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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sweet Treats Saturday: Black Bottom Banana Cupcakes

Another recipe to use up those bananas that you just couldn't get to. At this point, I almost wait for my bananas to ripen just so I can make some of these yummy treats.  It's a way to get fruit in my diet, so at least there's an added bonus.

These cupcakes are soooo good.  They're not your standard cupcakes - there's no dollop of frosting on top.  But they're not necessarily muffins either.  They have a chocolate-y banana base, with a chocolate chip, cream cheese layer on top.  The combination?  Perfect! 

Black Bottom Banana Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes

Cream Cheese Mixture Ingredients:
8oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 small banana, pureed
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz. (1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Mixture Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large bananas, pureed
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cupcake pans with 18 liners.

Cream Cheese Mixture Directions:
1. Beat cream cheese and sugar until nice and fluffy.  
2. Add banana, egg and vanilla, and mix together until combined.
3. Stir in chocolate chips and set aside.

Chocolate Mixture Directions:
1. Sift together flour, cocoa, sugar, soda, and salt using a wire whisk.
2. Add bananas, oil and vanilla, and mix together on low until combined.

Baking Directions:
1. Divide the chocolate batter between the 18 liners.  Flatten batter slightly to fill the base of the liners.

2. Then top the chocolate batter with the cream cheese mixture.

3. Bake between 25-30 minutes.  The cream cheese batter will be slightly moist but be careful not to overcook as the cupcake bottoms can burn.

Let cupcakes cool slightly... then enjoy!

Check out Bakerella's blog for more details on her use of different linings.  I used standard cupcake liners which turned out well.

1 comment:

  1. These look delicious!! I am always hungry after I visit your blog, LOL!! Everything always looks so good! Thanks for sharing at my party :)


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