Can we just call it a Breakfast Cupcake? : Banana and Walnut Cupcake with Coffee Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Glaze

But but but…. its got coffee, banana, walnuts ok… a wee bit of dark chocolate but its mostly breakfasty things so why not call it a breakfast cupcake… Even tho its a breakfast cupcake, it works perfect even for those sneaky midnight sweet cravings!!!! 

Ingredients:
Banana – Walnut Cupcakes (makes 9-10 standard size cupcakes) 

  • Flour – 120gm 
  • Butter – 100gm 
  • Eggs -2 large
  • sugar – 100gm
  • Vanilla extract -1 teaspoon 
  • Bananas – 3-4 small very ripe ones (the ones that you almost forgot about and are about to throw it out)
  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon 
  • Chopped Walnuts – handful + few for garnishing

Coffee Buttercream: 

  • Instant coffee powder – 1-2 teaspoons (depending on how strong you want the coffee flavour)
  • Luke warm water – 15-30ml 
  • Butter – 100gm 
  • Icing sugar – 250-275gm

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

  • Dark Chocolate – 50gm 
  • Butter – 25gm 

Method:
Banana- Walnut Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius, line the muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light smooth and fluffy. 
  • Add and beat one egg at a time. Add vanilla extract.
  • Smash the bananas and add in the mixtures. 
  • Sift the flour and baking powder and mix thoroughly. 
  • Fold in the chopped walnuts. Scoop in the batter to 2/3rd of the cupcake liner and bake for about 25 minutes, check from about 20 minutes. 
  • Once baked, let it cool on a cooling rack. 

Coffee Buttercream 

  • Cream the butter until light, pale and smooth. Add and beat 1/3 of the icing sugar. 
  • Mix the coffee granules in the luke warm water and add in with the butter and icing sugar. 
  • Add the remaining icing sugar in 2 batches and beat until its smooth and has reached the piping consistency. 

Dark Chocolate Glaze:

  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan, Add the chopped dark chocolate and butter. Melt and mix until completely incorporated. 
  • Let it cool to room temperature. 

Assembly

  • On the cooled cupcakes, scoop a spoonful of dark chocolate glaze and let it slightly set. 
  • Pipe the coffee buttercream on the dark chocolate glaze. 
  • Garnish with walnut on top of the frosting! 
  • Enjoy!!!

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