These cupcakes are so versatile you could adapt to suit any favourites. You could some of their favourite tipple, such as whiskey or rum to give it an adult twist? Maybe add some nuts to give a crunch.
If you aren’t confident with baking, then you could always use a baking mix from one of the supermarkets and decorate as shown in the recipe. The thought is still there, and hey you’ve made the mix and put it in the oven, it still counts as baking, right? I won’t tell if you don’t! If you do decide to use a mix, then make up the cupcakes following the instructions on the box and then pick up this post when it comes to the decorating!
I’ve taken the basic cupcake recipe from bakingmad.com as I’ve found they make the most delicious, light and fluffy cupcakes, but I have tweaked it to suit the occasion!
For Icing and Decoration
Step One| Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/gas mark 3/325ºF. Line a cupcake pan with 12 cases and set to one side.
Step Two| Using a stand mixer or an electric whisk cream together the butter and the sugar until it is light and fluffy, it should have changed colour and be almost pale. By using the light muscovado sugar, this will give you a subtle flavour of caramel. Add the eggs one by one and add 1 tbsp of the flour. This will stop the mix from curdling. When all the eggs have been mixed in, add the rest of the flour and mix until just combined. Add the banana extract and mix for a further 30 seconds. Don’t over mix as this could result in a tough cupcake.
Step Three| Place in the oven and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. They should be golden and pale, and a skewer should come out clean. Set to one side and allow to cool.
Step Four| It’s time to make the icing! In a large bowl mix together the icing sugar and the butter until it is very pale, light and fluffy but is at a piping consistency. Add the caramel flavour and mix for another 30 seconds to make sure the flavouring is combined thoroughly. Pick a nozzle of your choice and fill a piping bag with the icing.
Step Five| Once the cupcakes have cooled you can start to decorate them. Pipe a generous amount of icing onto the top of each cupcake in whatever style you would like. Now it’s the fun time, for our cupcakes we have used dried banana chips, honeycomb pieces and small fudge pieces. This creates a similar flavour to Banoffee Pie and is every bit as delicious! If you or your dad doesn’t like Banana, simply leave the banana chips out and just have honeycomb and fudge! These are just as good!
We hope you love making these as much as dad loves eating them! As always if you make these be sure to take lots of pictures and tag us in them! We love seeing your creations!