When I was pregnant with Caroline, we would go to Coldstone Creamery when the craving for ice cream hit. My favorite combo was banana ice cream with Reese's peanut butter cups, and as far as Joey was concerned, I might as well have been eating pickles with it. I'm not sure why it grossed him out so much - I'd still gladly eat that combo today!
I'm not sure where I got the idea for these cupcakes, but I've been talking about making them for months now with my friend Michelle. I only just realized that its basically the same combo as my favorite pregnancy treat. They are based off of the popular Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor, which is vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels and peanut butter. When dreaming up these cupcakes, I for some reason thought they had banana in them, but it turns out I was just combining Chubby Hubby with Chunky Monkey. So maybe these should be called Chubby Monkey? Or Chunky Hubby?
No matter what you call them, they are quite a tasty treat: banana cupcake filled with chocolate ganache, and topped with peanut butter frosting. I dipped some pretzels in the ganache to top some of the cupcakes with, and I topped the rest with banana slices.
Chubby Hubby Cupcakes
makes 12-15 cupcakes (and can easily be doubled)
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon banana extract
- 3/4 cup mashed banana (about 1 1/2-2 bananas)
- 4 ounces bittersweet, chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the banana and mix until well combined.
Combine the buttermilk and banana extract in a liquid measuring cup. Over low speed, Alternately add the flour mixture with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins, filling each one 3/4 full. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until firm in the center and a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs attached. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the 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.
For the 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. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a round tip with the ganache, and pipe each cupcake full of ganache. Frost as desired with peanut butter frosting.
source: cupcakes adapted from Half Baked, via Annie's Eats, ganache from Tartelette, frosting adapted from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa at Home