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Chocolate Banana Cupcakes in a Flash

April 13, 2011

Yesterday I was feeling a bit antsy (writing for 2 solid hours will do that to ya) and was suddenly struck with the desire to bake.  The only problem was, I didn’t have much time.  Because going on an outdoorsy run was on the afternoon schedule and there was no way I was taking a rain check because it was perfect running weather (aka cloud cover, moderate temps and no wind).

So I consulted my dear dear friend, Foodgawker.  Because when you need a recipe, Foodgawker is the ultimate place to go.

I came across a chocolate banana cupcake recipe within a matter of seconds and had everything it called for on hand.  A trip to the grocery store was not an option!

I used this recipe and made the following modifications:

  • 1/2 cup sugar instead of a full cup
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder instead of 3/8 cup (what kind of measurement is that anyways?!)
  • almond milk instead of moo cow milk
  • no canola oil

**I didn’t use oil simply because I forgot, but if I were to make these again I would use the oil to increase the moistness level.

Excuse the blind shadows, like I said, I was in a hurry 🙂

I was praying that these didn’t fall like a certain red cupcake I know.

And when they didn’t I breathed a giant sigh of relief.  Really.

In fact, just the opposite occurred.  Check out that cupcake giant in the front row!

Oooh, baby!

Although the recipe also came with a peanut butter brown sugar butter cream frosting recipe, I opted to use another peanut butter-less recipe.  Why, you ask?  Remember how my nut butter supply is dwindling? Yeah, that’s why.

This problem will be taken care of tomorrow.  Promise.

I used this frosting recipe, except I halved it and reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup.  Note to self, if you mix butter cream frosting by hand and in a rush, the butter won’t fully mix/melt.  Ooops.

Oh and contrary to popular belief, a ziplock bag totally functions as a frosting gun.

What I learned from this experience:

  • Cupcakes can successfully be made in under an hour
  • I need a mixer.  Just kidding those are expensive…
  • Pay attention, even if you’re in a rush, lest you forget an ingredient
  • No pastry bag, no problem!
  • Older bananas mash much easier than new ones…
  • It doesn’t matter how subpar you think you’re baked goods are, when you bring cupcakes into work, everyone will jump all over you to get one.  Or two.  Or three.

P.S. I wanted to ask you all what you think about blog posting schedules.  Do you post at the same time everyday.  Are you more apt to read a blog that posts at the same time daily?

Happy Thursssday!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2011 3:48 PM

    I tried making banana muffins the other day with “newer” bananas and i had to mash them for about 20 minutes haha…

    Your cupcakes look so good, especially for not having a pastry bag! 🙂
    I have never heard of that website, but I am going to check it out. Thanks!

  2. April 13, 2011 4:40 PM

    Oh delicious! I shall drive up and retrieve some 😉

    I like to post in the AM, though I write my blogs either on Sunday or the night before. I read blogs throughout the entire day but mostly in the AM.

  3. April 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    now I want chocolate banana cupcakes for dinner — thanks, boo 😉

  4. April 13, 2011 6:55 PM

    Dwindling nut butter? That’s probably the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.

  5. April 13, 2011 9:22 PM

    I love seeing goodies on food gawker and omg those cupcakes look insanely yummy. Chocolate and bananas were made for eachother.

    • April 14, 2011 11:35 AM

      I agree, now just toss peanut butter in there too and you have a trifecto of foodie goodness!

  6. April 14, 2011 8:27 AM

    The cupcakes look amazing! As long as a blogger posts regularly, I don’t mind what time of the day it is.

  7. April 14, 2011 8:52 AM

    Must work on nut butter, that is top priority!

    I post at different times depending on what my schedule is like from day to day. Usually I post in the evenings since I am too busy at work to post. But this week we are testing so I am posting while I monitor the test takers 🙂 I check all my blogs every day, usually on my lunch break, and in the evenings before I turn the down for the night 🙂

    • April 14, 2011 11:34 AM

      I’m on it as soon as school ends today! (in reference to the nut butter situation). I usually read while eating breakfast and then before I go to bed.

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