Sunday, October 3, 2010

SMS: Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Pecan Frosting

This week, the bakers over at Sweet Melissa Sundays got a yummy pick by Eliana of "A Chicka Bakes"  AND a challenge to pick the cake of their choice to go along with it. I've never been a big fan of German Chocolate cake which I've always associated this frosting with. However, I've always been a big fan of 99% of all known frostings so it was time to give this frosting a second chance...just with a new cake.

I went with a very yummy and moist Banana cupcake recipe from AllRecipes.Com. For awhile, I had been trying to figure out a way of giving it a pineapple filling but soon gave up on that because I couldn't find the right consistency and flavor. Also, it helped that the banana and coconut went very well together all by themselves.

For the frosting, you definitely need to check out Eliana's blog where she will be posting the recipe. And stop by the other Sweet Melissa Sundays bakers who are sure to be posting some very yummy combinations of their own.


Banana Cupcakes with Coconut Pecan Frosting


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, bananas and buttermilk. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to banana mixture. Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. In a small mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and enough milk to achieve desired spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes.


  1. That looks good! You have given me the idea to try a Hummingbird cake with this frosting now!

  2. Your cupcakes look and sound delicious! I'm doing a banana cake with this frosting later this morning and hope it turns out as well as yours!

  3. I like the idea of banana paired with the frosting! Your frosting looks really good! My husbands favorite cake is GC. I have made at least 50 of them in the past 23 years together!

  4. Oh banana! YUM! Great pairing!

  5. Your banana cupcakes look sooo good! I too think banana pairs well with coconut =) I will be starting on my frosting in a bit so I can get to posting!

  6. Dawn this looks delicious! Paired with a banana cake it sounds irresistible!

  7. That banana coconut combination sounds good, so tropical. Great choice.

  8. What a wonderful combination! Your picture looks scrumptious and perfect. I love it!

  9. Banana cupcakes with coconut frosting sounds delicious! Great creation! They look beautiful.

  10. These sound amazing! I love banana cake. Your cupakes look fabulous!

  11. Good call on the banana/coconut/pecan combination! Banana cakes always turn out so moist and delicious and I'm sure yours were great!

  12. I've seen a couple versions of banana with this frosting. It sounds great, so it may be the destination of my next set of too-brown bananas =) Yum!