birthday cupcakes for miss isadora

A couple of weeks ago, I asked for some advice on what kind of cupcakes I should serve Isadora on her first birthday. Ideas poured in, ranging from carrot to chocolate. But then the very next day, Erica P. posted about a banana chocolate cake, and I thought, “That’s it!” The recipe is from Cooking Light, and has apple sauce in it instead of too much sugar. I followed the instructions exactly but baked for only 20 minutes instead of 40. I topped it off with a simple light cream cheese frosting. Needless to say, Isadora enjoyed them a great deal … though honestly, we liked them even more than she did! — Angela M.

From our partners
Erica P.

Oh my! I’m so happy the recipe worked for your cupcakes. Wish I could have tasted one!

Michelle V.K.

What a great idea! I’m going to steal it for our little one’s first birthday later this year, but I’ll probably make blue or green frosting instead :)


They look so cute!

deelish! i made these this morning as a pre-vday treat for my husband and he (and his coworkers) loved them!

they’re great without any icing too (i also just added the applesauce straight, nixed the coffee beans and added a bit more banana – and only baked for 20 min.).

thanks for the recipe – they’ve been an excellent breakfast and lunch so far!