Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

16 Jun

You may have noticed (all 3 of you that actually keep up with this blog) that I haven’t been posting much lately. And you would be right. I’ve been going through what some might call a ‘period of transition’. Or you could just say I got laid off.

You know, I could go on a big rant about how much my former company sucked, how miserable it was, how unfulfilling my job was. I could actually start another blog, writing one post a day about all these things and never run out of material. But, it served it’s purpose in a lot of ways – a major one being that it got me to Chicago. And another major way was that it helped me to get where I am now, which is in a much better, MUCH more fulfilling place. So, I didn’t really lose a job so much as gain a stepping stone. Also, I’d rather just eat a cupcake.

These were inspired during my time off. What could be better than bananas, cream cheese and Nutella? NUTELLA, for chrissake.

First, add some cupcake liners to a muffin tin. You’ll start by mashing up 2-3 super-ripe, almost-too-rotten-to-eat, bananas. Add some lemon juice and set aside. In another bowl, combine some dry ingredients – flour, baking soda and salt and set that aside. Then grab a larger bowl and cream up some butter and sugar.

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Cream Your Cares Away

Beat in a whole egg, then a single egg yolk and some vanilla. Every time I see a recipe that calls for egg yolk, I get excited. Cause I know it’s gonna be rich.

Next add the dry ingredients, a little at a time, alternating with buttermilk. If there’s one thing that’s better than adding egg yolks, it’s adding buttermilk. Now we’re cooking, ya’ll. So, once the dry ingredients and buttermilk are combined, mix in the lemony-mashed bananas and combine well.

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Are You Happy With Your Life?

Now it’s time to add the batter to the muffin tin. I used an ice cream scoop – you could probably use a 1/4 measuring cup as well.

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

What Do You Really Want To Do?

Anything that will get the batter evenly distributed to each cupcake. Then bake them off for about 20 mins or until the toothpick comes out clean. Once they’re done – place them in the freezer for a good 30-45 minutes. This might seem like an extra step, but it’s important because it helps make them more moist.

While the cupcakes are baking, make the frosting as described below. You should be getting excited now that some creamy, Nutella frosting is in your immediate future. Who needs a job when you have Nutella?? Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them as best you know how. I will say, frosting has never been my strong suit – a toddler could be more artistic than me, so I just slap some on top and spread it around. Enjoy —

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Grazing in The City - Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting

Ingredients – Cupcakes

  • 2-3 whole, ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ⅛ tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp.
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg, room temp.
  • 1 whole egg yolk, room temp.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients – Frosting

  • 1 8 oz. package, softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • ½ cup Nutella (hot damn!)
  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Directions – Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 275°F. Line a 12-count muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In another bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside. In a larger bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, then the egg yolk, and then stir in the vanilla.

Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Then stir in the banana mixture until just combined. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin – I used an ice cream scoop, half-filled with batter, for each cupcake.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Once removed from oven, place in freezer for 30 mins (or longer) – this is important as it will help to make the cupcakes more moist.

Directions – Frosting

Cream butter, cream cheese and Nutella until smooth.Gradually add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth.

Add to the cooled cupcakes. I scooped the frosting using the same ice cream scoop and then spread it with a spatula.


20 Responses to “Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Nutella Frosting”

  1. Sarah June 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    You have no idea how much this post made my day, Bill. Of course I’m very sorry you were laid off, but your outlook is nothing short of inspiring. The fact that you’re happy is so satisfying!! Like these cupcakes! Yummmmm!!!!

    Thank you for the lift today 🙂

    • billpeeler June 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you so much, Sarah – glad to be of service! *bows elegantly*

  2. cravesadventure June 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    I could just eat the frosting – yummers! Happy Saturday!

  3. Thebigfatnoodle June 17, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    Hi Bill, I’m so sorry to hear you got laid off but good for you for the positive attitude you’re keeping. I really believe in that mantra that when one door opens, another one will open. I hope your next one will be even more fulfilling and rewarding for you. As for this recipe, my husband thinks it’s the bomb. I’m going to make some as soon as I get a new pot of nutella, which never lasts long in my house when I’m around. Take care!

    • billpeeler June 17, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Thank you, BFN. In retrospect, my new job has opened a HUGE door for me and my last job was a tiny window that allowed me to close the blinds so I never have to look back through it again. Also, Nutella never lasts long in my house, either!

  4. sugaredpecan June 17, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    These look darn yummy! Sorry about your job but glad you feel you are in a better place. Hope things turn around for you soon!

    • billpeeler June 17, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Thank you so much – things have already turned around, in a big way. Also, how can you go wrong with Nutella!?

  5. Karista June 17, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Bill I’m so sorry to hear about your job! I’ve been there several times. But you are so right, when one door closes another bigger door opens. The hope is that it opens quickly! . I wish you huge success! And the cupcakes look divine. Who could ever resist nutella and cream cheese?! 🙂

  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide June 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Hey from one the (more than) three. Here’s to new starts and cupcakes. Hmm, I swear I didn’t mean that to sound so cheesy.

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide June 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    I mean one of the!

    • billpeeler June 18, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Haha I didn’t take it as cheesy at all. Thanks so much!

  8. Christine June 18, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    Banana. Nutella. YES.

    Sucks to hear about your job, though! It totally bites to have to work somewhere you hate — but I dig your “when one door closes, another one opens” attitude — that’s the stuff that’ll take you where you wanna be in life!

  9. Eva Taylor June 18, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    It’s a reality of our times, Bill. My husband was laid off and it was a long battle trying to find work (he is in his 50’s and it’s not easy as a young age, think about it at 50). He has recently found something he is much better suited for; a stepping stone, a forceful retrospective can be a powerful tool. I am very pleased that you’ve found something bigger and better — a real example of taking a negative and turning it around into the positive! Plus you got to make and eat these scrumptious cupcakes. And who wouldn’t want to do that?

    • billpeeler June 18, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Yep – I have friends 50+ that have struggled with finding decent employment. Harsh reality, indeed. Thanks for your kind words —-

  10. egg me on June 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Hey Bill. Sorry to hear about this. But you seen to have a really great perspective on things right now. So, as long as you keep your positive attitude — and keep making awesome cupcakes like these! (I love Nutella and don’t nearly eat it as much as I should) — I think things will be a-okay.

  11. Crystal June 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Hey Bill! “Cow” told me about your job loss back in May. I didn’t mention it b/c I fugured if you wanted everyone to know you would let us know. I know you are awesome! I know you will do great in the next job! Love to ya! By the way I have never tasted nutella!

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