I feel like I’m committing a major sin or something.

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I mean… cake, bananas, chocolate, frosting… bourbon. What the what.

Though I bet you’re not that surprised since I trash up desserts and well, food in general, any chance I can. It’s my favorite thing to do by far.

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Yeah. So let’s be honest. This cupcake is sort of a mess. It’s a banana cupcake with chocolate chips, topped with bourbon buttercream, dipped in chocolate bourbon ganache. I just kept adding junk on top. I couldn’t help it.

This is sort of what it looks like when I get dressed in the morning. In attempts to be somewhat trendy and hopefully cute, I continue to add layer after layer until I look like a complete joke and am too embarrassed to go out in public. But then I go out in public anyway and just relish in my humiliation of way-too-neon accessories.

And the end result is no where near as wonderful as bananas and bourbon and chocolate and cake and frosting and gluttony. Oh well.

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Oh and those things on top are just some crushed toffee pieces that I added because I am obnoxious.

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Banana Bourbon Cupcakes

Ingredients:

cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 large egg
3/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed toffee pieces (like Heath chips)

bourbon buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons bourbon

bourbon chocolate ganache
4 ounces chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon bourbon

Directions:

cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and set aside.

In a larger bowl, whisk egg and add brown sugar, mixing until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract. Add sour cream and melted butter and mix. Stir in dry ingredients, then add mashed bananas and milk, mixing until batter comes together. The batter will be slightly thick. Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measure, scoop batter in liners until 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely.

bourbon buttercream
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add in sugar until it's combined and all added. Add in vanilla and 2 tablespoons of bourbon, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. If the frosting still seems too thick (or you just, uh, want more booze), add in remaining bourbon and more if necessary.

bourbon chocolate ganache
Add chocolate to a large bowl. Heat heavy cream until just hot - when bubbles are appearing on the edges, then remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Once creamy, add in the bourbon, mixing again until smooth. Use however you'd like - dipping, drizzling, etc. I chose to dip about 1/3 of each cupcake top in the ganache before it firmed up, then topped it with some crushed toffee pieces.

[cupcakes adapted from these banana avocado cupcakes]

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106 Responses to “Banana Bourbon Cupcakes.”

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    Erlus — January 11, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    “What the what” is exactly what i thought about these stunning cupcakes!

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    Mischelle — January 11, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    “Wha—”

    *dies*

    *comes back to life*

    …But I honestly and seriously adore how you make those frostings so white! Same as your cupcakes when you made funfetti cupcakes! <3

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    Kim in MD — January 11, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    “What the what”? These look AMAZING!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 11, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    What the “F”! I LOVE it! Now this is a cupcake worth splurging on!!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 11, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    i long to be a cupcake queen like you one day. the presentation, photography, incredible flavor combinations, food styling, omg jessica. i love staring at these photos! oh and i need to taste these ASAP too. breakfast? they have bananas… :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 11, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    You trash up desserts better than anyone I know girl! :) Extra toffee chips on mine please!

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    Liz — January 11, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Not a sin – a baked blessing.

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    Alicia Greenrabbit — January 11, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Look positively yummy…how much bourbon did you have while making these??????
    Wheeeee!

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    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — January 11, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    You ARE committing a major sin – but sharing that recipe absolves you, my dear :)

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    Hayley — January 11, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    Bacon would also make a good topping!

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    DessertForTwo — January 11, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Your new cookbook: trashy desserts. I would eat them every.single.day.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 11, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Goodness gracious does this look amazing!

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    Erin @ The Food Doctors — January 11, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Um. Yum!!!

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    Shaina — January 11, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    Your posts always make me laugh, I love how you write…on top of the fact that your recipes always look and sound amazing!

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    Lauren | Have Fork, Will Eat — January 11, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    You had me at “Bourbon” and “Cupcake.” :)

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — January 11, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    Love that first photo and last photo.. and everything about this recipe! Booze in recipes is always perfect for heading into a weekend.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — January 11, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    WHOA! Those cupcakes might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!

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    Carly @ Snack Therapy — January 11, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    These cupcakes are kiiind of like a high class hooker. They may be trashy, but they’re also very alluring and beautiful (Baaad analogy.)

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    Tina — January 11, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Obnoxious or not this looks sooo delicious.

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 11, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    These are out of control and I enjoy it

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    Pam — January 11, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    ha! my mom used to make rum cake and bourbon balls and put them in my lunch box! lol! the nuns must have really had a good laugh at us :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — January 11, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Love the little smear of chocolate with the crushed toffee pieces. These are beautiful!

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    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — January 11, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Ganache AND buttercream! What the wha? Haha I would LOVE to know who you give the rest of all these treats to!

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — January 11, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Yes. Just, yes.

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    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — January 11, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I love this! Life without junked up dessert (or outfits ;)) would be boring!!!

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 11, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    If you can’t find toffee pieces in the store (I have trouble finding them in NYC) there’s an easy way to make them yourself – I used them for my #fbcookieswap recipe and it came out perfectly!

    link: http://cookingwithcakes.com/toffee-chocolate-chip-cookies/

    ALSO, bc this has bananas I’m assuming it’s a healthfood, mmmkay? okay! lol

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 11, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    My willpower is NONEXISTENT when it comes to your food…ughhhhhhhhhh, feed me!

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    Jessica L. — January 11, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    ugh. I can’t even deal with these today. I want to make them. immediately.

    really, I just want to put bourbon in EVERYTHING.

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    Archana — January 11, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    its a sin you thinking of binning food? Well this is yum. You consider passing them to me before u think of the word bin.

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    Meg Jones | The Spatularettes — January 11, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    obnoxious in the most perfectly wonderful way :)

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    HeatherChristo — January 11, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    What are you doing to me!!?? First the fries, then these cupcakes? 11 day into January and I am already a hot mess in the diet department…

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — January 11, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Yiiikkkkkkkeesss. When it comes to cocktails, not a big bourbon fan. When it comes to cupcakes with chocolate and banana and toffee, big bourbon fan.

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    Lizzie — January 11, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    Holy wow! All my favorite things!!!

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    a farmer in the dell — January 11, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    excuse me!!! chocolate chips, bourbon butter cream, and bourbon ganache are not junk!!! These cupcakes look amazing!

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    Jenny @ BAKE — January 11, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    I love how you’ve done the icing!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 11, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Giiiiirl these cuppy cakes are insane!! Love this flavour idea. You rock my world!

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    Morgan — January 11, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    These cupcakes are gorgeous! I love the swipe of chocolate over the white buttercream frosting and little toffee piece garnishes. Also, they sound delicious.

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    natalie — January 11, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    these are probably the least obnoxious and most gorgeous cupcakes i have ever seen in my life.

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    Sabatino - hotcupoflove.com — January 11, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    If those are a sin, I would gladly trade my eternal salvation for just one. I mean, all my favorite things…bananas, chocolate, obnoxious neon, bourbon. Excuse me- I’m lusting.

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    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — January 11, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    That is some serious yum on a plate. I’ll take 2 please. No, make that 6. I’ll take 6 please. And, don’t forget the bourbon! :-)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 11, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    ” a banana cupcake with chocolate chips, topped with bourbon buttercream, dipped in chocolate bourbon ganache” — and that is why I heart you. One thing and layer after the next and they all sound amazing! Pinning these babies :)

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    Larry — January 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

    I wanna face plant into one of these ASAP.
    They are perfect for breakfast, right? I mean, they are made with BANANAS.

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    Chloe @Ergo-Blog — January 11, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    If I made this I would die and go to heaven…or yeah commit your sin again! =)

    Messy but looks delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 11, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I definitely need to do this! These serious looks so good right now, i’m sure they taste awesome!

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    Rachel — January 11, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    This is in no way a sin. This will be appearing for my roommates to devour when I can get my hands on a bottle of bourbon.

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    Julia Jolliff — January 11, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    Wow–your food looks beautiful, and I bet it tastes beautiful too.

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 11, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    You may say obnoxious, I say delicious!

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    Little Kitchie — January 11, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    i just died. OMG OMG OMG.

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    Michelle — January 11, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    oh my gosh, those things are far from a mess. they are GORGEOUS!

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    Rochelle Hutchinson — January 11, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    This sounds totally amazing. One thing missing though… BACON!!!

    Reply

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