Banana Speculoos Cupcakes

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
1 hr 5 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
15 cupcakes
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Brown Butter Crumble:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (very ripe)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs, at room temperature
  • Speculoos Buttercream:
  • 1 cup speculoos cookie butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Directions
  • For the crumble: Brown the butter over medium heat. Stir with a whisk. Once golden brown, remove from the heat immediately. Be sure to not burn it! Add the flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon, and continue to heat until fully combined.

  • For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 345 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with 15 liners.

  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

  • In a mixer with a paddle attachment at medium speed, combine the butter and brown sugar. Mix until fully combined. One ingredient at a time, add the bananas, sour cream, vanilla and eggs, mixing well between additions.

  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and continue to mix. Do not over mix! Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and add a generous amount of brown butter crumble on each top. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cupcakes. If it comes out clean, they are done. Allow to cool.

  • For the buttercream: In a mixer with a paddle attachment at medium speed, blend the speculoos until smooth. Add the butter and mix until fully combined. Add the powdered sugar until you reach a smooth, silky consistency.

  • To assemble: Place the speculoos buttercream in a piping bag with a plain tip and pipe to your hearts content. There is no wrong way, have fun and enjoy!

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchens have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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