Sunday, January 13, 2019

How Sophia Cummings created Banana Pudding Cupcakes + Giveaway



Just reading that makes my mouth water! Mmmmm, mmmmmm goooooood!

Good morning. . .well. . .it’s a good morning because I’m above ground. That’s the best I’ve got. Those? Those are Banana Pudding Cupcakes. You can help yourself.

Instead of me telling you about how my heart has been broken because I caught my live-in boyfriend cheating on me with the hostess of the restaurant where he’s the head chef and I’m the head pastry chef, I’ll tell you about how I came up with the recipe for the Banana Pudding Cupcakes.

Every restaurant in the south pretty much has banana pudding on their menu. As a kid, I liked the taste, but there was just too much of the pudding. My parents had taken me to one of those smorgasbords type restaurants. I remember taking a cupcake and a plate of banana pudding from dessert section. I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to eat and Bitsy, that’s my mama and how she likes for me to refer to her, was beside herself that I’d taken two desserts when people on the other side of the world just wanted one dessert. She was good then about making me feel guilty. Anyways, I did my teenage job of ignoring her and scrapped the icing off the cupcake. I scooped some of the banana pudding, with a piece of banana, and frosted the top of the vanilla cupcake with it. My dad watched from across the table with a look of disgust on his face. Of course I had to try it and no matter how bad it was, I had to pretend it was good. I’d taken a deep breath and bit into my creation. It was an experience I’d never had.

I guess the look on my face spoke so loud to my dad that he reached over with his fork and upon my agreeable nod, took a bite. The next day, there was a twenty dollar bill and a note from my dad that said to head to the grocery store and buy the ingredients I needed to create a real banana pudding cupcake.

That was, as we say in the south, all she wrote.

It happens to be one of the most popular desserts I make at The Manhattan, the restaurant where I work in New York. You know, the one I was referring to when my live-in…moving on!

Anyways, I took a couple of weeks vacation and found myself back in Rumford, in my parents home, in my old childhood bedroom.

Ugh. Not where I plan to be for too long. But if Bitsy has anything to do with you, she wants me to move back for good. No way!

Anyways, I’m beyond excited to hear what a dessert you love to eat. Tell me to be entered to win a Tonya Kappes tote bag along with It's A Southern Mystery, Y'all measuring spoon and jar opener along with lots of cozy mystery swag and Tonya Kappes print book!


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62 comments:

  1. Shut the front door, a banana pudding cupcake! What heaven that must be! I do hope I have the ingredients for these so I do not need to send someone out in the snow to go to the grocery!
    Well, besides banana pudding, I do love carrot cake! I also make carrot cake cupcakes!
    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway! I do love your books!
    debprice60@gmail.com

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  2. I don't like bananas so I like to combine 2 of my favorites, chocolate and cheesecake, even if it only has choclate dizzled over it. Thank you so much for a chance at this wonderful giveaway! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. I could try this with GF flour. It would be delicious. I am still searching for the great GF dessert. For now, I like ice cream - moose tracks.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. I love bananas, I will definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks for this amazing giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  5. gonna try that recipe for sure ad i love some pb pie or cookies is always good b thanks for stopping in and posting mortalsinn@yahoo.com

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  6. Banana Pudding cupcakes...yum! My favorite dessert is cheesecake. Thanks for the chance to win! cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I like apple pie.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  8. Those cupcake practically have me drooling each time I see them! I have to admit though, brownies have always been in the top four desserts. Warm and gooey right out of the oven, cooled to where you can cut then, 1 scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with caramel sauce. Oops, drooling again. Thank you for the opportunity! meg85242 at gmail dot com ❤

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  9. I guess my go-to dessert is carrot cake, but I like banana pudding, so these would have to be amazing! Thanks for the giveaway, Tonya! Tari H, barbie17(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  10. I love strawberry pie and chocolate lava cake. Those are my two favorites. mcastor07 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  11. New York style Strawberry cheese cake

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  12. This sounds wonderful. It's hard to pick just one. But I love Dutch apple pie or NY style cheesecake.

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  13. I pretty much love any dessert but especially when chocolate us involved !!

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  14. I have to be careful with desserts. I am diabetic but I adore banana pudding. I bet this is delicious.it sounds amazing.

    Tighefan42 atgmaildotcom

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  15. Apple crisp is my favorite

    judytucker1947(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I'm reading it right now! Love it! Love it! I wish Sophia's bakery was right across the street from me!! I would love to have the cherry flip flops!

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  17. Pecan pie! or my own Port Wine truffles! or a platter of different chocolates broken into bite-size pieces with a mix of dried fruits and nuts and a few bit-size coconut macaroons scattered in between! or Carrot Cake! oh, so many desserts and so little time. Zibbby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. Lemon meringue pie is my favorite dessert. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. Favorite dessert....hmmmmmm i'm going to have to go with Apple Pie.
    I'm not a big cake eater but do love me some cupcakes. Once I've had one or two then I can give the rest away. But pie, oh no its all mine

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  20. I loving this series! These cupcakes sound so yummy. My favorite dessert is my momma's chocolate sheet cake. Thank you for the chance.
    kpowers784(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Favorite dessert is Apple cake with cinnamon and vanilla. Moist and delectable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. What a great story!
    Today I'm making bourbon balls. A good southern treat.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. I love Mississippi Mud Cake! I am requested to bring it to many different functions after making it once. smurphee@yahoo.com

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  24. Those sound delicious. My favorite is a simple egg custard pie. Yum! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  25. So many much-loved desserts(too many) including German chocolate cake, red velvet anything, and Kaluha cheesecake. Thanks for the opportunity.
    browninggloria(at) hotmail (dot) com

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  26. That banana pudding cupcake does look good & I'm a cupcake lover
    Clemmie.Jackson@yahoo.com

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  27. I like pie, peach, apple, cherry. That would be my favorite dessert. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  28. Oh there’s so many to choose from cakes cupcakes pies cookies ice cream but my favorite dessert is anything with chocolate angelcake12@optonline.net

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  29. Key lime pie
    Sharkgirlbobo@twc.com

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  30. My favorite dessert is chocolate mousse. Love this series, looking forward to reading "Batter Off Dead". The cupcakes look amazing!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I’m not a big fan of bananas but I would try this for sure but if I had to pick a favorite dessert it would be the chocolate mousse cheesecake that we can only get a restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. I’d love to try and duplicate that recipe.

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  32. Taylor R. WilliamsJanuary 13, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    My all time favorite is "frozen" key lime pie. Thanks for the recipe and the contest. trwilliams 69 at msn dot com

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  33. I love cheesecake, any kind! Thanks for the chance to win!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  34. I like anything! In the summer, strawberry shortcake is great. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  35. Strawberry or cherry cheesecake. Yum

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  36. Pumpkin cheesecake is my favorite!

    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  37. I do love a piece of a good moist coconut cake every now and then. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  38. Love lemon squares.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  39. I love banana nut muffins any time of day!!! Lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  40. I love banana bread warm from the oven with butter on it. Coming in second would be microwaved for a few seconds with butter. Third would be soft brownies with just a tad bit of crunch on the edges.

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  41. Hmmm, since I also liked banana pudding, I might have to try it on to of banana bread. 😁

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  42. I love warm brownies and chocolate chess pie. One time I made a banana bread that was covered in chocolate. Now that was delicious. I'm not too picky about desserts. Javabeagle(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. That cupcake sounds delish!! I would love the real recipe. I make a mean banana bread which I've made in a rectangluar pan as bars, but not cupcakes. My banana bread has chocolate chips and butterscotch chips to give it that extra contrast. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  44. When I worked at Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park they made the absolute best strawberry Cream pie. I think I finally found a recipe that is close.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(d0t)net

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  45. Anything chocolate, especially if you add banana pudding to it. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I love Tiramisu! Any coffee fanatic would know what that is. Its' name means "pick-me-up" in Italian.

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  47. I do love a lemon cream cheesecake.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  48. I love banana pudding which my favorite dessert. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I love brownies, but the banana pudding cupcake sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity.
    sheilarbales@ gmaim(dot)com

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  50. Being a southern gal myself my two favorites are Banana Pudding and Pecan Pie. I have to try this Banana Pudding cupcake. Gotta have it. Thank you for this chance. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I am an equal opportunity dessert lover :-D
    Donah42 at aol dot com

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  52. I do love good homemade banana pudding, but my favorite is German chocolate cake with coconut-pecan frosting. schmokercarol@gmail.com

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  53. Goodness! Picking my favorite dessert for me would probably be like asking you to pick your favorite book. :) I've got to admit, banana pudding is one of my favorites & those banana pudding cupcakes look divine!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  54. Well my nickname is cookie monster so I would have to say that is my favourite but after that is anything with apples, apple pie, crumble etc.

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  55. Today is day three! We love the Three Day Coconut Cake. It always makes me think of Christmas and my Mom's fresh grated coconut cake. However, this one is a lot easier to make so we can have it more often. The hard part is the three day wait, but some times that is a blessing too. I have one made now sitting in the refrigerator and today is the day we get to have cake for dessert. :)
    Three Day Coconut Cake

    Ingredients
    1 box of Duncan Hines Butter Cake mix
    3 pkgs of the fresh frozen coconut (freezer section at WalMart) thawed
    8 ounces of sour cream
    2 cups sugar
    Directions
    Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
    Recipe calls for 3 layers – this gal used the 9 X 13” pan and then just split the cooled cake into two layers.
    Cool 10 minutes and then cool on racks.
    While cake is baking make the icing.
    Mix the sour cream and sugar stirring until sugar dissolves – DO NOT BEAT.
    Then stir in the thawed coconut and place in refrigerator until ready to ice cake.
    When cake has cooled spread icing onto cake already on cake plate that has a sealed cover like Tupperware. Top with layer(s) and finish icing. Cover with lid, seal and place in refrigerator for a minimum of three day before eating. I check once a day and if any liquid comes off cake I spoon back to top of cake.

    After three days, you will never know there is sour cream in the icing and it’s the best moistest cake you will eat. It will just continue to get better. It will never dry out. The longer it sits the better it gets IF you can have it last long enough to find that out. It also freezes very well.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  56. Brownies. Moist, fudgy, with slightly burnt edges. Yum! Or a waffle with a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top.In my world, chocolate is the only flavor, but it's OK to add PB to it.

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  57. Forgot to add my email. Sorry! cameronbarbara@ymail.com

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  58. My girls would love the banana pudding cupcakes! I love anything cherry! Especially cherry pie! Thanks so much and have a great day! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. My girls would love banana pudding cupcakes! I love anything cherry, especially homemade cherry pie! Thanks and have a great day all!!! nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I haven't met a dessert I didn't love.
    ellen_levickis yahoo.com

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