Another one from the Cake Mix Dr. for all those banana pudding fans! She describes these as ultra comfort food: at the base of each cupcake is a vanilla wafer, fresh bananas fill the batter, the centers are filled with vanilla pudding, and the tops are "frosted" with whipped cream, sliced banana and crushed vanilla wafers; for capturing the banana pudding experience, she suggests eating these with a spoon. Sounds like it would make even a good day better! Enjoy!
- 36 vanilla wafers
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package yellow cake mix
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk
- 1 (3 ounce) package vanilla pudding mix
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 medium ripe bananas, cut into 24 slices
- Heat oven to 350°F Grease 24 cupcake wells or line with paper liners. Count out 12 vanilla wafers for the garnish and set aside.
- Place the remaining 24 vanilla wafers flat side down in the bottom of each cupcake well; set pans aside.
- For the batter, mash the bananas with a fork until smooth, about 1 minute; you will have about 1 1/4 cups.
- Place the cake mix, oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl with the banana puree; blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Increase mixer speed to medium and beat another 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
- Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each cupcake mold, filling 3/4 full. You'll get 22-24 cupcakes; remove empty liners, if using, or take out the batterless vanilla wafers if you're greasing the pans.
- Bake until cupcakes are golden and spring back when touched, 18-20 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes; carefully remove cupcakes from pans and cool 15 minutes on the racks before filling.
- Meanwhile, make the filling: Place the milk in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the pudding mix until blended.
- Place pan over medium heat and continue to whisk as the mixture comes to a full boil, 3-4 minutes; remove pan from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Pour the pudding into a medium bowl and cool for 20 minutes.
- While the pudding is cooling, make the topping: Crush the remaining 12 vanilla wafers; set aside.
- In a large chilled bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer (chilled beaters also) on high speed until thickened, 1 1/2 minutes. Stop the mixer and add the sugar; beat again until stiff peaks form, 1-2 minutes more.
- To assemble the cupcakes, remove the paper liners and place cakes on a platter. Spoon the pudding into a pastry bag fitted with a wide tip.
- Pipe a generous amount of pudding into each cupcake (1-2 Tbsp) through the center of the top, allowing about 1 teaspoons of the pudding to overflow onto the surface of the cupcakes.
- Sprinkle the wafer crumbs on top of the pudding and dollop about 1 tablespoons of the whipped cream over the crumbs.
- Just before serving, stand a banana slice in the whipped cream; serve.
- Store the cupcakes, without the banana garnish, lightly covered in the refrigerator for 1 day; add the banana slice just before serving.