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The recipe was inspired David Kirk's Miss Spider's Tea Party. To learn more about the book and see all of Off the Shelf's Miss Spider activities, click here.

Miss Spider prepared cakes for her insect guests to enjoy with their tea. These easy (and secretly healthy!) banana cakes are baked in in a mini-muffin pan to make perfect dainty size.

Miss Spider's Banana Tea Cakes

banana mini muffins


Miss Spider's Banana Tea Cakes


  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baing powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Line a mini muffin pan with paper, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. It will make about 18 mini muffins. 
  3. Break banana into pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash banana. Children will like mashing the banana; give them a potato masher, or use the bottom of a measuring cup to mash. 
  4. Add brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and applesauce to the mashed banana, and mix well. 
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. 
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir together until just mixed.
  7. Spoon into mini-muffin pan, about 2/3 full. 
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  9. Enjoy, especially with Cinnamon Milk with tea!


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