banana cupcakes with a chocolate ganache filling and topped with a double-squidge of mascarpone frosting and a teeny candy-coated chocolate banana. i was reading an article featuring my favourite cupcake lady, chockylit, and i decided to try the banana cupcake recipe from kara's cupcakes. instead of the cream cheese frosting used in the recipe, i just used the leftovers from my previous cupcake efforts. i didn't find the cupcakes to be particularly banana-y, so i refrained from using the coffee ganache leftovers from the last time; however, the frosting and ganache still almost completely overwhelmed the 'nana cakes, so hopefully next time my bananas will be tastier. i just never know how a rotting banana will go.
a few days ago, it was alizinha's birthday; as she is a contributor to cupcake central, cupcakes take the cake, and an early admirer of the greenbanana cupcakes, these are dedicated to her. parabéns e muitas felicidades!