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Maple Cupcake with Banana Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

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I’m very proud of this cupcake creation. It reminds me of a treat my dad would have with a dollop of peanut butter, doused in maple syrup and stirred to make a paste, then eaten with a banana. I don’t know who came up with that combination, but it’s incredibly good. So now I’ve come up with my version of this in a cupcake. I call it “Grampa Charlie’s Cupcake.” Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CUPCAKE:
  • 2-¾ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ cups Butter
  • 1 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
  • ¼ cups Milk
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 4 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • ¾ cups Banana Curd
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ¼ cups Whipping Cream
  • FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cups Milk
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

Preparation

Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter and syrup. Add eggs, vanilla extract and maple flavoring and mix well.

Add in dry ingredients a little at a time until all incorporated. Then add milk and mix until smooth and creamy.

Spoon into a cupcake pan, prepared with grease or liners, and fill half full. (A 3-tablespoon ice cream scoop works perfectly.)

Bake 15-20 minutes or until light brown and outside edges spring back when touched. Set on a wire rack to cool.

Filling:
Blend together the cream cheese, banana curd, butter and sugar until nice and creamy, then add whipping cream and whisk on medium/high for about 2 minutes until creamy.

Frosting:
Cream together the cream cheese, peanut butter, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add the milk and continue to blend until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until all incorporated and frosting is creamy.

Assembly:
Using an apple corer, remove the center of each cooled cupcake. Pipe in filling and frost the top of the cupcake with peanut butter frosting.

Eat and enjoy!

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Dawn Adams on 10.15.2011

this sounds delicious but at the risk of sounding dumb – what is banana curd? and where do I find it?

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