Friday, September 27, 2013

Little Banana Cakes

Are you a fan of Cake Boss? Do you like baking?

On Saturday, September 28, the Michaels stores will be unveiling a whole line of Cake Boss products with some fun events.

More on that in a moment.

To help with the launch, I received some Cake Boss products to try, AND I have the same products to give away to one lucky winner here on Cookistry.

The first item is this sweet cakelette pan that makes cute little flower-shaped mini cakes:

The second item is a 24-piece decorating tip set:

More on how to win AFTER the recipe.

Because you know you want a recipe, yes? I used the cakelette pan, which I have to say was nicely nonstick. I still always use baking spray for insurance, but even so, I've had cakes stick.

These little cakelettes came out with no problem at all.

These sweet little cakes would have been fine with a dusting of powdered sugar, but since I had the decorating tips, I had to play.

And play, I did. Every little cakelette was different because I kept switching out the tips and making different designs.

I have to say that I'm not the most accomplished cake decorator, but I had a blast with these. I'm looking forward to using them more.

As far as the cake, I was really happy with these. If you like banana - and if you have some spare overripe bananas hanging around - give this a try.

Little Banana Cakes
with cream cheese frosting

For the cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 very ripe banana, mashed

For the frosting:
1/2 stick butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups powdered sugar (to your preferred sweetness)

To make the cakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the mini cake pan wells with baking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside until needed.

Add the vanilla to the milk and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar (if the butter is a bit cold, beat the butter first, then add the sugar) until light.

Add the egg and beat well. Add the bananas and beat well.

Add the flour mixture to the butter in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions, beating well after each addition.

Fill each cake well about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees until the tops of the cakes spring back when touched in the center and a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool completely on a rack before frosting.

To make the frosting:
Beat the butter until smooth. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined, smooth, and light. Add the powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time until the frosting is your desired sweetness.

Frost the cooled cupcakes or refrigerate until needed.

Cake Boss Event at Michaels!

The Cake Boss event will be Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at all Michaels stores in the US.
  • Shoppers will be encouraged to discover their reason to bake (and learn more about Cake Boss products) by spinning an oversized "I Love to Bake" Cake Roulette. 
  • Each spin corresponds to a particular new Cake Boss product that will be displayed and presented at the event. 
  • Each shopper who plays the game receives a complimentary recipe card associated with product presented. 
  • Shoppers will also be able to view online videos, available to view at, featuring Buddy Valastro and his Cake Boss products.
For more info on Michaels, check out their website and Facebook page. You can also follow them on Twitter at @MichaelsStores.


Let's make this simple, shall we?

For your entry, leave me a comment telling me what flavor cake you would bake if you won the pan and baking tips.

That's it! Easy peasy. If you want to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you can consider it good karma, but it won't get you any extra entries.

Contest starts when this posts and ends on Wednesday, October 2 at midnight, Mountain time. US entries only. All usual contest rules apply.

Cake Boss products were sent to me for my use, and the giveaway products will be sent to the winner directly from the company.