See, Mr. B has an issue with bananas: he only eats them if their skin is green, pale yellow or with very few blacks spots. He won’t touch them if they are getting soft or old. Even if I go to the store rather regularly, I usually grab 4 or 5 for the week instead of one each time and by the end of the week there are always 2 left that the man won’t eat. Although he likes my banana pie, I try to come up with other recipes. I did not want to make banana bread or banana muffins, I wanted to find a decadent cupcake recipe. I don’t make cupcakes often, but this time I had an audience (the husband, the neighbors, their boys….almost everybody on the block!). I decided to go to one of the best cupcake resources I know of in the blogging world, Chockylit at Cupcake Bakeshop. I did a search for bananas and found the recipe I wanted: Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting. Just the title makes me salivate! Since I can’t do everything exactly the same and since I had half a block of cream cheese leftover I decided to make a cream cheese frosting instead of her caramel one, but I am willing to make these again with the caramel! They are out of this world. Fudgy, dense, peanuty, just plain decadent! I made the cupcakes in the afternoon and frosted them the morning after. I left a bundle on the neighbors (3 houses) doorsteps.
You can find the original recipe here (scroll down, it is the second recipe) and visit her blog at the same time. I drool at her recipes, pictures and creativity. She is my cupcake hero!
Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Cupcakes
Peanut Butter Filling:
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
Mix in brown sugar, peanut butter and egg in a small bowl and set aside.
Cupcakes: 24 cupcakes, 350 degree oven
11 Tbs. unsalted butter
9 oz best quality semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
5 oz best quality bitter sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/3 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup mashed banana (from 1 medium banana) (I used 2)
Melt butter and both chocolate over bain marie. Whisk together eggs and sugar. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Mix to combine. Add melted butter and chocolate. Mix to combine. Stir in the mashed banana(s).
Fill cupcake tins about 1/3 full, drop a tsp. of peanut butter filling into each tin, top off with cupcake batter to about 2/3 full. Bake for 2o minutes or until a crust forms on the cupcakes.
I am not going to copy the caramel glaze recipe, but will give you mine for the cream cheese frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 stick butter, softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
milk if necessary to make the frosting to your desired consistency
Whip cream cheese and butter together, add powdered sugar, mix well and add milk if needed.
I have to admit I usually wing that one because I make it so often.
I notice that Cheryl makes it the same way.
These were made yesterday and they are gone! I found a straggler this afternoon
and into my belly it went (ah the joys of blogging, I am going to have to start running again!)