TWD: Lots of ways Banana Cupcakes


One speckled banana sprawled hurt and neglected on the side counter. Who can refuse it's call to be used in the event of its short ripened life? Having almost been thrown into the dustbin for a case of old age, I was fortunate to be there, to hear its silent beckon during the weekly clear out sessions. A rescue was mandatory and in the end of it all, paid off well....

I don't know whether you guys noticed, but I'm not so much a big fan of bananas as a fruit given its correlation to certain painful competitive events in my younger days. Think about tortured lungs, throbbing thigh muscles and endless degree of slopes (yes, cross country runners did have a thing for eating bananas before a race). But once the lovely fruit has been incorporated into a mixture of brown sugar, coconut milk and toasted coconut; it's hands-up for me all the way!

This week, Kimberly of Only Creative Opportunities has chosen A lot of Ways Banana Cake for TWD. I merrily halved the recipe to yield 12 cupcakes instead of a 9 inch cake only. To someones benefit too!

Somewhere along the way I managed to make a boo-boo but I'm relieved that all turned out well in the end. I'm sure that many bakers have the same experience with me. It's the part where you have placed the baking tin the oven and patted yourself on the back; you proceed with clearing out the used utensils and realise that there's still sifted dry ingredients in the bowl that you have forgotten to incorporate into the mixture. DARN IT! In a frenzied state, you consider swiping out the batter from the baking tin and doing a final mixture, only to be hindered by the lovely bubbles rising on the surface of the batter. You cross your finger and pray for a good ending, a upheaval of regret within.

All's well that ends well. I adore the crunchy bits throughout the cake acquired from the toasted shredded coconut. Thanks Kimberly for picking out this week's recipe!


A lot of ways banana cupcakes
makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
5/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
80g butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/8 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 ripe banana (preferably speckled and ugly)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut, toasted

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together in a bowl.
  3. Beat the butter till creamy. Add in both the sugars and beat till smooth.
  4. Add in the egg and the vanilla and beat in to incorporate.
  5. Mash the banana with a fork in a small bowl.
  6. Lower the speed of the mixer and add in the smashed banana and beat till well mixed in.
  7. Add the flour mixture and coconut milk alternatively into the creamed mixture in 3 batches, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  8. Portion off 1/4 cup of batter into each cupcake liner. Bake for 20mins till golden brown.
  9. Stir in the shredded coconut in the final stage.


Nickki said...

Your cupcakes are adorable! You certainly turned your near disaster into something spectacular! What did you use for the frosting please? I love the colour!

Jennifer said...

Your cupcakes are beautiful-LOVE the red and white swirl!

Amanda said...

So glad it still worked out even without the remaining ingredients! Love your frosting too :) This was my farewell post with TWD after almost two years of baking along. Hope you'll stop by and say goodbye!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cupcakes look great! Thanks for baking with me this week!

The Food Librarian said...

I love the colored frosting! Next time I'm going to try cupcakes. Yours are too cute. - mary

Flourchild said...

You always decorate your baked goods so nicely. I want to make cupcakes next time!

cindy said...

Love the frosting!

Peggy said...

The cupcakes look fabulous. Decorated to perfection. I made a single layer cake and ate it all in two days. What temptation this one is!

Tia said...

how did you do the colored swirly frosting? looks FAB! Tia

Pamela said...

Love the swirled frosting! Yep...I've left out an ingredient or two in my time. As long as it tastes biggie, right?

Piggy said...

Glad that your cupcakes turned out ok. :-) Love the frosting on top too!

Anonymous said...

I've had one of those times too, though I can't say they all worked out as well as yours! :P Beautiful frosting :)

Jacque said...

Oooh, how fun! Love the swirly icing and I'm glad it ended up working out despite the missing ingredients.

TeaLady said...

Cute cuppys with the swirly frosting. Looks like they came out just fine despite the 'oops'.

Jeannette said...

i'm glad that your kitchen whoops turned into a kitchen yay!! they look great!

Clivia said...

Gorgeous, colourful cupcakes! Who needs all that extra flour?