21 September 2012

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes with CHOC CUSTARD Buttercream

'The Sound Of The Jam' by The Jam

Shut -up. Hold the phone, actually put down the phone and read everything. How sexy do these look right now! Don't you just want to touch the screen to see if you can pick one up? 

There I was the average Thursday afternoon checking my Iphone for life changing emails and how many people have unfollowed me on twitter, then I saw National Cupcake Week trending. How can I not know this and continue the week knowing and not doing something about it?! I bought a pack of bananas, rummaged through the baking cupboard and found ingredients that were going to make a batch of amazing cupcakes.

Eat bananas? Infatuated with chocolate? Love custard? If you answered a 'hell yeah' to all three then get baking....

 ▶ Recipe for 12 cupcakes in muffin cases.


125g unsalted butter
125g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 medium eggs
20g cocoa powder
125g self raising flour
1 small mashed banana
50g dark chocolate chunks or chips.
1tsp vanilla essence or banana essence

Chocolate custard buttercream:
(I know don't you just love me right now?)

125g soft butter
4tsp custard powder
2 tbsp warm water
200g icing sugar
30g melted dark chocolate
1 tsp cocoa powder

Gold edible glitter A.K.A pixie cake dust.


Preheat fan oven to 180°c.
: Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and no lumps visible.
: Add beaten eggs and whisk.
: Fold in the sifted flour, cocoa with the baking powder.
: Finally add essence, chunks and mashed banana. It's nice to have a few random gooey banana bits, so try not to over stir.
: Spoon in muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes.

Let them cool and make the butter cream by whisking butter until soft, this will stop icing sugar covering your kitchen and face!
: In batches add icing sugar and melted chocolate. 
Then cocoa and custard powder with water can go in. Keep the machine on until this resembles a lovely cream texture.
: Pipe away and decorate with glitter and banana chips.

Favourite Song:

ê 'That's Entertainment'