I love bananas in cakes and when I came across the chocolate banana cake recipe in a book and later in Joy of Baking, I was sure that I will be baking that very soon and I did without waiting much ! It was cake sale in A's nursery today for fundraising,mum had to either bake or buy cakes and donate to nursery for the cake sale,all the money from the sale goes to School.When I was decorating the cupcakes I had shaky hands as this was my first attempt on decorating it for a sale purpose,but I guess being an amatuer in decorating I was satisfied with my effort,I watched lot of youtube videos on decoration and did some practise on the plates before I did it on the cupcake. Lil A's teacher was impressed with it and he was happy too :) In the evening I went to the hall where the sale was taking place ,all my cupcakes were gone for 75 pence per cupcake and I was pretty happy ! one of the mum who ate it said it was so lovely ,which made my day.
Recipe largely adapted from here
Flour - 1 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Cocoa powder -1/4 cup
Banana - 1 large
Egg - 1
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Baking soda - 3/4 tsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 3/4 tsp
1. Sift flour,baking powder,baking soda and keep aside
2.Mash banana and add egg,milk,oil,water,vanilla and whisk.
3.Add the dry ingredients to wet and incorporate.
4.Pour the batter (very thin) with a laddle to the lined cupcake tin and bake in preheated oven at 175 degree centigrade for 20 - 25 minutes.
Vanilla butter cream frosting
Softened Butter - 3/4 cup
Icing sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Milk - to loosen(1-2 tablespoon)
1 Beat butter by adding icing sugar little by little.Add vanilla extract and little milk and beat to get a smooth buttercream.