Banana’s Foster Cupcakes

These cupcakes are complicated to make, but well worth the effort! Rather than the overly sweet cream cheese buttercream most bakers opt for, I topped these cupcakes with a Swiss meringue cinnamon rum buttercream. I love Swiss meringue for its subtle sweetness and heavenly texture. The buttercream is light and fluffy with lots of flavor.The best part about this dessert? The fact that you actually get to make Bananas Foster on the stove! As this recipe requires you to flambé, make sure you have a long match for this, and be careful! Have fun and enjoy!

Banana's Foster Cupcakes

  • Servings: approx 32
  • Difficulty: hard
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Bananas Foster cupcakes with a cinnamon rum Swiss meringue butter cream frosting

Ingredients

For the actual Bananas Foster:

3/4 cups (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 firm but ripe bananas, sliced into 1/4-inch thick cross-section slices 2 tablespoons spiced rum 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the rest of the cupcake:

3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon spiced rum 3/4 cup sour cream

For the Cinnamon Rum Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

5 large egg whites 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar 6 sticks (yes, I know, I know….) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons spiced rum 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Special equipment: a candy thermometer and a long match

Directions

  1. For the Bananas Foster: Over medium heat in a large sauté pan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, stirring frequently.
  2. Once the brown sugar is completely dissolved, add the sliced bananas and cook until tender, about 4-5 minutes, making sure to evenly coat the bananas with the butter “sauce”.
  3. Add the rum and vanilla to the pan.
  4. Turn off the heat (especially if you have a gas flame), and very carefully, using a long match, light the rum near the outer edge of your pan.
  5. Shake the pan and flame very gently from side to side. The flame should only last about 10 seconds, at the most.
  6. Once the flame is out, stir the mixture to evenly coat the bananas, and set aside.
  7. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Line your cupcake pan with the desired liners.
  9. In your standing mixer using the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar, mixing well until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
  11. Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  12. Add the vanilla and rum to the wet ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  13. Very carefully (it will still be hot) and with the mixer off, add the Bananas Foster mixture to the standing mixer bowl. Resume mixing at low speed until mixed well.
  14. Add the flour mixture and the sour cream in thirds, mixing alternatively with each other. Mix the batter until well combined.
  15. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan.
  16. Bake the cupcakes until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes total, rotating the pans halfway during the baking process.
  17. Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  18. For the Cinnamon Rum Swiss Meringue Butter Cream: In a heatproof bowl over gently simmering water, lightly whisk the egg whites and granulated sugar until well-combined. Using your candy thermometer, heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until the temperature registers 140 degrees (this took me about 20 minutes or so.)
  19. Once hot, pour the mixture into your standing mixer (make sure your mixing bowl is room temperature) bowl and, using the whisk attachment, whisk until the whites have doubled in volume, about 5 minutes or so. The mixture should be thick and creamy in consistency, and it should not move around the bowl once the whisk stops moving.
  20. Remove the whisk attachment and attach the paddle.
  21. Add half of the butter pieces, and, stopping and starting your mixer in 1-2 second pulses, pulse the mixture until the butter pieces are all evenly coated with the meringue.
  22. Add the remaining half of the butter pieces and pulsate the mixer several more times.
  23. Starting with the lowest mixing speed, mix the meringue for about 10 seconds, increasing the speed of your mixer consecutively, at each speed for about 10 seconds, until you reach a medium-high speed.
  24. Continue mixing at a medium-high speed until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is light and fluffy, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  25. Add the rum and cinnamon and mix at medium-high speed for another minute or so.
  26. Refrigerate the frosting for about 10 minutes to firm up a little before piping. ***Leftover frosting can be frozen for up to 3 months.
  27. Pipe as desired (I recommend Wilton 1M tip) onto the cupcakes.