I am busy, busy, busy today making cookies for a shower. (I will post pictures later.) I have a crazy week to finish out. Cookies, painting to finish, packing to do, and last but not least, baseball to watch!! So since I'm making cookies today, I'm going to keep my brain in sweet mode. :) Today's recipe is for Bananas Foster Cupcakes!
Bananas Foster Cupcakes
For the Bananas Foster:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ripe, but still firm bananas quartered (halved crosswise, then lengthwise)
2 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon dark rum
Banana mixture already prepared
3/4 cup sour cream
For the frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon dark rum
In a saute pan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook until butter melts and sugar is dissolved (4 to 5 minutes). Add the banana slices and cook until tender, turning once for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
Stir together rum and vanilla. Turn off the burner and add the rum mixture to the pan.
Using a long match, light the alcohol by placing the flame just in the outer edge of the pan. Stand as far back as possible. The flame should extingish in a few seconds.
Gently shake the pan from side to side to coat the bananas with the sauce. Spoon the bananas into a bowl and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add eggs, vanilla, rum and banana. Mix well.
Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream; blend thoroughly but do not overmix. Pour into prepared cupcake pans. Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool for 1- minutes in pan on rack. Remove and cool completely before frosting.
Beat together cream cheese, butter, cinnamon and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Add about half the powdered sugar and beat until mixed well. Then gradually add the remaining powdered sugar until you reach a spreading consistency.