Tuesday, July 31, 2012

These Cupcakes are Bananas!

Does anyone else ever get a craving for bananas? 
I started to think I was going bananas for how much I wanted one! 
Then the LIGHT BULB came on and I was like "BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES!"
Hellllloooo...Awesome idea! 

So I went onto good ol' Google and searched for a recipe to get myself goin' and low and behold, I think I may have found the best cupcake recipe out there! (Ok, so every cupcake recipe kind of turns out to taste like the best, but these were so good...!)
The recipe I used was from Baked Perfection
Stop on over there and check out her blog, it's a real treat!

And that my friends is where these bad boys came from
 There is just something about bananas and chocolate..and that something is sooo good!

If you would like to try these on for size here is what you will need:
FOR THE CUPCAKES:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS FOR CUPCAKES:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  
2. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners. (12)
3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  
4. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until combined. Add the milk and vanilla.  
5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition until thoroughly combined.  Slowly beat in the flour mixture, until just combined.  
6. Slowly add in the bananas.  
7. Once all is combined, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.  Divide batter evenly among cupcake cups.  Bake in preheated oven until tops are golden, approximately 17-20 minutes. 

Now before I get into the frosting I just want to say that this is possibly the best chocolate frosting EVER! I should first tell you that it is labeled 'Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting'. Oh yeah, I said it.

In case you didn't read me correctly the first time...Let me say it again...
CHOCOLATE FUDGE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING.

AHHHHH-MAZING!

I almost didn't have enough to frost all the cakes due to my inability to control myself around something so delicious. Did I feel guilty afterwards? Heck yeah but I loved every minute of it!

Okay, so I actually found this recipe on AllRecipes.com and how glad I am that I did, well I can't even describe how happy it made me. I usually have bombed every time when trying to make chocolate frosting. It always gets really dry and not very pretty when piping, but this time, wow. 

Here is the secret recipe ;) 

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup hot fudge topping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING: 

1. Cream together the butter or margarine with the shortening. 
2. Sift the cocoa with the confectioners' sugar and add to the creamed mixture. Mix together adding 1 tablespoon at a time of milk to keep mixture smooth. Don't add more than 1/4 cup of milk. 
3. Add the hot fudge topping and the vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and creamy. 

There you have it. And yes, there is hot fudge topping in this frosting. Can it get any more naughty than that!? 

I mean, look at it!
 
 
 Now bake those cupcakes up!
And frost!
 And add some banana chips!
Now go on and share them with some friends...but most importantly...

indulge in one yourself.
(I won't tell if you even put a little extra frosting on yours.) ;)

I hope you enjoyed these cupcakes as much as I did. I hope I didn't make you gain 10 lbs just from reading either!

Now lets see what I will be craving next week....hmmm decisions decisions. 
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9 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing - pinning now.
    Linda
    http://withablast.blogspot.com

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  2. My little munchkin would love these!! She loves anything involving 'nanas'!! I'd love for you to share these at Mom's Test Meal Monday's link party!

    Have a great day!

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    1. I highly recommend them! I will be sure to stop on over, thank you for the invite!

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  3. How delicious the cupcakes look !:)

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  4. Hi!

    I would love you to join My Sweet Party and the theme for August is Childhood favourites. Check it out:
    http://meandmysweets.blogspot.se/2012/08/my-sweet-party-august-childhood.html

    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you for the invite! I would love to join!

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  5. So pretty! Love chocolate and banana, yum!

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