Banana cupcakes with coconut and chocolate icingSunday, January 11, 2015
Here is a quick and mouth watering banana cupcake recipe. It is good to use ripe bananas - I had some leftover bananas on my kitchen bench I thought I would use before they go totally black. I searched for a cupcake recipe and found so many yummy ones on this website - www.taste.com.au
As I try to follow my clean-eating lifestyle, I usually substitute some ingredients in the original recipes with a healthier alternative and make them more 'mine'. I also made my own icing without butter.
- 2/3 cup self-raising flour (it's about 11 tablespoons of flour)
- 1/3 cup plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
- 100g butter, melted and cooled
- 2 small ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup syrup or natural juice of any fruit (pineapple, apple, orange - I used lemon)
- 175g Greek yogurt
- 100g dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Line a 12-hole medium muffin pan with paper cases.
- Sift flours, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into large bowl. Stir in sugar and coconut and make a well in the centre.
- Add eggs, butter, banana and pineapple to the dry ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula.
- Spoon into paper cases.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the cakes spring back when gently touched.
- Leave in the pan for 5 minuntes then lift them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Melt dark chocolate with double boiler method - fill bigger saucepan with water and put the smaller bowl on top. Break dark chocolate to little chunks and stir constantly until melted.
- Let the melted chocolate to cool for couple of minutes before adding Greek yogurt and icing sugar.
- Mix it until smooth and creamy.
- Spread icing over cakes.
- Sprinkle the tops.
I love using bananas in baking - they make cakes moist and are a good alternative for sugar. The chocolate icing came out smooth and creamy, for a thicker texture it is better to keep them refrigerated for a couple of hours. I left mine out instead as I liked the soft result I got.