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30 March 2010 @ 10:12 pm
Banana Cupcakes w/ Nutella Buttercream Frosting  
Banana Nutella Cupcakes


Difficulty: 3/5
Cost: 3/5
Taste: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Banana Cupcakes w/ Nutella Buttercream Frosting

* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
* 1/4 cup buttermilk
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, bananas and buttermilk. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to banana mixture. Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes. Yields approx. 18 standard cupcakes.

NUTELLA FROSTING:

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup Nutella
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
Place the confectioners' sugar, Nutella, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.


Notes: I used butter instead of shortening and they came out well enough! The banana flavor is lovely and the consistency of the cake is more cakey than muffiny - just make sure you fill them correctly and don't overcook them! I started topping them with just plain ole' Nutella but then I decided it needed a proper frosting! I found that one online after some extensive searching and it turned out really good. It's obviously not waistline friendly but...it's NUTELLA.