Banana Cream-Cheese Muffins from Gary Danko!

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607

I made these muffins this morning because I had some bananas ripe and ready!  They are from a recipe recreated from the Banana-Cream Cheese Muffins that Gary Danko gives to guests to take home from his world-famous San Fransisco restaurant.

I used all-purpose flour instead of cake flour to make them more like a muffin than a cake-- and then sprinkled chopped marcona almonds on top!


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For the filling:  

For the cakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Make the filling: Beat the cream cheese and vanilla in a stand mixerfitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth; transfer to a bowl. Clean out the mixer. Add the egg whites to the mixer and beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until frothy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in the sugar, then increase the mixer speed to high and beat until shiny, stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add half of the cream cheese mixture and beat until just combined. Add the remaining cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip; set aside.

Make the cakes: Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl.

Clean out the mixer. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla with the paddle attachment on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in the mashed bananas until combined. Add half of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until almost combined, then add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined (do not overmix).

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Insert the pastry tip halfway into each and pipe about 1 tablespoon filling into the middle of the batter. (The cups should be about three-quarters full.) Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake (not the filling) comes out clean, 20 to 35 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes to the rack to cool completely.


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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

OMG these sound delicious!  And I bet the house smells heavenly after you bake them!  Yummy!

Apr 26, 2012 06:18 AM #1
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886


Yes maam... the house did smell great-- and the ones I brought to the office are GONE!  I had to post them in Bananatude!

Apr 26, 2012 06:54 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful recipe, and I love when a house smells like a wonderful bakery...Happy baking, A

Apr 26, 2012 07:07 AM #3
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Kathy,  I just printed this recipe out.  I have some very ripe bananas I was going peel and put in the freezer for a smoothie later but these muffins sound heavenly. 

Apr 26, 2012 07:35 AM #4
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Paula-- they are not as difficult as they sound-- I did not use as many different bowls as they did!  K

Apr 26, 2012 07:55 AM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The banana cream - cheese muffins sound like there to die for.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 26, 2012 12:28 PM #6
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Kathy - Those muffins look so good, I think I just gained 5 pounds!

Apr 26, 2012 05:00 PM #7
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I am going to have to make some of those muffins!

Apr 28, 2012 01:56 PM #8
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