banana bread cupcakes
February 12, 2011 § 8 Comments
Our freezer is full. Not just a little bit full, not just completely full, but is finally at that point where no matter how hard you push, and no matter how logically you reorganize, there is simply no physical space for that one last thing to fit. I’m not a huge freezer girl, but this is starting to cramp my style.
Part of the problem is that I seem to enjoy filling the freezer with awkwardly shaped objects and then leaving them there for several months. Last time I tried to shove one tiny tupperware into the freezer, a whole bunch of stuff fell out (bouncing wildly across the kitchen floor), and behind all of the clutter were those bananas I forgot about! And that is why we have no freezer space. So I had to use the bananas immediately.
I was looking for a recipe that would give me fluffy, cakelike cupcakes, and I completely missed the mark. These cupcakes are dense, moist and banana bread-y. Luckily that’s pretty delicious too. The cupcakes were cute and tasty, but the best variation was when I microwaved the ganache and poured the warm chocolate all over the extra little cake I made with leftover batter. If you don’t need to transport your dessert, definitely do it this way – just unwrap the cupcakes first to avoid accidentally eating the paper in your haste to devour the chocolate. Not that I would ever do that.
Banana Bread Cupcakes with Ganache – adapted from Martha Stewart
If you can serve this warm, you should seriously consider remelting the ganache and pouring it on top – it’s crazy good.
Yield: 12-14 cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas)
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 oz good-quality milk chocolate
2 oz dark chocolate
2.5 oz heavy cream, gently warmed
2.5 tablespoons butter, warm room temperature
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.
For ganache, gently melt chocolate in microwave or on top of double boiler. Add cream and stir until smooth. Let sit until no longer warm, about 15 minutes. Gently whisk in butter, without stirring too vigorously so as to avoid forming air bubbles. Use immediately or wait for it to thicken over the next hour, depending on the consistency you want to work with.
I have two bananas ripening as we speak on my counter. I’m waiting until I can turn these into something as awesome as these.
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Bananas and chocolate are the best flavor combo! Love the ganache on the top of these cupcakes.
I am definitely guilty of having a freezer that looks like an avalanche met a tornado inside it and the two got together and had babies. Disastrous.
I think I need to use those bananas I have stored up in there and make these. Anything with warm chocolate ganache on it must be delicious.
Oh dear my freezer is horrendous… I just collect all kind of weird and wonderful things and store them in there for a rainy day. These cupcakes look so lovely and comforting, great photos !
Yup! A great way to use up those ripe bananas. I never pop mine into the freezer – I prefer to bake them immediately. I love the look of that shiny ganache too. All around delicious, I think!
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I just made these and they are sooooooo delicious light and fluffy my kids want more and I didn’t even make the ganache but shhhhhh they don’t know it was omitted 😉