Banana Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting & Chocolate Curls

You have no idea how many different recipes of banana muffin from the internet that I’ve tested before I came across this version by Giada de Laurentiis (in case you’ve forgotten, I’m a banana gal ;-)). I have to say, this recipe has produced my most favorite version of banana muffin, mainly because it has the right degree of sweetness, moistness, and banana-eyness.

If you check out Giada’s original recipe in food network website, you’ll find that she chose to combine cream cheese and mascarpone cheese for the frosting. But I chose a slightly more traditional cream cheese frosting, simply because I can’t always get my hands on mascarpone cheese that easily here in Singapore.

So here goes my shopping list:

  • 2 ripe medium-size bananas, mashed
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • A small block of semi-sweet chocolate (2 oz should do the job), at room temperature

And here comes the mechanics:

  • Pre-heat oven to 160C
  • In a medium-size bowl, sift and whisk the dry ingredients until combined; flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. In a bowl of your electric mixer, beat sugar with eggs, oil, and vanilla extract just until combined. Add banana and stir to combine, add dry ingredients and mix again just until combined (over-mixing will cause your muffins to come out tough)
  • Divide batter into muffin cups. I used 12 regular-sized muffin cups with each filled 4/5 full. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • While muffins are baked, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add icing sugar and continue beating until well combined. With the mixer running, slowly add cream and beat until mixture is thick and spreadable. Wait until muffins are completely cooled before generously slathering frosting on top
  • You can choose to decorate the tops with about anything you have in your pantry such as slivered almonds or chopped pecans, or any of those colorful sprinkles. But if you want chocolate curls, all you have to do is use a sharp vegetable peeler to shave the side of a block of chocolate.

Ta-da! Have a banana-ey fun trying out this recipe! 😀

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