*Cue theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey* I love Elvis. My mother has always been a huge Elvis fan and I heard it all throughout my childhood. I also used to dance (not stripping, actual dancing, as in tap/ballet/jazz as a child… you perverts), and I danced on more than one occasion to Elvis’ ditties. I like rockabilly Elvis much more than gold jumpsuit Elvis myself, but to each her own. I just think he was so gorgeous, with that sick ass pompadour. He really was revolutionary. Then he married Priscilla and it all went downhill. Anyway I enjoy me some Elvis. I also enjoy peanut butter, chocolate, and banana flavor (just not eating actual bananas, the texture freaks me out).
So seeing as how everyone I know is INSANE and the 3 dozen cupcakes I made are already gone, save for 3 lone cupcakes… I was coerced into making more this evening. Being that it’s Elvis’ birthday, I decided to make the infamous Elvis Comeback Special cupcakes, except non-vegan. I am so far from vegan its ridiculous, and because of that I do not have soy or rice milk in my home, so I used whole milk … and *gasp* I didn’t have almond extract either so I cheated and left it out. I’m a bad baker. I didn’t notice anything odd about the taste though so I think it worked out just dandy.
They are titled such because Elvis had a penchant for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. And coincedentally these cupcakes have banana in them, and peanut butter frosting. They also include chocolate ganache on top, and chopped up chocolate inside them. How can you lose with such cupcakes?
Recipe as follows.
ELVIS COMEBACK SPECIAL CUPCAKES
- ½ cup mashed over ripe banana
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup rice or soy milk (*I used regular milk)
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract (**I left this out)
- ¼ cup finely chopped dark chocolate, vegan chocolate chips, or regular chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your pan with paper liners. Throw your mashed banana in a blender or push it through a sieve to make sure there are no lumps in it. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl, mix well. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, soy or rice milk, vanilla, almond and mashed banana. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry, don’t over mix or you’ll get tough cupcakes. Small lumps are fine. Fill liners 2/3 full, top the batter of each cupcake with 1 tsp of finely chopped chocolate and use a toothpick to gently stir them in (**I didn’t do this, I just folded the chopped chocolate into the batter). Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- 3 Tbs soy milk
- 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Heat soy milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until almost simmering. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips. Set aside to cool about 10 minutes, then use a piping bag or a fork to shake chocolate all over frosted cupcakes. The ganache will set up when cool. You could also heat it in a microwave, which is what I did because I am stupid & lazy.
PEANUT BUTTER BUTTERCREAM:
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- a pinch of salt
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsps milk
Beat together butter, sugar, and salt until creamy. Add peanut butter, beating well. Add milk and beat until smooth and creamy.
What I did differently than most of the other versions of this I saw was I drizzled the ganache on the cupcakes first, then let it set a while before frosting them with the peanut butter buttercream. I also omitted the cashews and cherries I saw them topped with because I don’t like cherries or cashews. I would’ve added crushed walnuts, but I got lazy. Again.
Seriously, these are good. Not my favorite, because like I said, I’m partial to plain vanilla (I’m boring). But these are awesome. Word.
I was going to top each one with a Vicodin. But I thought that’d be a bit much.
Love ya, Elvis! Rock in peace.
P.S. Jay brought his batch to work, and apparently they were gone within minutes. Even cops love cupcakes!