July 25, 2014 19

Banana Cupcakes with Black Tea Cherry Frosting


Can we just start by establishing, that I am not a baker. Nope. Not even close. Truth be told {at the risk of losing a few of you on this one} I don’t really even enjoy baking. Nothing about the process excites me and I think we can all agree that vegetables are my forte. And I’m pretty a-okay with that. But, every once in a while I must admit, I really surprise myself.

It usually starts with the banana taunting. Those 3 super ripe bananas that have gone far too long sitting on the counter. They shout at me, they call me names. They tease me, and finally I give in. Musssstttt bake with super ripe bananas. So these {totally gluten-free} Banana Cupcakes with Black Tea infused Cherry Frosting were born. Side note – my mother owned a cake decorating business when I was a child, you’d think some of that would’ve rubbed off.

I’m glad I gave into these bananas, especially because baking on a dark + stormy summer afternoon was surprisingly delightful. I love a good storm. A rewarding break from the overbearing sun and heat that summer provides. The truth about me and sunlight is that too much of it makes me feel suffocated. When I lived out west the sun was relentless. Beating down day after day after day. No break, no relief. I craved the rain, complete with wicked lightening, rolling thunder + down-pours like we’re all about to be swept to sea.



But today it is not raining. Actually as a peer out my window, the sun is shining, the sky is the perfect hue of summertime-blue and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. It is the perfect day for a party. Annnnd we’re all in luck because my super-cute bloggy friends Gina of So…Let’s Hang Out + Emily of The Pig & Quill have teamed up to throw us all a {{virtual}} potluck, #SOLETSPIGOUT!!

Soooo head over to Gina’s blog + Emily’s blog to find out who is coming to the party and what they’re bringing. Then get ready to chow down!! Also these girls are the coolest, they’re super fun, they know what’s up and so you’re totally going to want to follow them respectively:

Gina’s Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter + Facebook

Emily’s Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter + Facebook

And now for the cupcakes . . .



Banana Cupcakes with Black Tea Cherry Frosting

This recipe makes 15 super yummy cupcakes – share accordingly!!

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees + line your cupcake tray with liners.

These cupcake liners are so fun!!

In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda + baking powder. In a separate bowl mash your bananas. Then add in the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Combine the wet and the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.

Fill each cupcake liner up 3/4 of the way and bake for 15 minutes.

Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 – 5 black tea teabags
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cherries, de-pitted
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Steep the black tea in the hot water for 5 – 10 minutes, it should be extra, extra strong. The water will be just enough to cover the tea bags, you may have to gently push them down in the water so they can absorb the water. Remove the tea bags and gently press the liquid out of them. There should be approximately 2 tablespoons of tea left, set that aside + cool completely.

Pulse the cherries in a food processor until they become finely chopped. Put the cherries in a metal sieve over a bowl and push them down with a spatula to get out all the extra juice. The remaining cherry pulp should equal about 1/4 cup – set this aside.

Side note – although I really enjoy the tactile experience of slicing + de-pitting cherries, this cherry pitter probably would have been a big help.

Beat the butter + about half the sugar together on low until smooth. Add in the tea, cherries + remaining sugar and mix on low until smooth. If your frosting is too runny add in a bit more sugar until you have reached your desired texture.

Frost your cupcakes, eat your cupcakes.

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19 Responses to "Banana Cupcakes with Black Tea Cherry Frosting"

  1. Reply

    Matt Robinson

    July 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Baker or not, these look absolutely amazing!

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    July 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    OMG! I want to shove this in my face so bad. Seriously gorgeous Sherrie!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    July 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Girl I am with you on the baking thing and I am with you on bananas being jerks, forcing you into using them before you are ready!! Glad yours got to you because these look downright AMAZING!!! Great job. xo

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    Gina @ So Let's Hang Out

    July 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Sher-Bear! These look incredible. I’m not really buying this whole “I’m not a baker” shtick. LOOK AT THESE! My word. I will be making them ASAP. Thanks so much for being a part of the #SoLetsPigOut Potluck! I simply adore you.

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      August 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      I simply adore you, thanks for letting us all pigout together.

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    July 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Well, from the looks of these cupcakes you can’t tell that you don’t love baking! They are so lovely. The black tea cherry frosting sounds so good!

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    July 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I love the banana-cherry combo! I’m glad I had a chance to “meet” you through the #soletspigout potluck. :)

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    Renee (will frolic for food)

    July 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    LOVE THIS! Your photos are gorgeous. hell yes to cherry frosting. and kudos on making a gf cupcake simple and accessible! diggin’ it.

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      August 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Yeah I wanted to do something really simple and not use like 15 different gluten-free flours, lol. I’m glad you dig it.

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    July 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    These look so good and pretty!! Love the photos and those cherries!

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    July 25, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    You are the BEST. These photos are stunning, as per usual and now I’m dying to make these. I should mention that it’s midnight and I need to go to bed. But what does a girl do when you she has a serious hankering for banana cupcakes? You may have created a monster. ;)

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche

    July 26, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    wow, now these are some seriously good looking cupcakes. i could SO devour one right now. they look divine!

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast

    July 27, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I don’t know where to start! So much goodness everywhere! The cupcakes with banana – so good! And the icing with sweet, tart cherries subtly spiced with tea – brilliant! Of course the photos are gorgeous too. Love it all! It was fun pigging out with you this weekend!

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    July 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Wow!! This recipe looks absolutely stunning. I’m a huge fan of anything of cupcakes and cherries as you may know :), so this recipe is right up my alley.

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    Emily @the pig & quill

    July 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Bananas are totally foe – sneaky little effers that taunt you into baking even when it seems all sciency and ruinable and gambly. (At least to me.) Fortunately it looks like these guys were also worth the risk! And worth a $.79 Ikea tea towel! (That’s commitment, baby.) Love these — and love YOU for joining us for #SoLetsPigOut! Thanks frand. :) xo.

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    Kimberly Villareal

    August 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Discovered you via Food52’s Friday list, and have added you to my “Must read” group! I’m hoping to bake these pretties, but need 2 changes: with a spelt/wheat/ap mixture, and using frozen bananas and cherries. Would it work?

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      August 2, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Hey Kimberly – since I am gluten-free, I cannot experiment with spelt + whole wheat flours. I imagine the mixture would work just fine as the gluten-free flour I used in this recipe is made to mimic that of regular flour. Frozen bananas would probably work as well, but you would have to defrost them to room temperature again. I truly don’t know how frozen cherries would work, but I think it’s worth a shot. Good luck, I’d love to know how it turned out.

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    Beauty Follower

    August 3, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    They look so cute and yummy!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    August 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Gorgeous cupcakes! I am in love with that cherry frosting, it sounds incredible paired with the cupcakes.

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