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Weekly Winner #23

22 Jan

A seriously variety packed week!

Pumpkin Pomegranate Cupcakes


Really Lemony Lemon Cupcakes


Easy Caramel Cupcakes


Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes


Hummingbird Cupcakes


Pecan Pie Cupcakes


Spiced Cocoa Cupcakes


Gina’s Banana Cupcakes


And, with a whopping 20.5 points, the winner is…


The Really Lemony Lemon Cupcakes from All Things Cupcake.  Check out that yummy day here.  And see how it does in the Monthly Competition on January 31st.

Day 175 – Gina’s Banana Cupcakes

22 Jan

I am amazed at how many banana cupcakes there are out there!  And how many variation bakers have come up with.  I am intrigued by them because sometimes they are muffin-like.  Sometimes obviously a cupcake.  And sometimes I just can’t decide.  What do you think?  Gina’s Banana Cupcakes (recipe below from KitchMe).

Banana-Cake     Mini-Banana

The cupcakes are very moist and squishy,  they are the kind of moist that leaves your fingers oily.  They are a little like a banana nut muffin, but not quite as dense.  They do taste like a banana nut muffin as well, just a little sweeter and without the spice.


The frosting is smooth and very creamy.  Extremely soft.  It pipes on, but doesn’t fully maintain it’s shape.  It tastes like a cream cheese frosting, just a dark cream cheese frosting,  the molasses is cut a little by the sugar, but you definitely taste it.

Banana-Cupcake     Mini-Banana-Cupcake

The molasses really brings out the walnuts and the banana flavor.  It’s darker than the typical banana cupcake, which is a nice change.  Since the frosting is so creamy though, it’s almost like eating a muffin with a thick glaze, instead of a cupcake.

Banana-Cupcake-top     Mini-Banana-Cupcake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19


Gina’s Banana Cupcakes (recipe from KitchMe)


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas, peeled & mashed
  • 3/4 cups walnuts, chopped


  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

For directions visit KitchMe.

*Tomorrow: Red Velvet Cupcakes*
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