Cupcake Hero – Liquor

So I think I’m completely addicted to blog events now.  I have been eyeing this contest for a while and figure this was an appropriately themed month to join in since the theme was…

I had been wanting to make bananas foster ever since one of my girlfriends told me that her chef boyfriend made it for her and it was so delish.  I figured I’d try to put bananas foster into a cupcake.  I was pretty pleased with my ingenuity, especially since I searched and searched and couldn’t find a recipe.  Then, much to my chagrin, I found one on Wilton’s site.  It had been done.  But that’s ok.  I used their recipe skeleton, measurements for butter, sugar, flour, etc., but really kind of did my own thing!  I actually fostered the bananas (I so know that’s not right) in brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and rum.  And yes, I flambéed those suckers.  The frosting recipe came from my ole buddy CB’s blog.  I adjusted that one also.

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 So here’s my take on…
Bananas Foster Cupcakes
Makes about 18 cupcakes

For the Bananas:
(adapted from Williams-Sonoma)

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ripe, but still firm bananas quartered (halved crosswise, then lengthwise)
2 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a saute pan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Cook until butter melts and sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes)
  • Add the banana slices and cook until tender, turning once for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Stir together rum and vanilla.  Turn off the burner and add the rum mixture to the pan. 
  • Using a long match, light the alcohol by placing the flame just in the outer edge of the pan.  Stand as far back as possible.  The flame should extingish in a few seconds. 
  • Gently shake the pan from side to side to coat the bananas with the sauce.
  • Spoon the bananas into a bowl and set aside.

For the Cupcakes:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon dark rum
Banana mixture already prepared
3/4 cup sour cream

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, rum and banana.  Mix well.
  • Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream; blend thoroughly but do not overmix.
  • Pour into prepared cupcake pans.
  • Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool for 1- minutes in pan on rack.  Remove and cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon dark rum

  • Beat together cream cheese, butter, cinnamon and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add about half the powdered sugar and beat until mixed well. Then gradually add the remaining powdered sugar until you reach a spreading consistency.

And there you have it! 

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40 Responses to “Cupcake Hero – Liquor”


  1. 1 Kat February 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Finally- a non-chocolate cupcake!!! They look AMAZING!!!!

  2. 2 Tempered Woman February 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Oh my gosh these look divine! Fantastic idea, very clever. I personally so dig bananas foster especially when they get all showmen like with it. Great entry~

  3. 3 CB February 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    ::sniff:: Me so proud of my little wanna-be cupcake-er! She’s a wanna-be no more. Great job Anig!

  4. 4 BBKiddo February 21, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Those look fab! I love bananas and these look divine!

  5. 5 amorelli76 February 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Kat – I’m with ya on the chocolate thing. No me gusta.
    TW – Thanks so much! They’re pretty yummy!
    CB – You taught me well, sensei. ::bows head while gong rings::

  6. 7 katie102006 February 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Wow. SUPER Wow. My favorite dessert of all time is bananas foster. Now in a cupcake?? I have to make these soon…

  7. 8 laurie February 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    WOW! They sound awesome. anything banana and rum is fine by me!

  8. 9 Alanna February 21, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Oh man, Anig#1….those look YUM!!! I’m going to have to put these on my list of cupcakes to bake…

  9. 10 PrissyCook March 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Now if you could figure out how to light them on fire…! Maybe the next Cupcake Hero should be “En Fuego”

  10. 11 Jaime March 4, 2008 at 5:16 am

    i love bananas foster! love this idea 🙂

  11. 12 Erin January 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    This is crazy, I was looking for a Bananas Foster Cupcake recipe, and I found your site. That’s the EXACT brand of rum I use in cooking and baking!!! It was given as a gift to my rum-enthusiast boyfriend, and he didn’t like it to drink, so I always cook with it! I can’t wait to try this recipe for a girls night get together next weekend, I’ll link back to you and leave you another comment also, so you can check it out.

  12. 13 Matt September 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    These were AWESOME… and setting fruit on fire to heavy metal music is fun, too.

  13. 14 katygoins June 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Made these today…AWESOME! The cupcake batter was so good I questioned even cooking them 😉 One addition that I made: I wanted to use the extra rum sauce from the bananas foster. Once the cupcakes were finished, I poked a whole in the center with the end of a fork and poured about a teaspoon of the sauce in the centers. Yum Yum!!!

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