Sunday, 31 August 2014

Banana cupcakes with chocolate peanut butter frosting

This scrumptious cupcakes is so moist & delicious. Is best to make with over ripe banana as its full with banana flavour.

  • 115g unsalted butter, softened 
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 130g granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large very ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g plain flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 120ml buttermilk
  • 180g dark chocolate chips
Milk chocolate frosting:
  • 210g icing sugar
  • 32g cocoa powder
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened
  • 30ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Peanut butter frosting:
  • 185g creamy peanut butter
  • 60g butter, softened 
  • 90g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 45ml double cream

Preheat oven to 180C or 160C for fan oven. Line two 12-count pans with 18 cupcake liners. Set aside.

To make the cupcakes:  Beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in a large bowl on a medium speed until creamy. Add in the egg one at a time beating well in each addition. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla, beating on a low speed for about 1 minute. 

Shift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 additions, stirring by hand after each addition. Add the milk and stir until combined. The batter will be lumpy. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Spoon the batter evenly into 18 cupcake liners. Bake each batch for 20 minutes or until the skewer inserted in the middle of the cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting. 

For the chocolate frosting: Sift together the icing sugar and cocoa powder to assure the is no lumps. Set aside. Beat the butter until creamy then add the sifted sugar/cocoa powder alternately with the heavy cream and vanilla. Beat on low speed after each addition. Once all added, beat on high speed until creamy and combined. 

For the peanut butter frosting: Beat the peanut butter and butter on medium speed until creamy and completely smooth. Add the sifted icing sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on medium until combined. Add the cream and mix on high speed until creamy. Add a pinch of salt. 

Frost cooled cupcakes with a knife or with a pipping bag. Decorate with a slice of fresh bananaor chocolate   chips before serving if desire. 

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