Monday, 16 August 2010

Banana and Chocolate Cupcakes

I realised last week that I hadn't baked a batch of cupcakes in some time and I was missing it. It also turns out that Karl's work mates were also missing my sweet cupcake shaped treats... apparently requests had been put in.

I really tried so hard to use a recipe from a book other than the Hummingbird Bakery one..but as I started to flick through my recipes books I ended up deciding on this recipe to get me back into the swing of cupcake baking. I promise promise promise I will have a change next baking session and use a recipe from elsewhere!

These cupcakes were seriously scrummy...the mixture had cinnamon and ginger added to it which you could really taste and really made a change to plain old banana cupcakes. And anything with chocolate butter cream is a winner in my book!

120g plain flour
140g caster sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder (i think it may have meant 1 tea spoon...i added a teaspoon and a half!)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt
80g unsalted butter
120ml whole milk
2 eggs
120g peeled banana
40g dark chocolate, made into shavings

Preheat the oven to 170C
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt and butter in a bowl and beat with an electric whisk on a slow speed until you get a sandy consistancy and everything is combined.
Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture, beating well until all ingredients are well mixed. Add the eggs and beat well.
Stir in the mashed banana until evenly dispersed
Spoon the mixture into paper cases until 2/3's full and bake in th preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until light golden and the sponge bounces back when touched. Leave to cool.
When the cupcakes are cook decorate with chocolate frosting and chocolate shavings.


  1. I have the hummingbird book but haven't made anything from it yet. These look great - I love banana in anything!

  2. I've been thinking of making these for ages as I love Hummingbird's book. I love how you've decorated these too :)

  3. Don't apologise when your cupcakes end up looking like that. Truly wonderful!

  4. Wow! Those are some seriously yummy looking cupcakes!

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments :) I love the hummingbird book...ive seen some bad reviews for it on amazon but *touches wood* i've not had a bad recipe from it! The only thing weird with this one was the amount of baking powder but i just reduced it..1 table spoon seemed far too much!

  6. Your banana-chocolate cupcakes sound wonderful...the cinnamon and ginger sound perfect...and they look gorgeous.

  7. Can you please sned me on in FL?! They look soo pretty!