Monday, March 14, 2011

Mom Bakes Mondays: Banana Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Frosting

My mom, Jeanette, is one of the biggest the reasons why I bake so well. Growing up, my brother and I were constantly awaking to fresh treats.  We'd go to bed after eating -- or in my case, kind of eating -- a fantastic dinner, and in the morning wake to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns and bacon.  (The fact that she never thought to combine the two is a bit upsetting, but I digress). There were always healthyish home-baked treats if we wanted them.  I think it's because of this that although I love baking, and eating dessert, both my brother and I don't binge on sweets.

A lot of my most favourite and staple recipes come from my mom, like Healthy Cinnamon Rolls, Wacky Cake, and Perry Bars.  These are the same treats my son wakes up to, as well. 

It is probably in large part because of her that I love to bake today. However, she really dropped the ball when it came to instilling a love of cooking, tidiness, cleaning, and organizing-- all things she is equally, albeit fanatically, good at.

It's because of her incredible talent (Mom, this brief moment of weakness sentimentality is your Christmas present), that I've decided to feature her baking on Mondays. She's excited to share, and will have some amazing things to show off. Trust.

The recipe for these banana chocolate cupcakes comes from both of our beloved RLB's Heavenly Cakes. The icing comes from my mom's head. Our conversation when I tried to extract the recipe went something like this:
"Mom, what's the recipe for the icing?"
"Oh, I don't know. I just sort of winged it."
"Okay, but I can't tell the internet to just wing it with some sugar and peanut butter, so what did you do?"
She hummed and hawed for a minute. "I used about a third a cup of butter, and a third a cup of peanut butter, I guess. And then I added some icing sugar. And cream! I used real cream".  Thanks, Mom.

So there you have it. To make the frosting, use 1/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup peanut butter. Add icing sugar (I'm assuming 2-3 cups), and then some cream to get the right texture.

In future, she promised to pay much better attention to what she's doing.  But we have to be alike in some ways.


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