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Banana Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

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“Adapted from Cooking Light (Sept. 1999). Original recipe uses plain fat-free yogurt, but I prefer powdered buttermilk, reconstituted. This allegedly yields 12 standard-sized cupcakes, but I like to make 24 mini ones for parties. Nutmeg adds that special something.”
24 mini cupcakes

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., and spray a 12-cup standard or 24-cup mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. IMPORTANT: If you use paper liners, be sure to spray the insides of the liners or the cupcakes will stick!
  2. CUPCAKES: Mix the mashed banana and 1/4 cup sugar and set aside.
  3. Beat 1/2 cup sugar, butter and 1 tsp vanilla extract at medium speed of a mixer until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Now add banana mixture and beat well.
  4. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to wet mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing after each addition.
  5. Bake at 350 deg. for about 25 minutes (mini cupcakes, 12 to 15 minutes) or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. FROSTING: Beat powdered sugar, chilled cream cheese and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract at medium speed just until blended (do not overbeat). Use the back of a spoon to spread over cupcakes.
  7. Store frosted cupcakes and any leftover frosting in the refrigerator, although these cupcakes don't last long enough to worry about that!

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