Mocha-Filled Banana Cakes

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Makes:
24 servings
Yields:
24 cupcakes
Prep:
40 mins
Bake:
15 mins 350°F
Cool:
5 mins
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Mocha-Filled Banana Cakes

Ingredients
 
Nonstick spray for baking
6
ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup sugar
1
egg
1 1/2
teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
 
Dash salt
2
ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
2 1/4
1 1/2
cups sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
3/4
cup buttermilk or sour milk*
1/2
cup shortening
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
 
Banana Butter Frosting
 
Chocolate-covered coffee beans (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with nonstick spray for baking; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and the 1/4 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until combined. Beat in the 1 egg, the espresso powder, and the dash salt. Stir in melted chocolate. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, the 1-1/2 cups sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add mashed bananas, buttermilk, shortening, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until combined. Add the 2 eggs; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each prepared muffin cup. Drop about 1 rounded teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture into each cup. Spoon the remaining batter over cream cheese mixture in muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Prepare Banana Butter Frosting. Pour frosting over tops of cupcakes. If desired, sprinkle with chocolate-covered coffee beans. Makes 24 cupcakes.

From the Test Kitchen

*Test Kitchen Tip:

To make 3/4 cup sour milk, place 2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup total liquid; stir. Let stand for 5 minutes before using.

Prepare, bake, and cool cupcakes as directed. Place unfrosted cupcakes in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Freeze for up to 1 month. To serve, thaw cupcakes at room temperature about 30 minutes. Prepare frosting and frost cupcakes as directed in step 6.

Banana Butter Frosting

Ingredients

1/2
cup mashed ripe bananas
1/4
cup milk
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in bananas. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to reach pouring consistency.
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