Friday, April 20, 2012

What I Baked: White Chocolate Banana Cupcakes w/ Honey Cinnamon Frosting

Happy Friday Darlings!

As promised, here is my banana cupcake recipe that was a big hit last week when I had some company over. I'm quite the bananaholic as well as cupcake obsessor so this seemed to be the perfect combination for me. I took the main parts of my recipe from herehere and modified them just a bit to make them my own. 


What you will need:

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas & 1 extra non ripe banana for garnish.
1/4 cup buttermilk (if you don't have buttermilk, you can use 1/4 of plain yogurt)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white baking chips

Truth be told - I did not use white chocolate chips in my cupcakes - though I wish I had as they taste absolutely delicious when thrown into a batch. I happened to have a bottle of Godiva white chocolate liqueur laying around that someone gave me as a gift so I used 1/2 cup of that instead - since I realize most people don't have this readily available in their house, I know that white chocolate chips would be a fantastic substitute.

Honey-Cinnamon Frosting:
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp.
3 tablespoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

These are my approximate measurements for the honey and ground cinnamon. You can use more or less depending on how sweet and cinnamon-y you prefer it to taste. I love honey and cinnamon both, so I went a bit more heavy handed then the original recipe called for.  Also, I don't use a ton of frosting on the cupcakes.  Since frosting is sooooo sweet, I always tend to just give my cakes a nice coating instead of piling it on.

1. (Preheat oven to 350.) In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, bananas and buttermilk.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to banana mixture.

3. Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

4. While baking, begin making your frosting. In a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat your confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth - approximate 5-6 minutes. Frost cupcakes.

5. Top with a slice of banana if desired and sprinkle with a little extra ground cinnamon on top of the cupcakes as well as on the plate for a little added touch of sweet.


Now put a cheesy smile on your face and enjoy with your friends:)


If you happen to give these a try, be sure to let me know what you think.

Catch you tomorrow darlings!


  1. OH EM GEE those ARE the cupcakes! I am bookmarking these to make later this weekend! Thanks for sharing, Marisa! :)

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
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  2. These look so delicious! I might have to make some, thanks for the recipe!

  3. these look amazing! i'm surely going to try them some time:-) x

  4. Can I have one too? Haha they look so good! I will try this recipe myself after my cleanse :)

  5. Looks delicios, thanks for sharing :)

  6. now my mouth is watering and i'mm craving sweets! happy to have found your cute blog today! love it! xo

  7. Awe, Marisa, they look amazing! I LOVE bananas, too; David is not a big fan, though. But I guess I could make a whole batch for myself, hehe :p.

    Hope you have a great weekend! ;D



  8. :wince: those cupcakes are making me die a little inside. i'm tryng to do the no-sugar thing, and every time someone posts a recipe, i'm so seriously tempted! i'll just have to live vicariously through you... i bet they were amazing :) xoxo

  9. Thank you thank you for this recipe it looks fantastic! Im going to do this - for real!


  10. i want cupcakes rite now. craving.. lol

  11. These look INCREDIBLE! Next time I have overripe bananas I need to get in on some of this action. They look very pretty too! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. aww, marisa! may i have a bite? :D i dont really like banana, but your cupcakes look really yummy so i dare to taste it! lovely picture with your friend :) have a nice weekend. xx.

  12. Well I'm not a fan of bananas, so I wouldn't like them. But they do look pretty, and the frosting does sound awesome to eat!

  13. Oh my gosh, these look absolutely delicious. I totally must make these at some point! You have a super cute blog as well, love it ♥

    --Char xx

  14. These look absolutely delicious, I love learning new cake recipes!

  15. amazing! i don't know what shortening is in español, but I will search at the supermarket so that i can make these!

  16. yummy! these sound delicious and look great too!

  17. Cuuute cup cakes!!!
    banana top is lovely idea!
    Someday, I want to eat your cakes!

    akiko in Tokyo

  18. yum delum! score and a half is what, you know i adore bananas a ton too!! at one point i was so obsessed that my Dr. told me to cut it out, or rather "them" out cos my potassium levels were too high. who knew that was cause for concern? weird hey?! but now i've got their goodness balanced and could definitely get baking up something this scrummy. you girls are cutest!! xo ♥

  19. YAY! Cannot wait to try these out! Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. mmmm that looks scrumptious!


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