Friday, August 23, 2013

Cinnamon Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


Imagine combining the flavors of cinnamon rolls and banana bread.
Can you taste the cinnamon, banana and cream cheese frosting all mixed together?
Are you drooling yet?

That is the flavor of this cake...
Cinnamon Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!

This recipe was inspired by a bag of cinnamon chips in my pantry.
I started brainstorming new ways to use them and came up with this fantastic combination.

The cinnamon chips really add a kick of flavor to the banana cake,
and the (seriously yummy!) cinnamon cream cheese frosting is the perfect way to top it off.

All you banana bread and cinnamon roll fans are going to LOVE this cake!

Cinnamon Banana Cake
by Bird On A Cake
Cinnamon Banana Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 c. milk mixed with 1 T. vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup cinnamon baking chips
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Cinnamon Banana Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 8 inch cake pans with wax paper, and grease the sides.
In a large bowl, mix together the bananas and both sugars. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add oil, buttermilk and vanilla; mix until well combined.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture; combine well. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
Divide batter equally into prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a rack.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Gradually add the sugar, beating until fluffy. Mix in cinnamon.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sunflower Cupcakes made with Oreo Cookies

My kids will go back to school in one week, and I have such mixed emotions.

First of all, I'm SO excited!
I'm ready to get back to a real routine and a little less chaos.

But I'm also nervous and worried.
My oldest daughter is starting high school, after 3 years of home school.
My younger daughter (who is autistic) is entering the craziness of middle school.
My son (also autistic) will be part of a typical class for the first time, in 1st grade.

So my feelings are a bit confused!

Whether you feel excited or nervous,
either emotion is a great reason to make these easy Sunflower Cupcakes...

If you aren't ready for your kids to go back to school, make these cupcakes.
They will distract you from worrying and make you feel better!

If you are excited that your kids are finally going back to school, make these cupcakes.
It's time to celebrate!!!

What You Will Need:
A batch of cooled cupcakes
A decorating bag fitted with Wilton #32 tip
Yellow buttercream frosting
Oreo Cookies

First, fill the decorating bag with frosting.

 Spread a thin layer of frosting on your cupcake.

 Pipe petals all around the edge of your cupcake.
To form a petal, hold the tip slightly about the cupcake surface.
Squeeze the bag until the frosting forms a large dot.
Stop squeezing and pull the tip up and away to form a point.

Divide an Oreo cookie in half, and press half on top of your cupcake.

Pipe another layer of petals on the outer edge of the Oreo.

 Smile and eat a Sunflower Cupcake. :)


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