Browned Butter Banana Cupcakes with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache

Browned Butter Banana Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache

Too Many Ripe Bananas

Ripe bananas

“Charles squared his chair around and put his elbows on the table. We’ll have to figure it out, he said nervously. We can put it off all we want, but we goddam well got to figure out what we’re going to do. I know that, said Adam. I guess I just wanted some time to think about it.”

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Cupcake preparation

Cupcake preparation

Cupcake preparation


There is a time when a decision must be made. We’ve all been there. What is the best thing to do with too many ripe bananas? When there are five ripe bananas a certain panic sets in. A massive amount of food waste becomes possible. I was ready to throw the bananas away when I saw this post. This is a genius recipe from Fine Cooking.

The banana cake is scrumptious on its own. Lots of browned butter, toasted pecans, brown sugar and very sweet bananas all come together to make a luscious banana cake. Topped with a creamy chocolate ganache with more browned butter and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt for the best banana dessert I’ve had in a very long time. I’d given up on keeping ripe bananas in the freezer to use later. But with the decadent recipe for Browned Butter Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache I’ll be saving ripe bananas again.


This recipe is too good not to share. The original recipe makes a very large and wonderful three layer cake. I made a huge amount of cupcakes instead, over four dozen. I won’t admit to how many Mr. R and I ate (plain and ganached). Even so I had a several dozen to give away. The flat-topped cupcakes took 20 -23 minutes to bake at 350°. These cupcakes are worth every minute of waiting for the ganache to cool and firm up to use as frosting. Don’t omit the sprinkle of flaked sea salt. It adds a bit of sparkle to the chocolate topped cupcakes and brightens the flavor of the decadent chocolate ganache.

Frosted Banana Cupcake

Browned Butter Banana Cupcakes with Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache

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