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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Banana Cream Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

Bananas and peanut butter go together like biscuits and gravy, salt and pepper, honey and tea......well more like John and I ♥
Throw in some chocolate and what a trio! If you like all these flavors, I think they combined well in this cupcake.
The banana filling oozes out of the center when you bite into it and the peanut butter frosting helps cut some of the sweetness of the cupcake.  I have to admit that I used a dark chocolate cake mix today. It's really hard to beat the cost of a one dollar cake mix, when the prices of ingredients are soaring these days. The filling and the frosting are both home made though...so I guess I get a little credit for this one ;)
 For the cake:
1 dark chocolate cake mix

*Bake according to package directions.

For the filling:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1//8 tsp salt
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 large banana, mashed
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

In a pan, heat the milk until very warm, but not boiling. Set aside. In a bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir this mixture into the hot milk and stir continuously for 4 - 5 minutes while cooking over low heat. It will get very smooth and thick. Add the egg yolks and continue to cook for about 2 more minutes. Set aside to cool down. Mash the banana until it's very smooth. Add the lemon juice and mix together well. Stir into the cooled filling. After the filling is completely cooled down, fill the cupcakes. ( I use a special tool to remove a piece of the center of the cupcake for filling, but you can just use a knife to cut a small wedge out of the cupcake, but save that wedge to put back over the top of the filling.)

For the frosting:
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 Tbsp milk
2 cups Powdered sugar

Using a mixer, combine the butter and peanut butter together. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar. At this point it will be very dry and thick. Mix in the 3 Tbsp milk and continue to blend until it's all incorporated. Beat for a few minutes until it is light and fluffy. Frost the cupcakes!

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