Banana Bread Cupcakes – For #NellysBigDay

“And …I said YESSSSS!”

It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22 .  Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M,” as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancé.

So here we are, Nelly dear,  your friends in the food world, wishing you and Brian, all the best.   And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!

Mix together: A lot of Love, Patience, Perseverance, Respect, Courage, Strength, Trust, Kindness, Honesty, Compromise & Great Sex.

Stir in : Equal Parts of Love, Support, Faith, Fidelity, Hope, Validation, Friendship, Forgiveness, Communication.

Cook over slow simmer for the rest of your life. Dot daily with a Sense of Humor.

Leave out the nagging, sarcasm, skepticism, doubts and stubbornness.

Serving Suggestions: Best prepared daily.  Serve with flourish because Married Life is a FEAST.  Live it with flavor, spice it with unconditional love, enjoy its richness.

Recipe Notes: Some ingredients won’t always be fresh or available.  Or the heat may flare up and the anger spills over. Simmer down and douse the flames with all the LOVE you can throw in.

Enjoy the feast of marriage, love and life! (Written by : Elizabeth @Mango_Queen )

Nelly,  you are someone I truly adore, and admire.  Your smile, spirit, and love for life, honestly makes Murray the luckiest man alive!

I am so excited to be here at your Virtual Wedding Shower with an amazing group of people!  What better way to celebrate a special day, than with a banana recipe?  I thought about adding bacon, avocado, and maybe a wee bit of sriracha….but decided against it….maybe next time!

After almost 15 years of marriage, I have one piece of advice to give.  Always communicate, when your angry, sad, happy, lost for words, no matter what.  Marriage is a team, it is 50/50, he is your life long partner, the one you can communicate with, with all your heart.

After 17 years with my partner, I still wake up every morning thanking my lucky stars for having a big mouth, and talking before thinking….AND for having a slight hearing impairment…  It is a funny story I will have to share with you sometime, but with those three things, I am with my angel, my soulmate!

Enjoy every moment my friend, you deserve it!!!

Yields 12

Banana Bread Cupcakes

Delicious, moist cupcake, topped with a creamy frosting!

20 minsPrep Time

20 minsCook Time

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1 1/2 cup pastry flour (we use at restaurant, you can use all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Recipe by Nicole
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 packet of vanilla sugar (vanilla sugar will not turn frosting brown…)
2-3 Tbsp of milk (may not need, add after strawberries)
1-2 strawberries mashed well


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer. Add Greek yogurt and vanilla extract. Slowly beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. Incorporate the dry mixture and wet mixtures together until thoroughly combined. Add mashed bananas (with this batter it is okay to mix well.) Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 way full. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops turn golden-brown and when a toothpick inserted, comes out clean, about 20 minutes depending on oven. Remove the cupcakes from the oven to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.


With electric mixer – mix cream cheese with powdered sugar, and vanilla sugar, mix well. Mix in mashed strawberries, if still too thick add one tablespoon at a time of milk. The strawberries will give the frosting a beautiful pink color.

You can put frosting on with a knife, decorating press, or a pastry bag (the strawberries may get stuck in pastry bag.)


Love you lots Nelly:-)

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

This is my recipe/post for the virtual bridal shower for Nelly hosted by Sanjeeta kk at Lite Bite.

 Special thanks to Heather for the logo, Elizabeth for the intro write up and to Junia for the spreadsheet.

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  • Baker Street
    Oh she is going to love this one! Your cupcakes look absolutely divine Terra! :) 
  • Beautiful! The perfect thing for a bridal shower. So glad we got to meet!
  • Thanks for joining the fun, gad to have you aboard for the virtual shower! Aha..banana it is..and what a perfect treat to take for the girl with #bananalove. Love and hugs.
  • Yummychunklet
    Wonderful post! Congrats on the engagement and the 17 years of marriage!
  • Banana! Love this recipe dear and I will definitely treasure your advice!
  • This is perfect for Nelly, she will love it!
  • Anonymous
    These are just gorgeous ... lucky Nelly! What wonderful bites to bring to the shower.
  • Yummy bananas and strawberries! What a great cupcake--love the Greek yogurt in them, too:)
  • Nelly would enjoy these banana cupcakes so much! Great to do this with you, Terra! Wish it was "live"! Hugs!
  • banana bread cupcakes is perfect for nelly! awwwww i loved your anecdote. makes me want to get married!
  • Excellent advice! And great cupcakes--perfect for Nelly! (Thanks for leaving the sriracha out, though!)
  • Wonderful marriage advice and your husband is a very lucky man :-)  Love these cupcakes too, especially with the strawberries in the frosting!
  • Love your cupcake recipe! It is totally perfect for Nelly. 
  • Alanecooke
    Great Recipe! And, we all know Nelly loves her some banana, so she will love this, too! :)
  • Hehe. Banana bread cupcakes with bacon, avocado and sriracha?! Now that's a combination worth experimenting with! Lovely post, Terra, and such wonderful words dedicated to Nelly!