Posted on 06/09/2012 by giddyromance
These cupcakes are a triple threat: firstly, there's the cupcakes themselves, which are rich, fluffy and bursting with banana-y goodness. Secondly, there's the giant glob of gooey caramel hidden in the centre of each cupcake. And lastly, there's the cream cheese frosting - always a crowd pleaser!
For the recipe and lots and lots of step-by-step pictures go to my blog, Cloudberry Dreams.
Otherwise, the recipe alone is
125g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 – 5 ripe bananas, mashed
1 x 397g tin of ready-made caramel/dulce de leche
1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit or Gas Mark 3) and line a muffin/cupcake tray with 12 cupcake papers.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the caster sugar together until they’re fluffy and light in colour.
3. Add the beaten eggs and mix well to combine.
4. Add the mashed bananas to the mixture and mix gently.
5. Add the sifted flour and fold into the mixture.
6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes (the banana seems to make the cakes take a bit longer to cook!), checking after 15 minutes and removing when the cupcakes are lightly golden in colour and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
7. Once the cupcakes are cooked and having completely cooled, you need to hollow them out to fill them with caramel.
8. Take a sharp paring knife and cut a cone-shaped circle out of the middle of each of your cupcakes.
9. Place a dollop of caramel into the hole.
10. Replace the top of the cupcake so that it acts like a lid to hold the caramel in.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
125g butter, softened
225g cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups icing sugar
1. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter and cream cheese on high speed for 3 – 4 minutes, until light, fluffy and combined.
2. Add the vanilla and half of the sifted icing sugar and beat for 2 – 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the remaining sifted icing sugar and beat again for 2 – 3 minutes.
4. Place the frosting into a piping bag and attach a large, open star tip. Pipe swirls of frosting onto your cupcakes and decorate however you like. I added some red, white and blue sprinkles and used the cupcake toppers from a decorating kit.
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