I’ve decided to bake these cupcakes today for two very simple reasons:
- Now that I am officially on Maternity Leave, I have all the time in the world to do whatever I want e.g. go swimming, shopping, watch TV shows, clean the house, go out to lunch, take naps, cook and BAKE! Otherwise I usually can’t be bothered baking…
- Prices of bananas are finally coming back down in Australia. Ever since the cyclone hit Queensland, where most of the bananas come from, prices of bananas have been ridiculously expensive (at one point it was $16 per kg!) making bananas the “luxury fruit” in Australia for almost a full year. I saw bananas for only $3.98 per kg at Coles the other day, so finally I can indulge in bananas again and bake my favorite banana cake using the Best Ever Banana Cake Recipe.
Of course this time around I didn’t just bake my usual Banana Cake. I used the ever reliable banana cake mix I am all so familiar with to make the base of this recipe.
I start by preheating the oven at 160C. Cream 125g butter and 1 cup slightly packed brown sugar together with the electric mixer. Add three eggs, beating well between each one. Fold in 1 3/4 cup self raising flour and stir in 3 mashed bananas, 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Pour into individual cupcake cups (only halfway as they will rise).
Here comes the little “surprise”. Insert a small “square” of dark chocolate into the centre of the cupcake mix. Then bake in the oven for approx. 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Meanwhile, to make the icing mixture just mix 2 cups of icing sugar with 2 teaspoons of softened butter and 2 tablespoons of milk. Give the mixture a good stir until properly mixed through and allow to set, adding more icing sugar if it appears too runny.
Allow cupcakes to completely cool before piping the icing and sprinkle / decorate as you please.
The best part of this cupcake is the moist banana cake and the gooey chocolate centre! Mmm…
Oh wait, some would probably argue the best part of this cupcake is the icing… lol, can’t beat the yummy factor of just plain and simple, SUGAR!!