Crazy for you….

Some time in my late 20’s someone wrote a book called Letters From a Nut. It was a funny book where I guy basically wrote fake letters to places just to mess with them. In the spirit of the book I decided I would do one of my own. I wrote to one of the nicer Scottsdale resorts asking if they had recovered my missing tooth. I went in to great embarrassing detail about how I had lost it during rough sex and then proceed to explain just what the tooth looked like.

I sent the letter to a friend who lived out of state to send it to them so that the post mark matched the address I gave. While they of course did not find the tooth they did send me a free night’s stay at one of their hotels. I of course paid that forward to a teacher that no one really liked because I figured that the coupon was somehow marked and I just pictured the staff laughing hysterical after the couple went up to their room. Now before you think I’m totally horrible, she had a very nice time she said. She said the staff was extra attentive. ;)

I bring this up because if you aren’t reading my blog crush you should: The Bloggess. First off if you don’t know her, she swears A LOT. I mean A LOT. So if you can’t hang with the drunken sailor swearing, this is not the blog for you. Second is that she is off her rocker insane. And I love it. She would have totally sent that letter to the resort. She messes with her husband in such a way that makes you cringe but laugh all the same. And if you are a Wil Wheaton fan at all you must read her blog. She comes out with a book that comes out in April and I can’t wait to read it. I have a feeling it might inspire me to do some crazy stuff. :)

These cupcake come inspired from the crazy that is the Bloggess and the name of the cupcakes that come from Ivey Cupcakes (they did cupcakes for Carrie Underwood’s wedding). Their cupcakes have the best names: Reality Bites, BFF, People Pleaser, Two Faced, Cheat Day…and my favorite Crazy Ex. The Crazy Ex Cupcakes are “banana walnut cupcake with cream cheese frosting topped with a banana chip”…I thought that was hysterical, just like I think the Bloggess is hysterical/certifiable.

As with all banana cupcakes, these are moist. The Nutella buttercream is well yeah, awesome. Since it’s bananas and “nut”ella these are being called Crazy Ex’s, I don’t have a crazy ex myself but I certainly know a few people who do.

Crazy Ex Cupcakes (Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream)

Banana Cupcakes

2 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk

Makes 12

Put liners into a prepared muffin tins. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium high speed, about three minutes.

Add egg and vanilla and beat another 30 seconds. Scrap down bowl.

Add the mashed banana and beat for one minute, until fully incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients and then the milk and mix on medium-low speed until the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly into the 12 muffin cups.

Bake at 350F for 22-24 minutes.

Cool on wire rack and frost.

Nutella Buttercream

¾ cup unsalted butter
½ cup Nutella
2-4 cups of powdered sugar (this will depend on how thick you want your frosting)
Chocolate milk to thin (if you don’t have chocolate milk, use regular milk)

Place the butter and Nutella in a large mixing bowl.

Add 2 cups of the sugar and then the milk.

On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.

Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency.

Cake recipe adapted from Sugar Sugar by Kimberly “momma” Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero



  1. The Bloggess metal chicken story is one of my all time favs. SO FUNNY!!! Those cupcakes look delish!

  2. 1)I own the book Letters from a Nut.
    2)I love the Bloggess. Love her.
    3)Lovely cupcakes.


  3. Haha that’s amazing that they did that from your tooth story. I once wrote a letter to a hotel after leaving my dress only to find it gone an hour later when I went back to retrieve it. I explained to them that I wanted to alert them that someone dishonest was working on their staff because it couldn’t have been mistaken as trash, it was ON A HANGER! And you know what they did? Absolutely nothing. I didn’t expect them to pay me back or anything, I understood it was my fault for leaving it, but couldn’t they at least have apologized? Their slogan is “come feel our hometown hospitality” after all. I’d like to know what hometown they are from haha.

  4. That is the funniest thing I have ever heard. I want to send a crazy randim letter to someone I’ve never met! I now feel the urge to go find this book and buy it :)

  5. Superb cupcakes! That flavor combination is just awesome.



  6. karen kyrola says:

    are these banana nutella muffins actually made without any flour? or is this an error? thanks, Karen

  7. I don’t see any flour in the recipe. Am I missing something? Also the frosting says use chocolate milk…and if you don’t have chocolate ice cream use regular milk???

  8. all fixed

  9. @Tammie- yeah regular milk…I wrote it late at night. :)

  10. Thanks. They look yummy. I can’t wait to try them. :-)

  11. I can’t claim I’ve done anything to that extreme. One time I called up Coke lied and told them that the Fruitopia I had been drinking was a bit funky and they sent me coupons; and another time I complained that my Cracker Jacks didn’t have enough peanuts and they sent me coupons. Though that time it was completely true. I’m truly a rebel :).
    I’ve not read The Bloggess, though I’ll give it a shot :). And the cupcakes, per usual, look fantastic.

  12. I have all three volumes of Letters from a Nut. OMG they are hilarious. I have heard that Jerry Seinfeld actually wrote them under a fake name.

    I’ve only recently started following the Bloggess… but that metal chicken story still makes me laugh out loud whenever I read it. :)

  13. Love the Blogess. She is hysterical. The metal chicken is THE best thing ever. Beyonce!

  14. Victoria says:

    I love The Bloggess!! My husband and I have her book pre-ordered so now we must wait. Can’t wait to read it!!

  15. Yes, I love the Bloggess. Yes, there has been a metal chicken at my door and we also took it on vacation. Don’t ask.

    Yes, I’m a huge Wil Wheaton fan. Went to my one and only ComicCon years ago just to have him sign his books.

    Yes, I do have The Bloggess new book on pre-order.

    Yes, I MUST make these. The Nutella Buttercream got me.

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