Banana Split Cupcake Sammies

Banana Split Cupcake SammiesI’ll let you in on a secret: these weren’t really meant to be cupcake sandwiches.  I overfilled my cupcake pans a touch (gasp!), causing some of them to get those awful little ledges around the tops (oh, the horror!).  Rather than discard the whole batch for something so trivial (it was just the very tops), I decided it’d be far more economical (oh, how I do love to save a penny) to simply adjust their destiny a bit…tweak their fate, if you will.  A trim of the tops, a layer of strawberry “glue”, and presto!  <drum roll, please> – Banana Split Cupcake Sammies!  Problem solved, disaster averted.

Since we’re being so honest here, I’ll think I’ll divulge a bit more.  Initially, I intended to inject the strawberry jam into the banana cupcakes, then frost and garnish them sundae-style.  And when I make these again, I think I’ll still do it that way.  Hoooooooowever, I must say…these cupcakes are damn cute as sammies.  They really are.  I like to think of them as little compact towers of happy.  I just love the way the red strawberry jam pokes out in the middle…all “hello, I’m a little pile of strawberry jam oozy goodness–look at me”.

But alas, the disclaimer: you’ll probably need to eat these with a fork…or maybe a spork–so you can sop up some of that ganache that may dribble onto the plate.

Ingredients (Cupcakes):
2 c + 1 Tbs Flour
1 1/2 c less 1.5 Tbs Sugar
1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 c Mashed Ripe Banana
1/2 c Buttermilk or Yogurt
1/2 c Shortening
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Banana Extract

Ingredients (Frosting):
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 c Butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 c Confectioners’ Sugar, sifted

Ingredients (Ganache*):
1 c Heavy Cream
1 c Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Ingredients (Filling and Garnishes):
Strawberry Preserves
Chopped Wanuts
Maraschino Cherries

Directions (Cupcakes):
Preheat oven to 350.  Oil and flour cupcake tin(s); it’s best not to use paper or foil liners with these–the banana may get all lovey and not want to be separated from the wrappers, causing a lot of unnecessary mangling of all your hard work…total downer.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.  In a medium bowl, stir together the banana, buttermilk/yogurt, shortening, eggs, and extracts.  Add these combined wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until well-combined.

Fill cupcake tins just about 1/3 full…maybe ever so slightly higher, but not much.  I filled mine closer to half-full and well, we all know what happened there.   Bake for about 20 minutes, until the cupcakes are nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.

Yield: About 24 Cupcakes

Directions (Frosting):
In a medium bowl,  beat together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy.  Add vanilla and mix until well-incorporated.  Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and beat well.

Note: If the frosting becomes too thick, thin it with milk, one teaspoon at a time.

Yield: Frosts about 24 Cupcakes (this would normally frost about 18 cupcakes, but it should be enough for all of these–you don’t want too much frosting on the sammies or you’ll never figure out a way to cover/transport them to your people)

Directions (Ganache*):
Place chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.  In small saucepan, heat cream to boiling over moderate heat.  Just before it overflows and sullies your cooktop, turn of the heat and quickly pour it over the chocolate chips.  Wait a minute or two, then whisk/mix the cream and chips together and add the vanilla extract.  Cover with cling wrap directly on the surface and set aside to come to room temperature.

Yield:  Way more than you’ll need for these cupcakes.  Plan to make more cupcakes to top with this or brownies or banana splits or something.  Or just grab a big spoon and go to town.  For those with willpower, this should keep for a few days in the fridge.

Directions (Filling and Garnishes):
Seriously?  If you can’t figure it out, just go back to bed.  Or just go away…really.

*Ganache recipe taken with wreck-less abandon from Allrecipes.com

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2 Responses to Banana Split Cupcake Sammies

  1. Jenny Thompson says:

    These look sinfully delicious!

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