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The cinnamon frosting steals the show!
For the cupcakes:
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Mix together sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and combine with your mixer on medium. Add in your bananas and buttermilk/milk. Add flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until just incorporated.
Scoop batter into your cupcake liners (either freestanding liners or lightweight paper liners in a cupcake pan) and dot with chocolate chips (or your can fold in your chips just before you fill your liners). Depending on the size liners used this will yield 9-16 cupcakes.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
Depending on the size cupcake liners you use (as well as the size of your bananas), you may have a bit of leftover batter. If so, just spray a small loaf pan and make yourself (or your neighbor) a tiny cake.
Note: The more bananas you add the denser the cupcakes will be (more banana bread-like).
For the frosting:
Note: I didn’t want the frosting too thick, so I kept adding water until I was happy with the consistency. The trick to this icing is to just turn on your mixer and walk away—let it go for 4-5 minutes, stopping it once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl and add more water to get it where you like it. I apologize in advance for your new frosting addiction!
Combine powdered sugar, cinnamon, honey and butter in your mixing bowl and whip on low speed until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of water and increase speed, allow the icing to keep on mixing. You want it light and fluffy. Add more water until you get the consistency you are happy with and whip some more! The icing will keep for a few days.
Pipe or frost onto the top of the cooled cupcakes.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!