Sunday, July 20, 2008

strawberry banana cupcakes

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the 2 ripe bananas on my counter inspired these cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing. i folded some chopped semi-sweet callebaut into half of the icing because chocolate goes with bananas & strawberries.

strawberry banana chocolate cupcakes

except in this case.

the addition of chocolate confused the strawberry-banana flavor combo and almost completely masked the brightness of the strawberries. so my vote goes for straight banana cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese icing.

banana cake recipe here (i halved it for 12 cupcakes)

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing

Notes: you can cut this recipe in half for 12 cupcakes. icing is soft, so i wouldn't try to pipe with it.

8 oz cream cheese
3 oz unsalted butter
4-5 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/4 C strawberry sauce

Strawberry Sauce
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 T sugar

Wash strawberries, remove stem, cut in half.

Macerate with 2 T sugar for 15-20 minutes.

Cook macerated strawberries, covered, in a small saucepan over medium low heat for about 10 minutes or until strawberries are soft. Cool. Puree for sauce.