Sunday, February 15, 2009

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Honey Frosting


I’m generally a fan of anything that combines bananas and honey. So last night I tried out Martha Stewart’s Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Honey Frosting.

They were really good, the cupcake part is basically mini banana bread, which is awesome. I really liked the frosting too, although I have a feeling that a lot of people might not like the cinnamon/honey mix. So next time I’ll probably just drizzle them with honey and call it a day.


Makes 12

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
Honey-Cinnamon Frosting


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Spread tops with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting. Just before serving, peel and slice banana into rounds, and place one on each cupcake, if desired.


1 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners' sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes


  1. These look so very scrumptious! The frosting sounds good to me!

  2. i just found you via tastespotting, (well, and my 2 year old who goes "nana! nummies!! cupCAKES!" - i think she liked the recipe) and i must say, your blog is fab. i was reading through older posts, and my hubby and were really ministered to by the jon foreman videos you had up. and hello, keith green is awesome. anyway, i'm following you now, and i'm living in your garden vicariously. (i can't grow a garden this year, but maybe next!)

  3. it's very taste!!!!)))thanks for your recipe!!!

  4. These cupcakes look amazing, and all of your pictures are so beautiful. I can't wait to make these, thanks for sharing!

  5. WOW these look so DAMN good!! Anything with Banana's is a winner and your frosting OMG. I see a "loaf" of this in the very near future (once the bananas get good and ripe!!)

  6. Catherine: Thanks!
    those songs are some of my favorites, I'm glad you liked them.

  7. yum! i love cinnamon and honey and bananas...i like the new header too, very nice.

  8. I just made these and they are delicious!!! thanks so much for the receipe!! :)

  9. I am a new visitor to your blog, and first of all just let me say that every time I visit I always leave hungry, and these cupcakes are no exception! LOL
    I wanted to ask if you minded if I placed you on my favorite blog list on my blog.
    God Bless!

  10. Hi Kaitlyn, I don't mind at all! And I'm glad you leave hungry, that's a good sign! haha

  11. These look delicious! Now I'm hungry.... :D

  12. In my opinion, banana flavored anything is worth trying and those look soo good! i would throw a little cream cheese icing on that and be in heaving haha!

  13. I made these as soon as I saw them! I added walnuts to the batter though and just a touch of vanilla extract to the frosting. They were absolutely delicious!

  14. i love martha. although i'm envisioning almond butter incorporated into the fluffy frosting somehow!!!!

  15. yeah, i can't decide which one i like best. haha.

  16. Hi Hannah!

    I am a lurker: I found your link on a friend's blog. I just wanted to say how much I love your photography...It's beautiful. Everytime I visit I think, "wow, that should be in a cooking magazine!"

    I'm really into photography too, but I've never been that sucessful when "shooting food!"

    Great blog!


  17. i'm at work right now and actually exclaimed aloud when i saw the title of these cupcakes. the girl i share an office with gave me a weird look. whoops! :) my goodness, these look AMAZING!

    On a recent Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the food network i saw a girl roast her bananas in the oven first before baking with them. i wonder how that would affect the flavor if one were to do that with this recipe. hmmm. and i like the suggestion of the person who said to throw some cream cheese in the frosting. great idea! :)

    also, to answer your question about lightroom: i LOVE it. i definitely have figured out how to use all the features yet (i like taking baby steps), but the ones i have i really love. although the thing about editing is that i tend to go overboard at times because i have so much fun with it. but i've never used elements before. have you heard of Pioneer Woman? she has a photography section of her blog and while she has a couple of posts about lightroom, she mainly uses photoshop and elements. you should check out the stuff she says about elements to see if it strikes your fancy. i do love lightroom, though.

  18. oops, i meant "haven't figured out how to use all the features in lightroom." guess i should proofread before posting...i just got so excited about the muffins, my judgment was clouded ;)