MS Cupcake Club: Banana Pecan

banana nutI signed up to participate in a bonus round of the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club. Members are required to bake one recipe a month, on the 15th. A bonus round for the Banana Pecan Cupcakes was set for Sept 30 on a voluntary basis. I couldn’t pass it by. It just so happens that the kids had been asking me to make banana bread AND I had some practically rotten bananas at the ready.

Mr. MarthaAndMe grew up eating banana bread a lot. I didn’t. His mother always baked banana bread inside a clean tin can, so that it came out round. As a kid, that was a big deal to him. Although I don’t bake my banana bread in a tin can, I do make it once in a while. Mr. MarthaAndMe likes to put cream cheese on his (blech!) but the kids like theirs plain. I always use my grandmother’s recipe which is foolproof. I was ready to give Martha’s recipe a try though.

Martha’s recipe is pretty similar to mine, but she uses cake flour. Normally I banana nut2use half white flour and half wheat flour in mine, but I followed the instructions here. The rest of the recipe was pretty unremarkable. I whipped it up and filled cupcake papers with it. Then it hit me – the recipe has no cinnamon in it! That is a travesty, so I mixed some cinnamon and coarse sugar together and sprinkled it on the tops of the cupcakes. Also, I left about 6 cupcakes without nuts for Dude Martha, who prefers no nuts in his.

These cupcakes took a lot longer to bake than Martha said – about 10 minutes more. They turned out nicely and everyone liked them. I did not frost them because these are really a muffin, not a cupcake and I also did top them with cinnamon and sugar.

I think I would stick to my grandmother’s recipe in the future, but I might make them as muffins, because they are convenient for freezing and for people to grab for breakfast.

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16 Responses to MS Cupcake Club: Banana Pecan

  1. Alexandra says:

    I make banana bread here at my B&B a lot. Didn’t know about the cinnamon. Will have to try adding it next time. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Sugar B says:

    It seems like I am the only one who thoroughly enjoyed this recipe! πŸ™‚ Well of course I didn’t make the caramel buttercream, but I thought the cupcakes were great since they were moist, flavorful, and well textured.

    Yours look great!

    Thanks for doing the bonus round with us! Super star!

  3. karen says:

    It didnt even dawn on me that there was no cinnamon in it. Your with the cinn-sugar topping sounds wonderful.

  4. marthaandme says:

    I always use cinnamon in my banana bread, so it was a necessary ingredient to get people here to eat it!

  5. mike says:

    I agree – it NEEDED cinnamon – these look great! And they really don’t need any frosting – the flavor is powerful by itself. Nicely done – and I’m sure your family recipe is just as good (if not better)!

  6. Kim says:

    I thought they were more like a muffin too. They do look yummy and the cinnamon sugar topping sounds delightful.

  7. Nina says:

    Wow, I didnt even realize that there wasnt any cinnamon. I think I was just so excited about the caramel buttercream haha =]

  8. marthaandme says:

    Understandably so! If I had made that frosting I would have eaten every one of these!

  9. Alyssa says:

    Wait, she asked to use cake flour?? Whoops! I totally used all-purpose.

    I agree, more like a muffin than cupcake. Cupcake makes me think chocolate..mmm..

  10. These look really good! I like how you knew intuitively to add the cinnamon – I think it’s the sign of someone who is a true baker at heart.

  11. Natalie says:

    Oooo – I will have to add cinnamon next time!

  12. Kerri says:

    I’m with Dude Martha. I’ll take a care package with no nuts, please. πŸ™‚

  13. Recipe Girl says:

    I also made these and they turned out great. I do agree they are more like a muffin versus a cupcake. I followed the ingredients exactly…even frosting them and garnishing with a banana slice…they were pretty delicious!!!

  14. marthaandme says:

    I agree! Cupcake=chocolate!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like they turned out great!

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