Mango Cupcakes

In honor of my sister-in-law’s big birthday celebration, I bring you…MANGO CUPCAKES! And might I add, this recipe is reaching you just in time for Valentines Day which is 3 weeks away!

Mango Cupcakes

My inspiration behind this tasty treat? The birthday party took place at an Indian restaurant and in case you didn’t know, India’s national fruit is the mango! (Is that a good enough justification for having eaten a whole pint of Mango Ice cream? It is, right?) And since fruit and cheese go together like soul mates, I decided to pair together the mango cake with cream cheese frosting.

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Cake table at the Birthday Party. Cupcake towers are featuring mango cupcakes, chocolate chip coconut cupcakes and chocolate-dipped Rice Krispy treats.

Here are the ingredients used to make the mango cupcake –

Mango Cupcake Ingredients

Ingredients – Flour, Baking powder, Baking soda, Salt, Mango Puree, Sugar, Vanilla Extract, Cardamom, Canola Oil and Frosting/Decorations

The ingredients needed to make the cake are fairly basic with the exception of the mango. Since mangoes are not in season right now, I had to make a visit to my local Indian grocer to find the tin of mango pulp. I’m sure you can find this at most ethnic grocery stores. I highly recommend Alphonso mangoes for this recipe because they’re awesome. NOTE: Mango nectar is NOT the same thing as Mango Pulp/Puree.

Freshly out the oven with a rich golden yellow color from the mango.

Freshly out the oven with a rich golden-yellow color from the mango.

My crafty buddy Silpa, who happens to be incredibly talented with all things cake and cupcake, helped me with decorating. (You can see more of her amazing cake creations at The Yum Shoppe!) I’ll share a few pics so you can do this too. It’s super easy to do if you have a piping set.

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After piping a thin line to frame the edge of the cupcake face, I rolled the frosted edge in the pink sugar. When rolled in the sugar, the frosting flattens a bit and that’s perfect. Next we pipe on the main section of frosting with a big tip, covering the inside edge of the pink sugar frame.

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After the frosting is piped on, I added a tiny sprinkle of sugar on top for the finishing touch.

(The cupcake muffin tin liners were from my local craft store, Michaels. The black/white damask print paper wrappers were made from scrapbook paper, also from Michaels.)

If you are not in the mood to be fancy with decorating, or you don’t have a piping set, that’s okay. I find that cupcakes with the messy frosting on top always appeal to me the most, anyway! If you want to Valentine-ize them, you could still sprinkle on some pink sugar and/or add a candy heart. (And yes, you signed up for made-up words when you agreed to read this blog.)

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As always, since my baby has allergies, this recipe is egg-free and nut-free. But trust me, this recipe didn’t need any of those things to achieve a soft, moist and oh-so-yummy goodness.

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I can’t wait to try this recipe with fresh mangoes this summer! Let me know if you give this recipe a try so I can know how it turned out for you!

Enjoy!

MANGO CUPCAKES (Makes 24 + Cupcakes)

INGREDIENTS:

3 Cups – Flour

4 tsp – Baking Powder

1 tsp – Baking Soda

1 tsp – Salt

1/4 tsp – Cardamom Powder (optional)

3 Cups – (Sweetened) Mango Pulp/Puree

3/4 Cup – Sugar

2/3 Cup – Canola Oil

2 tsp – Vanilla Extract

Frosting of your choice. (I used this recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting.)

Pink sugar/Candy Hearts (Optional – BE SURE TO CHECK ALLERGY INFO ON THE LABELS BECAUSE MOST CAKE DECORATIONS ARE MADE IN FACILITIES THAT HANDLE PEANUTS/TREE NUTS.)

STEPS:

(Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.)

1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom into a bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together, making sure it’s well-mixed.

3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, using a whisk to mix just until the batter is smooth. (Be careful not to over-mix!)

4. Fill the muffin cups with 1/4 Cup of the batter per cupcake.

5. Bake for 20-23 minutes. (Time will vary based on your oven. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.)

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Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions for 2014? I usually don’t wait till the New Year to make resolutions because my motto is that each DAY is a fresh start and a chance for change and improvement. BUT, there is something a little extra magical about making resolutions at the dawn of a new year so I couldn’t resist!

Hopefully you won’t get tired of me but one of my resolutions is to post here at least once a month! Yep. Surely I am the first ever blogger to make such a resolution, right?? Ha! Now that I’ve told you that…I’ve really gotta stick with it though, huh? Except, that’s exactly why I told you! I know there are those of you out there that will hold me VERY accountable. (Cough Cough Silpa and Shez Cough Cough) I am so excited and looking forward to what God has in store for me in my creative pursuits this year so I appreciate all the prayers and positive vibes you can spare my way!

My inspiration received a much-needed boost from my latest read, “Creative Thursdays” by Marisa Anne. If you are in a creative rut or feeling some frustrations with yourself, I highly recommend this book! Marisa graces each page with her beautiful artwork and photography while sharing her knowledge and wisdom  about creative practices in a great conversational tone. I seriously read this book feeling like she was one of my good buddies and had written it JUST for ME. It is a VERY easy read and both encouraging and inspiring.

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The Update – I finished the 4th project of my online Home Ec. course – Sewing a Round Bunting. Since my son’s room was lacking in deco, I designed the bunting with his name so I could hang it on his wall. Although it’s been a while since I’ve completed this project, I just got around to taking some pics to share with you, so without further ado:

Here’s a close-up of a few of the letters:

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Felt was used for the lettering as well as the backing for this bunting. Quilting cotton (navy blue with vibrant green) was used for the front face. The font for the lettering is called KB Stick to It and can be downloaded from dafont.com for free. (I love the internet!)

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The bunting adds a great personal touch to the room AND has the added bonus of being a great visual for helping my son learn the letters in his name.

The bunting was only part of my plans for the wall though. Right under the bunting, I also hung up a stretch of twine which I now use to display the latest and greatest of my son’s creations! Jayden feels such a sense of accomplishment every time he looks up and sees his work. “Mommy! I did that!” And so with this great bunting project, my son now has his very own “Wall of Fame”.

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