Chocolate Banana Cupcake

Gigi's Cupcakes founder Gigi Butler stops by Good Day to make what she calls the Hunka Chunka Banana Cupcake.

Hunka Chunka Banana Cupcake

4 ripe bananas
2 cups sugar
4 beaten eggs
1 cup oil
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped becans
1 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add sugar, eggs and oil. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda, salt, pecans and chocolate chips. Beat until smooth. Pour and cup the cakes using a 1/2 cup dipper. Bake at 325 degrees for 28 minutes. Cool and frost cupcakes.

Gigi's Buttercream Frosting

1 1/2 cups butter, softened (microwave 15 seconds)
8 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use clear for whiter frosting)
½ large banana
½ teaspoon fruit fresh
2 tablespoons vanilla pudding
2 drops yellow food coloring

In a large mixer bowl, add softened butter (microwave 15 seconds max).  Add powdered sugar and beat well (with mixer), add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon fruit fresh (keeps banana soft and fresh), in another small mixing bowl add 5 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons vanilla pudding with a whisk- mix well and pour into butter and sugar mixture, take ½ of a large banana mash into butter and sugar mixture, add 2 small drops of yellow food coloring and beat well until frosting is light and fluffy.

Yield: 5 cups of frosting