Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Going Banana's for Chocolate Chip Banana Cupcakes!

Who can honestly say that they were never in the position where they purchased too many bananas simply because they were on sale.
Well that's what happened at our house.  My dad did the food shopping last week and because bananas were "on sale" he bought a couple of bunches....the only problem was, we couldn't eat them fast enough before they  started to turn brown. 
 I learned from my mom that when bananas start to over ripen, you should peel them, place and seal them in a freezer bag and can bake a banana bread anytime you want.  The only issue was...we already had a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer which meant it was time to do something with all those bananas!

My sister Brittney (aka Dumb Blondie) and her friend Lindsay are still home from college on break and they wanted to bake something with me for the blog...which was pretty funny because, well... every time I bake with my sister something usually goes bare with us because these are the best banana cupcakes I have ever eaten! And believe me, I have eaten a lot of banana stuff over the years.

Cream 1 cup of sugar with 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of unsalted butter...

Until light and fluffy...

add 2 eggs...1 at a time beating well after each

In a small bowl, mash 3 ripe bananas...if you want some chunks of banana goodness in your cupcakes, then don't over mash.

Lindsay and Brittney wanted to rush things and not wait for the bananas to completely thaw it was pretty funny watching them try and mush them...

add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to banana mixture

and add 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

mix well

 add this (the banana mixture) to the sugar/butter/egg mixture until well combined

In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of flour

add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon of powder to flour...

  and add 1 teaspoon of salt to dry ingredients as well

this is Brittney measuring salt with the salt shaker....

and this is me horrified!

Then add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and mix until the flour is all not over mix.

stir in a half cup of semi sweet chocolate chips!

place cupcake papers in pan and lightly spray them with pam...

fill each cupcake about 3/4 full

Bake in preheated oven at 325 for 15-18 minutes until golden brown

cool in cupcake tins for about 5 minutes or until easy to handle, I use a butter knife to flip them out of pan and move them to cooling rack..

time to eat them!

you can frost these with my life changing cream cheese frosting recipe or just do as we did, eat them all up as is!

 Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

 I'm going to miss you B and I cannot believe you are gradutating this year, it is just so crazy!! Good luck with the gradschool apps!

With love and cupcakes,

Here are some of the out-takes--it was so much fun having you guys here and baking with ya! --they liked to pose for the food pictures hehe :)


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