Since they’re available year-round, I take Bananas for granted. And while I really like Banana Cake and Banana Cupcakes, I think I take them for granted as well. So the time has come for me to give Banana Desserts their due.
It’s not surprising that Bananas would find their way into Cake and Cupcakes. This tropical fruit is very versatile and pairs beautifully with Chocolate, Caramel, Rum, Coconut, and so much more.
Interestingly, I came across many more Banana Cupcakes than Banana Cakes. Hmmm….are Cupcakes more popular than Cake, overall, or are Banana Cupcakes just more popular than Banana Cake? Further investigation, preferably involving the sampling of Banana Cake, is needed!
But regardless of which is more popular, people sure like their Banana Baked Goods — particularly when paired with a thick Cream Cheese frosting or rich fillings.
Lynn Magnoli, owner of Los Gatos-based Icing on the Cake Bakery, said “Our fresh Banana Cake is our #1 selling Cake. It is well known and famous, with cream cheese icing,”
Toronto-based Prairie Girl Bakery offers two “Everyday” Banana Cupcakes — a Banana Cupcake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing and a Banana Cupcake with Peanut Butter Icing (the more popular one). And some “Treats of the Week” (specials) feature Banana — such as a Banana Caramel Cupcake. As Orna Quinn, Prairie Girl Bakery’s Catering Manager, notes: “As these [Banana] Treats of the Week have been well received, we can imagine creating new treats that involve Banana.”
Elizabeth Paradiso, co-creator of Philadelphia-based Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes, explains: “Our Roasted Banana Cake is super popular! We make it seasonally, usually around Easter/Springtime and around deep wintertime. While the Cake is a hit, it’s not the most popular flavor we create. I think one of the draws of this Cake is the Nutella Buttercream we pair it with.”
On the line-up at NoRA Cupcake Company (Middletown, CT): a Fat Elvis Cupcake (a Banana Cake filled with Marshmallow Fluff, topped with a peanut butter icing that is then rolled in candied bacon bits) and a Bananas Foster Cupcake (a Banana Cinnamon Sugar Cake, filled with Caramel, topped with a Vanilla Whipped Frosting that is drizzled with more Caramel as well as Pecans). Other Banana Cupcakes include a Choco Nutty Nana and a Banana Split. NoRA Cupcake’s Carrie Carella reports that the Fat Elvis is the most popular Banana Cupcake.
The Vanilla Cupcake is the most popular Cupcake at New York City-based Butter Lane Bakery, but owner Lisa Liu said that her favorites are the Banana Cupcakes.
Let’s hear it for Banana Cake and Banana Cupcakes!