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Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

Happy first official day of Summer! I am so happy that we’ve finally fully shaken off the shackles of winter and the cold rains of Spring- Now is the time for beaches, frozen margaritas and flip flops!

It also means I’m getting into crunch time for the wedding planning (112 days to go, who’s counting?). The big decisions have all been made, but there’s still so much to do- if you’ve spent any time looking at wedding blogs or wedding photographer portfolios, it’s all about the details. Never before have I so thoughtfully considered what color napkins are appropriate, what good cardstock should feel and look like, or if it’s worth it to get these ridiculous yellow straws for the reception (no but seriously, I feel like these might be awesome? Maybe?)

But before I get all wedding-y again on everyone, let’s talk about these cupcakes.

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

The folks at Coursehorse were generous enough to reach out to me and offer an awesome experience for my Meetup group, Food Bloggers in NYC. First off, if you are a food blogger in the area, I encourage you to join! We’ve got a LOT of exciting things coming up soon- and have already had a lot of fun events already.

Our last meetup on Wednesday was no exception. As mentioned, Coursehorse invited us to an amazing bloggers-only event- a cupcake class at the famous Butter Lane bakery in the East Village! People in the group jumped at the opportunity, and who wouldn’t? Tons of cupcakes, lessons on technique, and lots of interesting people- talk about a recipe (ha, ha) for success.


Olivia was our wonderful instructor from Butter Lane- she was extremely patient while she explained the importance of not over mixing your batter, the proper technique for frosting a cupcake the Butter Lane way (tap, tap, turn!) and how to make delicious custom frostings with just a few special add-ins to their staple flavors (chocolate, vanilla, and cream cheese). In total, we made 3 different kinds of cake (chocolate, vanilla, and banana), and 6 different frostings (in addition to the first 3, we also made raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, and cinnamon).

In return, we thanked her by tediously over documenting every single second of this awesome class with our D-SLRs and iPhones, using Instagram, Vine, Twitter, and Facebook, and of course our blog posts… whoops! That’s what you get when you invite a dozen food bloggers anywhere! 🙂


Here is the authentic Butter Lane recipe for my favorite combination- their delicious banana cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting. The banana cake was so light and fluffy, and not dense at all. That comes from mixing everything on looow speed until just combined- a very important tip I picked up!

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting
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Serves: 36

For the cupcakes:
  • ½ lb butter
  • 2½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups pureed bananas
For the frosting:
  • ½ lb butter
  • 1 lb cream cheese
  • 8 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

  1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix until sugar and butter forms a cream. Crack eggs into a separate bowl, and add vanilla extract, then add eggs to the mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until mixture becomes light and fluffy. Combine baking powder, baking soda and salt with flour. Add half the flour mixture, followed by buttermilk, then add the rest of the flour mixture. Mix until combined, but be careful not to over mix. On a low speed, mix in banana puree. Mix for one minute, then remove from mixer and finish mixing by hand. Scoop cupcakes and bake for 23 minutes.
  2. Make the frosting: Combine butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl and mix on a medium speed for 5 minutes. While mixing at low speed, add sugar. Once combined, add a splash of vanilla extract and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth and fully combined. Add cinnamon and mix again to combine.
  3. Frost fully cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

Recipe from Butter Lane.

Banana Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

An immense thank you to CourseHorse and Butter Lane for hosting our Meetup! By far our most tasty one yet!

Happy Friday and as always, Happy Eating 🙂


Review: Murray’s Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup!

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

I have a lot on my plate.

This is not commentary on my actual plate, although at any given time there is a lot on it. Girl’s gotta eat.

No, this is more a comment about my life. I’ve always been a do-er, someone who can’t sit still for too long without trying something new or starting and running some project or another. Between my full-time day job as a project manager, my part-time passion blogging here, and co-running an online bakery, I barely have time to catch up with friends, go to the gym (ha) or just unwind every so often.

And while I do very much value my free time, I am pretty much always dreaming about what I can do next. I wouldn’t trade my lifestyle for anything, and I’ve always maintained having a busy life leads to higher productivity than hanging around all day waiting for opportunities to come to you (That said, I do love me a lazy Sunday every so often…).

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Anyways, like I said, I got a lot going on. But lately, I’ve been wanting to meet and network with other food bloggers and learn from them, share our experiences, etc. I am always trying to grow Total Noms, and make it as useful and fun to read as possible for you all- and with so much great inspiration everywhere, I want to learn and improve as much as I possibly can!

I had an absolutely lovely casual catch-up with Kayle from The Cooking Actress and Susan from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen a few weeks back, where we chatted a bit about our blogs (but mostly concentrated on devouring waffles from the Wafels & Dinges truck!), but it got me thinking- there’s gotta be more NYC-based food bloggers who have the same interests!

So, last week, I started a group on Meetup.com. I’ve been to a few meetups before, mostly for technology or UX design folks, but this is my very first time starting and organizing one on my own. We are the Food Bloggers in NYC group, and we’re over 80 bloggers strong already!

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Our very first meetup took place this Tuesday at Murray’s Cheese Bar on Bleecker St. in NYC. I had never been to the Cheese Bar before, although I have stopped in the shop that is also on Bleecker a few times. And oh my goodness…. was it awesome.

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Do you like cheese? Do you live anywhere within 50 miles of New York? Then get your butt down here. Seriously, check out this menu!

I ordered the mac ‘n cheese (picture up top), which was an absolutely decadent and perfectly portioned piping hot plate of PERFECTION. Made with a combination of cheddar, gruyere, and bufala mozzarella, and garnished with tasso ham and crispy onions, this was unbeatable.

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Many people went with some combination of the cheese plate, which was pretty awesome. You can select specific cheeses you’d like to try, or allow the cheese mongers to prepare you a selection based on your general preferences!

Murray's Cheese Bar + Food Bloggers in NYC Meetup

Many thanks to the folks at Murray’s Cheese for hosting us- it was an absolutely amazing venue and such a fun time. What a great way to kick off our new group!

If you live in NYC and are interested in joining the meetup, check us out! I’ll be scheduling our next event soon- and I’m definitely open to suggestions. Events will run the gamut from tastings, to market outings, to cooking, photography and blogging workshops. I’m so excited about the group and can’t wait to meet more bloggers and food enthusiasts!

Happy Eating 🙂