Day 79 – Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

18 Oct

On this beautiful Friday, with these Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe below from King Arthur Flour), I also want to wish the Chicago cast of Cuff Me: the 50 Shades of Grey Musical Parody a very Happy Opening!! I had the pleasure of working with the cast (Dana, Lianne, Erin, Tim, Alex, Nick & Dustin) last week and I know they will be amazing!!

Now, speaking of amazing…I need some cupcakes…

Banana-Cupcake      Mini-Banana-Cupcake

These cupcakes are very muffin-like. They have chunks of banana, which isn’t common for banana muffins, but otherwise, it’s pretty similar.  They taste like a very sweet banana muffin. Not quite as heavy on the spice as a typical banana muffin, but pretty close.


Frosting is very thick and very strongly peanut butter – there’s no butter in it, just PB, so the flavor is stronger than other PB frostings. It’s really just a slightly sweeter, slightly whipped version of PB.

Banana-Cake-w-PB-frosting     Mini-Banana-with-PB-frostin

The flavors all kind of meld together. None stand out, which is funny cause they’re not timid flavors. The crunch of the nuts nice. It’s still very muffin-like. Kind of a variation on a muffin. Not bad by any means!! Just doesn’t quite feel like I ate a cupcake.

Note: Minis are very accurate to how the full-size tastes. Full-size is slightly stronger in the banana flavor, but not much of a difference.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 17


Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (recipe from King Arthur Flour)


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 small or 2 medium very ripe bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon banana flavor, optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
  • 2 1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Cake Enhancer, optional, for moist texture


  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, optional, to taste
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1 1/3 cups crushed honey roasted peanuts, to garnish

For directions visit King Arthur Flour.

*Tomorrow: Caramel Apple Milky Way Cupcakes*

4 Responses to “Day 79 – Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting”

  1. tastytreats13 October 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Oh yum! Nice recipe!

  2. lauriepieper October 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    These look delish!!!

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