Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes!

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Hey there! So the story behind these cupcakes is this;

At work we bake banana chocolate chip muffins for the hotel’s breakfast buffet, and the other day I made some, but didn’t get a chance to try one! And ever since then I’ve been craving them!

And it just so happened I had a free afternoon and 2 different occasions that merit a batch of cupcakes!

My boyfriend’s best friend beat the world record for consecutive hours playing a computer game, 72!! Wow huh.

And then the 28th was my mom’s official birthday(we celebrate birthdays for like a whole week) and always have family dinner on weekends!

So I made a batch of these guys….


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Let’s do this.

First off, when you bake anything with bananas it is best if they are really ripe!

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And I found this in the panty! Time to make homemade cake with pudding in the mix. =]

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I used about half the package, or 1/3 cup!

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Mash your bananas together with the milk.

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Once the batter just comes together, add your chocolate chips! All I had was 1/2 bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips, so I did a rough chop through them real quick, then mixed them in until JUST combined, don’t over mix it!

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Like so! Ready to scoop.

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I did half minis and half regular cupcakes! The recipe for these guys can also be used for banana muffins! If you want them a little less sweet and more breakfast-y you can decrease the sugar to 2/3 cup instead of 1, and switch out the chocolate chips for chopped walnuts.


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Banana Cupcakes
-makes about 24 cupcakes

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups mashed bananas
2 eggs
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line pans with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine bananas, egg, melted butter and milk.
3. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture until blended. Be careful not to over mix.
4. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill liners 2/3 full, bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. (It will have some melted chocolate, but no crumbs.)


Cream Cheese Frosting

2 sticks of unsalted butter. softened
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 almond extract

1. Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth in electric mixer.
2. Add powdered sugar & extracts and beat until fluffy. Frost cupcakes as desired, I used a piping bag and plain round tip.


I think I just might make some of these for Dylan to eat for breakfast on Valentine’s Day =] yum!

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Hope everyone is having a great first month of 2012!

<3hollicakes





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January Birthdays!!

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So January has been amazing! Three fun birthdays and a couple vacations too! These first cupcakes were for my friend Kayla’s birthday!

Two of her favorite things are the color yellow and her new pug named Norman! He is so freakin’ cute.

And I found just the right idea in my Hello, Cupcake book! They have a variety of dog cupcakes, including a pug! They seem really intense but once you break it down piece by piece they are actually pretty simple.

So once you bake your cupcakes, all you’ll need is this; black, white, & brown frosting, tootsie rolls, pink starburst, brown M&M’s and brown or black jelly beans!

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Flatten and mold the tootsie rolls for ears, as well as the pink starburst for the tongues. Frost the cupcakes with a smooth layer of brown frosting, then pipe the pug “wrinkles” with the black. For more detailed directions check out one of my favorite books, Hello, Cupcake!

Place the tongues and pipe the teeth in different places on the mouth to give each of the pugs their own personality!

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And a few days later was my friend Kellen’s birthday! Since it’s in between Christmas and Valentine’s Day (and also somewhat of an inside joke!) I made cupcakes with the same theme!

Merry Christmas Valentine’s Day Birthday Kellen! =]

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Then shortly after that we celebrated my mom’s birthday a little bit early since we had some family in town! That is when I discovered my new favorite cookies, Peanut Butter Oreos!! So good. So I decided on a chocolate cupcake with a Peanut Butter Mousse frosting! I’m still on the hunt for a good mousse recipe, the one I used was good, but could definitely be much better. So until I find the perfect one I’m going to hold off on posting a recipe!

The best Oreos EVER!!

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Cupcakes! So yummy.

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Until next time!

<3hollicakes
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