September 26, 2011
This past weekend I had my friends in town
Which meant a lot of going out, adult beverages and good food
Each of my house guests brought one of my most loved things
The first picture’s batch are from none other than TOYS R US! Who would’ve thought they would have delicious cupcakes?? The second picture is from Magnolia Bakery in NYC. Both were phenomenal. My friends are just as amazing.
While we were out having fun, dancing and laughing I really took it to another level. The bar we were at caught it all on camera for your pleasure and my fond memory.
I must really love you guys to share that.
I’m now icing my body, detoxing with homemade soup (recipe tomorrow) and convincing my boyfriend to clean up the apartment because I’m hurt 😉
QUESTIONS: Have you ever had a fall while dancing?
July 13, 2011
Hi, my name’s Alyssa and I love cupcakes.
I’ve been putting off making these cupcakes for 3 days now. Why? Because I knew I had zero plans of making them healthy. Because I knew that I would want to dip my fingers in the peanut butter cream cheese frosting. Because I knew I couldn’t be trusted with 24 cupcakes in front of my face.
Don’t worry, I practiced self-control. I only ate 2. I had plans to eat 1 but then I thought it would be weird to have Adam bring in 23 cupcakes to work because it’s an odd number. You’re welcome for saving you the embarrassment babe.
These cupcakes are fluffy and moist. They’re silky and delicious. They’re simply irresistible.
Banana Cupcakes w/ Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
- 1cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
- ½ cup buttermilk
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 8oz package cream cheese frosting
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- Vanilla wafers (optional)
- Chopped peanuts (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line two 12-cup cupcake pans with paper liners.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a large bowl and set aside.
- Mash bananas in a separate bowl and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and shortening together on medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add the sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl, add the eggs, and beat until just combined. Scrape down the bowl again and add the bananas. Beat until just combined. Turn the mixer to low.
- Add the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the bowl, then mix on low-speed for a few more seconds.
- Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
- Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and place them on the rack to cool completely.
- While cooling you can prepare your frosting. Add all ingredients (powdered sugar, peanut butter, cream cheese and butter) and beat with a mixer until smooth.
- Once cupcakes are cooled spread evenly on top.
- Add 1/2 of a vanilla wafer or chopped peanuts to a top if desired
I wish I could tell you these were fat-free, that you could eat 10 of them without feeling guilt and that you wont need to run 10 miles after eating them. But, I can’t – I’d be lying. I’m no liar. I’m off to run 10 miles.
*Sorry that some pictures are so fluorescent looking! That would be the awesome lighting in my kitchen.