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King Cupcakes

King Cupcakes

"This dessert plays on the peanut butter and banana sandwich Elvis supposedly craved. Like him, our grandparents lived in Memphis, the site of many of our first get-together weekends." -KKD

Cooking Light MARCH 2007

  • Yield: 12 cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)


  • Cupcakes:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts


Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cupcakes, place 1/4 cup butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add egg substitute; beat well. Add banana and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat 1 minute.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners; fill cups with batter. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes on wire rack; remove from muffin tin, and cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare frosting, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, and 3 tablespoons butter in a medium bowl; beat until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and dash of salt. Spread frosting evenly over cupcakes; sprinkle evenly with peanuts.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 319
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Fat: 11.4g
  • Saturated fat: 5.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 5.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 50g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 219mg
  • Calcium: 51mg

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