoy the surprise even more!(:

August 17, 2009 11:50 AM
Anonymous said...

I would open them both and then rewrap. I can't take surprises.

August 17, 2009 11:51 AM
Amber said...

you should probably wait until your niece gets there, but gee, that's going to be hard. I'd have to hide it from myself so i didn't "preview" the goods!

August 17, 2009 11:51 AM
Mrs. K said...

I would wait but that's the conventional me- I would rip it open and then just pretend she's the one who got the special gift :)

August 17, 2009 11:52 AM
Angela said...

As much as I would be dying to rip into the boxes, you should definitely wait for your little helper. She'll feel so special to have her very own box to open at the same time as you! :)

August 17, 2009 11:53 AM
Megs said...

Oh boy I love surprises!!! You should definately wait until your neice comes so that you both can open your surprises at the same time. I know it is hard but it will be so worth it in the end!!!


August 17, 2009 11:53 AM
Kate@ Kids and Cocktails said...

I say you send it to your niece and then you get on the phone with each other and open them together. That way, she gets mail and all kids love getting mail. You also get to open it together on the phone AND you {and the rest of us} don't have to wait that long! :) Solves all sorts of problems!

August 17, 2009 11:54 AM
angie bradshaw said...

Well, I don't think i could wait. My curiosity would get the best of me! But I think your niece wouldlove to open them together!

August 17, 2009 11:55 AM
mrs.magoo said...

First, I think that YOU could make little edible candle holders like that…it would be easy to form from the top of a cake pop!

Secondly, I would wait and open them together – your niece would love that :)

August 17, 2009 11:56 AM
Becca Schlabach said...

I would sure wait until your niece comes again. Eager to see what's in them!

August 17, 2009 11:56 AM
Anonymous said...

Rip NOW…rewrap later.

August 17, 2009 11:56 AM
Jen said...

I vote that you wait and open together!

August 17, 2009 11:56 AM
Danielle said...

I think you should wait and open it with your niece, then use whatever is inside to make a peachy keen project!

BTW, even think of adding delicious bacon to your chocolate cupcake recipe?

August 17, 2009 11:56 AM
Stampin' Heather said...

Definitely wait until your little helper is there. How much fun will it be to open them together?w

August 17, 2009 11:57 AM
Shannon said...

Wow, how thoughtful you two are! I would wait and be surprised together. Those packages themselves are so adorable they're kinda their own reward. Kinda. Stay strong!

August 17, 2009 11:57 AM
Anonymous said...

I'd rip them open right away!!! I'd never be able to wait! Ecpecially with that cute wrapping!!


August 17, 2009 11:58 AM
Rachel said...

I would wait for your niece and be surprised together. The anticipation is half the fun and as soon as you see her face light up you'll know it was worth the wait!

We can wait until her next visit to find out what the surprise is. We'll just drool over the cuteness of the cupcake toppers and the banana cupcakes until then. :) Yum!

August 17, 2009 11:58 AM
Kris said...

Although it's hard to wait to see the cuteness inside, I think you should wait for your niece. Then you can enjoy the surprise together.

August 17, 2009 11:58 AM
A Science Teacher said...

There are so few surprises in this world. I think you should wait for your helper.

August 17, 2009 11:58 AM
Courtney said...

Wait for your niece, don't forget to show us too though!

August 17, 2009 11:58 AM
The Mumpowers said...

I would have SUCH a hard time not opening them! I really have issues not giving people their gifts early and waiting to open stuff. That being said, it is definitely worth the wait.

August 17, 2009 11:59 AM
Frankenstein(: said...

Omg wait of course!!!!! (:

August 17, 2009 11:59 AM
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