Banana Cupcakes

6 Jan

With creamy chocolate ganache filling and not too sweet peanut butter cream cheese frosting, to be exact.

These are by far one of my favorite cupcakes. And the dairy and eggs aren’t even missed!

Banana Cupcakes

1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 banana, mushed up

Mix together soy milk and vinegar, and let curdle. Once curdled, add oil, sugar, vanilla, and banana, mix about 3 minutes.

Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just incorporated. Fill 12 cupcake liners with the batter, and bake at 350 degrees F for about 18 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup soy milk

Simmer soy milk on stove. If chocolate  isn’t already in small pieces, chop up so it melts quicker.

Remove the simmering milk from the stove, and pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit for about 4 minutes, then whisk until smooth. If there are still chunks of chocolate, microwave for 15 second intervals stirring in between until all is melted.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz. dairy-free cream cheese (I use the tofutti brand, It’s the only kind they carry in my grocery store)
2 tablespoons margarine or dairy-free butter substitute
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, margarine, and peanut butter until smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, and beat until all the ingredients are incorporated.

How To assemble the cupcake:

Using a paring knife or melon baller, cut/scoop a small hole out of the top of the cupcake, and pipe or spoon a dollop of ganache. You can cover this with a slice of banana, a thin piece of the cake you cut out, or just leave it open.

Pipe frosting on top. I used a lot of frosting on these, the frosting only uses about one cup of powdered sugar (while a lot of recipes use close to 4!) So it’s not overly sweet. If you do want to make it sweeter however, feel free to add as much sugar as you like.

To decorate, I just drizzled some of the extra ganache on top. The cupcake on the far right has a pulled sugar garnish, that I made at school and brought back with me. You could also pipe on some peanut butter or sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top as well.


10 Responses to “Banana Cupcakes”

  1. Dionne Baldwin January 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    These look beautiful and what a perfect combo! Banana, chocolate and peanut butter?? Yes! You know, I’m going to have to try this. It would totally be a change from the usual ingredients I use and I would like to try something different. I think I’ll keep the ingredients a secret until everyone takes their first bites…

  2. wanderlustforfood January 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Love bananas and peanut butter! I’ve never been successful using soy milk with baking but Cooks Illustrated has a good review of the best soy milk brand to use for different types of baking that has inspired me to give it another go!

  3. caronlyn January 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    These look delicious, and relatively simple. I’m definitely going to try them!

  4. Courtney January 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Yum! Those look so tasty! 😀

  5. movesnmunchies January 7, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    ahh those banana ones sound amazing!

  6. Tiffany January 7, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    I always reduce the amount of powdered sugar in frostings. Usually. I once made a cookie dough buttercream that used I think 3 cups of powdered sugar and it was wayyy too sweet.

  7. Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 7, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    With my crazy obsession over cupcakes i’m thinking your blog is going to be my new best friend! These look delish!

  8. BitterSweet January 7, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Peanut butter and banana were meant for each other- This sounds like a killer cupcake! Gotta love the simplicity of it all, too. 🙂

  9. Christine January 8, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Peanut butter banana! Yum! Even better in a cupcake than on toast!

    I really like chocolate drizzle on top, too — it’s a great finishing touch and makes the cupcake look extra cute. 🙂

  10. Megan January 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    These look absolutely amazing!

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