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Friday, April 08, 2011

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

Who says cupcakes aren't healthy? These babies cover two of the basic food groups - fruit and chocolate!

Under that sinfully delicious dark chocolate ganache frosting is a moist, rich banana chocolate chip cupcake. Topped with Cadbury Mini Eggs, these are perfect for an Easter Brunch.

Banana Cupcakes

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
2 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla
5-6 very ripe, medium size bananas
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place baking cups in muffin tin. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Peel bananas and mash in a small bowl. Set mashed bananas & flour mixture aside. Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly blended. Add the flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing on low speed. Stir in bananas and chocolate chips gently so as not to overmix. Pour batter in baking cups, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for about 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle of cupcake comes out clean. If touched gently with finger, top of cupcake should bounce back. Let cupcakes sit in tin for no more than 5 minutes. Gently remove and cool before icing. (Makes about 24 cupcakes)

Chocolate Ganache Icing 

1 pound dark chocolate - either finely chopped chocolate or good quality chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (35%)
1 Tablespoon butter

Place chopped chocolate in large bowl. Heat cream to a simmer, remove from burner and then pour over chocolate. Stir gently until chocolate has melted. Add butter and stir again. Set aside for 3 - 4 hours to let ganache set up. At that point, the ganache can be piped it on as is, or another 1/4 cup or so of whipping cream can be whipped together with the ganache for more of a mousse topping.


Vseward said...

Yum can't wait to try these! Love your blog! Keep up the great work!

Dawn said...

Thank you, V!

Kathy Sewell-Jensen said...

I am in the process of making these - they smell fantastic! However, I am confused by the directions for the ganache. It says to melt the butter and heavy cream and them later says to stir butter into the chocolate mixture. Do you only use 1/2 the butter to begin with, not melt the butter to begin with and add later; or melt it and add it later? Thanks!

Butterface Cakes said...

Sorry Kathy, I didn't receive notification of your comment before now. I had to check my notes as I haven't made this in a while - I actually add the butter after the chocolate. Will make that correction.