Monday, September 5, 2011

Peanut Butter and Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

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How many ways can I use bananas?  Let me count the ways.  If you have been to my blog before you know that I hate to let bananas that are too ripe go to waste.  I also am still learning the art of scratch baking.  I played around with this recipe and I think I have come up with a pretty good soft textured cupcake.  It's not as dense as a banana bread, so I feel confident calling this a cupcake.  I paired bananas with peanut butter and they played beautifully together.  To top things off I put another perfect pairing of Nutella and cream cheese together to make a very decadent frosting.  Okay, can I tell you all what I'm really pleased as punch about?  I actually used a cake decorating tip for the first time and I think I did a pretty good job (if I say so myself).  It's my first time out the gate... but I think I am a convert.  No more slapping the icing on top with a butter knife for this girl. : )


 Ingredients:
Wet Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups of sugar (or splenda)
3 large eggs
2 tsp of vanilla
3/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jiff)

Mix all ingredients together with a electric mixer.

Dry Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs baking soda

Sift all the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients and mix with the electric mixer.  Careful not to over mix. I lined a cupcake pan with foil liners (they don't stick to the cake) and used an ice cream scoop to get even cupcakes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a fork comes out clean.  Allow to cool and frost with Nutella/Cream Cheese frosting.

Frosting: 
To make the frosting use an electric mixer to whip together 2 cups Nutella with 8oz of room temperature cream cheese.  Apply onto cooled cupcakes.  If you like you can just apply plain Nutella on the cupcakes as a simpler frosting.

Yields about 24 cupcakes.   Garnish with chopped peanuts if you desire and slices of banana.  Enjoy.





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17 comments:

  1. Ramona, these look awesome! What a wonderful recipe! You combined three of my favorite ingredients into one cupcake! And I really like how you used applesauce and the suggestion for using Splenda. I would totally make these!

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  2. How could I not look at this post with a title like that! Peanut butter and banana is one of my favorite flavor combo's... and then adding some nutella frosting too? Delish.

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  3. These sounds like super tasty cupcakes! And you did a wonderful job decorating them =)

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  4. Ramona, these are incredible! They look delicious and they aren't too bad for you either with splenda and applesauce! BRAVO! I love bananas, peanut butter and chocolate!

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  5. These cupcakes look fantastic and I love the flavor combo too!

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  6. I'm in love... Those are just beautiful and I KNOW they would taste amazing! Great job!

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  7. You frosted these beautifully! You would never know tha that this was the first time you used a decorating tip. Also, great flavors!

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  8. These are so wonderful! I love the flavor combinations and to be honest have never seen them in a cupcake form before. I am now thinking why I have never, they are just perfect!

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  9. YES! For my birthday, I had a banana chocolate chip cake with nutella frosting. It was amazing but clearly it was missing peanut butter. I need to try these!!

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  10. PB and banana is my favorite combo ever. Add chocolate and it's heaven. These sound delicious!!

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  11. OMG! This has been bookmarked! These sound amazing, especially with that nutella frosting! Mmmm

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  12. how I love cupcake and banana I really love the combination..

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  13. Look at you making cupcakes!!! Great Job Ramona I knew you could do it!

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