Monday, August 2, 2010

Recipe: Banana Walnut Cupcakes

I know that I have said it before, but I do not like bananas.  However, I LOVE banana bread, banana muffins and now banana cupcakes!  These are sooooo good!   I found this recipe while watching Down Home with the Neely's (love that show!).  I used Steen's Syrup instead of molasses because I think it has way more flavor than regular molasses.  I made 15 cupcakes with the recipe.

This is a must try!

Banana Walnut Cupcakes
(modified from Gina Neely's recipe)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 large ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, (reserve some for garnish)

Molasses Frosting:
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons Steen's Syrup (or molasses)
3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.   In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the butter and the sugar. Beat with a mixer until combined. Add the sour cream and the vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time. Incorporate the dry mixture and wet mixtures together until thoroughly combined. Add the bananas and walnuts, being careful not to over mix. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops turn golden-brown and when a toothpick, inserted in the middle of the cupcake, comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.

In a large bowl, add the butter and cream cheese. Beat together until incorporated. Add the molasses and mix well. Stir in the vanilla extract, milk and powdered sugar.

Heavily frost the cupcakes and garnish with reserved chopped walnuts.

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  1. This looks so good. I'm having a recipe only link party "Cast Party Wednesday". This would be a perfect addition to my party. I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  2. These look amazing! We are your newest followers! We would love for you to come share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday" link party and enter our giveaway!!!

  3. Oh, these look great. The frosting looks so good. I'm visiting from the party at Something Swanky!

  4. Your cupcakes look delicious! And, I love the idea of the molasses frosting - so original. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.