Thursday, March 25, 2010

Banana cupcakes

Yeah, you read that right, Banana cupcakes....
Don't confuse these for banana bread, they are light and sweet.And to top it off,  these little babies have a light whipped nutella  for a frosting.
Since James and I were turned on to Nutella we use it every way we can.
We have made Nutella milkshakes, Nutella banana cream pies (our favorite), crepes, slathered on anything bread-like (english muffins, toast) and usually teamed up with bananas.

Banana Cupcakes (from my favorite site Allrecipes):
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, bananas and buttermilk. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to banana mixture. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For the frosting:
1 cup whipping cream
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla instant pudding powder (love this)
1/4 cup nutella!!!!

With a mixer, mix cream, sugar and powder till there are stiff peaks.  Gently fold in nutella until completely combined.
Spread on cupcakes or eat it straight out of the bowl like I did :) 


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