Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MSC: Banana-Pecan Cupcakes

The September Bonus Round recipe was the Banana-Pecan cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting on pg. 41 of Martha Stewart's Cupcakes cookbook.

I instantly knew I was going to make the bonus recipe this month because I love, love, love anything reminiscent of banana bread. The banana-pecan cupcakes are just that.. little pieces of banana-bread with a glorious tasting caramel buttercream frosting.

I actually made these early on a Friday morning, before work, at 4:30am. Call me crazy.. I know I am. I got up super early to make these because I wanted to bring them to my Aunt for her birthday and we were going to see her that very night.

This recipe took quite a while. Not sure how everyone else in the MSC club did, but it took me 2 - 2.5 hours to bake, cool, and frost.

After taking some photos in the morning sunrise, I hopped in the shower, got ready, and headed to work. I decided to bring a few to share the love, and share the love did I. Everyone enjoyed them, or at least said they did.

I will definitely make these again. The caramel buttercream was killer. The perfect touch.

Happy cupcake making!


  1. Just beautiful! Your piping is awesome! Those cupcakes look far more tasty than mine did. Funny that you made them at 4:30 a.m. - I do a lot of my baking at 5 in the morning, so I feel you. It's the only quiet time I have before my husband and toddler get up and disrupt my day! Happy cupcake-ing! :)

  2. These look great! I love your piping! Mine took a while to make too.

  3. Your cupcakes look fantastic! Was your caramel buttercream a killer in the taste dept or the making dept. I got killed in the making dept.

  4. Yours are gorgeous - and you're a very dedicated baker to get up so early to make them!

  5. I am so glad you loved that caramel buttercream!

    Your cupcakes look great and super adorable. I know what you mean .. baking at odd hours. 4:30AM. That is a killer. I have to bake tonight and I prob won't be done until 1AM. Oh well. I consider it free therapy.

    Thanks so much for doing the bonus challenge! You are an overachiever! ;)

  6. Wow. 4:30am? That's only like 2.5 hours after I normally go to bed. I could never do that.

    Your caramel buttercream has this beautiful color. I love it!

  7. Your cupcakes look so nice! Love the frosting! I am wishing I had made the caramel buttercream!

  8. Great job on the frosting--so pretty! I went with chocolate sour cream frosting but I must try the caramel.

  9. Oh, those look pretty. Great job! I also got rave reviews from my work buddies. I'm always hoping they are honest with me. Love the photos. :)