Banana cupcakes with chocolate frosting

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bananas and chocolate go together like bacon and eggs - although I'm not sure how well a bacon and eggs cupcake would fair. With that mental note made, let's get to work. Those borderline rotten bananas aren't going to cook themselves. P.S. This recipe is as simple as it is delicious.

Banana cupcakes

2 cups unbleached pastry flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 large ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. In a medium size bowl, mash the bananas into a lumpy paste (YUM!). Whisk in melted butter, eggs (one at a time), and vanilla in that order. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together.

3. Combine wet and dry ingredients in the large bowl. Mix well.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Fill each cup about 3/4 of the way. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

5. Let cool completely before icing.

Chocolate frosting

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2-3 cups powdered sugar

1. Combine melted butter and cocoa powder to make a dark brown paste (again., YUM!). Add milk and vanilla and mix well.

2. Add powdered sugar 1/2 at a time until you reach your desired level of sweetness.

3. Let sit in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, and then slather lovingly atop your cupcakes.


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