Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

by Cate on December 14, 2004

From 365 Great Cakes & Pies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixer on medium-high speed, beat together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in bananas, then eggs, one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add vanilla, mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a large bowl. With mixer on low speed, alternate flour mixture (begin and end with it) and buttermilk until just incorporated; do not overmix. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among 24 paper lined muffin cups.

In a small bowl, combine walnuts, cinnamon and 2 T brown sugar and sprinkle over tops of cupcakes. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sweetnicks’ Note: Not a Wow for me, but still good. More like muffins than cupcakes.

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