Banana Nut Cupcakes with yummy caramel frosting – Cooking with kids – and make Banana Nut Bread too!

The Prepared Pantry Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix makes great banana bread. It’s baked at a lower temperature and in a loaf pan with mashed bananas and comes out denser and moister than a cake—just like a quick bread. (See the recipe below.) And you can make banana cupcakes, with a YUMMY Caramel frosting too. Here is that super recipe for cooking with  kids.

Banana Nut Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Vanilla Bean Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon banana flavor
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

1.Mix cake mix, oil, eggs, banana, and flavor in stand-type mixer, per package instructions. 2.Add the nuts and cinnamon chips to the cake batter. Mix just until combined.

3.Spoon the batter into 16 to 18 regular muffin pan cavities.

4.Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool on a wire rack.

5.You could use canned cream cheese frosting and sprinkle some nuts on the top – or use the Caramel Frosting below.Vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting and sliced bananas

 Caramel Frosting

You can make homemade caramel or unwrap a pound of caramel candies such as Kraft for this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound caramel heated until soft and warm
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon caramel flavor
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream

Directions:

1.Scrape the soft caramel into the bowl of your stand-type mixer. Making sure that the caramel is not too warm to melt the butter, add one cup (two sticks) of cold butter to the caramel. Beat the butter into the caramel.

2.Add the powdered sugar and flavor and beat in. Add enough milk or whipping cream to reach the right consistency. The frosting can be spread with a knife or piped with a pastry bag.

Banana Nut Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 Vanilla Bean Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon banana flavor
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon chips

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

1.Mix cake mix, oil, eggs, banana, and flavor in stand-type mixer, per package instructions.

2.Add the nuts and cinnamon chips to the cake batter. Mix just until combined.

3.Spread batter in a greased or parchment lined 9”X5” loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

4.Allow the bread to cool in the pan on a wire rack. If you are using parchment paper, grab the edges of the paper and lift to transfer it to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

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