Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana cupcakes

Just before I left for vacation, went to my parents for coffee - that means cupcakes for sure!!  Had some bananas that needed to be baked so tried these chocolate-banana-cupcakes - oh my they were good!!

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes (my changes in red)

Makes 12 cupcakes.

1/2 cup coconut milk (used light)
1/2 cup ripe banana (about 1 banana)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar (used a little less)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

For Frosting:
1/2 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
1/4 cup ripe banana (about 1/2 banana)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 1/2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper liners.

In a small bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Whisk in the coconut milk, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract until incorporated. Mixture will still be a little lumpy because of the nature of the banana, but whisk out as many large lumps as you can. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour in banana mixture. Stir until just smooth (do not overmix).

Pour into liners, filling each with 3 tablespoons of batter (cups should be no more than 2/3 full). Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

For frosting, cream butter until smooth and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add banana and mix on high speed until few lumps remain. Add cocoa powder and 1 cup powdered sugar and beat until combined. Continue adding sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition (depending on the temperature of your butter, you may need more or less sugar/cream to achieve the proper consistency). Mix in vanilla. Continue beating until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes, adding more sugar if necessary. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with leftover banana slices if desired. (I used banana chips)
Chocolate Banana Cupcakes


pat said...

mmm mmm mmm! Those sound decadently rich and yummy!

Maria said...

Oh, I bet those banana chips really helped the cupcakes. I love the salt and sweet combination! Yum!

Suzy said...

Oh man I should have prepared myself to be hungry after opening up your bloggy! I had 50% chance of seeing wonderful architecture and 50% chance of seeing outstandingly yummy food lol!! I want one!!

Julie said...

Oh that looks so good. You're photos are making me hungry!

Yolanda said...

That's one of my favorite flavor combos-- chocolate and banana. I bet they were yummy!