Whew…. thats a mouthful!
I wouldn’t be cupcake week if I didn’t bake something myself, now would it? 😉
I had planned on making the cupcakes themselves vegan and gluten-free, but time, tiredness and studying kinda made for not enough energy to go searching all over Bloomington for things, even though I *technically* knew that I would only have to make a couple stops…
Anyway, first a word of warning, my frosting recipe contains LOTS OF RUM. In no way do I endorse giving this to children, because heck, you can TASTE the rum in the frosting. If you DO want to make these for kids to enjoy, might I suggest just leaving the booze out of it? kthxbai.
Alright, now onto my pretty LAME pictorial, enjoy!
First off, I went onto the FoodGawker website and searched for “banana cupcakes”. I had some bananas that were BEGGING to be used (you know the type), and since its cupcake week I thought that making banana bread muffins would be on the lame side. I took THIS RECIPE and tweaked a few things — 2/3 c each of all-purpous and half buckwheat flours, I didn’t add any nutmeg, and added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (instead of half). The Result:
Now onto the part I DID actually make off the top of my head, THE CINNAMON & KRAKEN CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!
What you’ll need:
- 8 oz brick of cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 c butter, softened
- 1/4 Kraken (or another rum of your choice)
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 T (yes a tablespoon!) cinnamon
- 1 1/2 to 2 c powder sugar
The next part is the BEST. You EAT IT:
I love how the dark spiced rum, cinnamon and cream cheese compliment the nutty banana-y flavor of the cupcake. JP did too, and Sally was VERY disappointed we didn’t share. (she did get to “clean up” the kitchen floor when I dropped the powdered sugar though…)
We ended up only eating a couple of them tonight, but JP has a Middle-High German study group on Monday, so I stuck the rest of the cupcakes in my BIG tupperware box and then threw the rest of the frosting in a zipper bag and stored them both until he heads to school on Monday. Though, I have a feeling if we have friends over for dinner tomorrow we’ll break into them again for dessert 😉