No worries though, I am back with a renewed vigor and ready to take on the baking world once again.
If any of you have not heard, Cupcake Hero is back. It is now being hosted by the lovely iheartcuppycakes And this month's theme is: bananas. My family and I love bananas, unfortunately Mrs. iheartcuppycakes is not a fan. Now although I know she is not the only person deciding the winner, I felt it my mission to not only come up with something eye catching and unique, but also something that I think she would enjoy.
Over the past couple weeks I had been pouring over ideas and discussing them with my husband, to which he always just seemed to nod and agree, he trusts my judgement on all things baking-related. Finally, I thought I had "the cupcake": a red velvet cupcake with some sort of banana infused frosting. However, after trying it, it was not different enough. You know me, safe is never enough. Tried and true is never enough. I wanted more.
BANANA PANDAN-MONIUM CUPCAKES
"The Pandan-monium Part"
(Makes about 12 cupcakes. Recipe adapted by ToHappyVegans.)
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup + 1tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (I used coconut cream for a more pronounced coconut flavor)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp ( I used 2 tsp of pandan paste because I wanted a strong color and I love the taste)
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
This recipe does not really require any numbered steps. Simply place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until all the flour is combined. Place in souffle cups, or paper liners, and bake for (15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean). Cool thoroughly on rack before frosting.
"The Banana Part (ie:Banana Cream Cheese Frosting)"
- 1lb cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- desiccated coconut and banana slices, for garnish
Frost completely cooled cupcakes. Top with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut and a banana slice.
*NOTE* Pandan paste can most often be found in any local Asian food market. It usually is in the baking isle and looks like this.