Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

I grew up listening to the Elvis Christmas album every year while we were in the car, while we decorated our Christmas tree, and unfortunately while my mom sung along (sorry mom, but believe me-not a good thing!).  I somehow came to love that album but not as much as I love Elvis’s signature combination of banana and peanut butter.  How could such a simple combination taste so good!  These cupcakes didn’t disappoint either and have now been added as one of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Elvis did…and maybe turn on a little of his music to groove to in the process!

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

adapted from Epicurious.com

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe large bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk

Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly ground)
  • Chopped lightly salted roasted peanuts (optional)


Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 12 standard (1/3-cup) muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Mash bananas with fork in another medium bowl until smooth. Mix sour cream and vanilla into bananas.

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups (generous 1/4 cup for each).

Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and let cool completely.

Frosting:
Sift powdered sugar into large bowl. Add cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until smooth. Spread frosting over top of cupcakes, dividing equally. Sprinkle lightly with chopped peanuts, if desired.

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One Comment on “Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting”

  1. Gwyn Says:

    Leigh, I am so proud of you! Saw your blog link of facebook and I am certainly going to be trying these cupcakes, YUMMO! Miss you friend. XO.


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