Ha! I am a baking diva! No funky, gooey, bleeding cake for me this week. Take that, stubborn pride! You're not the boss of me.
This week's assignment called for us to bring in frosted cupcakes. Immediately my ego took over contemplating all the different flavors and filling combinations I could create to bring into class, but being the obedient pupil that I am *dodges lightning bolts* I reigned it in and decided to keep it simple. There is absolutely no need for me to gamble with the lives of others imposing upon them my delusional creativity. Someone could get hurt, and that someone could be me (or other unsuspecting victims as my mind is still reeling from the near catastrophe of the last class). I asked my husband what his preference was and he suggested banana cupcakes. So banana cupcakes it was...with nuts...and chocolate chips because I'm a rebel at heart and I just cant help myself.
Since I had such luck with the PMS Who? cupcakes from cupcake project (props to you mami you rock!) she was my first stop for the banana cupcakes and I was not disappointed. Immediately upon entering her wonderful world of cupcakes I was directed to This recipe and I knew it was fate. Wow. These cupcakes are fluffy and moist and addictive! From the first tempting bite I was overwhelmed with a delicious banana aroma and a perfect cupcake texture. I was instantly hooked. This chick knows her stuff. My hat goes off to you (as well as various articles of clothing because I'm a true groupie and dessert slut). These fabulous cupcakes are a must try. I mean I changed some stuff of course because I'm crazy that way (you know you love it) but these are definitely a keeper. Look how pretty they were after they were frosted (please disregard the fact they were supposed to be frosted flat, I am an artist, and I cannot be held to the rules of laymen. I must follow my heart at all costs).
We learned some stuff in class that I wont bore you with (meaning I was terrible at and I wouldn't want to taint your opinion of me and my phenomenal baking skills because we all know I will be queen some day), but this was the star of the night...
Isn't my little prince adorable sitting there on his cupcake throne! I know what you are thinking. You are contemplating all the deliciously filthy things you want to do to him with your tongue, but this is a G rated blog so get your minds out of the gutter you perverts.
For the rest of the decent folk here is the recipe (as with most recipes my changes are in parenthesis):
The Banana Cupcake Recipe (Makes 18)
1 STICK BUTTER
1 CUP SUGAR (i used 1/2 cup brown 1/2 cup regular)
1/2 CUP SOUR CREAM (I used Nestle table cream or Media crema instead and it made it sooooo moist. It can be found in your local goya aisle)
1 TSPN BAKING SODA
2 CUPS SIFTED ALL PURPOSE FLOUR (I used cake flour)
1 TSPN VANILLA (I added cinnamon too)
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup nut ( I used pecans)
CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR
ADD SOUR CREAM (or media crema),FLOUR, AND BAKING SODA
ADD VANILLA, ADD MASHED BANANAS
Stir in desired mix-ins by hand
BAKE FOR 20 MINUTES AT 350
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. sifted powdered sugar
3-4 tbsp. milk (keep adding milk until you achieve the desired consistency)
1 tsp. light corn syrup
1 tbsp. Meringue Powder
pinch of salt to taste (it helps to make it less sweet)