There are so many things I want to accomplish in this adorable little life I’m living.
Learn how to surf.
Master the art of cooking pasta. (You may think it’s simple, but for me, it’s not. I’m a baker. Not a cook.)
Muster up enough courage to sing at a karaoke bar. (Liquid courage is not out of the question on this one…)
Move to another city, state, town, planet…somewhere. Anywhere.
Learn another language (or six). Italian would be awesome. French would be even cooler. Maybe I’ll master some ancient African language. I can’t imagine it would ever come in handy…but you never know.
Make one of those really awesome melted crayon paintings you see on Pinterest. You know what I’m talking about. (and you know you want to make one too.)
I want to sew a dress, knit a scarf, patch some jeans…something domestic that would put my dusty sewing machine to good use.
Learn how to swing dance. I can’t imagine that being rhythmically tossed around like a doll is a bad time.
Publish something. Whether it be a cookbook, novel, or a children’s book…I want my words out there, in print. There’s something so official and wonderful about it.
I want to be able to spell “Wednesday” without having to think of it as wed-nes-day.
Same goes for Feb-RU-ary.
And finally, bake a cupcake with chocolate chips that don’t sink to the bottom.
Well wait just a doggone baker’s dozen minute here…I just did that!
I made banana chocolate chip cupcakes. I put some Tiger Butter buttercream on top.
For those of you who don’t know what tiger butter is…it’s my favorite candy in the fudge category. Peanut butter and chocolate. I’m all about it. You should be too.
Fresh out of the oven, they fit the description of a muffin. A perfectly warm, melty, banana scented muffin. I would not judge you if you decided to nix the frosting and try to get away with having these for breakfast. They have bananas! It could work.
That’s something I seriously considered. In fact, I’ll probably whip these up as muffins in the future, but for the sake of the blog and the fact that I do love buttercream and decorating cupcakes, I moved forward. I’m glad I did.
These are seriously the bomb.com. Even when they’ve cooled, you get a perfect amount of banana flavor. Crazy. I was worried they’d come out too…potassium-y. It’s a thing.
Oh and the secret to having the chocolate chips not fall to the bottom? Lightly coat them in flour before you add them to the batter. Who knew?!
Well actually…Google knew.
This theme was the main reasoning behind the banana flavor this week. Jungles have animals. One of the animals you can find in the jungle is a monkey. Monkeys eat bananas, and so do I. Hence, this cupcake was born.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Tiger Butter Buttercream
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
3 ripened bananas, mashed
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup half and half
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with cupcake wrappers.
2. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in medium bowl until well combined. Set aside.
3. Beat butter on high until light and smooth.
4. Beat in sugar until fluffy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition.
5. Beat in vanilla until combined.
6. Beat in bananas well. Make sure it’s completely incorporated.
7. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the half and half. Beat until just combined.
8. Toss the chocolate chips in a little bit of flour. You may use a ziplock bag and shake it around or be fancy and toss ’em around in a bowl.
9. Fold the chips into the batter.
10. Fill cups 3/4 full and bake for approx. 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
11. Try one without frosting. I dare you to tell me it isn’t amazing.
Tiger Butter Buttercream
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
4 tsp vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1. Beat butter until fluffy and pale yellow. About 2 minutes.
2. Beat in powdered sugar in increments, until desired consistency begins to form.
3. Add vanilla.
4. Transfer half of the buttercream to another bowl.
5. For one half, add the cocoa powder until completely combined.
6. For the other half, add the peanut butter until completely combined.
To create the swirl effect
3 pastry bags (or ziplock bags)
1. Put a small amount of each frosting in its own bag. Cut the corner off the bottom.
2. Cut the corner off of the third bag, and set up with desired decorating tip.
3. Place both of the frosting bags in the third bag, so the cut-off corners are feeding into the third bag’s tip.
4. Gently squeeze the bag, and do a few test runs to make sure it comes out even.
Voila! Gorgeous decorating that will impress anyone.