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It's another banana day! I'm always very tempted to use the bananas hanging in the kitchen wall when I see it. I'm not a banana person. However, since I took up baking, I've like to use bananas as my ingredient to bake cakes, especially chiffon cakes and butter cakes.

This evening, after browsing through my recipes, I decided to bake banana cupcakes. I added walnuts to the recipe. Then decided to frost it as the look of it was quite ordinary. Finally, I came out with my own version.

Banananut-banana walnut cake with chocolate fresh cream frosting, sprinkled with chocolate rice. My children love it so much and I'm left with almost half the cupcakes only! ;)



Recipe extracted from Crazy About Cupcakes-Banana Cupcakes (with my own modification).

Cupcakes
Makes 24 small cupcakes
Ingredients:
113g unsalted butter,
80g granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 mashed ripe bananas (should be about 130g)
87g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tbp milk
20g chopped walnuts, lightly roasted

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line cupcake pans with cupcake papers.
2. With an electric mixer on medium speed cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs to the mixture, and beat well. Add the bananas to the creamed mixture and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add all the dry ingredients to creamed mixture at once. Mix until the dry ingredients are completely integrated.
5. Add the milk. Mix batter for 1 minute on medium speed.
6. Fold in the walnuts lightly, but thoroughly.
7. Fill cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in a wire rack.


Cocoa Whipped Cream Icing (from another recipe)
Ingredients:
150g Whipping cream
30g Icing Sugar
15g Cocoa powder

Chocolate Rice

Method:
1. Beat cream until slightly thickened.
2. Gradually add sugar and cocoa powder.
3. Beat until stiff peaks form.
4. Start frosting the cupcakes when it's cooled.
5. Sprinkle chocolate rice on the frosting generously.

12 comments:

quizzine said...
October 29, 2008 at 1:12 AM

Hi PAB,
We are in the 'same boat', whenever i see banana, i always think of baking something. I also did some banana muffins on Sunday, and just yesterday, i was thinking of whipping chocolate butter cream for my cake. I may use your cocoa whipped cream icing for my bake. 'Baked-minds' think alike??

Passionate About Baking said...
October 29, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Hi quizzine,
Yes, "baking minds" think alike! Yourself, Yuri & myself like to use banana to bake! But I think banana is a very versatile fruit, don't you?
Oh yes, the cocoa whipped cream is really very nice, do try it! A warning however, it melts pretty easily compared to butter creams. The taste of the cocoa whipped cream is like chocolate milk, which my children love very much. So naturally, they love the cocoa whipped creams with choc rice. Special orders somemore, extra extra choc rices! Heehee...;)

Fiona said...
October 29, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Jane, you are my idol now!

Your recipe looks easy enough for hopeless baker like me..hehe
I may try it. The whipping cream is the dairy whipping cream or those for dessert, spray kind??

Passionate About Baking said...
October 29, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Hi Fiona,
Aiyo! My recipes are never difficult mah! :p I'm as simple as my bakings! :) Yes, try this simple recipe. But don't overbeat the butter & sugar. You can add choc rice into the batter itself. It's very versatile.
Get the whipping cream and whip yourself, so that you can add the sugar & cocoa powder. If you get the spray kind, it's quite difficult to add the cocoa powder to whip. Unless you want the frosting to be normal whipped cream, then topped them with choc chips or choc rice, or even nuts if they like, or all of them! The whipping cream is actually very nice, very chocky but not too sweet too! Try it and let me know the results yah?

Olivia said...
October 29, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Hi Jane

This recipe looks great... definitely will try it when I have left over bananas hanging at my kitchen cabinet.

Tks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

Cheers
Olivia

Passionate About Baking said...
October 29, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Hi Olivia,
You're most welcome. Try it and let me know if you like it. You can add choc chips into it if you like too! :)

Missy said...
October 31, 2008 at 2:02 PM

hi im always very perturbed between cupcake muffin and cakes.. i noe cupcakes are nicely decorated lil cakes. what abt muffins and normal cakes? how diff are they?

thanks

Passionate About Baking said...
October 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Hi Missy,
Actually, there are not much difference between a cupcake, a muffin & a cake. A cupcake has a flat top, so that it can be frosted. A muffin usually has a dome top, and the fruits or nuts are usually mixed together with the batter. A cake is just a bigger version of cupcakes! Any cake recipe can be made into cupcakes and any cupcake recipe can be made into a cake. Well, at least, this is what I understand! :p

Missy said...
October 31, 2008 at 5:26 PM

hehehe thanks!!

Anonymous said...
September 27, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Baked it yesterday and it was really yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.=)

Passionate About Baking said...
September 27, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Hi Anonymous,
I'm glad it turns out well for you. You've just reminded me that maybe I should bake this again! Thanks for your comment! ;)

Passionate About Baking said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Hi quizzine,
Yes, "baking minds" think alike! Yourself, Yuri & myself like to use banana to bake! But I think banana is a very versatile fruit, don't you?
Oh yes, the cocoa whipped cream is really very nice, do try it! A warning however, it melts pretty easily compared to butter creams. The taste of the cocoa whipped cream is like chocolate milk, which my children love very much. So naturally, they love the cocoa whipped creams with choc rice. Special orders somemore, extra extra choc rices! Heehee...;)

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