Chris and I have been playing a lot of Mario Kart lately. We purchased Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U and it’s great! It has so many of the classic tracks (our favorites are from the Nintendo 64). Those combined with the new race tracks make for an awesome game. I usually pick the lighter characters, the princesses and toads, but Chris is a fan of the heavy characters. His go-to guy is Donkey Kong. Taking inspiration from DK and the banana peels scattered all over the tracks as we race, I decided to make something banana. So, here we have Donkey Kong’s Bananas Foster Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting.
These cupcakes are moist, light, airy, and full of flavor. They totally pack a Donkey Kong sized punch of banana. Instead of using plain old bananas, I used those from my favorite bananas foster recipe. I cooked the bananas, according to the recipe, in that wonderful syrup and let them soak up all the tasty flavors. After the bananas cooled, I took them out of the syrup and mashed ’em up. This infused the cupcakes with all the flavors of bananas foster. The recipe does contain some alcohol, but you can leave it out if you prefer. It will still taste delicious! To top them off, I frosted them with cinnamon buttercream. It is a perfect complement to the hint of cinnamon already added to the cupcakes by the bananas. YUM!
To really make these cupcakes Donkey Kong’s, I decorated them with his signature tie and, of course, his favorite snack… BANANAS! I made the ties out of royal icing. It was my first time creating anything with royal icing, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be. You just need a steady hand and time.
I created a template for his signature tie by drawing it out in Adobe software. I printed the finished template out and taped it onto a cookie sheet. On top of that, I taped a piece of parchment paper. I traced over the design with the royal icing and let them dry overnight. Once dry, I carefully peeled the ties off of the parchment paper. You need to be suuuper careful when peeling them off because they are delicate and break easily. If you don’t have the time or patience to create the decorations using royal icing, you can download the template I created. Print and cut them out to easily make your own DK tie toppers. All you’ll need to do is tape a toothpick to the back of each tie and stick them into the cupcakes. I also added banana candies to finish off the look. I think Donkey Kong approves!