cinnamon & honey frosted banana cupcakes

Few bananas that are sitting inside the fruit bowls are rotting away. I thought of banana bread but I do not want to bore the crew with it. So I thought of muffins and for some reason I googled cupcake instead.

Thanks to google and fellow food bloggers archive, that I do not need to haul my cook books everywhere. Every time I fly back home I always end with extra weight and pay wee bit for that. Last year I was lucky to have a Greek friend who was driving from France back to Greece, we loaded my things on his car et voila they arrived in Athens with out much damaged to my pocket.

So when google came up with few searches I opted for Martha Stewart’s banana cupcake recipe… because the frosting sounds delectable… cinnamon … honey..

I have a certain weakness for cinnamon

I did not alter anything in this recipe except for reducing the sugar a little bit and the honey.

Ok… I was tempted to add some nutmeg too. I grated a bit of nutmeg to the mixture because I just love the “marriage” of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Am pretty sure though that if I will bake this a second time round, I will play around with other flavours that I can add to this recipe.


Makes 12
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix).
  • Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Spread tops with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting. Just before serving, peel and slice banana into rounds, and place one on each cupcake, if desired.

  • Honey-Cinnamon Frosting


    1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat confectioners’ sugar, unsalted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes

    Did not take long before these 12 dainty cupcakes disappeared.
    And here are some photos I have taken around Ft Lauderdale beach area.


    1. Rosa December 1, 2008 at 12:03 am #

      Gorgeous cupcakes! i love that flavor combo!



    2. ajay December 1, 2008 at 1:36 am #

      Ang kikay naman ng cupcake na yan, may ribbon pa, hehehe. Seriously, I want!! love bananas <3

    3. Shalimar December 1, 2008 at 2:42 am #

      AJAY kasing kikay nag himo…

    4. Shalimar December 1, 2008 at 3:24 am #

      oh yes cinnamon and nutmeg are always great.. merci Rosa

    5. RennyBA December 1, 2008 at 4:53 am #

      Now my mouth watering again – just like the last time I visit :-)

    6. Shalimar December 1, 2008 at 7:12 am #

      tussen tak renny.. drool….

    7. FoodJunkie December 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

      What lovely pictures!

    8. Jescel December 1, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

      that is so funny… i was looking at the same cupcake recipe yesterday. have martha stewart’s living cookbook and thought this was interesting… love cinnamon too! your cupcake looks awesome. Gai ko beh? LOL…

    9. cheh December 1, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

      Wow what a shot!Very profi dyud:) Thanks for sharing the recipe inday!luv banana cakes as ever!

    10. dhanggit December 2, 2008 at 9:24 am #

      the funny thing is , the more rotten the bananas are the better they are in the cake :-) i love cinnamon but honey hates it..maybe this cupcake will change his mind :-)

    11. toni December 2, 2008 at 11:21 am #

      Oh my gosh. I want to stuff my face with them. Eek. I know, greedy.

    12. K December 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm #

      Sha, sha, the banana slice on top is attention-seeker. Parang it’s a garnish out of a dessert food, not too elaborate yet looks (and hopefully) satisfyingly delicious. Well, every dessert always deserves a garnish, innit? Like ko sya.

    13. Shalimar December 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

      thank you…

    14. Shalimar December 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm #

      … if you drive up here in Ft Laud will gladly share this one with you…. I want to get her cookbook too but the site is helpful…

    15. Shalimar December 4, 2008 at 11:59 pm #

      day che para sa imo mga baktin try this one.

    16. Shalimar December 5, 2008 at 12:09 am #

      just dont tell honey there is cinnamon.. 😉

    17. Shalimar December 5, 2008 at 12:10 am #

      haha toni you can stuffed as much I had a lot as well.. too light and airy

    18. Shalimar December 5, 2008 at 12:11 am #

      good K … i love beautifully served food… busog agad ako sa looks

    19. joey December 5, 2008 at 6:14 am #

      Yum! These sound delicious :)

    20. spiCes December 6, 2008 at 9:11 pm #

      yummy and pretty! wasn’t able to make tiramisu for thanksgiving…nauwi sa creme brulee ulit:)

    21. cheh December 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm #

      Have a nice week ahead inday! ((hugses))

    22. Jude December 10, 2008 at 1:13 am #

      Looks good.. Definitely much more appetizing than a big loaf of sliced banana bread if you ask me.

    23. Lorraine E December 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

      I love the idea of honey cinnamon frosting on top of the banana cupcake!

    24. Karen June 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

      Love your muffins/cupcakes, Inday Sha! Masubukan nga!

    25. Stephen June 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

      You googles cupcake because of us Brits influencing your ENGLISH! Definitely a cupcake and not a muffin… Proud of you!!!!! Look tasty too…

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