With the complete intention of coming directly home and studying for tomorrow’s midterm and preparing for my presentation so I would have some time to go running before dark, I somehow woke up on the couch with papers everywhere and Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Puffins crumbs all over me…don’t judge me. Definitely needed a study break, and of course instead of running I chose to make these delicious banana chocolate swirl cupcakes! Now I reallllly need to go to the gym tomorrow. For the base I used Gina’s Banana Cupcake Recipe from the FoodNetwork, and came up with my own additions for the chocolate batter to swirl in. They take a little more patience than normal cupcakes do, but they look so pretty! Try them with this chocolate frosting recipe.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar + ½ tbsp
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and ½ cup sugar with a standalone mixer with paddle attachment or hand-held mixer until combined.
- Add sour cream and vanilla extract.
- Add the eggs, 1 at a time.
- Add the dry mixture a little at a time until well blended.
- Add the bananas, careful not to over mix.
- Transfer half of the batter into a separate bowl, and add ½ tbsp sugar and the cocoa powder and mix with a spoon.
- Using a teaspoon, add 4 small amounts of the banana batter leaving a little space in between. Then, add 4 small smounts of chocolate batter to fill the spaces. Repeat, but drop banana batter on top of chocolate and chocolate on top of banana (see photo for clarification).
- Insert a butterknife in the center, and start swirling knife (keeping it inside) while turning around the whole cupcake once or twice.
- Bake about 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
- Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool before frosting.
- Frost with your favorite frosting and decorate with toppings.
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