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Weekly Winner #3

22 Aug

So, here I am – 3 weeks of cupcakes (and 3 extra pounds) under my belt…hmmmm….

Anyway, here was this week!

Brownie Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting

Brownie Cupcake with Marshmallow Frosting

Chocolate Coffee Cupcake

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes

White Texas Sheet Cake Cupcake

te Texas Sheet Cake Cupcake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake halved

Funfetti Cupcake

Funfetti Cupcake

Homemade Hostess Cupcake

Hostess Cupcake

Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcake


Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcake

Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcake

And, with 21 points, this weeks winner is…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake          Mini Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes from une gamine dans la cuisine.  Check out that day here.  This flavor-packed cupcake will join our first 2 weekly winners on August 31 in our Monthly Competition!

Also, starting in September, I’ll have some “Helpful Tips” available with each Weekly Winner – just some helpful things that I’ve picked up over the years that might make your baking a little easier too!

Day 22 – Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcakes

22 Aug

Finishing out week 3 of cupcakes is Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcakes (recipe below from She Knows).

Banana Cupcake          Mini Banana Cupcake

The cake is moist, very banana muffin-like.  Good flavor — a little strong on spices by itself.

Cupcake filled          White Chocolate Frosting

The mousse is nice and chocolate-y.  Again, not too dark and not too milky.  The frosting was a little thin.  I added slightly more powdered sugar.  The end result was very creamy and very yummy!  Not oversweet though, which is nice.

Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcake          Mini Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcake

These have an amazing balance!  The sum is better than the parts!  It comes together and blends so nicely!

It’s almost like eating honey butter on top of a banana muffin.  Smooth from top to bottom.  Silky and delicious.  Would be great for afternoon tea!  (Another dangerous, I-could-keep-eating-these-all-day cupcake, like the Lemon/Strawberry ones.)  But the name doesn’t do it justice. White chocolate frosting doesn’t taste like white chocolate.  And the filling is a mousse, so it doesn’t taste ‘chocolate-filled’.  All very light and fluffy.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3.5

– Frosting Taste: 5

– Overall Taste: 4.5

– Appearance: 4

– Ease of Making: 3

– TOTAL: 20


Chocolate-filled Banana Cupcakes (recipe from She Knows)

Chocolate mousse filling recipe


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

Banana cupcake recipe


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2)
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

White chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe


  • 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkles (optional)

For directions visit She Knows.

*Tomorrow: Sour Cream Fig Cupcakes*

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