Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Banana Split Cupcakes

You know what I read today?

That people actually have a "traditional" way to eat a banana split.


I didn't even KNOW there was such a thing as rituals when eating a banana split. I mean. Really, the last thing on my mind is how i'm going to eat a banana split when you put a big bowl full of ice-cream, whipcream, banana, hot fudge with a wicked cool cherry on top in front of me. The only thing I'm thinking is: "Where is my spoon and I swear to God my *insertfriendnamehere* better not eat that cherry"... Definitely not sitting there contemplating specific ways to eat my banana split.

But did you know that people actually do that? Some people say that what you're suppose to do is eat the ice-cream flavors IN SPECIFIC ORDER. Someone said that they like to start light (strawberry first), then go right for the chocolate, and then end with the vanilla... Another person said that they only eat the whipcream with the banana and leave the ice-cream till afterwards... Are you serious?! Hello! Banana splits were totally not meant to be deconstructed! And no part should ever be ignored. Maybe other people are into that... but as for me, I think I'll stick with just delving in and appreciating all the flavors at once. Oh yes. Sugar overload. It's one of lifes necessaties. Especially concerning banana splits.

Not to mention someone said they don't even like the cherry on top! Pshh.

The only way a banana split should be deconstructed is if it's reconstructed to make something even better. Yes, people. Banana split cupcakes. They exist. Thank God do they exist.

Banana cupcakes topped with a light vanilla buttercream, drizzled with chocolate syrup and then topped with candied cherry-halves... It sounds complicated, doesn't it?

Well, it's not at all! As long as you have some spotty bananas, butter, chocolate syrup, and cherries (don't have to be candied!), you are good to go. And if you're into some crushed walnuts, you could add those too! (Unfortunately allergies were put into consideration when making these cupcakes... so no nuts on these babies).

The cupcakes are insanely easy to make but BE WARY -- they make A LOT. I was using a mini-cupcake pan for the majority of them and WHOA, I made enough to put Friendly's banana split out of business. For real.

While they don't give you the ice-cold sweet treat you may be looking for... if you want to enjoy all the flavors of a banana split in a cute little munching form, this is definitely the way to go. Plus, I have a hunch that their less calories than a normal banana split. Just sayin'.

If you do make these though, I better not see you wiping off that frosting or taking off that cherry.
And if you do, well... I'll have it ;)

Banana Split Cupcakes
(Makes about 36 mini cupcakes, and about 24 regular cupcakes)

Banana Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup buttermilk

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1 stick butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk

**Additional toppings:

Candied cherries, halved,
crushed walnuts,
chocolate syrup (homemade or store bought)


1. To make Banana Cupcakes, Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pans (or just spray liberally with cooking spray.) In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the bananas. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture. Pour batter into muffin pan.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and place on a damp tea towel to cool.

To make vanilla buttercream frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla, confectioners' sugar and milk. Beat well. Add more/less sugar/milk for desired consistency.

How to set up cupcakes: Using a piping bag or other, pipe frosting on COOLED cupcakes. Put half of a candied cherry in middle. Melt chocolate to syrupy consistency (or use already made chocolate syrup), and with a small spoon drizzle chocolate over cherry and frosting. Garnish with finely chopped walnuts if desired.


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