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Sunday, 7 September 2008

Banoffee Cupcakes for SHF!

On a recent trip to Cambridge, I had to be pushed out of a bookshop which was closing for the night. I had been thumbing through a cupcake book, when I glimpsed a recipe titled 'Banoffee Cupcakes'.

Oooooooh...... banana..... toffee..... cake!

I needed those cupcakes, like right now, and on getting home, (before you could say World Wide Web), had found the recipe.

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If you like sticky, gooey and creamy - these are for you! The sponge has moist banana, intermingled with chopped, chewy toffees - and the topping... drool... has freshly whipped cream and caramelised banana dribbling with dulce de leche.
Gone are tasteless, dry cupcakes full of colouring, topped off with sickly buttercream. These cupcakes are modern, delicious and interesting!

I made mini ones, just the right size for a slice of banana, which I caramelised - because my blowtorch doesn't see the light of day nearly enough. I also made a larger sized cupcake with plain banana slices.

And you know what? I'm going to go back and buy that book!

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Banoffee Cupcakes
Adapted from Cupcakes by Susannah Blake
Makes approx 8-10, more if making mini ones

60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
70g light soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ripe banana, mashed
115g self-raising flour
50g chewy toffees, chopped

To decorate:
180ml double cream, whipped
3-4 tablespoons dulce de leche
1 banana, sliced
1-2 tablespoons caster sugar if caramelising the bananas

Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in the egg and fold in the mashed banana.

Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in. Gently fold in the chopped toffees.

Spoon the mixture into well greased muffin tins, or tins lined with cupcake cases.

Bake for about 16-18 minutes, until risen and springy to the touch. Mini cupcakes will take less time to cook, keep your eye on them.

Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack.

To decorate, pipe or spoon the whipped cream on the top of the cakes, top with slices of banana and drizzle with the dulce de leche.

If caramelising the banana, sprinkle some caster sugar on the slices and melt the sugar with a blowtorch or a hot grill. Leave to cool before using - the sugar should be crispy.

(Printable Recipe)

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This is my submission for the September edition of Sugar High Friday, being hosted by Fanny at Foodbeam. She's calling for creative, exciting cupcakes and I hope she's going to love this one.

This event was created by Jennifer at The Domestic Goddess. You can see all the previous themes here.

SHF Cupcakes


This content belongs to Nicisme at Cherrapeno. All writing and photography copyright N Fowers © 2007-2008 unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.


fanny said...

oh yes. I do love these!
I mean banoffee cupcakes. that sounds terribly good.

thanks for joining in.

xx fanny

Jan said...

They look fantastic Nic!
And great pictures as always!

chris said...

Wnoderful cupcakes Nic. You are so right about them being modern, makes ordinary one pale in comparison.

Avory said...

I don't even *like* bananas, but for some reason I do like banoffee pie. Also banana bread. God knows why.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

This sounds amazing... I always wanted to try Banoffee pie, but never got a chance... Looking at your cupcakes I want to make it now! :)

Sam said...

I'm drooling on my keyboard!
Great pictures.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love these cupcakes! They are simply gorgeous looking...utterly decadent!

Anonymous said...

I simply adore the combo of toffee and bananas! Your cupcakes look so yummy, Nic, that I'd like to take my finger and dip it into the frosting of one of these beauties, and then conquer the rest of the cupcake :)

hungryandfrozen said...

These look utterly gorgeous. I want a blowtorch so bad...perhaps these could justify the purchasing of one? lol.

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

wow... that is a sweet explosion in a mini cake. love it!

Jeanne said...

Oh MY!! I don't even like bananas, or banoffee pie, but I am drooling over these incredible pictures. The best thing about cupcakes is that you can get away with so much more in terms of flavour and decoration, because they're only little ;-) I think I may have to take part in SHF for a change...

Raquel said...

Drool, drool! Nic, those look fab as usual! I like banoffe pie, and I adore cupcakes, so what better? Much love, Raquel XO

LyB said...

Wow. I'm a sucker for anything caramelized and that caramel dripping all over those cupcakes is killing me! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

They look amazing. Must try out!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Oh wow. Ive got a book called muffins galore that has a recipe for banoffee muffins. Will have to try it now

Helene said...

Ok, I am officially starving after seeing these...oh my all that dripping goodness!!

grace said...

oh heavens. heavens to betsy, heavens to garfunkel, and heavens to johnny depp. nic, these are tremendous. often pictures don't do a food justice or the pictures flatter the food more than it deserves, but in this case, i'll bet the balance is pretty even. sensational pictures, sensational cupcakes. :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, my look look insanely good!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Um, that was supposed to read, "Oh, my, those look insanely good." :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nic, these are amazing! I have never tried banoffee pies, but I know I would love them. And these!

Ann said...

Oh wow.
Okay - now "Banoffee" is a non-American thing, correct? Because I've heard of it, but I think I've only heard of it when I've been in Europe, do I have that right?

It looks divine. BRING IT!!! :)

Zoe Francois said...

Yum, that looks so outrageously good!

Dee said...

You had me at sticky, gooey and creamy :) I love banoffee pie, so I KNOW I'm going to adore these. I've always thought about turning my version into cupcakes, and looking at yours I MUST.

PheMom said...

Seriously yummy! Your cupcakes look fantastic!

Deeba PAB said...

Entirely loveable goeey, sticky, creamy can one get! Seriously, I'm a non-banana person, but these beauties are pulling the strings of my heart! What a fab entry!! Who needs topless cupcakes after this treat??

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can see why you have to go back and buy that book Nic:D

Manger La Ville said...

Oh...these look fantastic, gooey, sticky and just delicious.

Lisa said...

I'm not usually into bananas in my dessert but, wow, you make those look so pretty!!

Maria♥ said...

Oh wow these not only look elegant but wonderfully delish!!


Ben said...

What beautiful pictures. They have made me hungry. yummy!

Robin Sue said...

Oh My Word! You will HAVE to win this contest. Those cupcakes are amazing. What a great combo of flavors and you did a beautiful job at decorating them, you have the touch!!

Nic said...

Fanny - thanks and I'm so looking forward to the round-up!

Jan - thank you!

Chris - I think sometimes cupcakes get a bad rap.

Judith - you may like these then!!

Sam - don't make too much of a mess!

Sweet & Saucy - thank you, and if anyone know how to make a great cupcake, you do! Yours are so beautifully decorated.

Miri - why bother with your finger when you could just use your tongue? LOL!

Laura - I think you might get away with it!!

Aran - thanks!

Jeanne - thank you! Yes, they are very versatile. Hope you do join in!

Raquel - thanks!

LyB - me too, caramel gets me every time!

Catering Equipment - thanks for visiting and hope you give them a go!

Beth - I'll look out for that book, I think I'd like it!

Tartlette - you have a great way with words - I shall have to remember that the sticky, sugar-laden caramel is really 'dripping goodness'!!

Grace - ha ha! You do make me laugh! Thanks so much, I'm flattered.

Susan - you are so funny, but totally right!

Patricia - you've not had a banoffee pie? OMG, I'll be right over with one!!

Ann - According to
, banoffee means banana and toffee and it was invented in Easst Sussex, UK, in 1972. I wonder if that's true?

Zoe - welcome, and thank you!

Dee - yeah, go on - I dare you!

PheMom - than you so much!

Deeba - you could do a strawboffy version instead!

Valli - I saw a few of the other recipes and they looked good too.

Manger La Ville - they have a stick, gooey overload for sure!

Lisa - I'm not mad for bananas either, but teamed with toffee - for me that's a winner.

Maria - thank you!

Ben - thanks! I'm hungry too now...

Robin Sue - it's not actually a contest, SHF is just a foodie event with a sweet theme, which is cupcakes this month. Hope you join in too!

Anonymous said...

Oh MY WORD!!!!!! I almost broke my teeth on the screen......these are just gorgeous Nicisme. Your photographs are fantastic as usual. Well done xxx

Anonymous said...

oh why oh why don't I have toffees???? wowee, those make a preggars lady feel very happy to see, only wish I could eat them too!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nicisme, that has to be the most delicious looking cupcake I have ever seen. The dribbling of the dulce de leche is simply to die for. I have to admit I have no idea what " dulce de leche" is but if it tastes as good as it looks I'll have to make some lol.

The Mrs. said...

Oh My! Those look incredibly delicious!!

Rosie said...

Oh my Nic I'm in Bonoffee heaven here!! Just stunning!!

Rosie x

SteamyKitchen said...

holy cupcakes! gorgeous shot!

test it comm said...

Just look at that dulce de leche dripping all over those cupcakes...mmm...