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Banana Cupcakes

 Banana Cupcakes
"This recipe was given to me by my mother, and I've since handed it down to my daughters," says Wanda Thole of Leonard, Minnesota. "The moist cupcakes are topped with frosting that comes together in no time. And if you'd like even more banana taste, stir some mashed banana into it."
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • Colored sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in
  • vanilla and bananas. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda
  • and salt; add to banana mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating
  • well after each addition.
  • Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for
  • 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light

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Banana Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • and fluffy; add enough milk to achieve desired spreading
  • consistency. Frost cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles if desired.
  • Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 297 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.