Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Guess what? IT’S BAKING TIME!  Welcome back :D!

Yummy yummy batter
Yummy yummy batter

That’s right – I started off my morning with a list of errands and things to do, and got out early for what I thought would be a busy day of crossing things off from it.  Well, I guess I’m better than I thought (it wouldn’t be the first time I surprised myself at being awesome…just kidding, kinda!)  because everything, including even a nice extra long time in the sauna after the gym sesh, was over before 2pm!  What to do, what to do; baking!

Yikes! Look at how uneven those cupcakes are!
Yikes! Look at how uneven those cupcakes are!

I wanted to do something different; but somehow I ended up making cupcakes again! Oh well, I really need to start diversifying but…maybe next week.  I went with Bananas Foster into a cupcake… yummy :)

I half-ed the recipe for my traditional vanilla cupcakes and changed it up a bit, it ended up being a lovely cinnamon-vanilla cupcake that held its’ own against the bananas foster concoction.

Cupcake Recipe

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter @ room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour (substitute = 3/4 c flour + 1 tsp baking powder + 1/4 tsp salt)
  • 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 generous sprinkles of cinnamon (to taste)

1. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. 2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between additions. 3. Add the flour mixtures and milk vanilla alternatively in about 3 parts until combined. 4. Add cinnamon and stir by hand. (Taste) Then pour! I read a tip on making cupcakes fluffier, preheat the oven to 350° but bake at 325° for about 10 minutes longer. Give it a try if you want! (I’m not sure it made too much of a difference with this batch tho, but I’ll try again next time!). Makes exactly 12 cupcakes! When does that EVER happen?

Action Shot! Oops, totally burning some of that brown sugar to the pan!
Action Shot!
Oops, totally burning some of that brown sugar to the pan!

For the Banana’s Foster part, I actually used a COOK BOOK!

Recipes literally falling out right and left
Recipes literally falling out right and left

Yes, those still exist! It’s actually my moms, and its legitimately filled to capacity with pieces of food-stained paper, recipes from the back of ingredient boxes & written-on index cards, and post-its with notes and adjustments to existing recipes.  That, people, is what a well-loved cookbook looks like (…it’s a Hadassah Cookbook from Rochester NY, and about a million years old)

The recipe is for Bananas a la mode:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 c white rum
  • 2 Tbsp banana liqueur (I used amaretto instead!)

First of all, I should have doubled the recipe – I got about 6 cupcakes out of this. Slice up the bananas lengthwise and brush/sprinkle with lemon juice. In a skillet pan, melt the sugar.  Then add the bananas and sauté until tender and sprinkle with cinnamon.  TURN OFF THE HEAT. Add the alcohol and immediately (preferably with a long handled match) ignite and ‘baste’ until flame burns out.

Post flame :)
Post flame

To put it together, I decided to separate the actual bananas from the sauce; I cut the top of the cupcakes off and filled them with bananas (before serving only, don’t do ahead of time for fear of soggy cupcakes!).  A scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream and then drizzle the sauce over the whole thing.

Bananas Foster Cupcakes...A la mode!
Bananas Foster Cupcakes…A la mode!

Dig in and enjoy! It is fruit after all :) I think this can help satisfy our ‘healthier lifestyle’ resolutions right?

Bon Apetite!

What are some really crazy baking ideas out there? I’m itching for something fun and crazy :D!

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