Have you ever wondered why bananas do so well in the dating scene? It’s because they have so much ap-peel!
Okay, terrible joke. But with all jokes aside, do you know what is not so appealing? Over-ripened bananas sitting in your fruit basket with dozens of pesky little fruit flies lingering above. Thankfully, over-ripened bananas are the perfect addition to a variety of baked goods. So when I noticed that my bananas were a little too ripe to enjoy on their own, I felt inspired to bake them into a delicious batch of banana cupcakes.
My mom used to always whip up a banana cake when a dessert was needed in a pinch. She would top it with a basic buttercream frosting and slice it nice and thick. It never lasted long in our house. When I made these cupcakes, I decided to top each with a swirl of a rich chocolate buttercream. I considered adding a hint of peanut butter to the frosting as well but opted not to for no particular reason.
Trying to determine how I was to decorate these little guys was quite the feat. After topping each with a swirl of chocolate buttercream, I found myself in a tough situation. I considered everything from banana chips to chocolate curls, but opted to take a playful direction as opposed to a polished one. I added dark chocolate pellets to create big monkey ears and fabricated lighter-toned faces out of melted chocolate and a little bit of patience. The result was perfect for the treat–a dessert that had truly gone bananas!
What is your favourite thing to make out of over-ripened bananas? Smoothies? Muffins? Loaves? All of the above?