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Monday, May 20, 2013

One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana, Four

We like Bananas and Banana flavored things at our house.  So when I came across this frosting recipe I couldn’t wait to use it on our favorite Banana flavored cupcake.   It was a huge success.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Banana Cake

1 package butter-recipe yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (from 3 very ripe large bananas)
½ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 small pkg. banana flavored sugar free instant pudding
1 small container of cool whip
Dried Banana Chips (1 whole chip per cupcake plus crumbled chips for sprinkling)

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°.  Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans. 

Place the cake mix, bananas, water, oil, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until incorporated, 30 seconds. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the mixture lightens and is smooth, 1½ minutes longer, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake the cupcakes until they are golden brown and the top springs back when lightly pressed with a finger, 15-20 minutes. Remove them from the oven; let them cool in the pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool 30 minutes before frosting.

For the frosting, place the cold milk in a bowl.  Add the pudding mix and mix until combined.  Stir in thawed container of cool whip.

Frost each cupcake and then sprinkle with crumbled chips.  Top with 1 whole dried chip per cupcake.

Notes and Swaps

·         Don’t want to take the time to make cupcakes, try the frosting with some fresh sliced bananas and two slices of pound cake or lady fingers.  

·         Try using the frosting as a filling for cream puffs.  

·         Don’t have dried banana chips swap it out for sprinkles of a smashed up butter finger bar on top of frosted cupcakes.

·         Use the frosting to top a slice of your favorite banana bread. 

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