“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote
Oh man I love baking fruit! Strawberries, pineapples, cherries and peaches are a little exotic and can be tricky but bananas, carrots, apples and pears bake beautifully and very easily into cakes, pies, crumbles and whatnot. Their flavours permeate and amplify the accompanying flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon. Cinnamon is a must. Add nutmeg if you have some on hand.
Leave them naked. They’ll still be really good.
Makes 12
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s recipeWhat you’ll need:

For the cupcake

1 ½ cups flour
½ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup melted butter
1 ½ cups mashed bananas
3 eggs
½ tsp vanilla essence

For the frosting

¾ cup icing sugar
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup butter (softened but not melted)

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line your muffin tray with cupcake liners or brush down with butter.

2. Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl. In another bowl combine sugar and butter, add an egg at a time and whisk well.

3. Add the dry ingredients in batches and whisk well. Add the mashed bananas and give the batter a good stir but don’t overbeat.

4. Spoon batter into your muffin tray and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Note: Watch carefully because cupcakes bake quickly.

5. For the frosting beat the frosting ingredients together for about 5 minutes till creamy and well amalgamated.

6. Apply frosting as best you can and top with a slice of banana if you have one to spare.

Not winning any prizes for frosting cupcakes but they taste really good and I guess that’s all that’s important.


  1. and another thing, when you are writing the recipe for icing specify the use of powdered sugar or icing sugar is better. cause people who bake will know, but for beginners, everything has to be broken down! i give recipes to people and they ask me the strangest things that i would have never thought!
    also its great that you are doing this:) we should exchange some recipes cause i love modifying dessert recipes and have a bunch of them as i’m sure you do.
    p.s- its me prerna, dont know if you remember but we met once at chonas with pujari around.

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