Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Last week I realized how many of my friends love bananas. It's just one of those things that you don't think about, mostly because it's unimportant information, but that's neither here nor there. I decided to do a banana cupcake. I conveniently already had a banana cupcake recipe saved on my Pinterest. I used the Martha Stewart recipe for the cupcake and then used the Caramel Buttercream frosting recipe from Made in Mel's Kitchen blog.

Yes, Martha Stewart had her own frosting recipe, but I cheated and used the "Alternatively, you could use just under 1/2 cup of your favorite caramel sauce" on the other blog. Look, I tried to make my own caramel, but it didn't work. Ask my sister. It was taking forever to change color and just getting crusty instead. And I already had caramel left over from one of my previous cupcakes. I'll try to make my own caramel a different day. Don't judge me too hard. The only thing with this frosting recipe is it is a salted frosting, and I'm not too sure that would taste good at all with banana, so I took out the sea salt and just added a pinch of regular salt instead. I also did not add the pecans to the cupcake... gross.

These cupcakes were a huge hit. Another one where I should of made 24 instead of 12. They tasted just like banana bread, but better (I think, at least). It was just enough spice and just enough banana. So if you have a banana lover on your hands, then this is the cupcake for them. Now to try and figure out how to make a whole cake out of it..

They even looked like a good banana bread!
No fancy frosting, just spread it on top with a butter knife.
And then add a banana slice for garnish! You may want to wait and put the banana slice on top right before you hand them out, just so you don't have any gross and smooshy bananas. 

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