Chocolate, peanut butter and banana cupcakes

  • Preparation Time45 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves10
  • DifficultyEasy
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (recommended: Skippy)
1 cup sliced and firmly packed, ripe banana
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 tablespoons water
1 large egg
1 tablespoon Dutch process cocoa powder
1 (9-ounce) package devil's food cake mix without pudding (recommended: Jiffy)
Peanut Butter Frosting:
2 1/2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (recommended: Skippy)
1/3 cup plus 2 1/4 teaspoons powdered sugar
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons whole milk
2 1/2 tablespoons roasted and lightly salted chopped peanuts
10 dried banana chips
1) Preheat oven to 375C/gas 5.

2) Place a medium-sized platter in the freezer. Line 10 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.

3) To make the cupcakes, beat the peanut butter, sliced banana, oil and water together in a large bowl until almost smooth, so that only a few very small pieces of banana are visible.

4) Add the egg, cocoa powder and the cake mix and beat for a further minute, until the mixture is well combined.

5) Spoon an equal amount of batter into the lined muffin cups, filling them to 2/3 full. Bake on the centre shelf for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.

6) Remove the cupcakes from the muffin tin and place on the platter in the freezer. Freeze for 8 minutes to quickly cool the cupcakes.

7) In the meantime, make the frosting. Beat the butter and peanut butter togetther until smooth. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and milk, until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. (If needed, add up to an extra 1/2 teaspoon of milk to make frosting smooth.)

8) Spread the cupcakes with frosting. Sprinkle the tops with an even amount of the chopped peanuts. Decorate the tops of each cake with a dried banana chip.
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