I've been on a banana kick lately- maybe it is due to the lack of banana recipes on my blog or the fact I've celebrated my birthday for two weeks, and I am, of course, banana. My birthday festivities ranged from a surprise birthday party, to a nice dinner with my mom, to a small party with friends at school. Each had their special quirks and of course a banana theme- from an ice cream cake decorated with bananas to an apron decorated with the Hannah's Bananas logo. Although I love the combination of banana and peanut butter, thus making me inspired to create this recipe in honor of my last week for the semester at my research position. Yet on that day I did witness some interesting behavior involving a butt, but (haha pun!) I'll spare the rest of the details.Enjoy this sweet and potential breakfast item and have a banana filled bite!
Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
- 3 mashed bananas
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, browned
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- Frosting Ingredients:
- 1 stick of vegetable shortening
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 5-6 tablespoons of water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In small pot, place the stick of butter on medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and continue to stay on the heat until it becomes brown in color and produces and nut like fragrance.
- In a medium mixing bowl mash the three bananas. Then add in the sugar and browned butter. Then mix in the egg and vanilla. Stir in the sour cream, baking soda, and baking powder. In small batches mix in the flour.
- Once the ingredients are fully combined, ladle the batter into a cupcake lined cupcake pan, filling the liners about 3/4 of the way full. Bake the cupcakes 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- To make the frosting
- In a medium add in 1 stick of vegetable shortening and 1 stick of butter. Slowly add in the three cups of powdered sugar, and cream the powdered sugar with the shortening and butter. Then add in the vanilla and peanut butter. Finally add in the water in order to reach a smooth consistency.
- Once the cupcakes are cooled, the frosting can be added. Either by spreading or using a pastry/plastic bag to create a swirl, frost the cupcakes. To add a finishing garnish, place a banana chip on top.