Monday, October 10, 2011

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes - Secret Recipe Club

What's it about playschool and toddlers? A cold or cough or "a new bug" every 3 weeks, early mornings chases around the house with my son in his PJs and I following him with his brush, school bags being left behind in the elevator... I barely got time to recover from the sleepless nights in April when playschool started and by the time I had a chance to put my head up, we were already in October!

The year has not ended yet, but has been very difficult for my family with a lot of close members not being around anymore and two going in a very sudden way leaving us surprised at how short life can be.

There has been a sudden awakening around me to appreciate life more and become a better person. Yes, I am still snappy at that time of the month; No, I haven't suddenly become Ms Goody-Two-Shoes; I still lose my cool at small things when I having a bad day - BUT I have started to sit up and look at the simple pleasures life has to offer so it doesn't race you by.

Walking hand in hand with your little one picking up flowers, picking up your toddler from school with a treat (chocolate cupcake), getting up early in the morning to enjoy your morning cuppa in a quiet house before everyone is up or just enjoying some quiet sit-down time with your spouse away from the maddening social commitments.. this list can just go on and on.

And, life I realized is as simple as you make it to be...So go on and do something you really want to but haven't been able to do for a while 'coz of your super crazy schedule!

When I chose this recipe from, I wanted something kid friendly that my son could bake with me 'coz he thinks he is my lil helper and likes to whisk away in the bowl while I add the ingredients. I was not going to be a MANIAC and look for perfection but these came out pretty perfect if I may say so!

The Secret Recipe Club is the brainchild of  Amanda Formaro where you get assigned to a secret blog and get to cook from it! Excited... you can learn more about it from the links provided! A great initiative to get to know more bloggers and try out new recipes!

The original recipe is here - - I tweaked it a bit here and there depending on what I had on hand!

100 grams salted butter
1 cup flour ( About 3/4 all purpose and 1/4 millet flour and 2 tablespoon cocoa powder)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp baking powder
2 very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla

Makes 6 cupcakes and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. A great way to get your child involved.

I sat my kid down in the middle of the kitchen on a splat mat with a big bowl and whisk - in went the bananas - mash, mash, mash. Then went in the melted butter and a lot of vigorous whisking. Then went in the sugar - I had to help here a bit so that the mixture was a bit creamy and the sugar was dissolved. The eggs and vanilla were broken and whisked by me in a separate bowl and then whisked into the bowl by the toddler. The flour all in one heap, into the bowl and all mixed together.

WHAT A FORGIVING RECIPE! The toddler opted for whisking after all the effort and I went back to lining the muffin tin and put the cupcakes in for 25 minutes in a 170C preheated oven.

We just used a icing sugar and warm water to make a paste, put it in a baggy and most of what you see is what my son did with me holding his hand... life is all about having fun! Enjoy with your loved ones with a tall glass of milk or hide it in the snack box for a warm hug when they get back from school!


Heather Davis said...

Glad you liked the recipe and that it was was forgiving. They need to be when toddlers are involved! We always need reminding about the simple pleasures. They are too easily forgotten.

Lisa~~ said...

It's always an experience cooking with children. Your cupcakes look delish.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Cook Lisa Cook

judee said...

Banana cupcakes sound wonderful to me. great SRC choice.

Katherine Martinelli said...

What a great post and so fun that you got your child involved!! I'm so sorry to hear about what a rough year you have had. Thank you for reminding us to take joy in every moment. I was lucky enough to be assigned your blog this month for SRC! Hope you'll stop by and check it out :-)

Amanda said...

I love a good cupcake, so yummy and easy to eat!

Sara said...

These look fantastic, what a great combination! I love banana and chocolate together, yummy! :)

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Oh how delicious!


Great choice.

Ilke said...

Hope the year ends on a good note for you! And hope the little pleasures brighten your day!
What a nice way to involve your son, bet he loves whisking the ingredients.

Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Great post. I too have found myself lost in the business that is life. When school starts it gets crazy and difficult to keep up. Great choice for SRC!

Trisha said...

They look delicious!!! It must have been a fun project to do with u'r son!

foodie @ tastingspot said...

i like your pictures and would like to invite you to share them on

Shelby said...

Losing someone so unexpectedly is such a hard ting to deal with. I'm sorry you have lost so much this year.

The muffins look yummy and I really love how pretty the glazing is!

Lisa said...

Kids are awesome to bake with - did it with my nephew a few months ago - cookies he demanded lol Those banana chocolate cupcakes look awesome! Love the drippy glaze!

Carolyn said...

Mmmm, great pick for the SRC!

Deeba PAB said...

Enjoy these days! What fun!! Kids and their antics will carry on forever! My teen just baked her first independent cupcakes a few days ago too ... and I was left to clean up! These are pretty & perfect cupcakes. WOW!!

Desi said...

Banana and chocolate... I love both of those things so much. Oh, and I love cupcakes. Sounds like I must make these soon!