One of my favorite songs from 1964 was "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis. I remember going around singing the rhyming song using names of my family and friends. If you don't remember it, it goes something like this...
Marsha, Marsha, bo-barsha
I introduced my girls to this song by singing their names and, well, Kelly's stuck to the point I would refer to her as Kelly-Kelly, bo-belly as a term of endearment. However, once when I telephoned her one morning when she was in grad school in Colorado, her roommate, Christina answered the phone and because I couldn't tell these two California girls apart by their voice, I said, "Good morning Kelly Belly!" Kelly was mortified that I had let out the name I called her at home! She eventually came around and it was made us laugh!
I'm sharing this story because I'm calling these cupcakes Banana-Fana Cupcakes...because it still makes me smile.
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 very ripe banana, mashed
3 large eggs
1 tsp. Banana flavoring
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
3 Cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners.
In a KitchenAid (or a bowl using a hand mixer) and the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Mix in sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the banana and flavorings and mix again. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the sour cream in the milk. Add the flour and milk mixture alternately, ending with a flour addition. Mix well. Use a one-third size scoop to place batter in the paper liners. Bake 22-27 minutes or until golden brown and when you touch the tops, they spring back.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
4-5 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. Banana Flavoring
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2-3 T heavy cream
2-3 drops of yellow food coloring
Dried Banana Chips
In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add the 4 cups of confectioners' sugar and beat. Add the flavoring and extract and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Beat until fluffy. Add additional cream as needed.
Fill a pastry bag with a large round tip. Pipe frosting on top.
Add a banana chip on top... to let the recipient know what kind of cupcakes these are. Enjoy!