Banana Cream Cupcakes

Banana Cream Cupcakes

Cupcakes:

2 3/4 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup shortening

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs, room temperature

1 1/2 cups, mashed very ripe bananas

1/2 cup buttermilk

 

Banana Cream:

3 cups half-and-half

1 vanilla bean, split and seeded

6 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 mashed banana

Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins for 24 cupcakes.

In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.

In a bowl of a electric mixer , beat the butter and shortening until fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla; beat in until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time,, combining well between each addition. Scrape the bowl and add the mashed bananas. Beat until just combined. On low add the flour mixture and buttermilk , in three additions , beginning with and ending with the flour. Blend just until combined. Evenly scoop batter into lined muffin tins. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to set in tins for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Banana Cream:

In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. In a saucepan add the half-and-half, split vanilla bean, and seeds; heat to simmer. Add a small amount of milk to the egg mixture to temper the eggs. Continue to add hot milk until half has been added to egg mixture. Pour back into saucepan with remaining milk mixture. Remove the vanilla pod. Whisk on medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and mashed banana; stir in. Pour the banana cream into a shallow bowl . Cover top with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Place in the refrigerator until completely chilled. Once thoroughly chilled, using a small ice cream scoop, scoop banana cream on top of each cupcake and store in refrigerator covered.

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