Wednesday, July 7, 2010

banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

Proposal has been on my mind quite a bit the past few days after Edward popped the question to Bella and she accepted only to have the screen go dark when they determined they had to tell Charlie.  Pathetic I know but, who doesn't have a guilty pleasure?  Eclipse was my favorite of the four books so, I was so excited to be able to see it with friends this weekend.  Definitely enjoy it and definitely not happy when I figured out I would be 37 when the next movie is released.  One guilty pleasure must follow another so, I indulged in a bit of banana and peanut butter yumminess which is a favorite flavor combination of mine.  These cupcakes are said to make men propose or so, the article claimed.  They are either a dense cupcake or a light muffin whichever way you want to look at it.  The frosting is good with a sweet peanut butter flavor that does not overpower the cupcake.  We all liked them.  Would they make my husband propose?  Doubtful but, he did have two so that is a very good sign. 

"Propose to Him" Banana Cupcakes
Source: Butter Lane Bakery

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cup ripe banana mashed (~2)

2 cups powdered sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degree.
Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla, and mix until batter is smooth.
Combine all dry ingredients and mix into batter in 3 parts, alternating with buttermilk.  Reduce speed to low and mix for 2 more minutes
Line cupcake pan with wrappers.  Using a spatula, gently fold mashed bananas into batter.  Scoop into cups until 2/3 full.
Bake for 25 minutes and let cool

For Icing
Combine powdered sugar, butter and vanilla.  Mix in peanut butter and milk and blend until spreadable.
Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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