Today my little neighbor skipped off to her first day in grade one.
What memories does the first day of school have for you?
After-school-snacks would rate high on my 'favorite' list
as it probably does for most children.
I suggest these cupcakes with a glass of milk.
Not only are they pretty to look at, but they are yummy from
the inside out ... a very tender crumb with a peanut butter frosting.
BANANA CUPCAKES with PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING
1¼ cups flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
Blend dry ingredients together; set aside
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1½ tsp. vanilla
Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, yolk and vanilla;
continue beating until smooth.
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium)
½ cup plain yogurt
Mix mashed banana and yogurt together; add to creamed mixture alternately with
dry ingredients in two additions. Beat just until blended.
Spoon into 12 large greased or paper-lined muffin cups.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 24 minutes or until wooden pick
inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
When cool frost with Peanut Butter Frosting.
Peanut Butter Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese
2 tbsp. butter, softened
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
½ tsp. vanilla
1½ - 2 cups powdered sugar
Beat cream cheese and butter together until fluffy; add peanut butter and
vanilla and beat until blended. Gradually beat in 1½ cups powdered sugar until
smooth. If necessary add more powdered sugar for spreading or piping consistency.