It’s been a while since I have used my Primrose Bakery app! It is a great app full of cool cupcakes and cake recipes, and a few icing recipes as well. I found they always work really well… and this one seemed a perfect Christmas treat. It is also a great way to use overripe bananas, as this recipe uses no less than 4 of them! I brought these to the office on the first of December, to celebrate the start of Advent and the countdown to Christmas..and they were gone within seconds. Good thing I had
Ingredients (makes 20):
For the batter: 125 g butter – 150 g caster sugar – 150 g molasses – 2 eggs – 1 tbsp vanilla paste – 250 g plain flour – 2 tbsp baking powder – 4 ripe bananas – 2 handfuls of crushed pecans.
For the buttercream: 110 g butter – 50 cl milk – 1 tbsp vanilla paste – 400 g golden icing sugar (from Billington’s made of brown sugar)
Let’s start with the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a whole cupcake tray with paper cases.
2. Add the butter and caster sugar to the Thermomix bowl and cream on Speed 4/30 seconds or until pale and smooth. With the blades still running, add the eggs, one at a time.
3. Add the vanilla paste, flour and baking powder and mix again Speed 4 for 20 seconds.
4. Mash the bananas roughly with a fork, then mix them in Speed , 10 seconds. Then add in the pecans, Reverse Blade/Speed 3/10 seconds.
5. Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cases. Bake for 20 minutes then leave them to cool for 10 minutes in their tin, then line them up on a rack to cool down completely.
We can now move on to the icing!
1. Add the milk, butter, half of the icing sugar and vanilla paste to the Thermomix bowl, and cream together Speed 4-5/20 seconds. With the blades still running, progressively add the rest f the icing sugar. Beat into a smooth buttercream.
2. When the cupcakes are completely cooled down (otherwise the butter will melt), ice them and top with a pecan.
How nice would these be with a nice cup of vanilla tea, listening to Christmas carols in front of the fireplace?