Banana Humdingers

by Michelle on May 15, 2008

From the On-line Free Dictionary: HUMDINGER; noun; slang; an excellent person or thing [origin unknown].

Banana Humdinger is a perfect name for my newest cupcakes because they are excellent in every way! The wonderful banana flavor with the caramel butter mixed with a hint of semi-sweet ganache is incredible and I added some balsamic vinegar to heighten the banana flavor a bit. I think these are probably the best cupcakes I’ve made so far this year!







Banana Humdinger Cupcakes
Recipe developed in the kitchen of Big-Black-Dog

1 c. well blended banana (about 2 medium bananas)
1 c. butter
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBL Balsamic Vinegar

Blend the bananas in the food processor until thoroughly mashed. In a medium sized bowl cream butter and sugar. Add bananas, vinegar and baking powder and mix. While mixing gradually add flour and eggs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake tin with baking cups. Fill cupcake tins about 3/4 full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe developed in the kitchen of Big-Black-Dog

12 TBL butter (1 1/2 sticks)
3-4 c. powdered sugar
5 oz cream cheese, room temperature

In a small fry pan melt butter on low heat. Without stirring, let butter brown to a golden amber color. When the butter has browned, strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Let butter cool till it becomes a soft paste. You can expedite this by putting the butter in the refrigerator but keep an eye on it so it does not completely harden.

Put soft cream cheese and 2 c. of powdered sugar in a bowl and with an hand mixer or a stand mixer cream together and add 1/2 of the butter. Add 1 c. of powdered sugar and the rest of the butter and mix thoroughly. Add more powdered sugar until the consistency is right for piping.

Fill pastry bag and with a tip of your choice frost cupcakes and decorate. I used chocolate jimmies and a slice of banana candied in butter and brown sugar.

Assembly:

Dip cooled cupcake crowns in warm Chocolate Ganache (click here for ganache recipe) and allow to completely cool. Apply frosting and decorate.









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Comments

  • OhioMom May 16, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Oh yes, bananas and chocolate :) These sound yummy !

  • giz May 16, 2008 at 2:45 am

    If I say these look terrific I wouldn’t be doing them any justice. When the cook says it’s the best he/she’s done all year – well I have to stand up and notice. They do look fabulous – tagged.

  • grace May 16, 2008 at 11:50 am

    hummina hummina humdinger. these sound fantastic, and i’m loving the wee ‘nanner slice on top. :)

  • Jj May 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Very unique cupcake recipe, and they look so darned good, thanks!!!

  • Lucy..♥ May 16, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    WOW and WOW AGAIN! Absolutely a wonderful combination.

  • Linda May 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Oh WOW!!!! That photo left me speechless and the use of balsamic vinegar is pretty unique. My compliments to the chef and thank you for participating.

  • Michelle May 16, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Gosh thanks for all the compliments. I have 1 cupcake left and I’m saving it for my husband! But I think I might make the Humdingers again this weekend. Linda, I found your roundup at Giz’s blog otherwise I had no idea you were organizing an event. You should post it on IsMyBlogBurning.com so others can participate too!

  • Linda May 17, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Michelle that’s a great idea! This second roundup we’re rather a small party and I began thinking about what we did wrong. Will post the third roundup’s theme on ismyblogburning.com!!!Also if you have some theme suggestions for future roundups please don’t be shy. You can find my email on my Blogger profile page or you can use the form on Nutriferia’s site if you like.Thanks!

  • maryanne May 19, 2008 at 1:21 am

    michelle, this is a recipe aiming straight for my stomach. this isone of my most favortie flavor combinations.going to have to try this recipe real soon.

  • Stef May 24, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Yummmmmmy!!! I am so adding you to my google reader. Not sure why I haven’t done that before!

  • Gretchen Noelle June 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    These look delicious!

  • dawn June 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Those looks amazing! And the sprinkles add that layer of crunch. Wonderful!

  • My Sweet & Saucy June 30, 2008 at 1:44 am

    I love the idea of brown butter cream cheese frosting…simply brilliant!

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