Banana Split Cupcakes
You heard me right. Banana Split Cupcakes. These give the almond ones a good run for their money. There is just enough banana flavor in there to taste delicious, but not so much that you feel like you’re eating a banana whole. The frosting is fluffy and the chocolate drizzle is the ultimate finish.
And since they have banana in them, you can easily justify eating these for breakfast. I mean, they’re basically just banana bread, right? :)
Banana Split Cupcakes
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 Â½ cups plain soymilk
2 1/8 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
Â½ teaspoon baking soda
Â½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/8 cups sugar
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
Â½ cup canola oil
1 Â¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Â½ cup shortening (crisco)
Â½ cup margarine
3 Â½ cup confectionersâ€™ sugar, sifted
1 Â½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Â¼ cup soy milk
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon corn syrup
3 tablespoons soy milk
Preheat the oven to 350Âº. Line muffin cups with paper cupcake liners. Lightly spray liners and top of pan with cooking spray. This will prevent the tops of the cupcakes from sticking to the pan when they rise. Set aside.
Combined apple cider vinegar and soymilk in small bowl. Stir well and set aside (the mixture will curdle).
In a bowl, mash banana with canola oil until incorporated. Add extracts and mix well.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the curdled soymilk and banana mixtures to the dry ingredients and stir until smooth (try not to overmix it). Mix in chocolate chips.
Fill each muffin cup with Â¼ cup of batter. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
For frosting: With electric mixer, beat margarine and shortening until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and continue to beat until all the sugar is incorporated. Add soymilk and vanilla and continue to beat for another 5 minutes. Spread generously on cupcakes.
Melt chocolate in the microwave by heating for 20 seconds, stirring, heating for another 20 seconds, until melted. Add soy milk and corn syrup and stir. Drizzle chocolate over frosted cupcakes, top with a cherry and/or chopped nuts and sprinkles, and enjoy.