Yumm.. The Campbodians famous Banana boats! What is a Banana boat? That is what I said the first time I heard of it, well…it’s a camping treat my boyfriend's friends (referred to as the Campbodians= a group of Pilipino men that love VW buses and camping) have been making for years. Picture this…a banana stuffed with pieces of chocolate, marshmallows and topped with graham cracker crumbs and sprinkled with cinnamon , wrapped in foil and cooked over an open fire till the bananas are warm and the chocolate and marshmallows are nice and soft and gooey . Pure heaven. Well, I have been craving these for awhile. Earl was nice enough to make them for my family a few weeks ago and they were a hit! But I kept thinking how to make these favors into a bake good. Well, I created a banana-cinnamon cupcake stuffed with chocolate pieces frosted with a marshmallow frosting and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs, the birth of the BANANA BOAT CUPCAKE. There is nothing like a banana boat over a open fire, but this cupcake is delicious. The flavors are so good and the frosting is AMAZING! I really hope you give this cupcake a try.
Ingredients: (cupcake base is an adaption of Gina Neelys banana cupcake)
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick sweet cream butter (room temp)
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup sour cream
2 large eggs (room temp)
2 large ripe bananas (not overly ripe)
1 cup of butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups powder sugar
¼ cup half and half milk
½ cup graham cracker crumbs
Banana chips for decorating (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350
5. Add half the ingredients and beat in till combined, then beat in the other half. Do not over beat.
8. Once all the cups are filled. Add one square of chocolate in the middle of each cup. Batter will push up a bit on the sides.
10. Bake for 20 minutes
11. Once removed from oven, wait about 3-5 minutes then transfer each cup to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
While the cupcake are cooling…make frosting.
E. Frost and decorate as desired. I used a ziplock bag, cut off at the end and fitted with a decorating tip.
F. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs
G. Top with a banana chip