i had a few over ripe bananas waiting to be used and everyone knows that i am always in the mood for baking. i usually make my mom’s delicious banana bread but this time i wanted to try something new. of course i turned to my domestic hero, martha. i used her recipe for banana cupcakes and followed it, except i added 1/4 cup pecan chips per adrian’s request. then i topped them with a dollop of her honey cinnamon frosting. they are light, flavorful and would be perfect for breakfast! who says you can’t have cupcakes for breakfast, right?! here’s the recipe:

banana cupcakes (makes 12-14 regular size cupcakes)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Stir in pecan chips until just incorporated. Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.

honey cinnamon frosting

  • 1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Using an electric mixer, beat confectioners’ sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.

Top each cupcake with a dollop of frosting and enjoy!

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