ADM: Caramelized Banana-topped Vanilla Bean Banana Cupcakes

ANNOUNCEMENT: This week’s French Fridays with Dorie assignment, lime honey beet salad, will not be made because beets are gross. Instead, please enjoy this Afternoon Drive Munchies post featuring caramelized banana-topped vanilla bean banana cupcakes!

I’ve been on an organic banana kick lately. I’ll have one for breakfast with yogurt or sliced on toast with Nutella or even as a snack, wrapped in a slice of cheese. But since I’ve been purchasing organic bananas, I have to use them fairly quickly before they go bad. I saw a recipe for banana cake with vanilla bean frosting on Fake Ginger’s blog and thought it would be perfect to help me go through my surplus.

Of course, I made a few alterations. Obviously, I made cupcakes instead of a sheet cake, and I used vanilla bean paste instead of a whole vanilla bean for the specs. To jazz them up a bit, I placed caramelized banana slices on top as a garnish. My only warning about this recipe is the frosting, as mine was rather soupy. I would suggest letting the frosting firm up a bit before frosting or before serving.


67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TrafficDiva
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:06:13

    LOL!! Thank you Yummy for the public service annoucement on the beat dish!! Too Funny..only because I totally agree!! These were SO good! If I’m not mistaken, this sweet and oh-so-yummy treat gave a few people a “sugar coma”..myself included. I just remember people lickin frosting and banana off their fingers! HAHA!

  2. TrafficDiva
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:07:25

    Opps..that should say “BEET” dish…Can you guess I work for a radio station?!?! LOL!

  3. Louanne Bertrand
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:18:28

    Oh goodness, these look amazing! Love caramelized anything, but bananas are especially decadent.

  4. Louise
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:31:14

    I’m on the fence about beets but I know for sure I would LOVE one of those cupcakes!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  5. Choc Chip Uru
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:34:51

    I’m enjoying, I’m enjoying, this is gorgeous πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. mary
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 07:44:43

    Two minutes after vowing I would never eat another sweet – I saw these – and I completely forgot my vow! these look so good – gorgeous with those caramelized bananas πŸ™‚
    Mary x

  7. amanda @ fake ginger
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 08:06:27

    I skipped the beets too – yuck!

    I don’t remember if my frosting for this was soupy. I’m really horrible at measuring though so I just add stuff until it gets the right consistency. I shouldn’t be a food blogger. πŸ˜› The cupcakes look awesome though! I love the bananas on top!

  8. thekalechronicles
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 08:38:01

    Well, in my book, bananas are yucky and cupcakes are negligable. I like beets, but I won’t cook with asparagus or okra. It’s important to suit yourself if you are going to put it in your mouth.

  9. Inger Wilkerson
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 08:57:29

    I love it when I have bananas get overripe. If banana bread (cupcakes) aren’t enough they are great in smoothies! But I have had some good beet salads too πŸ˜‰

  10. Cher
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:07:34

    Oh, this looks a heckuva lot better than beet salad…

  11. Alice
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:17:31

    LOL πŸ™‚ it does look tastier than a beet salad, but I didnt hate the beet salad like I thought I was going to! Great job!

  12. saffronandhoney
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:27:00

    Looks so yummy! That banana on top is particularly tempting πŸ™‚ (I haven’t had breakfast yet haha)

  13. machisan
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:30:18

    i love that cupcake… is best to have it for breakfast.

  14. ATasteOfMadness
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:36:32

    I work at a grocery store, and SO many people keep telling me how much better organic bananas are from regular bananas. I didn’t even think about the fact they went bad faster, I would have bought my usual bagfull :p
    This looks delicious!

  15. forgottenbeast
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:39:13

    Everything about these sounds amazing! Although I’d probably be guilty of sneakily picking a banana slice or two off the top of any unsupervised cupcakes…

  16. FiSh
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:40:26

    how nice it is to have some caramelized banana as a healthy kick in the dessert πŸ™‚

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  17. rondamkisner
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 10:33:07

    Those sound divine!

  18. Suzi
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 11:08:15

    Hehehe, you are funny. Beets are gross. I did the beet salad and it really wasn’t too bad. Your cupcakes sure win hands down. they look fantastic, I could go for one right now. Hapve a great weekend.

  19. Quay Po Cooks
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 11:17:43

    I would love to have one. Two of my favorites, banana and vanilla. Oh my!

  20. healthyyou72
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 11:45:11

    Love that you said beets are gross, LOL! Actually that specific beet salad doesn’t sound very good. Your cupcakes sound soooooo good, especially with the vanilla bean, YUM:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  21. Amanda
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 12:20:13

    These look delicious and I couldn’t agree more about the beets. I was just wondering the other day if I would ever like them. It’s likely I won’t.

  22. cakewhiz
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 14:08:08

    i hear ya… beets may have a nice color but they don’t taste all that great! lol
    i like what you made instead… the caramelized bananas was a nice touch. the last time i tried caramelizing my bananas, they ended up going black and weren’t too pretty like yours…

  23. Stefanie
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 15:48:19

    Beautiful cupcakes! Love the idea of adding caramelized bananas to top them off! And cupcakes are way more fun than sheet cake πŸ˜‰

  24. rebeccasubbiahrebecca
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 16:36:42

    great cupcakes and love the garnish

  25. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 16:55:02

    what a creative cupcake flavor!

  26. Betty
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 18:41:47

    Ha ha! I like bananas, so I’m sure I’d love the cupcakes, but I’d love the beets too. πŸ™‚

  27. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 19:15:35

    While I do LOVE beets, I think these cupcakes also look fantastic! πŸ˜‰

  28. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 01:12:03

    hahah! Good decision I say! I’d pick these delicious cupcakes over beets anyday!

  29. Three Well Beings
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 01:14:13

    A banana wrapped in cheese…that’s a new one to me. This recipe sounds delightful! Debra

  30. kitchen flavours
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 06:02:50

    I have never eaten or heard of banana wrapped in cheese! What a great twist to eat bananas! And your cupcakes looks wonderful!

  31. Bam's Kitchen
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 08:06:19

    LOL—- GROSS. I feel your pain. In HK I can never decide what I am going to make before I go to the grocery store as usually they do not have it or if they do, it is GROSS. However your cupcakes are on the complete absolute of the adjective of the word GROSS, but more like the adjective awesome or super delicious.

  32. Elaine
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 08:59:45

    I really enjoyed the beet salad, but can certainly understand your preference for cupcakes. These look so good and I bet the caramelized bananas were the perfect touch.

  33. Parsley Sage
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 13:54:16

    HA! You crack me up. ‘Beets are gross.’ So definitive you almost make me believe you! And I like beets! Awesome alternate dish, can’t go wrong with a good cupcake πŸ™‚

  34. mireia
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 15:28:41

    This looks amazing!!!!!

  35. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 20:51:44

    Well if I can’t have lovely beets…..the next best thing is caramelized bananas. These are beautiful! : )

  36. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 21:03:18

    hi yummy chunklet, just looking at your pics makes me certain that these cup cakes are simply delicious. i love all the inbgredients. have a nice day dear

  37. sara
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 21:40:22

    WOW, those cupcakes look incredible – love the caramelized banana on top. Yum!

  38. Zen and Genki
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 22:08:52

    I am a total beet lover…but those kick beet’s butts right into next week πŸ™‚
    Wonderful post!

  39. Miriam
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 23:48:29

    Oh! Yummyness!! Cupcakes are my favorite πŸ™‚

  40. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 01:25:36

    Caramelized banana? Hmmm! Sounds awesome. You don’t like beets? I’m afraid to say I love beet salad.. =) But if I have to pick beet or these cupcakes, of course these yummy cupcakes!!

  41. sm
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 03:55:11

    Looks yummy

  42. Beth
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 07:42:26

    I do enjoy beets, but your cupcake is a great alternative. Looks tasty!

  43. Alana
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 08:21:19

    Caramelised banana AWWWW YEAH! This cupcake is love!

  44. andi
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 08:36:10

    I’ll take a cupcake anyday over a beet……….lookin good! andi

  45. Liz
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 08:42:46

    Your announcement is TOO funny!! I like beets so much that I’m making them up for next Friday (I just have a feeling my family won’t be into a seaweed cookie :)). Your cupcakes look amazing, my friend~

  46. Ameena
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 10:35:58

    Funny…I like beets but I do NOT like bananas. Still, I have to say that the carmelization looks pretty amazing!

    Hope you have a great Sunday!

  47. Balvinder
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 19:11:22

    Hey, Beets are not gross. But I like your sense of humor first you were making the Beet salad then you changed it to these tasty munchies. I like the banana topping.

    Jun 17, 2012 @ 21:07:57

    I really enjoyed the beet salad…but I understand they don’t appeal to all of us! However, cupcakes are always a winner!

  49. Chaya
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 07:40:53

    Beets are fine but these are so much better. What you make is truly yummy.

  50. Karen
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 08:10:09

    Your cupcakes are so pretty with the caramelized bananas topping them. I guess I’ll have to send you a warning if I’m going to put a beet recipe on my blog. LOL

  51. 21stcenturyhousewife
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 10:16:34

    These look and sound just scrumptious – what a fantastic cupcake!

  52. heathersbytes
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:15:22

    I would have opted out of a beet assignment too! πŸ˜€ Your substitution looks delicious!

  53. Jana
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 12:16:52

    Love this amazing cupcake!!
    Un besito ^^

  54. filingawaycupcakes
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 14:35:07

    These are lovely! I saw one of these on a cooking show recently. I think they commented that the banana was so nice in adding to the flavor and the appealing look over all. You really went pro with these:]

  55. Cakelaw
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 16:33:17

    LOL – I like beets, but I’d rather have these delicious looking cupcakes any day.

  56. Reem | Simply Reem
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 16:38:56

    These are wonderful…
    And yes I will choose cupcake over beets anytime anyday..

  57. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 19:04:05

    LOL … if I had to pick between these cupcakes versus beets… which one do you think would win? Beautiful cupcakes. You make me crave for one now!! πŸ™‚

  58. Norma Chang
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 19:50:38

    We cannot like everything and it is a good thing that we all have likes and dislikes, makes for a more interesting world.

  59. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 20:49:50

    WOW! You went far and beyond for this one. not only the best cupcakes I have ever seen but the best topping in the world

  60. vianney
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 21:26:58

    beets are gross, love it!! I’d much rather have a cupcake anyday!!

  61. machisan
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 01:23:29

    your photo is breathtaking! It looks so professional and elegant!

  62. ohfishiee
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 04:34:53

    yummy banana cupcakes! can i add some chocolate topping there? πŸ˜€

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  63. Katerina
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 09:24:16

    Even though you changed the recipe I am sure these cupcakes tasted as great! I would love to have a bite or two!

  64. Dara
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 12:38:43

    Caramelized banana on a cupcake? Count me in! Love these.

  65. Jen
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 15:58:16

    There’s something about bananas. I don’t like them plain at all, but covered in butter and brown sugar? Count me in!! These look delicious!

  66. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 14:50:44

    I am one of those people that does not like bananas, but loves banana bread, cake ice, cream and everything else. These cupcakes look so good, I would have no problem devouring the caramelized bananas on top.

  67. Mary Hirsch
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 18:35:52

    I love beets. BUT, those cupcakes look delicious.

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