Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Banana Cupcakes and Chocolate Ganache Icing

So I was listening to Martha Stewart radio and they had a guest on that was talking about Banana Cupcakes. For some reason that sounded sooo good! So I looked up a recipe and decided to try it out. They did turn out very well. You can eat these plain as a breakfast muffin if you want. I iced mine though. I iced half of them with a cream cheese icing (bought, but there are some easy recipes out there) and the other half with chocolate ganache. I also posted this recipe below. This was a good and fun treat!!

Banana Cupcakes

1 1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. soda
4 tbsp. sour cream
1 c. mashed bananas
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs. Dissolve soda in sour cream, add to creamed mixture and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Put into cupcake papers. Bake at 350 degrees. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are cooked through. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

Chocolate Ganache

· 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

· 1 cup heavy cream

· 1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)

Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Stir in the rum if desired.

Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake. Start at the center of the cake and work outward. For a fluffy frosting or chocolate filling, allow it to cool until thick, then whip with a whisk until light and fluffy.

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