Be forewarned that I’ll be in cupcake mode here for the next 6 weeks!  See, I’m attending Cupcake Camp New Haven on September 18th as a baker and I need to cut my list of about 300 choices of cupcakes down to just 4.  It won’t be an easy task (sigh) but I know the students working in my office for the summer will appreciate helping me narrow the choices down.

We started off the journey to cupcakedom with these Chunky Hubby cupcakes.  Remember the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Chubby Hubby flavor? Peanut butter-filled-chocolate-covered-pretzels…yum!  Well this cupcake is a deconstructed version of Chubby Hubby plus B&J’s Chunky Monkey flavor which adds banana to the mix.  Double yum!  I upped the ante and roasted the bananas before adding them to the cupcake batter and subbed in a some brown sugar for some of the white sugar.  The results of this already fantastic-sounding cupcake was truly a delight with the roasted banana and brown sugar. So you’ve got the roasted bananas, the obvious pretzel on top, some peanut butter frosting (which, if you haven’t tried this recipe yet, it’s a must), and a hidden surprise of chocolate ganache that fills the cupcake.  Does life get any better than this?!

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Chunky Hubby Cupcakes
sources: idea from Pink Parsley Catering
cupcake recipe: adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
ganache: adapted from Tartlette
frosting:adapted from Ina Garten

For the Roasted Bananas:
1 1/2 cups bananas – sliced into 1/2″ pieces – about 4 bananas plus an extra banana for garnish, if desired
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp butter, cubed small

For the Cupcakes:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
11 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Chocolate Ganache:

4 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature


For the Peanut Butter Frosting
:

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon heavy cream

Directions:
Roasted Bananas: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  In a shallow baking dish, toss the sliced bananas with brown sugar and bits of butter until bananas are well-coated with sugar.  Roast for 20 minutes, turning the bananas after 10 minutes.  When the bananas have deeply browned and are caramelized, transfer them to a medium-sized bowl.  Be careful, the bananas and sugar will be very hot.  Spray a potato masher with a light coating of baking spray (like Pam) and mash the bananas up. Set aside to cool almost entirely, stirring every so often to keep them from clumping up.

Cupcakes: When the banana have finished roasting, turn the oven down to 325 degrees F.  Line two 12-cup muffin/cupcake pans with paper liners.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together on medium speed until fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.  Scrape down the bowl, add the eggs one at a time, and beat until just combined.  Scrape down the bowl again and beat in the roasted bananas just until they are combined with the batter.  Turn the mixer to low.  Add the flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating between the two in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Scrape down the bowl again and mix on low for a few seconds to ensure the mixture is well-combined.

Fill the paper liners about 3/4 full.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, rotating the pans 180 degrees after 15 minutes.  Remove the pans to wires rack and cool for 10 minutes.  Remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow them to cool completely on the racks.

Ganache: Place the chocolate in a medium bowl.  Bring the cream to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.  Pour it over the chocolate, and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes.  Add the butter to the bowl, and whisk until smooth.  Allow to sit at room temperature until it reaches a consistency suitable for piping, or refrigerate, being sure to stir every 10 minutes.

Peanut Butter Frosting: Place the confectioners’ sugar, butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.  Add the cream and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.

To assemble: Use a small paring knife to cut out a small cone from the top of each cupcake.  Cut the end off a pastry bag fitted (a 1/4″ hole is suggested), fill with the ganache, and pipe each cupcake full of ganache.  Frost as desired with peanut butter frosting. Top with fresh bananas and chocolate-dipped pretzels.

Note: The proportions in the above recipes make enough for 22-24 cupcakes with plenty of frosting for 24-26 well-frosted cupcakes.

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  • August 4, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Ummm…are there words to describe how amazingly delicious this cupcake sounds (and looks)?! Combining recipes from Baked, Ina and Tartlette?! We are going to make these asap…and eat much more than we should…

  • August 4, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Chubby Hubby was my FAVE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! Oh, these cupcakes look amazing. And I’m looking forward to more cupcake recipes for me to try out. Thanks!

  • August 4, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    These cupcakes sound so delicious, my mouth is watering. I’m going to try them out this weekend. thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • August 4, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Roasting the bananas is genius! Love the presentation and photo – thanks for the shout-out!

  • Grace
    August 4, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    I can’t wait for all of the cupcake posts!!

  • August 4, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    These look awesome! I was going to try to make it to Cupcake Camp New Haven, but I have something else going on that day 🙁 I’m sure it’ll be a blast!

  • August 9, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Gorgeous and I would imagine absolutely delicious!!! I love your site 🙂

  • August 11, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Swoon…People! Really now! You need to stop making all these peanut butter and chocolate desserts! I have baby weight that is stubbornly holding it’s grasp on my hips! And I have absolutely zero willpower…

    These look to die for!

  • August 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Wow! I’m totally drooling. You should try this recipe for sweet potato cupcakes– they’re my all-time favorites!

  • August 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    They look awesome!
    I haven’t tried peanut butter frosting, but now I’m decided to do it. Even right now. If i had peanut butter .. 🙂

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  • Meg
    March 4, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    i made these over the top cupcakes as one of the 160 for my daughter’s sweet 16…they were heaven…and yes roasting the bananas made all the difference! thank you…one question though…i didn’t put the banana on top bc i didn’t want it to brown…was your picture immediately after decorating or did you add some acid to the banana? again thank you, deee lish us!

    • smellslikehome
      March 4, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      Meg: I’m so glad you loved them and what a sweet treat for a Sweet 16 party! Yes, this photo was immediately after I decorated them. For the ones I served, I brought a banana with me and sliced it up right before I served them and then added a chocolate-covered pretzel to the frosting as well.

  • Angela
    May 24, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    I tried these and WOW! Delicious! Took them into work and had someone offer to pay me to make them for an event they’re hosting. I especially like how you didn’t coat the entire pretzel in chocolate. I think it gives it more visual interest. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • April 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    These look so very yummy, can’t wait to try them. I am having a sweet tooth and wish I could put some in my mouth right now..lol

  • melissa brown
    May 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I have not had these particular cupcakes however, I used to manage a restaurant in the baltimore maryland area and we made cinnamon rolls with peanut butter icing as well as some other flavors. When my husband tranferred with his job to texas I took the peanut butter icing recipe with me. It is absolutely decadent! I even make peanut butter and jelly cake with this icing. Try it, you won’t be sorry!

  • Emma Cate
    June 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Do they turn out the same if you halve the recipe? I’m making them for my office, we don’t need 2 dozen! Thanks.

    • June 6, 2015 at 10:31 AM

      I expect they will though I haven’t halved this recipe before I can’t say definitively. Let me know how they turn our for you!

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