Chocolate Caramelized Banana Cupcakes

This fluffy, comedy-inspired cupcake helped Cupcake Wars winner Doron Petersan advance past round one.

Makes 12 cupcakes

What You Need:

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup seltzer
1/4 cup coffee, brewed strong and cooled
1/3 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
Chocolate Ganache (see recipe)
Banana Frosting (see recipe)
Caramelized Bananas (see recipe)

What You Do:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a standard cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners. In a medium-size bowl, sift sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set bowl aside.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together seltzer, coffee, oil, vanilla, and vinegar. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until incorporated. Do not over mix batter.

3. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for 19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into each cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely.

4. Dip the tops of each cupcake into ganache so entire cupcake top is covered. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow ganache to set. Pipe a dollop of banana frosting on top of each cupcake and garnish top with two slices of caramelized bananas.

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