February 25, 2008

"Simply Irresistible"

This is my entry to a reallllly cool Blogging Event...."Eat to the Beat!" Check it, peeps!
Food and music - woo hoo!

Remember Robert Palmer? Kinda hot! Maybe not to you whippersnappers, (Emiline), but back in the day, I totally rocked the spandex….pretending I was a 'Robert Palmer girl'. Too bad the babysitter and the kids laughed so hard when I came downstairs in my red lipstick and slicked back hair. And it didn't help when I took a header in my 4 inch heels. While dancing. And doing air guitar.


And how about these ooey gooey puppies, eh? Looking pretty rockin’?? They are SO "simply irresistible" and, (because you all know what a lazy, sketchy, and paranoid baker I am), VERY easy. Nothing can go wrong. Except getting the butterscotch caramel syrup in your hair. That was messy. And NOT very Robert Palmerish.
Oh, dear Lord, what kinda of deluded 80's memories am I serving up these days????

I used my Texas sized muffin pan – because Texas goes with shoulder pads, spandex dresses, and…oh, never mind. These are just big ol’ irresistible Robert-Palmer-girl-over-the-top muffin cakes. And you MUST use Mrs. Richardson's topping...it's the best.

"Simply Irresistible" Banana and Butterscotch-Caramel Muffin Cakes

Makes 6 – I really suggest the “Big Pan”

For Muffin Cakes:
6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
½ cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark, whatever)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup cake flour
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup smashed overripe banana (about 1 small one)
1/3 cup sour cream
1-2 tablespoons milk, as needed

For Filling and Topping
1 jar Mrs. Richardson’s Butterscotch-Caramel Ice Cream Topping Sauce
½ cup heavy cream, whipped
2 medium nice bananas, sliced very thinly
About 3 oz good dark chocolate (I used Sharffen Berger), shaved

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 6 hole muffin tin (Texas!) with paper liners or grease with butter and dust with a little flour.
2. In a medium sized bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating well after each one. Beat in the vanilla.
3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, allspice and nutmeg.
4. Add the banana and sour cream to butter mixture.
5. Stir in the flour mixture, just mixing in and not beating too much. Add milk if necessary to obtain a nice banana bread type batter.
6. Divide mixture among baking cups and smooth with spatula. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch.
7. Remove to rack, cool for a few minutes, then remove muffins to cool completely before filling.
8. Cut cakes horizontally into three slices. Re-assemble cakes with caramel and 4 banana slices on the bottom and middle layers. Place top layer.
9. Fold 3 tablespoons of the butterscotch caramel topping into the whipped cream – don’t over mix, it will appear streaky, which is good!
10. Dollop the top of each muffin cake with whipping cream and top with chocolate shavings.


Deborah said...

Oh, yum! And totally rockin'!!

Jenny said...

I loved that video in the 80's! I can remember watching Mtv with my sister and loving all those video's including Whitney Houston's "I wanna dance with somebody!" Oh, the good ol days!

Ok, these muffin cakes look incredible girl! I've got to try them quick! Great recipe and pics!

Emiline said...

Who's Robert Palmer? Heh, heh. Just kidding.
Actually I didn't know.
I do know this: I like to walk around the house, wearing a red belt, and wiggling my hips.

These muffin cakes look delicious!
Is Mrs. Richardson's topping endorsed by your husband?

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

These muffins really do look over the top and totally irresistible.well done.

Bellini Valli said...

Simply irresistible.... shes so fine, theres no tellin where the money went...Simply irresistible shes all mine, theres no other way to go.... I'm dancing with my sweat shirt off of my one shoulder and my big hair in a sweat band. Good times with my friends and disco dancing at the local clubs :D..love the giant cupcakes too :D

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Thanks...they're fun to make...with the right music

your boys will like these! Ooey, gooey! Watch out!

ah, I want a picture of that sash-shaying around the house! No, he doesn't have an opinion about toppings...just as long as I keep it coming, he's fine.

thank you....they are pretty darn good!

bellini valli,
lol...I could NOT stop singing that yesterday, to the great dismay of everyone around me.
yeah, big hair, big muffins...sigh, I love the big ol' days!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Now that is taking banana muffins to a whole new level! How awesome!

Lori said...

You mean we don't look like that?
Anyway I prefer to looking good over cooking good.

Heather said...

Holy crap what is it with you people? All your gooey, delicious things all up on your blogs. Can't you see that I'm menstruating over here?! I am raging for caramel on my cupcake. Oh, right. "Muffin."

Catherine Wilkinson said...

new level is right! Layered cupcakes are going to be my new obsession!

hey, sister...leave me to my fantasies! and I LOVE your recipe that you sent me. I'm gonna find a pic of you and blog it! Ha!

give in to the evil. and put salt on it too!

Jenny said...

Hi Catherine,
I just tagged you on my blog. Kind of fun, 5 things about yourself girl!!

Maxfield Family said...

oh wow...I just discovered your blog. I'm so psyched. Nice blog!
I'm adding you to my list!

Anonymous said...

I never rocked the spandex but i can imagine myself rocking the kitchen making these. Or even better, eating them. I know...i'm a glutton. haha :-)
Nice work!

Catherine Wilkinson said...

oh dear, 5 things....!

maxfield family,
hey, thanks! Come by anytime...!
Blogging is sporadic right now, but I try to do one every day!

zen chef,
no spandex, eh? Too bad, it's actually very comfortable! I love your blog, I'll learn LOTS!

Elly said...

These look SO good. I am definitely a sketchy baker myself, so I appreciate the ease of these. I will definitely need to try them. Mmm. And who doesn't love Robert Palmer? Thanks for participating!

Peter M said...

Catherine, this is a decadent entry for Eat to the Beat and why not...the 80's, Robert Palmer & all were decadent, no?

Catherine Wilkinson said...

A sad day for me when Robert Palmer passed away...everyone can diss the 80's if they want, but, I sure loved his music!

Yes, decadent is the word for the 80's....cocaine, Miami Vice, Ivana Trump, big shoulder pads....
not that I would know anything about those things....eh

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