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Dora the Explorer Banana Cupcakes

Last week was Mishu 4th year old Birthday. Mishu requested Dora and Diego design cake for her Birthday at her Preschool. Actually I bought a Dora the Explorer cake pan but hubby advise me to make cupcakes instead of whole cake coz kids tends to make mess and cupcakes is ideal to serve to kids at school. I quickly return Dora's cake pan to the store and bought a pack of Diego icing and Dora's topper. I decided to mix an overripe banana sitting on kitchen counter with the prepared batter. Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (225gm) all purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 baking soda

3 small or 2 large overripe bananas

8 tbsp butter,softened,or soft margarine

1/2 cup (115 gm) sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs,lightly beaten

4 tbsp sour cream

Ingredients For Butter cream Icing :

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened

1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb)

2 tablespoons milk/water

1 tsp Meringue Powder or white egg *optional*

Various food coloring


1:Prepare 24 paper baking cases in a muffin pan,or place 24 double double -layer paper cases on a cookies sheet.Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C.

2:Sift together the flour,baking powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Peel bananas,put them in a bowl and mash with a fork.

3:Combine butter,sugar and vanilla extract,beat together until light and fluffy.Gradually add eggs,beating well after each addition.Stir in the mashed bananas and sour cream.Add in the flour mixture and fold it well with spatula until just combined.

4:Divide the batter evenly among the paper liners/ paper cases.Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes or until well risen and golden brown.Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before icing.

Method For Buttercream Topping: From Wilton's

1:In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.


I used tip #21.



Anonymous said...
January 31, 2009 at 12:01 AM

i miss making such cartoon-character related, theme cakes for my girls. they are eight and eleven now.

Anonymous said...
January 31, 2009 at 10:00 AM

oh my goodness - you are so talented!

Anonymous said...
January 31, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I appreciated for this cupcakes and it full of love and intention. I guess you spend a lot of time for icing look...

Anonymous said...
February 1, 2009 at 8:31 AM

They are so pretty! Love the colour! I'm always amazed with one's cupcake decorations and I have yet to try decorating one myself.

Anonymous said...
February 1, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Looks really pretty!

Anonymous said...
February 1, 2009 at 5:41 PM

You mentioned tip number 21 - is that one of the tube icing thingees? Those are absolutely beautiful.


Anonymous said...
February 1, 2009 at 9:20 PM

wow! your girls so big eh? I guess they prefer others food than cupcakes at school huh?.Gong Xi Fatt Chai!!

No talent la*blushing* anyway,thanks for dropping by:))

thanks you:)
no really,I think I spend about 30 mins pipping and icing..The buttericing consistancy must right,then is easier when pipping..

thanks you:) actually it's really easy,Try to get Wilton decoration book,it's teach you everything u need to know..

Thank you:)

Yes,I use Wilton tip #21.You can get the tip from Walmart,Joanne,Michael or AC Moore.Don't forget to get the pipping bag too:)

Anonymous said...
February 2, 2009 at 3:33 AM

Belated happy happy birthday to Mishu! Lovely cupcakes! :)

Anonymous said...
February 2, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Happy Belated Birthday to Mishu! Just curious how did u make the Diego icing? Guess it must be a great hit in her class.

Anonymous said...
February 2, 2009 at 8:58 PM

thank you:)

food 4 tots:
Thank you:).
I didn't make Diego icing,just bought from the store.It's 8 pieces in a pack ,ready to use.We can get any cartoon charater icing ready make from store.It's easy and save time ,right? Prices is not bad too.

Anonymous said...
February 3, 2009 at 4:17 AM

You are such a talented baker... these cupcakes are so cute and personalised ^o^

Anonymous said...
February 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM

no la*blushing* but thank you:))

Anonymous said...
February 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM

Nice cupcakes! I really like that frosting! :)

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About the Author:

Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.