I have been quite excited to share these Banoffee Cupcakes with you! I almost couldn’t wait. A banana filled cupcake is topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche, then finished off with dulce de leche icing! They are so delicious and so fun – you have to make them!
So yesterday, our church wrapped up a great first series for the beginning of the year. It basically turned the New Year’s Resolution on its head and instead of asking what you can do to make yourself better, it asked what we could do to make the world better.
It was basically all about the idea that if you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place. Often through doing for others, we grow so much more as people than when we focus on ourselves.
Certainly there’s nothing wrong with wanting to lose those 10 pounds – I’m with you there. But I thought it was a great message and reminder. So much of our culture is me, me, me. But God wants us to engage with and help others. Through doing His works, we grow so much more.
I just thought I’d share. It’s a wonderful and thought provoking message. The question they asked was “What breaks your heart?” What can you do to help?
While cupcakes certainly don’t help with the 10 pounds or change the world, they are delicious.
But before I go any further on the Banoffee Cupcakes – Banoffee. Have you heard of it? Is it foreign to you? Banoffee Pie is totally a thing. It’s a pie made with bananas and toffee made from cooked sweetened condensed milk, also known as dulce de leche. Banana + toffee = banoffee.
I am huge lover of all things banana and dulce de leche, so I decided why not make it into a cupcake?
I am so glad I did. I only wish I’d made them a week earlier so that I could’ve taken some to Miami. The friend that we stayed with LOVES dulce de leche and I think he’d have loved these cupcakes.
The bottom of the cupcake – the actual cupcake – is all about the banana. There’s a 1/2 cup of mashed bananas in the batter giving it full on banana flavor. The cupcakes alone are wonderful. Oh banana, how I love you.
I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and went from there. So like those cupcakes, these only use one bowl (except for the mashing of the bananas) and are easy peasy to make.
I thought about just topping them with dulce de leche icing, but then decided to not only have dulce de leche icing, but to put a thin layer of dulce de leche right onto the cupcake as well.
Best. decision. ever.
It just ups the ante a little bit and takes these babies from good to great.
I know. It’s just a thin layer. How could it make that much difference? It does. Just trust me.
The flavor of both the banana and the dulce de leche is unmistakable and they combine so perfectly in this cupcake. You might just find you do not want to share. And I won’t judge you one bit for it. Promise.
- Yield: 12-14 Cupcakes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
- 1 egg white
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup milk
DUCLE DE LECHE ICING
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup dulce de leche
- 1-2 tbsp water or milk
- banana chips, if desired for garnish
DULCE DE LECHE ICING
The shortening in the icing can be replaced with butter, if you prefer.
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Banana Coffee Cake from Oh Sweet Basil