Wake up your taste buds with a breakfast-inspired flavor combo that's welcome all day long. Hearty maple syrup, sweet bananas and crunchy candied walnuts combine with rich cream cheese icing for the cupcake of your dreams.
Make Cupcakes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with paper baking cups.
In nonstick skillet, toast walnuts over low heat, stirring occasionally until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add maple syrup; stir to coat nuts. Continue cooking and stirring until bottom of pan is nearly dry, about 2 minutes. Remove nuts from pan; cool completely.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup of butter and sugars with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mashed banana and vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream; beat thoroughly. Mix in 3/4 cup candied walnuts. Fill baking cups 2/3 full.
Bake 19-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
Make icing. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter until creamy. Add maple extract and confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping down bottom and sides of bowl as necessary. Beat in maple extract.
To Assemble: Ice cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing. Sprinkle with remaining candied walnuts.