Banana Bread Cupcakes with “The Best Frosting I Ever Had”

Mondays suck, they always do. Having to wake up early in the morning for a 9 am class after the weekend is just terrible..

One random Monday morning however, I just gave in. I couldn’t take another terrible Monday so I just decided to skip my first 9 am class and bake! (Hoping I could make it to my second class… but I didn’t… oops.)

On the bright side, is there any better way to start the day than to bake some awesome Banana Bread Cupcakes with “The Best Frosting I’ve Ever Had?” Nope. It was actually a pretty great morning, and I was beyond proud by how delicious the cupcakes came out. They tasted a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

I rushed through the recipe, cut the left over bananas into rounds, placed them on top of each cupcake and finally took my first bite. I had a moment. The icing was just sweet enough and the banana bread so moist that my taste buds could hardly believe I had baked that all by myself. …Ohh it was such a beautiful morning!

As I finished I was now almost late for my third class (oops), I picked up an extra cupcake and ran out the door. As I walked to class I smiled to myself. I was by far one of the best Monday mornings I had in a while.

Banana Bread Cupcakes

– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

– 3/4 cup sugar

– 1 teaspoon baking powder

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

– 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)

– 2 large eggs

– 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

“The Best Frosting I Ever Had”

– 1 cup Milk

– 5 Tablespoons Flour

– 1 teaspoon Vanilla

– 1 cup Butter, barely room temperature

– 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)

Start with the icing first:

In a small saucepan whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.

Continue with the cupcakes:

Preheat the over to 350 degrees

Place paper liners in a muffin pan

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

Make a well in center of the flour mixture. In the well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla

Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Spoon batter into the muffin cups (but don’t add to much batter in each)

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until you enter a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean

Go back to the icing:

Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla to the cooled milk/flour mixture (from step 1). Then add that cooled milk/flour mixture (from step 1) to the butter/sugar mixture and beat until it resembles whipped cream.

To see the step-by-step post about the icing click here.

Go back to the cupcakes:

Remove cupcakes from pan, letting cool completely. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes. Slice banana into rounds and place one on each cupcake.

Take a bite and enjoy it!

What inspired me to write my own blog.

It all started a couple years ago, the summer after my 1st year at university to be precise. I was vacationing in my mother’s hometown of Tequisquiapan in Mexico. I remember it was a hot sunny summer afternoon and I was laying in the sun with a magazine in hand, happily flipping through the pages. That day I stumbled upon the personal blog of Emily Schuman.

Since then, her website Cupcakes and Cashmere has been a huge inspiration to me and it’s what pushed me to create my own blog. Ever since that humid afternoon when the sun was shining bright over my head, Cupcakes and Cashmere has been, hands down, my favorite go-to blog. I loved, and still love, everything about her blog. From the name, to the original layout, to the diverse context which she addresses throughout.

That day I e-mailed Emily Schuman to ask her what blogging website she used and which one she would recommend. To my surprise Emily replied, and quite fast I must admit. However, I never expected to get a reply from Emily, I remember thinking, “she’s probably to busy to bother…” But she did reply, and, to me that was a sign. From then on I was determined to put up my own blog and start writing as much as I possibly could.

Unfortunately this proved to be much harder than I originally thought. After many trials and errors and after one, two, even three different blogs, I still had nothing concrete, I still had no blog of my own.

Tonight I put the past behind me and I’m giving this blog anther chance. I know there will be alterations but hopefully the site will just keep getting better and better. For now my main goal is to begin writing and to put myself out there one more time.

So welcome to my blog, The Vanilla T-Shirt, name inspired by my ultimate go-to staple, a simple white t-shirt, and “vanilla” my favorite baking flavor and my most treasured scent (more on this on a future post!)

I hope you enjoy it and hopefully you’ll keep on reading it. My fingers are crossed!

xxo,

Astrid