We haven't had cake-y things on the blog for a while. I think it was from a traumatic experience last October where I failed to make a successful pomegranate orange pound cake... five times in a row. No success on that one yet ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But when I realized it's been an entire year of working on Nommable, it only made sense to bake cake!
I've never had a hobby, other than watching Netflix and the occasional attempts at learning korean pop dance moves (embarrassingly hilarious). Until I started this blog. And looking back, I can confidently say that it's done a lot for me. I've gained a bunch of baking knowledge - how to play with yeast, the importance of chilling dough, the difference between baking soda and baking powder. And I've gained a lot of other things too - a DSLR that I love for both food and non-food photos, lots of new, inspiring, fun blog friends, and more confidence. It gives me a break when I need it and a challenge when I'm particularly bored. It's helped me pinpoint unhappy things and prompt me to change those things into good feels that make me want to dance.
Most importantly, I think it's helped me understand the concept of "balance". I'm usually an give-it-110% kind of lady - you know, endless study marathons all day or incredibly strict dieting during the week, the extremes of life. Which can lead to great results and accomplishments but also can lead to a lot of burn out. I used to handle it pretty well, but chalk it up to a change within myself or with my surroundings - something happened and then I couldn't handle it quite like before. So now, it's a little more about being kind to yourself, giving yourself breaks and still managing to get everything done in a way that leaves you satisfied. Having this little space has certainly given me more balance. And in turn, a little more peace.
So I figured what better way to celebrate than with a nod to my first ever recipe - banana chocolate chip bread. Except this time amped up to cake form - with roasted bananas to accentuate the flavor and a chocolate cream cheese frosting iced all pretty with swirls. Still bananas and chocolate, just made a little fancy. It's been such a good journey and I'm so grateful to every single one of you sticking with me and with this blog. Here's to the end of year one and the start of year two - hopefully filled with even more cake!
Roasted banana cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting
For the cupcakes
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup whole milk + 1 tsp vinegar (homemade buttermilk!)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 large, roasted bananas, mashed (to roast bananas, poke holes in bananas (skin on) and place in 350 F oven for 20 minutes)
For the frosting
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3 cups powdered sugar
For the cupcakes
- Preheat oven to 350 F and line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar for 3 minutes on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Add the milk + vinegar mixture, vanilla, and eggs and mix until well combined. Add the bananas and mix again. Add the dry ingredients to this mixture and mix until well combined, but don't overmix!
- Scoop the batter into the cupcake tin (about 2/3 full for each). Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick placed into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and take out the cupcakes to let them cool on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
For the frosting
- In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy using a mixer.
- Add the cocoa powder and mix again until well combined. Add the powdered sugar and beat until it becomes the consistency of frosting. If you think it is too thick, add a splash of milk, but no milk worked out just fine for me!
- Frost your cupcakes with a generous amount of frosting and enjoy.