So, remember when I made that absolutely amazing chocolate-chip banana bread? Think of this as the sequel.
There are three ways to decorate these cupcakes, all of which are shown above. I wanted to use a piped chocolate buttercream, but when I made it it didn’t taste at all like chocolate. So then I smeared chocolate over the whole thing, but it didn’t look right. So I did a little circle on top of the cakes. Really, you can do what you like — or you could maybe even use this chocolate ganache.
You have a choice of ways to decorate these. Whatever you choose, take 200g of melted chocolate, put it in a dish over a saucepan of simmering water and melt it gently, taking it off the heat as soon as it’s melted.
To decorate with buttercream, just mix with icing sugar and the occasional splash of milk until you get a creamy and pipe-able mixture.
Then you can just pipe this on top.
Alternately, you can just melt the chocolate and drizzle it on top.
Either way, you get one totally delicious cupcake.
- 110g butter
- 120g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 mashed bananas
- 50ml milk at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 225g plain flour
- 200g milk chocolate
- Icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 190 and line a muffin tin with cases
- Beat the butter with the sugar until it’s pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add the two mashed bananas and the milk, mixing well
- Sift in the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix until you have a thick batter
- Fill 12 cupcake cases halfway with the batter. Bake for 20 minutes until the cakes are golden and risen. Remove and leave to cool
- When they're cool, take 200g of melted chocolate, put it in a dish over a saucepan of simmering water and melt it gently, taking it off the heat as soon as it’s melted
- To decorate with buttercream, mix the chocolate with icing sugar and the occasional splash of milk until you get a creamy and pipe-able mixture. Pipe this on top of the cakes
- Alternately, simply drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the cakes