Monday, September 27, 2010

Banana Cupcakes 2 Ways

But before I made some scrumptious mini cupcakes…I ran a 5K!

This was the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.  It’s held in the Seaport area of Boston, a beautiful location right by the water.  I ran this 5K last year, and at that time it was my very first 5k!!

The weather was beautiful…or so I thought.  It was actually pretty warm, and I think that didn't work in my favor.


There were tons of people here


Even the mayor said a few words (Brian was around taking pictures)


And they’re off!  Yeah I was NOT near the front

IMG_5084There I am!   


And again near the end… not so smiley anymore :) 


My official time was 31:04 :/  Kind of frustrating honestly.  My friend Jocy and I are training for a 10K that’s in a couple weeks, so we have been running more regularly and longer distances.  I also had my best time in March (29:10) during a 5k in a MONSOON!

So somehow I was almost 2min slower on Saturday and it’s just frustrating…any thoughts?  Apparently I’m training too slowly. 

Well it was still a good run anyways, and later I made some cupcakes!

I volunteered to bring cupcakes to my friends house to watch the Pats game, and had been dying to try out this combination that I’ve had in my head for a while now.

For the cupcakes I actually used this Cooking Light recipe.  I wasn’t going for a “light” recipe but it sounded good so I went with it.  I only used the cake portion of this recipe, not the frosting.

I even got to try out my new box of King Arthur cake flour that was in my goodie bag from the trip to King Arthur!



I doubled the recipe which made 60 mini cupcakes  IMG_5124


Then is was frosting time!

I ended up making 2 different kinds as a couple of my friends are allergic to nuts.

Banana Cupcakes with: 


Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream or

Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!

First the chocolate…  I bought a “nutella” type spread at Whole Foods   IMG_5134

Chocolate Hazelnut Buttercream

  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 1/2 cup choc. hazelnut spread
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2T milk

Blend all together with a mixer, add the milk 1T at a time until it’s the right consistency.  You don’t want it too wet or it wont spread or pipe well. IMG_5136


Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz Neufchatel cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk as needed (1T at a time)


I piped the frosting  IMG_5143 IMG_5149

The cream cheese frosting was a little wetter and I didn’t want to add more sugar, so I used a simpler tip without any design.

IMG_5151 IMG_5153 IMG_5154

I loved both flavors!  I found the chocolate hazelnut buttercream slightly overpowered the banana, maybe a little banana slice ontop would be good.  The honey cinnamon was a nice balance with the banana. 

But when they are mini you don’t have to choose!!



  1. These mini cupcakes look adorable! I haven't baked since our day at KAF but I'm excited to get back into it!

  2. Congrats on your 5K- you still did it and that's better than not running at all! You'll get better, I'm sure of it.

    Your cupcakes are adorable- the chocolate hazelnut frosting- I die.

  3. I've made those cupcakes with the honey cinnamon frosting. They were delicious!

    Good job on the 5k! I ran that same one on May 1st in Las Vegas.

  4. Love your run outfit! So cute. My runs are sometimes quick and sometimes slow. I think its just the bodies way of reacting to all of the exercise you've had that week. I think you did great :) And the cupcakes look amazing. Bananas are so good in baking.

  5. The cupcake's looking amazing and you did such a great job with the piping. Both frosting's sound delicious.

  6. I was there on Saturday! I walked it though. Great job on running even if it wasn't your best time. Love the cupcakes too!

  7. Those cupcakes look SO GOOD! Great job on your race! Saturday was a tough day to run- it was SO HUMID. I bet you will surprise yourself in your 10K. Running the heat is so demoralizing in my opinion but once it gets cooler it will be much easier! Trust me : )

  8. Those look fantastic. I love using cake flour in dessert recipes. It makes for such a nice crumb. Both versions look amazing.

  9. Both look fantastic!! I tried a banana choc cupcake for the first time from Mix Bakery a few months ago and fell in love. I need to try making these!
    PS - if you have a minute, I would love your vote for Project Food Blog (vote here: Thanks so much! :)

  10. Oh silly me - I forgot to comment on your 5K. I think when you train longer distances, your body shifts to distance vs. speed mode. You'll still do great at your 10K and that's what matters, right? :)

  11. Yum. Those banana cupcakes look amazing! I am experimenting with cream cheese frosting later this week, so I'm glad to have your recipe!

  12. That you even ran a 5K is super impressive to me! Great job!

    The cupcakes look awesome, and I love minis just because, like you said, you can try a little of each! Both of those frostings sound really good... especially the honey cinnamon.

  13. Wow, the cupcakes look so good!! Adorable! I LOVE the idea of honey cinnamon frosting :) Good job on the 5K! I still think it's a fabulous time!


  14. The minis are adorable!

    I took part in this race too. Great race for a great cause :)

  15. Your running pictures are so cute - I always look like a mess in mine, lol. Great job - I know you'll rock the 10K! And yay for mini cupcakes :)

  16. Those cupcakes look and sound GREAT! Glad you got a chance to use the cake flour. Congrats on your race!

  17. Congratulations on the race! All that matters is you finished. I did the race as well. It was a hot day!