24 May 2014

Mango and Passion Fruit Cupcakes

Eve 24/05/14

Perfect for the coming summer, these light and soft mango cupcakes meets fluffy and creamy fresh passion fruit buttercream. A real taste of the tropics!



Move over spring, summer is here!


Summer has finally reached Scotland, it has been 18ºc!
(I know, that is cold...)
To celebrate the heat, I decided to throw together the taste of  tropical islands into a cute and yummy cupcake. What a good way to enjoy the weather than a cupcake and an ice-cold glass of cloudy lemonade.

Also, starting from this post, I am going to include the nutritional data for my bakes and cake, just perfect for the hotter weather and the swimsuit season!

You can find the stats just below the recipe.


These treats deliciously hit the spot. The combination of mango and passion fruit is a true classic but normally only in smoothies and frozen yogurts. These two flavour as well as few more are quintessentially summer for me; their sweet and vibrant flavours capture the essence of May, June, July and August. 

These cupcakes are so easy to make. 2 years ago, I had never made a cupcake! {embarrassing, right?!} 
I had only made a simple butter cake batter and baked in in a bun tin. Now, I know that cupcakes aren't just butter cakes, they are so much more!


The ingredients for these cakes are all pretty simple and they are probably in your pantry right now. It is important that you don't leave out the buttermilk as it is a key ingredient in the batter. I don't normally keep buttermilk in the fridge so I make my own.

Just measure the amount of buttermilk you need with normal milk and add 1 tsp. of either lemon juice, white vinegar or cream of tartar. Leave at room temperature for 10 minutes and ta-dah! Homemade buttermilk, ready to use. 


I am ecstatic!!!
I have been given the opportunity along with 4 other budding foodies to cook for 300 - 500 people at an event at the Scottish Parliament! 
I cannot wait, what a way to enter the food and drink sphere.

 {I better make a lot of business cards!}


Flavourful, light, easy and irresistible, you guys will sure love these cakes.





Mango and Passion Fruit Cupcakes
Posted by Eve 
Make 12 cupcakes 
Ingredients
  • 165g Plain flour 
  • 125g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 90ml Oil, like vegetable
  • 100g Mango yogurt, I used Onken 
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg white
  • 100ml Buttermillk
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

For the Frosting
  • 20g Plain flour
  • 60ml Milk
  • 60ml Fresh passion fruit or mango  juice
  • 60g Butter
  • 70g Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºc/ 160ºc fan/ gas mark 3 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with liners.
  2. Sieve all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and soda) into a large bowl, stir with a whisk. Put the rest of the ingredients, into another bowl and whisk until foamy and smooth.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Whisk until just combined but don't over mix!
  4. Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared muffin holes using an ice cream scoop, use 3/4 of a scoop per cake. 
  5. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until risen and golden brown and when a skewer is inserted, it comes out clean. Leave the cakes in the tin for 5 minutes and then remove on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Next, make the frosting. Put the flour and milk into a small sauce pan and heat on a medium heat, whisking constantly until it turns into a very thick paste. Leave to cool completely and stir occasionally to prevent a skin forming. Once cool, beat in the fruit juice very well.
  7. Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of a free-sanding mixer fitted with the whisk or a normal bowl with a hand held mixer. Whisk until very light and fluffy; this should take about 2 minutes on medium speed.
  8. While still mixing, add the the fruit paste and whisk for another 1 - 2 minutes.
  9. Top and decorate the cupcakes however you want them!

Enjoy!


Once frosted, store in an air tight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or for 5 days in the fridge. Un-frosted cakes should be stored in the same way. 


Frosting adapted from Tasty Kitchen


Mango & passion fruit cupcakes
1 cupcake with frosting 




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