Thursday, December 23, 2010

All I want for Christmas is Yooooooooou!

So, things in our lives are still completely insane. Every day we say good-bye to someone we love, we have barely started our packing, and we are both feeling completely overwhelmed by the amount of work we have to do and the tiny amount of time that we have to do it in.

Some people do yoga to feel centered, but to be honest, in times like these, exercise doesn't do the trick. Me, I bake cupcakes. And who better to make me feel at peace than the lovely and wonderful, Martha Stewart.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Frosting (by Martha Stewart)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4-6 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Honey-Cinnamon Frosting
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts, for garnish (optional)

Honey Cinnamon Frosting
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix).



Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.


Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. 

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes


Spread tops with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting. 


Top with chopped walnuts and sliced banana, if desired.

2 comments:

  1. I do yoga AND bake cupcakes to feel centered ;) Good luck with everything. Happy holidays!

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  2. Thanks Bianca! Happy holidays!!

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