May 12, 2007

My Precious Babies

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These are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen in my life. I don’t coo and fawn over babies but when these cuties came out of the oven I may have actually uttered “Who’s the cutest cupcake in the world? You are, yes you are!” What makes them even more special is that they’re actually sort of like my babies. This is my very own recipe and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. It was an experiment that went very right. I couldn’t stop looking at the perfect domes on the cupcakes or the honey as it drizzled down the sides. As I ooed and awed over my masterpiece cupcakes, I realized that all of my attention was being lavished on the mini cupcakes. I was forsaking my bigger cupcakes with their oreo crumb tops. I’m supposed to be the ultimate supporter of all things big, (or tall…) I’m supposed to look snidely down upon little things. My header proudly displays the message “Go Big or Go Home” and yet here I was, singing the praises of a tiny little cupcake that wasn’t even enough for one bite. Shame on me. The big cupcakes were wonderful in all of their large glory. Don’t ever forget it.


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Bri’s Banana Peanut Cupcakes


1 cup salted roasted peanuts

3 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup liquid honey

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup safflower oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Oreo crumbs

Honey


Preheat oven to 350F. Line and grease 12 large muffin cups and 12 mini muffin cups.

In your blender, combine the first 8 ingredients and blend until completely smooth. I use a K-Tec 3hp blender, I can’t guarantee yours will do as good a job or be half as cool.

Add the flours and baking powder and pulse until fully incorporated.

Pour the batter into the muffin tins to the top of the liners. Sprinkle oreo crumbs on top of the big cupcakes. Leave the mini ones plain.

Bake the mini cupcakes for about 12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Drizzle honey over the top of each cupcake.

Bake the larger cupcakes for about 18 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.


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21 comments:

K & S said...

Congratulations! what a great recipe.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

You've finally done big with little!
Absolutely gorgeous with that honey!
Do they travel? I'd so love one and take such good care with it.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Darling cupcakes! Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

Rachel said...

Lovely! Extreme cupcake cuteness.

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

Posting on 'Babies' for Mother's Day.
These are beautiful~ I will have to give them a try.

Little Foodie said...

Big is good but I can eat 10 little (probably more truth be told) and kid myself either way that I've had loads to eat but they were only small... Halo still fully intact! Ridiculous I know... Great flavour combination!

Deborah said...

What a great concoction!! I agree that those little ones are so beautiful with the honey dripping down...yum!

ejm said...

I cannot imagine having the patience to fill those all those little candy holders with cake batter. I am impressed!!

Of course, I think that even regular cupcake holders are somewhat time consuming to fill and usually prefer to just make one big cake.

Your cupcakes look awfully good though. Next time there are some ripe bananas on the counter that are just waiting to be put into banana bread, I think I may have to make a sudden change in direction. But instead of oreo crumbs on top, I'd opt for crushed dark chocolate pieces.

-Elizabeth

ejm said...

oh yes, one more thing... I had to google "K-Tec 3hp" to find out what it was. Pretty cool but I'm not sure that our Braun hand blender isn't equally cool. Even though I would have to add the dry ingredients by hand. Hmmm... is blender envy setting in?

-Elizabeth

Kelly-Jane said...

That sounds like a great recipe, and of course they are so cute!

Elle said...

Awww, sometimes it's OK to go tiny and stay home. Those are SO cute.

Alicia said...

How adorable! I must admit I'm a big fan of small things, especially when they come in something that's my favorite color - green!
If these are as good as the Team cookies, I'll be one happy girl!
(Hehehe, my security word is "dikpot!")

Lis said...

Either or.. whichever you feel would be easiest to box up and ship to Ohio!! Mini or big - they both have me drooling and wishing I had a couple bananas laying around. *sigh*

Way to go with your own recipe! I'll be the first to tell Nigella and The Martha to kiss your heiney as you definitely don't need any of their recipes! hehe

xoxoxo

Truffle said...

Oh these truly are gorgeous. What little beauties you've created!

SteamyKitchen said...

SO CUTE!

Ellie said...

Congratulations on your first recipe, they are quite the adorable little morsels :)

jenjen said...

Awesome, I love these! You have gotten me back in the mood for making cupcakes : )

Judy said...

WOw, you should be proud because those cupcakes sound and look awesome!

Ivonne said...

I'd be talking to these as well, Brilynn. Except I'd be saying, "Come here! Come to Cream Puff's mouth!"

They look delicious and congratulations on creating your own recipe!

Anuhea said...

They ARE so adorable! Now you can celebrate mother's day with these new arrivals!

Jennifer said...

Wow. Those are adorable but totally look delicious!