These deliciously gooey cupcakes, using Fairtrade bananas, are easy to make and look so pretty.
Recipe - Serves: 12
2 ripe Fairtrade bananas
125g butter, at room temperature
120g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
½ tsp salt
150g essential Waitrose Plain Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
For the toffee buttercream:
100g unsalted butter, softened
300g icing sugar
100g Bonne Maman Confiture de Caramel
50g Cooks' Ingredients Fudge Chunks
½ banana, cut into 12 thin slices
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line your muffin tin with cupcake cases.
2. Mash the bananas until very soft and set aside. Beat the butter and half the sugar for at least 4 minutes with an electric hand whisk. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the remaining sugar and the salt until pale and fluffy. Combine the egg mixture with the buttery banana mixture, then sieve over the flour, baking powder and cinnamon in batches, whisking between additions. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cupcake cases and bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes until they feel spongy and the tops are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
3. Meanwhile, make the toffee buttercream. Whisk the butter until creamy and light, then gradually whisk in the icing sugar. Add 1-2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp at a time, if the mixture looks too dry. Top each cupcake with buttercream.
4. Warm the Confiture de Caramel in a pan, until it’s runny. Using a spoon, swirl over the buttercream icing and sprinkle over the fudge chunks. Finally, arrange slices of banana into the icing. Serve immediately, as the banana slices will brown when exposed to the air.
Typical values per serving:
Per cake. More info: 3.5g protein, 0.7g fibre