Monkey Cupcakes & Toppers

Hello again from Becca of CAKE.

Last week my office celebrated a co-worker with a 'little monkeys' themed baby shower and lunch.  His wife is having twin girls, so I decided to have some fun with a purple and yellow color scheme.  Since there wasn't much space to decorate at the restaurant, we brought in a few stuffed monkeys, balloons and baby bottle centerpieces for the tables {in retrospect we should have filled them with banana candy, but all I had on hand was lemon}.  Naturally I baked cupcakes for dessert, and what better flavor for a monkey party than banana, right?

This indulgent recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting was simply to die for.  The cupcakes themselves were moist & rich, and paired with the frosting they were over the top delicious.  I highly recommend giving them a try.

I also designed some simple toppers, and though I doubt many of you will have a chance to throw a shower for twin girls… I'm happy to share them with you HERE.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

adapted from Bon Appetit

Ingredients

-1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-2 very ripe large bananas, peeled

-1/2 cup sour cream

-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

-3/4 cup sugar

-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

-1 large egg

-1 large egg yolk

-10oz semisweet chocolate chips

 

Directions

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F.

2.Line 12 standard (1/3-cup) muffin cups with paper liners.

3. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl to blend.

4. Mash bananas with fork in another medium bowl until smooth.

5.Mix sour cream and vanilla into bananas.

6. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

7. Add egg and egg yolk and beat until well blended.

8. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with banana-sour cream mixture in 2 additions, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating just until blended after each addition.

9. Add chocolate chips and stir by hand.

10. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups (generous 1/4 cup for each).

11. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center of each comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack and let cool completely.

 

Peanut Butter Frosting

Ingredients

2 cups powdered sugar

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup smooth peanut butter (do not use old-fashioned or freshly ground)

 

Directions

1. Sift powdered sugar into large bowl.

2. Add cream cheese, butter, and peanut butter.

3. Using electric mixer, beat mixture until smooth.

4. Spread frosting over top of cupcakes, dividing equally.

Tip: Frosting can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Download cupcake toppers HERE.

Post by Becca : www.cakeeventsblog.com