I can’t stop thinking of cupcakes!!! I guess I’ve been watching too many episodes of Cupcake Wars.
Cupcake Wars is such a fun show to watch! Four bakers come together in Los Angeles, CA. They are given certain challenge ingredients that they have to make a cupcake with in 45 minutes. If they advance, they make 3 kinds of cupcakes in 90 minutes. For the final round, they have to make an 1000 cupcake display for whatever event the episode centers around. These events are typically big, famous, themed parties that bakers are making the cupcakes for. Their cupcakes are judged on flavor and presentation. Watching the show has given me loads of cupcake inspiration!
Naturally, I wanted cupcakes after watching a few episodes. One baker made a banana nut cupcake, and it prompted my mom and I to create these sweet suckers.
These cupcakes would win Cupcake Wars. They are sweet, nutty, and taste like french toast! Really! Try them out as you watch Cupcake Wars and you will be happy.
Banana French Toast Cupcakes
adapted from these Bake and Destroy cupcakes
- 1/2 cup banana (1 huge banana), mashed
- 1 & 1/4 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 and ½ tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2/3 cup nondairy milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Toast the walnuts and pecans for 4-5 minutes. Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Mash the banana in a mixer / blender / food processor, etc. Transfer it into a small bowl, and mix it with the oil, nondairy milk, and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold the walnuts into the batter. Line and fill cupcake tins 2/3 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool, then frost them!
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons Earth Balance
- 6 tablespoons non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
- 2 tablespoons + 1/2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
Beat everything together until it’s light & fluffy. It will take 2-3 minutes. Frost the cupcakes and enjoy!