Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Mini Banana Cupcakes with Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese Frosting

Wow, that's a long title. But I assure you, these mini cupcakes are worth the long title, they are outstanding.

My son turned the big THREE this week. I watched him during his birthday dinner and thought how quickly time passes. It felt like yesterday I found out I was pregnant and now he's already three.

My son means the world to me. I've never loved someone so unconditionally. The love you have for your spouse is different from the love you have for your children. Don't get me wrong. I have much love for the hubs. But there's something special when it comes to your children. I love them both dearly and I'm thankful everyday that I have them in my life.

Many years ago, I had a conversation with one of my mentors about marriage and children. This was before I was married so I didn't quite understand what he was referring to. But he told me that although he loves his wife dearly, the love he has for his child was unique. I now understand what he meant. What are your thoughts? This is only an opinion and everyone is entitled to their own.

So in celebration of my lil man's birthday, I made mini cupcakes for his pre-school class. Part 1 of my loves birthday celebrations. When I dropped my love off at school today, some of his classmates yelled out CUPCAKES! They didn't care about the birthday boy. They only had eyes for the moist banana cupcakes topped with a creamy brown butter, cinnamon and cream cheese frosting. I don't blame them. In the eyes of a toddler anything sweet topped with delicious frosting is heaven. And the mickey mouse topper, forget about it, instant hit.

Printable Recipe
Banana Cupcakes
Courtesy of Martha Stewart with Modifications
1-1/2 Cups All -Purpose Flour
3/4 Cups Sugar (I used 1/2 Cups, the bananas were really sweet)
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Melted Butter
1-1/2 Cups Mashed Ripe Bananas (about 3-4 bananas)
2 Large Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Yields about 30-33 Mini Cupcakes

1. Preheat your over to 350º. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. I used a mini muffin pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the butter, bananas, eggs and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture but do not over mix. I used a cookie scooper to place the batter into the lined muffin pan with a little over 3/4 full.

3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center somes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool.

Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz Cream Cheese at room temperature
5 tbsp Brown Butter, Cooled
2-1/2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1. Make your brown butter (click the link for more details). Cut the butter into  slices. Place in stainless steel pan and allow to cook on medium/low heat, stirring frequently until you smell the nutty aroma of the butter browning and when the butter tuns a slight golden color, remove from heat and pour into bowl.

2. Mix all the ingredients in your stand alone mixer or by hand until fully incorporated. Place the frosting in a piping bag about 3/4 of the way, placed in a tall cup for convenience. 

Now you're ready to frost your mini cupcakes. Use whichever tip you prefer or simply slather on with a knife or spatula. These little babies were a total hit at school. The teachers loved them as much as the kiddies did. My love will officially celebrate his birthday this weekend with family and friends. This also means, I have a lot to do. Happy baking!

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  1. Marisa said... December 1, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Happy birthday to your little love! Banana cupcakes yuumm. Love the Mickey Mouse decorations--Mickey is a favorite no matter how old I get!

  2. Fun and Fearless in Beantown said... December 1, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Happy birthday to your little one! I remember bringing in cupcakes for my birthday and how excited I was about it so I'm sure your son was thrilled!

  3. Zoe said... December 1, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Happy Birthday for your little man. I love the challenge of making cakes to excite children. It must be lots of fun for you too. I love your cupcakes. They look very cute and have the best of great ingredients :D

  4. Trish said... December 1, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Yum. Yum. Yum. First off, happy birthday to your adorable baby boy! How exciting. He's a lucky boy to be getting these delicious cupcakes. I love how they're mini and how they contain bananas. I've definitely had a sweet tooth lately and these sounds perfect!

  5. Swathi said... December 1, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    Happy birthday to your little Prince. Cute cupcakes with beautiful decorations love it.

  6. Roxan said... December 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    Happy birthday to your little man! I didn't realize he was 2, he seems like such a sweet little kid - did he miss out on the terrible twos? :)
    These banana cupcakes look amazing... seriously, your hubs and son are the luckiest guys in the world!

  7. Dr.Sameena Prathap
    said... December 1, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Hey Lisa,

    Those look gorgeous...:)Check out the event in my blog!!:)


  8. Catheryn @ PinkBibs said... December 1, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Happy Birthday to your little Prince and bravo to you for being a great Mummy for 3 years! The cupcakes looks so so temptingly yummy! I am going to have to try out this recipe. :)

    Yes, I agree that the love we have for our children is somewhat and somehow different from the love we have for our hubbies. It is beyond words :)

  9. I'm a full-time mummy said... December 1, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    That was so totally cute! Happy birthday to your little man!

  10. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... December 2, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Make sure and pass on Happy Birthday wishes to the little man for me! I don't blame those toddlers for going crazy over those cute little cupcakes!

  11. sophia said... December 2, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    I almost expected to see a little hand (or several hands) reaching for the cupcakes. ;-)

    Your son is a terribly lucky boy. He'll realize that more and more as he gets older, so it can only get better from here. Happy birthday to him, and you! (since honestly, you're the one who did all the work, haha)

  12. Lawyer Loves Lunch said... December 2, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    I love that you made REAL cupcakes with REAL flavors. You probly created some mini foodies with these cupcakes. Happy Birthday, little man :)

  13. Sommer J said... December 2, 2010 at 6:15 AM

    Happy birthday, lil man!!!!

    Those cupcakes looks absolutely perfect!!

  14. Dimah said... December 2, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Happy Birthday to your little man! :)
    What beautiful cupcakes! These look wonderful!

  15. cooperl788 said... December 2, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Oh Wow! Those look delicious! Happy Birthday to your little man, may the coming year bring many new discoveries and lots of fun!

  16. Luciana said... December 2, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Ma che carini!!! sono davvero perfetti, bravissima :)

  17. Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said... December 2, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    happy bday to ur precious prince..cupcakes looks simply amazing..first time @ ur blog...u hv a lovely space with mouthwatering recipes...pls do visit me as time permits...FOLLOWING U>>

  18. aipi said... December 2, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Happy Birthday to the handsome young man..God bless!
    Cupcakes look adorable.I love mini versions of things, these are no exception..!

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  19. Monet said... December 2, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your sweet son's third year! Happy Birthday to him! I don't have children yet, but I love watching and reading about your interaction with your son. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great day!

  20. Jen said... December 2, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    This sounds delicious! I'll have to put this on my 2011 to-bake list. My son is now three-months old and I can't believe how much he's grown. I know what you mean about how different your love is for your child than anyone else in the world. I can't quite explain it ;)

  21. Jennifurla said... December 2, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Happy 3rd birthday. I would stand in front of a train for love!

  22. Hyosun Ro said... December 2, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Happy birthday to the handsome little boy of yours!! You're an amazing mom.

  23. Federica said... December 3, 2010 at 4:20 AM

    Lisa sei bravissima!!!!!!!!!!!!un abbraccio!

  24. Demonic Angel said... December 3, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Can I have some "Mini Banana Cupcakes with Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese Frosting"? A long one indeed! :D They look so cute plus those mickey heads on top, perfect!

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  25. Vala said... December 3, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    I was googling "spatula bursti (brush in icelandic)" and for some reason stumbled upon your blog in the results, really love your blog and will coming again to read :-)

    Your son is just the CUTEST!


  26. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... December 3, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Happy bday to lil' man! Isn't it fast? Feel like yesterday and then he's already 3! We are talking a lot about kids with our families and friends. After seeing your boy, and other kids in the kitchen I feel an urge for me to have my own! The cupcakes are adorable and his friends would be so happy to celebrate his bday!

  27. Koci said... December 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    These cupcakes are so cute! I love that they're banana flavored, too. Never tried that before! Yum!

  28. Lisa said... December 4, 2010 at 3:27 AM

    Lucky kids to be able to eat these delicious cupcakes of yours. I wish I was in their place so I could also get a taste. I think it's wonderful that you have such a lovely son (and husband) and I'm sure they're extremely thankful to have you in their lives as well. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter.

  29. ~Lisa~ said... December 6, 2010 at 8:49 PM
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  30. zmm said... December 8, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Happy Birthday to the little man cum sous chef..

    Such cute swirls you'd made and I like your toppers! We can't get something like that here. *pout*

  31. Frances said... January 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    A friend shared this recipe with me and omg the cupcakes are so yummy! thank you for sharing the recipe :)I'm gonna bake some for my 5 yr old and 8 yr old cousins hehe