Banana and Blackberry Muffins with Browned Butter Glaze

Bananas is one of those wired fruits which you either love or hate. I out household we hate them, but due to their high level of carbohydrates I alway eat one after my training pass. Sunday evening I realized that I had bought new bananas without eating the old ones first, so I decided to use the old ones for some kind of cake. I never bake anything containing bananas so I did not have any recipes and I therefore had to ask my Facebook friends and search the web, and in the end it ended up the with a combination of several recipes 🙂

If you are more into chocolate than blackberries, you can of cause change that part of the recipe, but if you do that, I would recommend that you chop the chocolate and fold it into the batter instead of placing it in the middle, like the blackberries.

 

Ingredients (12 muffins)

1/3 cup butter, melted

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. soda

1 pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. honey

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 large bananas, ripe

45 blackberries, fresh or frozen

 

Glaze:

1 stick butter

1/4 cup sugar

 

Place bananas in a bowl ans mash well. Set aside while preparing the rest.

Shift flour, baking powder, soda, salt cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl. Add sugar and mix well. In a second bowl, with a folk, beat together eggs, vanilla extract, honey, butter and milk.

Add the bananas to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture in three steps, folding gently between each.

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Line standard muffins tins with paper liners. Fill each paper line with 1 tsp. of the banana batter. Then place 4 blackberries in the middle of the batter. Then add another tsp. of the batter. Make sure that the blackberries are fully covered with banana batter.

Bake at 375F for 20 minutes or until at toothpick comes out clean. Let rest in muffin tins for 5 minutes and then 5 minutes in a wire rack.

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While cooling, melt the butter in a saucepan and let brown lightly (be careful not to burn). Transfer to a small bowl – same diameter as the muffins. Dip the top of the cupcakes in the browned butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Serve immediately with a cup of good quality coffee or hot chocolate 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredienser (12 cupcakes)

75 g smør, smeltet

250 gram hvedemel

1 tsk. bagepulver

1/2 tsk. natron

1 knivspids salt

1/2 tsk. stødt kanel

1/2 tsk. stødt muskatnød

115 gram sukker

1 tsk. vanilje ekstrakt

1 tsk. honning

2 store banner, modne

2 æg

1.25 dl mælk

Lime and Coco Milk Cupcakes

I am at the moment writing on a scientific article comparing two surgical techniques and such work definitely needs a cake or two 🙂 I’ve been working on the project for 7 month and are finally beginning to see the end of it!

Today the writing went well and I decided to reward myself with a cupcake experiment. The choice of lime and coco milk came from a quick look in our pantry, that among other things contained a lot of limes a single can of coco milk. Unfortunately the coco milk was a light version (only 8% fat) and the taste of coco was not as strong as I had wished, so next time, I will definitely use a full-fat version.

If your are not a fan of lime you can use lemon instead, but I will recommend that you try it with lime first as it is a perfect match for coco milk 🙂 Hope that you will love them as much as I already does.

 

Ingredients (16 cupcakes)

1 stick butter, room temperature

1 cup + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup coco milk

1 lime, zest and juice

 

Frosting

1 pound cream cheese, room temperature

1 lime, juice

4 tbsp. confectioners sugar

2 limes for decoration

 

Place butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary. Add the eggs one at time and whisk until incorporated. then add the vanilla extract.

Combined flour, baking powder and salt in another mixing bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter and eggs mixture alternating with the coco milk, lime juice and zest. Scrape the sides of the bowl again, if necessary. Only whisk until the batter is combines. Over-whisking the batter might ruin the end result, as the fluffiness of the batter will disappear.

Line standard muffins tins with paper liners. Fill each paper line with 1 tbsp. of the batter and bake at 400F for approximately 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

Frosting

Place all three ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth and fluffy. Put the frosting in a piping bag with your favorite piping tip (this one is a 1/-inch round pipe) and decorate the cakes.

Cut the limes into thin slices and place slice on top of the frosting and press it slightly down.

Serve for afternoon coffee or as a dessert for girl night 🙂

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (16 cupcakes)

113 g butter, room temperature

225 g granulated sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

250 g flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1.25 dl coco milk

1 lime, zest and juice

 

Frosting:

450 g cream cheese, room temperature

1 lime, juice

4 tbsp. confectioners sugar

2 limes for decoration

 

Chocolate Turtle Cupcakes

As I wrote in the last post, it is Mother’s Day today. For my own mother I made baked rhubarbs with vanilla cream – delicious!

These cupcakes was for my best friend mother. I have known the family since 1986 and they have always been as a second family to me, so I decided to bake a cake for the woman who always made me grilled cheese and who’s door has always been open to me – thank you Connie.

Hope that we will have many more Christmas’ together 🙂

 

Ingredients (12 cupcakes)

Cupcakes

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 warm water

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 sticks butter

2 eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup dark quality chocolate (70%)

24 mini chocolate turtles (Toms)

 

Swiss Meringue Buttercream (24 servings)

1 cup sugar

5 large egg whites

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 pound butter, room temperature (preferably organic)

 

Decoration

24 rasberries

12 spearmint leafs.

 

Cupcakes

Melt butter and sugar in a sauce pan. Stir to combine. When melted and combined, transfer to a mixing bowl and whisk at medium speed until cooled.

In another bowl mix together cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

When the butter and sugar mixture is cooled, add one egg at a time and whisk between each. Then add vanilla extract.

Shift in flour mixture in four batches, alternating with the sour cream, and warm water and whisk until just combined.

Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl, over a pan with simmering water. Add the melted chocolate to the batter and stir to combine.

Line standard muffins tins with paper liners. Fill each paper line with 1 tsp. of the chocolate batter. Then chop 1 chocolate turtle at at time and lie in the middle of the batter. Then add another tsp. of the chocolate batter. Make sure that the chopped turtle is fully covered with the chocolate batter.

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Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes. Halfway through, turn the muffin tin 180 degrees, to secure that the cupcakes are baked evenly. Transfer tins to wire racks and let cool for 10 minutes before turning cupcakes onto racks to cool completely.

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Buttercream

Place sugar, salt and egg whites in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a mixing bowl and whisk at medium speed until the meringue has reached room temperature.

Cut the butter into small cubes and add a few cubes at a time to the meringue while whisking. Whisk until the buttercream is smooth and creamy – it takes 5-10 minutes.

Decorate the cupcakes with buttercream and top it of with a chocolate turtle, 2 raspberries and a spearmint leaf.

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Ingredients (12 cupcakes)

Cupcakes

0.8 dl unsweetened cocoa powder

0.8 dl warm water

280 g cup sugar

2.5 dl flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

113 g butter

2 eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

2.5 dl sour cream

0.8 g dark quality chocolate (70%)

24 mini chocolate turtles (Toms)

 

Swiss Meringue Buttercream (24 servings)

225 g sugar

5 large egg whites

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

450 g butter, room temperature (preferably organic)

 

Decoration

24 rasberries

12 spearmint leafs

 

Marzipan and Raspberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t think that I should say an awful lot about these cupcakes, except from – try them, try them, try them!

The combination of marzipan, raspberries and cream cheese frosting is just fabulous. Had the cakes not been for a friend, I might have eaten enough to get a horrible bellyache 🙂 Already trying to find an occasion to bake them again!

 

Ingredients (20 cupcakes)

4 eggs, room temperature

1 1/8 cup granulated sugar

2 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking powder

4/5 cup marzipan

2/3 cup butter

60-80 raspberries

 

1 cup cream cheese

1/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Melt butter in a small sauce pan and let cool while preparing the rest of the ingredients. Grate the marzipan and set aside.

Whisk together eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add baking powder and vanilla extract and whisk for a few seconds. Shift in flour 1/2 cup at a time and whisk to combine.

Grate the marzipan and add to the batter. Whisk until combined, before pouring in the melted butter. Whisk until just combined.

Line standard muffins tins with paper liners. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each 1/3 full. Place 3-4 raspberries in  the middle of the and cover with the remaining batter. The muffin forms should be 2/3 filled.

Bake at 350F for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the baked cupcakes from the muffin tins and place on a wire rack to cool.

While the cupcakes cool, you can make the frosting. Whisk together cream cheese and vanilla extract until soft and fluffy. Shift in confections sugar and whisk until combined, soft and fluffy.

Place the frosting in a party bag with a piping tip of your own choice (I have used Wilton M1) and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.

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If you think that the cupcakes look a bit plain and boring, you can decorate with all sorts of things.

On the above picture I have sprinkled some freeze dried raspberry and raw liquorice powder on top. Below, I have use orange zest and raw liquorice powder.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (20 cupcakes)

4 eggs, room temperature

250 g granulated sugar

280 g flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking powder

2 dl marzipan

150 g butter

60-80 raspberries

 

250 g cream cheese

0.8 dl confectioners sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes has a perfect combination of chocolate, cream cheese and orange  – YUMMI they are delicious!

These was made for a colleague who retired a few days ago, and he loved them 🙂

 

Ingredients (36 cupcakes)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups flour

2 1/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 sticks butter

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup sour cream

3/4 cup dark quality chocolate (70%)

 

2 cups cream cheese

1/2 cup confectioners sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

3 oranges, zest

 

Melt butter and sugar in a sauce pan. Stir to combine. When melted and combined, transfer to a mixing bowl and whisk at medium speed until cooled.

In another bowl mix together cocoa powder, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.

When the butter and sugar mixture is cooled, add one egg at a time and whisk between each. Then add vanilla extract.

Shift in flour mixture in four batches, alternating with the sour cream, and whisk until just combined.

Chop the dark chocolate and fold into the batter.

Line standard muffins tins with paper liners. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each 3/4 full.

Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes. Halfway through, turn the muffin tin 180 degrees, to secure that the cupcakes are baked evenly. Transfer tins to wire racks and let cool for 10 minutes before turning cupcakes onto racks to cool completely.

While the cupcakes cool, you have time to make the frosting.

Place cream cheese and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and whisk until soft and fluffy. Shift in confectioners sugar and whisk until combined, soft and fluffy. Fold in 3/4 of the orange zest.

Decorate the cakes with the frosting and sprinkle the remaining orange zest on top.

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (36 cupcakes)

1.9 dl unsweetened cocoa powder

375 dl flour

450 g sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

345 g butter

4 large eggs, room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

4.4 dl sour cream

100 g dark quality chocolate (70%)

 

500 g cream cheese

1.25 dl confectioners sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

3 oranges, zest