January 11, 2010

Monkey Cupcakes

1 2/3 flour
1 tsp. baking powder
 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. mashed bananas, about 2 large
1/3 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. canola oil
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 c. choc. chips.

Preheat oven to 350. Line 18 muffin cups. Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl , blend bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat in oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Alternately add flour and banana mixtures, ending with the flour. Stir in chocolate chips.
Fill cups. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

To decorate:
1/2 c. heavy cream
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 1/2 c. choc chips.
18 gingersnap cookies
18 mini oreos
white decorating frosting
36 brown M&M's

Heat cream and corn syrup in a saucepan until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat; add chocolate chips. Cover, let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Glaze cupcakes with chocolate. Spoon extra into plastic bag and refrigerate.
Cut gingersnaps to make a mouth. For ears, separate oreo tops and bottoms and remove filling. Pipe on white frosting for eyes and top with M&M's. (It would be just as easy to give the monkey yellow or green eyes and not worry about the white frosting, if you don't have it on hand.)  Snip off a small corner of the bag of chocolate, pipe on hair and nostrils.


Linds said...

Those are adorable! I may just have to try this one.

Valerie said...

Super cute!

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