Monkey Cupcakes

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I don’t know why, but I have been obsessed with baking banana-inspired recipes lately…I think my Dad really is on  to something when he calls me a monkey. Staying true to my roots, I decided to decorate these banana chocolate chip cupcakes with monkey faces 😀

Banana Cake Base:

  • 1 cup bananas, mashed, ripe (about 3 medium sized bananas)
  • 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • Nilla Wafers (garnish)

Begin with the banana cupcake base. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cupcake pans with liners of choice. In a small bowl, mix the mashed banana with the lemon juice, and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt, then add eggs, one at a time. Add oil, then vanilla, then beat banana mixture into the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Pour the batter into cupcake liners, and bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

While the cupcakes cool, prepare the chocolate buttercream frosting. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, and bring the cream to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces, and let this sit for a minute. Stir thoroughly for two minutes, until the mixture is fully combined. Set this aside until it has cooled. In a separate bowl, Beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Mix in the salt, then add the powdered sugar in three installments. Mix in the vanilla, and cocoa. Then add the melted chocolate, and add additional powdered sugar or cream until desired consistency is reached.

Frost cooled cupcakes, and arrange nilla wafter to create monkey face. Pipe on the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. And TAH DAH! MONKEY BANANA CUPCAKES!!

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