Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
3/4 cup granulated sugar -- divided
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup butter -- softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup light cream cheese -- chilled
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts -- toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. To prepare cupcakes, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and banana;
set aside. Beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, butter and 1 tsp vanilla
at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 3 mins.). Add
eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana
mixture to sugar mixture, beating well. Lightly spoon flour into a
dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda,
salt, and nutmeg in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour
mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and
ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.
3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at
350 for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes
out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan.
Cool completely on wire rack.
4. To prepare frosting, beta the powdered sugar, chilled cream
cheese, and 1/2 tsp vanilla at medium speed of a mixer just until
blended (do not overbeat). Spread frosting over cupcakes, and
sprinkle with toasted walnuts.