I am “bananas for you”!

So we are officially back from our vacation and I am just now getting over the “tiredness” of it all.  I don’t know if I am tired because of the traveling or the fact we were in Wine Country.  I feel like because it is Wine Country, you can’t pass up any glass of wine that is offered to you..right?

Picture above was taken at Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, CA…..absolutely one of our favs!

Before we left on vacation, it was our first anniversary as a married couple.  For our anniversary, I wanted to get my husband the cupcakes that we had for our wedding.  The thing with these cupcakes is that he HAD to have them! They were considered “his” cupcakes.  We got caught up in all things wedding and he didn’t get to enjoy “his” cupcakes.  I thought this could be a perfect gift for him.  Well chocolate monkey cupcakes were just not in the cards.  I was actually really sad about this until I realized I had the best invention EVER….Pinterest! Sure enough, all I had to do is search chocolate banana cupcakes and WALLAH!

Original Pin:

http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2010/05/chocolate-banana-cupcakes.html

The Process:

The link above has the recipe that I used for these cupcakes.  I did follow the cupcake recipe down to the coconut milk, which was a scavenger hunt trying to find but I ended up finding it at Woodman’s.  However, I did not exactly follow the frosting recipe.  I made it the way the recipe called for but was not “in love” with the taste.  I found it to be WAY too sugary and wanted more of the buttermilk frosting taste.  I ended up adding more coco powder (about 1 teaspoon), another 1/4 of a banana, 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and 1/4 cup of butter.  This helped make the frosting better for my taste.  If you like  frosting to be more sugary, I would follow the recipe.

Pinadvice:

For the garnish, I added dried bananas and of course the monkey foils that I found at Woodman’s.  I ate a lot of batter while I was mixing the ingredients in, so I was only able to make 10 cupcakes and not the 12 that the recipe says.  If you are making these are a bigger group, I would recommended doubling the recipe or even tripling it just to make sure you have enough because these WILL fly  off the table.  It is just my husband and I that were eating these but that didn’t matter, they were gone the next day.  Bye bye Insanity workout results, but totally worth it!  I ended up keeping the cupcakes in the frig because of the butter and banana in the frosting and found them to be EVEN BETTER cold.  I would recommend keeping them cold before serving them to guest.

Of course I couldn’t resist telling my husband…”I am bananas for you”

Happy indulging 🙂

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