Do you ever wonder what happened to all the normal people in the world?
And by “normal”, I don’t mean that they can’t sit around trying to dream up how to build a robot, or gnaw on Fruit Roll Ups while they stalk people’s photos from 4 years ago on Facebook.
I just mean normal acting people in society. It’s like they don’t even exist anywhere.
I went to an assembly at my son’s school a few weeks ago and scanned the crowd for a parent that I might be able to make friends with.
Not. A. One.
I mean, they don’t have to wear expensive clothes or fancy shoes or pass out free candy or anything. Just…you know…brush their hair, be polite to other humans, not carry a fly swatter in their back pocket, and maybe make their baby wear socks when it’s 44 degrees outside.
Normal stuff like that.
I guess I don’t understand when it all got so hard, because when I was a kid, lots of other kids seemed normal. But then you turn into grown-ups and everyone starts over sharing or smelling like a Filet O Fish or asking for inappropriate favors and I’m like, where did all the normal people go?
I’m seriously wondering if there’s like a secret island where normal adults live. And they put on pants (that aren’t decorated with cartoon characters) when they pick their kids up from school, and if they stop by your house for a visit, they leave before things get awkward and their kid is asking for a second meal.
I mean really, if you’re at someone’s house long enough that your kid needs to eat TWICE, it’s pretty much time to go home. It’s a rule.
Anyways, if you know where all the normal people of the world live, let me know. I made some really awesome cupcakes that I’d love to share with them.
One of my favorite things to do is split a Banana Split with Jon David, so I thought that it would make the perfect cupcake flavor. Banana flavored cake is filled with marshmallow creme and topped with strawberry frosting, garnished with almonds, sprinkles,chocolate sauce, and a cherry.[/donotprint]
Banana Split Cupcakes
- 1 box Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 medium sized ripe bananas, mashed
- 7 oz jar marshmallow creme (or fluff)
- For Frosting:
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup sliced strawberries, pureed into a pulp
- 5-6 cups powdered sugar
- Chocolate sauce
- Chopped almonds
- Maraschino Cherries
Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with liners.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine cake mix, melted butter, eggs, water, and mashed bananas. Beat on low for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium high and beat for 2 minutes more. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove cupcakes from tins and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
Once cupcakes are cool, prepare frosting:
In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and strawberries and beat on medium until combined. Slowly add powdered sugar on low until just mixed. Increase speed to medium high and beat for about1 minute.
Cut holes in the top of cupcakes with a sharp knife, about 1/3 of the way into the cupcake. Fill holes with a spoonful of marshmallow creme, then pipe or spread frosting on top. Top with chocolate syrup, chopped almonds, sprinkles and a cherry.
For the strawberries, I used unsweetened frozen sliced strawberries. I thawed out a cup, then pulsed them in the food processor.
In the frosting, start out with one cup of powdered sugar. If the frosting seems to runny after beating it, add the other cup or more if necessary.
[donotprint]I really really loved these cupcakes. They were a lot of fun, tasted great, and looked super cute too!! I hope you enjoy them.
Have a happy Monday!!
**I’ve entered my Melted Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes in Celebrations.com’s Cupcake Crown contest. I’d really REALLY love a vote if you have a second to click over. Thank you!!![/donotprint]