Peanut butter and banana cupcakes
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
A classic combination, these cute cupcakes are packed full of flavour and topped with a sweet peanut butter buttercream
- 50g butter, at room temperature
- 100g smooth peanut butter
- 150g light soft brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 150g plain flour, sifted
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 120ml soured cream
- 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
- 75g cream cheese
- 75g smooth peanut butter
- 300g icing sugar, sifted
- 25g dry roasted peanuts, finely chopped
If you’re not keen on peanuts then substitute the peanut butter in the cupcake and frosting recipe with chocolate hazelnut spread, to make chocolate and banana cupcakes, which are equally delicious!
- To make this cupcake recipe, preheat the oven to 160ºC/325ºF/Gas Mark 3. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugar for 3–5 minutes until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, whisking between each addition.
- Fold in the flour and baking powder until you have a thick batter. Stir in the soured cream, then gently fold in the bananas. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases until two thirds full. Bake for 20–25 minutes until risen and the sponge bounces back when touched. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
- For the frosting, place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl and using an electric hand whisk, whisk until light and fluffy. Slowly add the icing sugar one tablespoon at a time, whisking between each addition.
- If the icing is stiff to begin with, but don’t be tempted to loosen it with any liquid, just continue whisking and it will soften up. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
- Pipe swirls of frosting over the cupcakes and sprinkle with chopped peanuts to decorate.