RECIPE | Banana Split Cupcakes

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Remember the joys of banana splits? My childhood delight. Banana, ice cream slathered in whipped cream, warm chocolate sauce with a cherry on top…Mmmm. We’ve found something equally as good, a little less indulgent and perfect for the kids when they’re winging and wanting something sweet!

 

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BANANA SPLIT CUPCAKES

Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 20 cupcakes

 

Ingredients

           

Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes Ingredients:

2 cups granulated white sugar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium sized bananas)

1 cup warm water

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Optional toppings:

hot fudge sauce

maraschino cherries

sliced bananas

sprinkles

 

Method

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line 20 regular-sized muffin cups with paper liners or spray each cup with a non stick vegetable spray.

In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir, or whisk, until combined. Pour or scoop the batter into the muffin cups, filling almost full, and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

(**Don’t be alarmed – the batter is pretty thin, but it turns out well!)

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

 

To Make Frosting:

 

In a medium bowl, blend together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing well until it’s all incorporated. Use immediately. The frosting will harden in the fridge, so plan on bring it back to room temperature if you must refrigerate it before frosting the cupcakes.

 

 

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