Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Entertaining with Banana Cupcakes

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Over the weekend, my parents, Jordan, and myself had the pleasure of entertaining two of my nieces! Besides plenty of park time, a movie night, and a trip to the zoo (more on that later), I really wanted to bake with the girls. I haven't baked or cooked really at all this summer (a benefit of living with my parents this summer!), so they were the added motivation to bring out my flour and sugar!

My mom has several excellent banana dessert recipes. We chose one from her well-loved Betty Crocker cookbook. This recipe literally takes about 10 minutes to throw together and only needs one bowl! Obviously, with helping hands it takes a bit longer but speed wasn't our goal for the day. Quality time was our goal :-)


Banana Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas 1 1/4 cups sugar (I used a little less) 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking powder 2 large eggs

Heat oven to 350. The original recipe says to literally beat everything together in your mixer. We decided to separate the dry from the wet ingredients before combining everything in my mom's kitchen aid mixer.

For little hand portions, we chose to make cupcakes.

Bake 50 minutes for a cake and a little less for cupcakes!

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup butter 1/3 cup cream (we used a combination of milk & cream) 1/4 cup baking cocoa 3 cups confectioner sugar (this is a runnier frosting, but you can add more sugar to thicken it!) 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine butter, cream, and cocoa in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is heated through. Remove from heat, beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth.



^ Helping hands :-)


^ This frosting is SO good! Every year for my birthday my mom spruces it up with cinnamon which pairs with her famous cinnamon chocolate cake.

As our moving date is getting closer, I'm so grateful to share any special moment with my nieces! I'm going to miss not seeing them so often!

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