Beechworth Honey, Banana and Pistachio Sour Cream Cupcakes Recipe

There are philosophical certainties in this life; birth, death, taxes and….over ripe bananas. So long as your household buys bananas, there is one certainty; there will be, at some stage in your life, a couple of bananas that are more brown than yellow, sitting in a fruit bowl or basket.

Occasionally, they are thrown away, and sometimes you have the time and inspiration to make something of them. This is a first in, what I believe, will be a series of recipes featuring these sad, orphan fruits.

With love โค My special present when my girl got back from school camp. Looking forward to getting down to Beechworth myself to do the ‘honey experience’.

So what inspired me to use up said bananas last night? It was some very special little tubs of honey, all the way from Beechworth, but more importantly, bought with the change that young children carry with them when they are on school camp. My big-hearted girl, loves her Mum and was thinking of me when she visited the home of honey in Victoria, earlier this year. She brought home little tasting tubs of ‘bold’, ‘fruity’ and ‘delicate’ blends, which we have been happily eating slathered and dripping, on hot crumpets with butter ๐Ÿ™‚ However, time ticked on, and the inevitable question came, “Aren’t you going to make something with my honey?”.

I have to admit, I wasn’t thinking about it, but as I am now known as the cake lady by most friends and family now, the question lingered, “Where to, cake lady?” I had to do something…4 generations of apiarists at Beechworth have built this business to become one of the most well known brands of Australian honey, as well as a major tourist attraction, I had to turn it into cake. No pressure, Mum…

Bananas and honey are a ‘no brainer’ combination, if I added a smidgen of crushed pistachios, suddenly the flavours should become a little more complex, the eating a little more textural; combine it all into a gorgeously, rich sour cream cake base and we get mellow undertones which make me go mmmmm ๐Ÿ™‚ In my head, banana cake had to be made with ‘fruity’ honey, a white chocolate whipped cream to serve it with just had to be dribbled with ‘delicate” honey, and my hot lemon tea while I baked, had to be sweetened with my favourite, ‘bold’ honey :D.

Well, that was the flavours sorted, so, here we go guys;

Honey, banana,and pistachio sour cream cupcakes

150g butter

3/4 cup caster sugar

70g honey

2 xlarge eggs

2 mashed bananas

250g self raising flour

1/3 cup sour cream

Approx 1 tablespoon crushed pistachios (optional)

Cream butter, sugar, and honey until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs one at a time, until just combined.

Mix in mashed bananas and pistachios

Beat in half sifted flour and half sour cream, until combined.

Beat in rest of sifted flour and sour cream, beat well.

Spoon into medium size patty pans until approx 3/4 full and bake for approx 20 minutes at 170 Celsius, or until cake springs back when pressed lightly in the centre.

Yep, hot out of the oven, the cake was light, moist, and had a good hit of banana. Unmistakable honey flavours and aromas came through with a hint of green, nuttiness which I was hoping for from the pistachio. Yum, yum, yum.

No more homely banana cakes.  Light and fluffy, gourmet style cuppie! :)
No more homely banana cakes. Light and fluffy, gourmet style cuppie! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, come the part which I really have to use a different part of my brain for, the presentation. If you follow my blog, you will know this is not my greatest strength! It’s honey, so honestly, we had to have bees, and honey dribbles, with a nod to the shape of an old fashioned bee hive didn’t we?

Whip up 300ml thickened cream until soft peaks form.

Melt approximately 1/2 cup of white chocolate and stir until smooth.

Add melted white chocolate to cream and whip until stiff peaks form.

Pipe with a round nozzle a round to cover cupcake, then 2 smaller rounds on top of first layer.

Drizzle gently with honey, sprinkle with crushed pistachios if desired.

Cut slices of banana and slather liberally in lemon juice. Use a little flower cutter to cut through the slices.

Top off with a banana flower and a little sugar bee ( I made these but you can buy icing bees, and the wires are cute but end up spinning your bee all over the place!)

Before: Brown bananas


Gorgeous!  I think they look pretty good :)  Cake lady, Blisses, again! xxx
Gorgeous! I think they look pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ Cake lady, Bliss-es, again! xxx
Tick of approval from my special little girl…that’s all I need ๐Ÿ™‚


Orange blossom honey cake with yoghurt frosting, grilled figs and couverture collar

Do you live in a dream world like I do?
In my fantasies, I wake up late, have leisurely breakfasts of gourmet produce under a hanging wisteria bough, that is softly swaying in a warm, gentle breeze. Somehow in this dream I still make it to my local farmers market to stroll at my own pace, stopping to chat about, taste, and spend, without limit, on all the yummiest offerings of the season.

Food of the gods.Honey grilled figs, just lay gently on a bed of French toast and dollop generously with Greek yoghurt.  My idea of  heavenly breakfast!
Food of the gods.
Honey grilled figs, just lay gently on a bed of French toast and dollop generously with Greek yoghurt. My idea of heavenly breakfast!


Look what I found on my milk run :) mmmm
Look what I found on my milk run ๐Ÿ™‚ mmmm

Of course in reality, I just go to the supermarket like everybody else, rushed after a full days work to pick up milk, and in just a little nod of respect to buying fresh, maybe pick up some meat and vegies, wrapped under plastic for dinner. That sounds so much better than it is, in fact such is the life of a working mum, who can’t even make meal planning for the week, work for her.

It was on one of these trips to the local Coles, rushing to the aisle where milk in plastic containers lives, that my eye was caught by this little jar with a handwritten shelf talker. Handwritten? In Coles? It says ‘Seasonal’ and I just happen to have a weakness for honey, (amongst many other things). Grab jar, drop in basket, keep walking very quickly.

My fantastic orange blossom honey cake.  Not strictly a chocolate cake but come on... Bliss!!
My fantastic orange blossom honey cake. Not strictly a chocolate cake but come on… Bliss!!

It was all the inspiration I needed for a new seasonal cake.
There is no better way to eat figs than the age old, Mediterranean way. One of my best friends, who happens to be Greek, first introduced me to the pleasures of fresh figs with Greek yoghurt, drizzled with honey. Really, some things don’t need changing, but you know me ๐Ÿ™‚

Moist and full of honey flavour with just a little hint of citrus, this gorgeous cake is layered with a tangy vanilla bean, Greek yoghurt frosting, topped with sweet as heaven, orange blossom honey grilled figs.ย  Finished with a dusting of cinnamon. Take each mouthful with a little of the 55% couverture dark chocolate collar, for aย dusky cocoa hit, forย balance. Food of the gods by Bliss xxx

My seasonal cakes are limited and may not be the same every year.ย  Please enjoy them while you can! ๐Ÿ™‚

My dream gourmet breakfast Bliss-ed!!  Nothing beats cake even if it's not technically chocolate ;p
My dream gourmet breakfast Bliss-ed!! Nothing beats cake even if it’s not technically chocolate ;p