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Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting & Sweet Designs Giveaway

Today is an exciting day! Amy Atlas’s book,  Sweet Designs, hits the book shelves. I got my book last week and I am in love! Amy’s book is filled with over 175 recipes and dessert displays that are easy to create at home. There are so many fun and creative ideas in Sweet Designs, I want to have a party every day! Amy’s dessert tables are fabulous! I didn’t have time to create an entire table yet, but soon! I couldn’t wait to try one of Amy’s recipes though-the book is filled with lots and lots of sugary sweets. My kind of book:) I made Amy’s Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, one of the recipes included in the Pastel Pretty party. I love all things pastel and Amy’s Pastel Pretty Party is perfection…and so are the Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

The banana cupcakes are simple to make, which makes them perfect party food. The banana cupcakes are super moist thanks to the bananas and sour cream and are topped with cream cheese frosting. These classic cupcakes are sure to be a hit at any party. Amy jazzes the cupcakes up with licorice pastel candies. Since I still have multiple bags of Easter M&M’s lying around the house, I used Easter M&M’s. I knew loading up on the after Easter candy sales would come in handy:)

The Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are a reason to have a party on their own, but Amy’s Pastel Pretty table is filled with pretty pastel treats. A few of the sweets include: vanilla cake, pound cake bites, sugar cookies, eclairs, and cotton candy sticks. Oh, and did I mention Amy created a tablecloth made with Necco Wafers? Genius! I can’t wait to have my own Pastel Pretty party!

Sweet Designs is filled with lots of party planning ideas, crafts,  recipes, and tips. All of the dessert tables are spectacular! And don’t worry if you are not crafty or creative, Amy makes party planning easy! So before you plan your next party, pick up a copy of Sweet Designs. Amy will help make your party a smashing success!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Kelly @ Studio DIY (#149). Thanks to everyone who entered! 

And good news-we are giving away a copy of Sweet Designs to one lucky reader!  Yahoo!

To enter to win a copy of Sweet Designs, leave a comment on this post telling us “What is your favorite kind of party to throw? (birthday, Super Bowl, 4th of July, Halloween, New Year’s Eve, etc.)

To earn additional entries, leave separate comments for each of the steps below:

1. Tweet about this giveaway using the following tweet: “I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book, Sweet Designs, from @TwoPeasandPod: http://bit.ly/JrAcq6

2. Share the link to this giveaway post on your Facebook page.

3. Follow Two Peas and Their Pod on Pinterest.

The giveaway is open until Friday, April 27th, 11:59 MST. The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents (18 years old or older). Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Now, go buy the book, start party planning, and make these Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. They are delicious! And make sure you check out these fabulous blog posts about Sweet Designs from some of my favorite food blogging friends!  You are in for a real treat-more tasty recipes and giveaways are in store!

Amy Atlas is kindly providing a copy of Sweet Designs for this giveaway, but our opinions are our own. 

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting-perfect for parties or an every day treat!

Ingredients:

For the banana cupcakes:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 ripe medium bananas, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioner's sugar
Pastel candy or sprinkles for decorating, optional ( I used Easter M&M's)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and continue to beat, adding one egg at a time until thoroughly combined. Add the sour cream and bananas and mix until combined.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to the mixer and beat until just smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until just combined.

3. Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way full with the batter and bake, rotating halfway through, until the cupcakes are golden and a cake tester inserted int he middle comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

4. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the frosting onto each cupcake. Using an offset spatula and holding the cupcake in your hand, spread the frosting on in swirls by turning the cupcake in your hand. Ring each cupcake with pastel candies or sprinkles, if using. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

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856 Responses to “Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting & Sweet Designs Giveaway”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — April 24, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I love throwing baby showers. I especially enjoy having all the cute baby-related decorations!

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    Shannon — April 24, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I am definitely the biggest fan of birthday parties. They are so exciting!

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    Elizabeth Jenkins — April 24, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    My favorite party is anything that includes my wonderful family and friends getting together!

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    Kalyn — April 24, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    I love throwing birthday parties – I love celebrating people!

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    Beth — April 24, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Brunches! I love throwing brunch-style parties. Ours are usually very relaxed and casual, but the food (and company) is always great!

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    Tara H — April 24, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    A cookie party for all the ladies during the holidays or a summer BBQ for friends and family.

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    Lauren — April 24, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I love throwing bridal showers!! They are so much fun, and it’s such a joyous occasion.

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    Shirley — April 24, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I am following you on PINTEREST!!!

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    Megan S. — April 24, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I love to throw a fabulous birthday party!

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    Megan S. — April 24, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    I follow your pinterest!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 24, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Well, I generally fail miserably at throwing parties—but birthdays are always my fav!!

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    Amy H — April 24, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Any party in the summer where we can be outside.

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    Brandi Daves — April 24, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I love throwing a huge children’s birthday party.

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    Cindy — April 24, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    A birthday party.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — April 24, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    Mmm. Put cream cheese frosting on top of anything and I’m there. Looks delicious!

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    Brandi Daves — April 24, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Following you on pinterest….this is going to kill my diet!

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    Becky M — April 24, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    I love throwing birthday parties, and making my kids special cakes. I just love how excited they get!

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    Erica — April 24, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Yum! Those are so pretty and I bet they’re delicious too! I love doing football parties because apps are so much fun to make & eat

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    Becky M — April 24, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Following you on Pinterest- your pins look great!

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    Shirley — April 24, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    We all eat and get together for Birthdays. We are planning my mom’s 80th birthday now. The book would come in handy,

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    Krista — April 24, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I don’t throw much parties, but I love having friends come over for wine night! I’m getting married in June, which will be my first big party. In August I’ll be having a house warming party, which would benefit from a cute cake table just as much as my reception would!

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    Suburban prep — April 24, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I like the coziness of a family gathering event for the Christmas holidays. I have done these a few times and they are always great.

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    Heather — April 24, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I love planning birthday parties — for myself and others! I baked all of the sweets for the birthdays of my immediately family members last year.

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    Heather — April 24, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Following you on Pinterest!

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    Heather — April 24, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Just tweeted!

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    Heather — April 24, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Just tweeted :-)

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    TidyMom — April 24, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    These look and sound delicious!

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    Lynde — April 24, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Birthdays definitely!

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    Bianca — April 24, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    I’m an old-fashioned birthday partier.

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    SarahJ — April 24, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I love planning birthday parties! It’s so much fun to be able to highlight the guest of honor’s personality and style in a party.

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    Ann M. — April 24, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Halloween!

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    Kelli — April 24, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I think a football party is my favorite. Entertainment is already planned and the food is usually really casual!

  38. 37
    Ann M. — April 24, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I follow Two Peas & a Pod on Pinterest!

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    Katie — April 24, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I just LOVE birthday parties — such a fun, celebratory atmosphere and you can really tailor things to the person whose birthday it is! Academy Awards parties are a close second :)

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    Shauna Scarborough — April 24, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    I follow you on Facebook

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