Banana Cupcakes

These banana cupcakes are based on one of my customer’s favorite cakes. Many years ago, my friend Debby asked me if I made banana cake. I’m not a big fan of banana, and I hadn’t ever considered it. Her son was really hoping to have a banana cake for his birthday, so I said “Sure! I will give it a try.”

I found a great recipe in my library’s copy of The Cake Bible. I checked this book out so many times that I ultimately bought it! Rose’s banana cake recipe from the book is adapted to make these cupcakes. The changes from the Cake Bible recipe include:

  1. a reduction of the amount of salt,
  2. no lemon zest,
  3. the addition of potato starch,
  4. a change from butter to oil, and
  5. a blend of all purpose flour and cake flour Continue reading

Gingerbread Brownstone

Every year my family makes something from gingerbread. We’ve created a haunted mansion, church, farmer’s market, football stadium, and a simple house. This year we decided to tackle a gingerbread brownstone apartment building.

I had recently hosted a gingerbread decorating event at our local library with plans to make a big house with older kids while younger kids decorated smaller graham cracker houses. Unfortunately in this 1 hour event,  I thought it would be an excellent idea to have the participants assemble houses on their own, and have the older kids assemble the large house. I forgot just how much time it takes for the assembly! Needless to say, we only decorated the little houses that day!

You can view the gingerbread and royal icing recipes in the handout I created for this event, and also from our Gingerbread Traditions post.
Gingerbread & Royal Icing Recipe (pdf) Continue reading

Mini Brownie Cupcakes

I have been making a lot of mini brownie cupcakes lately, so I had to share some pictures and a quick how to. Why a “how to” you might wonder? Really how hard can it be to bake mini brownies in a cupcake pan? Do they really taste different?

Well, the answer to all of those things surprised me, so it may surprise you.

What made me make them in the first place?

I make gluten free brownies for a local cafe/small grocery store in our town. It is called Good to Go. It is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch, to stock up on your favorite healthy foods for your pantry or of course to get some brownies or cookies baked by me.  When I first started baking for them, the owner wanted to eventually have me make brownies. I didn’t have a good brownie recipe and didn’t want to use someone else’s recipe so I needed time to play. I eventually created one that I love and make them for them regularly now.  Continue reading