Drunken Monkey Cupcakes and Cupcake Decorating 101

20 Nov

Bananas. Chocolate. Rum. Cupcakes. Perfection.

Drunken Monkey Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 very ripe large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum or 3 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 -2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line the muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend.
  3. Mix sour cream and vanilla into mashed bananas.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended.
  6. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition.
  7. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
  8. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each liner with 1/4 cup of the batter.
  9. Bake cupcakes about 20 minutes.
  10. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  11. While cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting.
  12. Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder into a medium bowl.
  13. Using an electric mixer, beat in butter and rum until smooth.
  14. Using an electric mixer, beat in just enough heavy cream to make the frosting the desired consistency.
  15. Decorate your cupcakes!

I’ll be honest, the decorating of these cupcakes was an experiment. I used the typical 1M swirl on last week’s pumpkin cupcakes and I wanted to try something different. So, I put a  #11 tip on my pastry bag and went to town. This is how I learned the most important lesson of cupcake decorating: Have fun and experiment! The second most important lesson: Have fun and experiment with cupcakes that contain “drunken” in the name so that if they look funny, you can act like you did it on purpose – they’re drunken cupcakes!

 

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One Response to “Drunken Monkey Cupcakes and Cupcake Decorating 101”

  1. frugalfeeding November 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Oh yummy, they are very pretty and delicious looking.

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