Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes

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What happens when you gather a group of women together who love to bake and drink? You have a Cupcakes & Cocktails Party! A couple weekends ago, I hosted such a party with a few girlfriends. We each made a batch of some cupcakes to share and enjoyed a few cocktails while we caught up with each other. It's a great reason for getting friends together... but then again, cupcakes have this crazy way of bringing people together anyway. For our soirée, I wanted to make a cupcake that was a bit more interesting than the usual flavors everyone is familiar with. What I finally decided on were these Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes. Heavenly. They were so light, creamy, and a much easier way to enjoy all the flavors of banana cream pie without a fork!

One of the main reasons why I wanted to make a light and fruity cupcake was to break up the heaviness of the other fabulous cupcakes that came to the party. Joining my cupcakes were flavors including Classic Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosted Cupcakes, Dark Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes, and even a Cardamom Pear Cupcake. I'll have pics and recipes of these beauties coming up so stay tuned!  (I figured I'd space them out so we all don't get a virtual toothache... than is, unless that's a good thing?)

These cupcakes would be perfect for a picnic or a spring/summertime party. If you have a Southern inspired meal, these would also be a great dessert option. If there's anything else I'd do to jazz these up, I'd probably also garnish with some toasted almond slices, just like some banana cream pies are garnished. If you would rather make these cupcakes ahead of time, you could also substitute the fresh banana slices with banana chips for garnish.
Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes
recipe from Quick & Simple Magazine, as seen on Delish

Cupcakes
2 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Filling
1 package instant banana pudding
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8-oz. container extra-creamy whipped topping
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Garnish
1/4 cup crushed cinnamon graham crackers
banana slices (optional - fresh or banana chips)
almond slices, toasted (optional)


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, with electric mixer, cream butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with -bananas and yogurt, mixing on low speed just until moistened. Batter will be lumpy; do not overmix. Gently fold in chopped walnuts.

Fill each muffin cup about three-quarters full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in pan, then remove cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare filling and frosting. Mix banana pudding with milk according to package directions, adding vanilla. Chill for at least 30 minutes. For frosting, mix vanilla pudding with milk and vanilla; fold in whipped topping and confectioners’ sugar until frosting is creamy. Chill for at least 30 minutes to set.

Once cupcakes are cool, insert a paring knife into top of each cupcake, making a small hole in the center. Spoon filling mixture into a zip-top plastic bag. Snip off a small corner of the bottom. Squeeze about 1 Tbsp. filling into the hole in the top of each cupcake. Swirl frosting on top of each cupcake; sprinkle with graham-cracker crumbs. Top each with banana slices as desired. Keep chilled.

10 comments:

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

So pretty and springlike!

Erin said...

Ooo I've been looking for a good banana cupcake recipe!

Emily Malloy said...

Yum yum yum!!

Tricia Scott said...

This is so yummy. I just love this.

Alida said...

These look delicious! I love banana cream pie. Definitely going to make these.

Allison @ Bake Like Martha said...

Oh hellooooo there, lovely. I feel like this would go very well with a fruity girly drink (think Sex on the Beach). Awesome recipe, hopefully I'll get around to trying it soon :)

Lorie said...

I love these! Must try!

Unknown said...

well they taste a little like banana bread and my frosting didn't gel so i'm going with butter cream icing laced with banana extract

Anonymous said...

Made these tonight--used Martha Stewart's basic buttercream for frosting instead and rolled covered cupcake in crushed graham crackers. Delicious!

Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden said...

What a delicious cupcakes! I adore banana in cupcakes ! Great recipe and good job.

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