Banana Cupcakes with White Chocolate Ganache Icing
2cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
3/4cup (175 mL) sugar
1tsp (5 mL) baking soda
3/4tsp (4 mL) baking powder
1/4tsp (1 mL) salt
2 large ripe bananas
1/2cup (125 mL) butter, softened
½cup (125 mL) sour cream
1½tsp (7 mL) vanilla
6oz (170 g) white chocolate, chopped
1/4cup (50 mL) whipping cream
1.Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a muffin pan with 12 paper cupcake liners. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until very well mixed. Set aside.
2.Put the bananas, sour cream, eggs and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides once or twice. Add the butter and continue to purée until smooth and creamy yellow in colour.
3.Pour banana mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes or until the batter is smooth and creamy. Spoon into cupcake liners, filling them equally — the batter will come nearly to the top. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick poked into the middle comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the pan and let cool completely.
4.Meanwhile, make the white chocolate ganache icing. (Or cheat and buy a can of icing) Place the chopped chocolate into a bowl. Heat the whipping cream by placing it in a microwave-safe measuring cup and zapping for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until boiling. Pour about half of the hot cream into the bowl with the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate begins to melt. Add the remaining cream and continue stirring until the mixture becomes smooth. If the chocolate doesn’t totally melt, place the bowl in the microwave and zap for 10 seconds at a time until melted. (Don’t overcook!) Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it cools to room temperature and begins to thicken.
5.When the ganache is cool, beat with an electric mixer until it forms a thick, creamy — almost fluffy — icing. (This can only happen if the ganache is cool enough.) Working quickly, swirl over the top of cooled banana cupcakes. Refrigerate until set.