Saturday, May 15, 2010

Banana Cupcakes

Today is my niece, Claire's first birthday. She had an adorable cupcake themed party. So I made different sized cupcakes and a small 5 inch cake for Claire to dig into. I thought that banana would be a good flavor for a 1 year old. She was so cute and had a really good time eating up her cake.

Banana Cupcakes

2 sticks butter, at room temperature
2 c. sugar
7 egg whites
3 c. cake flour
3 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. over ripened bananas, mashed

In food processor, process milk and mashed bananas into a smooth, light puree. Shift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, set aside. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg whites, 2 or 3 whites at a time. With mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and banana puree alternately in 2 or 3 additions, beating until just blended between additions. Divide batter into muffin tins and bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 box powdered sugar
Cream together cream cheese and butter. With mixer on low speed, slow add powdered sugar until well incorporated.

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