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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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Watermelons!

So I wanted to bake something fun and summery, and EASY. These cupcakes are exactly that.



Watermelon Cupcakes
-makes about 20-24

1 box strawberry cake mix
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
watermelon candy flavoring oil (Can be found at baking supply stores, or online)
4 sticks butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
green cupcake liners
green and pink gel colors

1. Mix cake as directed on box, adding mini chocolate chips at the end. Bake as directed.
2. Cream butter on medium-high until fluffy and smoothed, adding sifted powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. More or less depending on how sweet you want the frosting!
3. Add 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon of the watermelon flavoring to frosting, to taste.
4. Color half of the frosting pink, and the other half light green.
5. Fill pastry bag fitted with star tip half with pink, half with green frosting. This part can be tricky, and would be much easier with 3 hands instead of just 2! Frost cupcakes as desired and sprinkle with leftover chocolate chips!

The star ingredients!



Mix it up!



Electric Pink.



Electric Green...what can I say? I like my colors bright =]



Ready to go!



Luckily I was baking over at my grandma’s house, so she was able to help and lend a 3rd hand in filling the pastry bag!



Yum!




Hope everyone is having an amazing summer!


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in CUPCAKE Form!



So last week I went on a very relaxing vacation to my cousin’s house up in Northern Cali. BUT of course we had to bake at least once! I was showing her family some of the yummy looking treats on Annie’s Eats and we decided on the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. You can find the recipe HERE. We were a little short on time, so we decided to leave out the mini chocolate chip cookies on top. But next time, I definitely plan to make them! Mmmmm just typing about this makes me hungry for cookies. Here’s how it all went down...

Oh hand mixer?! I should have brought my KitchenAid.



The batter looked almost exactly like cookie dough.



Out of the oven.



Cookie Dough Frosting.




Since I wasn’t in my own kitchen, things were a little hectic and I forgot to snap pictures of the cookie dough filling! Oops!

These were very popular cupcakes. The recipe made 28, and they were ALL gone by the time I left a few days later....Wow! The cookie dough filling was a huge hit with her little brothers and well as some co-workers. I hope every baker gets a chance to make these cupcakes at least once, they will amaze you I promise!






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