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Bake Sale Muffins

Ah, I love a basket of fresh homemade muffins. It reminds me of special mornings when I was younger like birthdays and holidays, when I would wake up to the smell of muffins baking. I knew that when I got downstairs there would be batch of hot, usually blueberry muffins wrapped under a colorful cloth in a basket on the kitchen table. Thanks, mom!

Last Sunday, a group of DC bakers and bloggers contributed to another bake sale to benefit DC State Fair. We set up at the Zorba’s Cafe patio and attracted folks on their way to the Dupont Farmer’s Market. Although all the desserts were fantastic (I loved the oatmeal cream pies and stupid cookies), with early morning bake sales, it is also a good idea to have some breakfast options as well. So I made these simple but flavorful peanut butter banana muffins. You already know how much I love the combination of peanut butter and banana, and I loved the idea of putting a banana slice on top of these (although it did brown a little the next day).

As always, I also had a great time with the other volunteers, Jenna, Sylvie, Ashley and Rachel. Follow these ladies…they’re seriously fabulous.

Of course, for the bake sale everything needs to be individually wrapped. Here are the muffins all ready to go…

 Find the muffin recipe here.

Do Good, Bake Goods

I had a great time this morning at the DC Food Blogger Bake Sale for Haiti. About 22 bloggers raised almost $1000 for Doctor’s Without Borders!! Also, I finally had the chance to meet some more of the crowd that I’m slowly getting to know. It was a fun group and I think we all enjoyed meeting each other, setting up and seeing what everyone brought.

I didn’t take pictures of everything, because I know some other people did (with their much nicer cameras). But I’ll link to everyone’s posts about their recipe. Check out:

Florida Girl in DC: Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes and her funny adventures with caramel.

One Bite At a Time: Alejandra was a pro and made 4 things! Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (a big hit! lots of ooh’s and ahh’s), Granola Bars, Simple Lemon Cookies (so good! will be making these soon) and caramel apple cider cookies.

Macheesemo: Nick wrapped his blondies (filled with all sorts of yummyness) in beautiful parchment paper and string.

French Twist DC: Though she was eying the macarons made by One Vanilla Bean, she brought adorable little pineapple upside down cakes.

Shaw Girl: One of our fearless organizers made lavender cookies, some dipped in dark chocolate. Awesome.

The Passion Fruits: Everyone loved their mint brownies and icebox cookies!

Not Derby Pie: Brought chewy toffee blondies and many friends to eat them up too.

Modern Domestic: Couldn’t be there to sell, but brought perfectly packaged lemon cupcakes and salted chocolate thumbprint cookies.

Don’t Forget the Flour: Thank goodness she brought muffins because everyone was looking for something savory that early in the morning!

That’s my round up for now, but if I missed you, please comment and I’ll update! And of course, my recipe is below…

One Bowl Banana Cupcakes

  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups milk (I only had about a 3/4 cup of milk, so I used heavy cream for the rest…shh!)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line enough muffin tins with paper liners for 36 cupcakes.
  2. Mix the ingredients in the order listed in a large bowl, starting with the wet ingredients and moving to the dry ones.
  3. Bake for twenty minutes, rotating the pan mid-way.

My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 eight-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth
  2. Add the vanilla extract
  3. Gradually add the sugar and beat until incorporated
  4. Stick your finger into the bowl and lick away
  5. Just kidding… maybe… spread on cooled cupcakes and enjoy!

Bake Sale for Haiti

I hope you’ll come out to this bake sale for Haiti next weekend! I mean, how can you say no to this red velvet cake?

Sunday, March 28th • 9am-11am • Patio of Zorba’s Cafe

I think I’ll make my banana cream cheese cupcakes, which are perfect for spring. So, stop by while you’re at the Dupont Farmer’s Market and grab something sweet!

If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, contact Shaw Girl, who has been awesome in coordinating this.