So that happened (see title). Sounds like an event or something, right? Well I might possibly have something there by qualifying this cupcake as an event with its stuffing and fluffing—oh, get your minds out of the gutter, because following up the stuffing and fluffing is torching. See why you didn’t want to go there. Now back to the food. Yeah, there’s a lot going on, but don’t worry, it comes together in a face-stuffing sort of way.
And every time I make something like this, I sort of laugh with anticipation that I will receive a text from a friend that reads, “You make disgusting food”. Really, no lie, that’s my reality. From there it usually goes into, “Who eats that stuff – too sweet, too much going on, too fattening, too this, too that, and too everything that’s anti-sweet”. I know—be glad I’m telling you now to close your disbelieving mouth, because I always forget and sit there slack jawed, hunched over my phone texting back and forth until my cramping thumbs scream at me to stop engaging crazy.
What is wrong with me? It’s like I have this mental block—seriously, I am a very accepting person, but friends with non-dessert-eating habits, what? Here’s where if I understood that whole six degrees of separation theory, I could cast and pull in the “connectedness net” to peer pressure the “crazies” into retraining their palates.
- BANANA CUPCAKES
- 2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 13 0z bananas, very ripe, pureed (about 3 large bananas)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- BOURBON BUTTERSCOTCH
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 tablespoons bourbon
- MARSHMALLOW FROSTING
- 5 large egg whites
- 11/2 cup sugar
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
TO MAKE BANANA CUPCAKES
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl to blend; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugars and eggs in a large bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in buttermilk. Gradually beat in oil. Beat in bananas. Beat in cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended.
- Fill cupcake wells 1/2 way up and bake at 350 degrees F for about 18 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out with moist crumbs attached. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
TO MAKE BOURBON BUTTERSCOTCH
- Melt butter and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Cook mixture until it becomes liquid, stirring every once in awhile. Add cream and whisk to combine. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir boiling mixture for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Whisk bourbon into cooled butterscotch.
TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW FROSTING
- Whisk egg whites and sugar in a stand mixer bowl and place it over—not on, (think bain marie) simmering water. Heat mixture to 160 degrees F while whisking constantly.
- Transfer mixer bowl to stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium high speed (speed 8 on a KitchenAid stand mixer) until mixture cools, doubles in volume and forms stiff peaks; about 10-12 minutes.
- Fill pastry bag fitted with Wilton's 1M tip or any desired tip. Pipe marshmallow frosting along perimeter of cupcake. Fill center with bourbon butterscotch. Pipe frosting on top of bourbon butterscotch center.
- Place fully assembled cupcake on a fire proof surface and quickly torch frosting for a toasted marshmallow finish.
- Click here to see a Vine video on how to stuff and pipe these cupcakes.
- The bourbon butterscotch can be made two weeks in advanced and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- To make this non-alcoholic, skip the bourbon.
- Save yourself some money and just buy a Bernzomatic propane torch instead of one of these kitchen torches you usually see in William Sonoma and Sur la Table. They can be twice the price and aren't nearly as strong.