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Banana Cupcakes

Banana Cupcakes

Take a spice-rich banana flavor, and top it with creamy, lemony frosting.

Prep: 25 days Cook: 20 days
Serves: 12 Save

Ingredients (18)

Cupcakes

  • 1¼ cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¾ Unsalted Butter Stick
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Mashed Banana
  • ¼ cup Plain Yogurt
  • ⅓ cup Chopped Pecans

Frosting

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 T Unsalted Butter
  • ½ tsp Lemon Extract
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1½ cup Powdered Sugar
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. To prepare cupcakes, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat butter with a mixer until smooth, about 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar and beat until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla and bananas. Stir in half the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula; add yogurt. Mix in remaining dry ingredients, stirring only until batter is smooth. Stir in pecans. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups but don’t bother to smooth the tops.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until cupcakes are golden brown and spring back when pressed in the center. Cool in the pan 5 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.
  5. To prepare frosting, beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in extracts and lemon rind. On low speed, gradually beat in powdered sugar only until frosting is smooth and thick. Frost each cupcake. Refrigerate about 1 hour to set the frosting. Bring to room temperature before serving. Leftovers keep well, covered in the refrigerator, for 2 to 3 days