Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Witch for Oct League meeting

Display makes such a difference in enhancing food presentation. Pam Stevenson brought these yummy cupcakes for the buffet with the Halloween witch watching over them. Thanks to the Historical League Hospitality committee for creating such lovely food tables each month.

Pam created the Historymakers video that premiered at the Historymakers Gala in February. This video compliments the Centennial book, Arizona Recollections and Reflections An Arizona Historymakers Centennial Commemoration available at

Peanut & Banana Cupcakes


1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1-1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium)

1/4 cup buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups cake flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped lightly salted dry roasted peanuts


2 cups confectioners' sugar

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk

1 cup chopped lightly salted dry roasted peanuts


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture, mixing well after each addition. Stir in peanuts.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat the confectioners sugar, peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Spread frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle with peanuts. Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes