When I’ve had a long day … I bake. The best part about being on-campus, in a dorm full of high-school boys, has been the ability to bake without having to eat all the end results. I bake, and then I let Mr. V take the goodies down to the dorm boys. They are happy. I am happy because my kids aren’t asking for cookies every three minutes. My belly is happy because I don’t gain 300 more pounds.
These cupcakes were last night’s creation, inspired by a bunch of ripe bananas on the counter. The rest will go in the freezer for smoothies, but I used two bananas making this awesome cake. I might maybe have been eating the little leftover batter with a spoon. I just love peanut butter and bananas together, so I went for that combo. And with chocolate? A total winner.
Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: 24-32 cupcakes
This wonderful chocolate banana cake recipe comes from Joy of Baking. You can also make it in a 9x13 pan and bake 35-40 minutes. Together with the peanut butter frosting, these cupcakes are the perfect balance of sweet, salty, rich, and light.
2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 medium, ripe bananas, mashed
1 c. warm water
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. flavorless oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 T butter, softened
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 c. powdered sugar
chopped peanut butter cups
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with liners - I use silicone ones. Spray liners with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry ones and stir until well incorporated.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. (I made 30 cupcakes with a little batter left over, but the silicone cups make pretty small cupcakes.) Reduce oven heat to 325.
Bake about 22 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool.
For the frosting.
With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, peanut butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat about 2 minutes, scraping the sides. Taste and add more sugar if needed. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Garnish with chopped peanut butter cups if desired.