Sunday, November 6, 2011

Making Banana Chocolate Mini Cupcakes with Kids

It's the long weekend now and I am very grateful for this! We are skipping Monday tomorrow. Yay!

Anyway, I bought two mini cupcake/muffin molds that I have longed for the longest time few days ago, got two kids staying over in our house this weekend and happened to have some ripe bananas in the kitchen. I have actually been planning to entertain my nieces again with some baking sessions after our fruitful first baking session a couple weeks ago. Thus, without much head-scratching and over-thinking, I decided to make some banana mini cupcakes for the kids today. I bake. I frost. The kids decorate. Perfect plan!

Baking with kids: Banana Chocolate Mini Cupcakes.

The girls and I had so much fun today. The banana mini cupcakes turned out pretty good and the chocolate frosting was indeed finger-lickin' good. Seriously, my little niece who helped me decorated the cupcakes with the sugar stars could not stop putting her little fingers into her mouth when she accidentally touched the chocolate frosting.

If you have kids at home and plan to have some fun baking sessions with them, you might want to try this recipe.

Banana Chocolate Mini Cupcakes


  • 50 gr Unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 120 gr Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 110 gr Mashed ripe bananas (about two medium bananas)
  • 30 ml Liquid milk
  • 125 gr Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda


  • 50 gr Unsalted butter, melted
  • 25 gr Cocoa powder
  • 40 ml Liquid milk
  • 150gr Icing Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sugar stars, for decorations


  1. Preheat the oven. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a dry container. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar by using high speed electronic mixer.
  3. Add in egg, vanilla extract, milk and mashed bananas into the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well by using high speed electronic mixer.
  4. Fold the flour into the cupcake batter by using spatula until well combined.
  5. Fill the paper-lined mini cupcake/muffin cups with the cupcake batter until two-thirds full.
  6. Bake the cupcakes at 180 degree Celsius for about 17-20 minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the chocolate butter cream frosting: Stir in the cocoa powder and vanilla extract into the melted butter. Alternately add the icing sugar and milk into the melted butter, beating to spreading consistency by using medium speed electronic mixer.
  8. Frost the cupcakes. Decorate. Have fun.
*This recipe makes about 27 mini cupcakes.

Sharing with you my fun baking moments with the kiddos today:

Curious and could not wait to start decorating the banana mini cupcakes.
By the way, my elder niece was the one who did all the paper-lining for the cupcake pans today.

My little niece holding the sugar stars.

Chocolate frosted mini cupcakes ready for decorations.

Working on our cupcake business.

Working hard.

 Happy little faces: Posing with their first decorated mini cupcakes.

A batch of our finished products today. 

Hey, we're done with the mini cupcakes! Let's eat them.

This recipe is easy to follow and the final results are not disappointing either. The kids and I enjoyed the whole baking and decorating processes today and they sure loved the taste of the cupcakes too! In fact, their Mom ate a little bit more cupcakes than they did today. I was happily amazed.

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