As promised, more cupcakes! These ones are even vegan 🙂 (Although if you want to put butter in your buttercream, then you do that, you are in charge here). The cupcakes themselves only take a few minutes to get into the oven, and are one bowl too.
They are quite tropical, and if you want to make them more of a winter after-noon tea fix, then maybe take out the lemon in the cake and add some cocoa instead of zest and juice in the frosting. I’d recommend these if you are, or are baking with, someone who is quite new to all this mixing and measuring and pouring stuff. And if you are a beginner, welcome to the wonderful world of baking, please make yourself quite at home 🙂
Banana and Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting
Banana and Lemon Cupcakes
1.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup any sugar
Juice of 1.5 lemons
1 Tbsp white vinegar
2 mashed bananas
1/3 cup oil
About 3/4 cup water
3 Tbsp vegan spread/butter alternative
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
1&1/3 cups icing sugar
1-2 tsp milk
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a cupcake tin with patty cases.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and sugar. Make a well in the centre, pour in the lemon juice, vinegar, mashed bananas and oil. Pour over half the water and mix well, adding the rest of the water a bit at a time until you have quite a runny batter (don’t worry if you aren’t 100% sure about the consistency!).
Pour into the patty cases and bake for about 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool on a wire rack.
For the frosting, soften the butter/spread and mix with the lemon zest, lemon juice and icing sugar until thick and fluffy. This will probably take a few minutes. Add the milk if the frosting is getting a little too thick to mix.
Spoon into a piping bag and pipe swirls onto each of the cupcakes (I didn’t do very generous, rich ones, just enough to make them look pretty 🙂 ) or spread the icing on with a knife; up to you!
Decorate each one with a banana chip and some coconut shavings if desired.
Makes 12, and tastes just as delicious the next day (some even say better…..)
Have a good week everyone!