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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Peanut Butter-Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Glaze and a Caramelized Banana Disk

I actually forgot an ingredient in the cupcake recipe (!), the baking soda... Regardless, the result was a rich, cocoa flavored cupcake with subtle banana and peanut butter flavors and a very fine texture. The baking soda would have altered the texture and most likely would have given it more crumb. I think I would have preferred it that way, but my husband insists they were great and kept eating the unfrosted ones before I could get the frosting done. (There was a couple of botched caramel frosting experiments, hence why the cupcakes didn't get frosted until the next day.)

I am not 100% sold on the cupcake recipe, but I like the flavor combination and want to work on something similar, but perhaps with a fudgey texture. The other components, however, worked out fine.

Peanut Butter Filling
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg

1. mix brown sugar, peanut butter, and egg in a small bowl and set aside

24 cupcakes / 350 degree oven
11 tablespoons unsalted butter
9 ounces best-quality semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
5 ounces best-quality bitter-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1-1/3 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
[1/4 teaspoon baking soda]
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup mashed banana (from 1 medium banana)

1. melt butter and semi-sweet chocolate over a bain marie
2. whisk together eggs and sugar
3. add flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt, mix to combine
4. add melted chocolate/butter mixture, mix to combine
5. stir in mashed banana
6. fill cupcake tins about 1/3 full, drop a teaspoon of peanut butter mixture into each tin, top off with cupcake batter to about 2/3's full
7. bake for ~20 minutes or until a crust forms on the cupcakes

chopping chocolate

peanut butter filling

Caramel Glaze
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons half and half
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. in a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter
2. add milk and brown sugar, stir to combine
3. boil vigorously for 1 minute
4. remove from heat and beat in 1/2 cup powdered sugar
5. cool slightly then and beat in the vanilla and remaining powdered sugar, add more half in half if necessary
6. quickly spoon over cupcakes before glaze sets

drizzling glaze

Caramelized Banana Disks
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium ripe banana, sliced into disks

1. melt butter in a skillet over medium heat
2. carefully add banana disks and let caramelize slowly until brown and crispy (but not burnt)
3. flip with two forks, continue cooking the other side
4. top glazed cupcakes with the banana disks

caramelizing banana disks

finished product

Printable, PDF-version of the recipe.


Blogger alizinha said...

wow, you've managed to combine 4 of my favorite dessert flavors. these, i'm definitely going to have to make...

8/21/2005 6:39 PM  
Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said...

Definitely a wonderful combination of flavors =)

8/21/2005 9:22 PM  
Blogger latifa said...

Chockylit: Great job with matching flavors. Can't wait for the PDF. Definetly a keeper. I would likt to see more of that kind at your cupcake bake shop.

8/22/2005 12:23 AM  
Blogger latifa said...

Hi chockylit,
How did you maneged to put the recipe with a PDF file using blogger? I would like to learn that

8/23/2005 12:24 AM  
Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

This is a great blog. Gorgeous pix and fantastic recipes. Yum. I'm glad I stumbled onto this. Cheers!

8/23/2005 2:32 AM  
Blogger chockylit said...

latifa, its funny you asked... i got the pdf idea from 52cupcakes and was wondering how she did it. i noticed that her recipe files were being delivered from a personal website. i have a personal website too, so i ftp'd the recipe files there and provided the link on the blog. i don't think blogger provides this functionality at this time.

chubby hubby, i aspire to have photos as beautiful as yours! thanks :)

8/23/2005 10:41 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

wow....this recipe makes me go into a drooling coma. ;)

8/24/2005 12:08 PM  
Anonymous fran said...

hey - these look amazing!
is there anyway to omit the peanut butter filling without taking out the taste?

8/25/2005 6:53 PM  
Blogger Shauna said...

okay, that drizzling glaze photograph is almost more than I can handle. Now I have to make these AND the ginger-lychee cupcakes this week. Gluten-free versions, of course. Sheesh. You keep me busy!

8/27/2005 10:57 AM  
Blogger BRo0Ke. said...

I'm not a big fan of peanut butter in dessert, but your cupcake looks gorgeous that I have to rethink my opposition! :)

9/12/2005 6:46 PM  

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