I am nothing if not a mango fiend. I brave the summers in Hyderabad only because of the fabulous array of mangoes we get here. The most popular and commercially successful one is the Banaganapalli. While my favourites are Shakkar gutli (a small apple sized mango that is sweet as sugar – shakkar +sugar) and Imampasand for its flavour, the humble banaganapalli is a good fruit to use in bakes and desserts.
I made my basic vanilla cupcake recipe and swapped out the vanilla for a dash of mango essence and pulp. The result was a moist, subtle mango cupcake. I went a few steps further and slapped on some mango flavoured buttercream. My mantra seems to be “when in doubt, go the whole hog”
I made this for a party and it was a huge hit. Try this with fresh mango pulp while the last of the season slowly inches out or with frozen if you cannot get fresh mangoes in your part of the world.
Mango Cupcakes (makes 12 medium ones)
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar (I used regular sugar, powdered for ease of mixing)
2 eggs ( use 6 tablespoons of plain yogurt for an egg-less variant)
1 teaspoon mango essence
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of mango puree (mango pieces chopped and pureed in a blender with a splash of water)
1/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenhiet or 175 Celsius and line muffin trays with paper liners
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add the yogurt (or eggs, beating well after each addition) and beat well. Beat in the mango essence.
In another bowl, whisk the flour with salt, baking soda and baking powder to make sure everything is well blended.
Add the mango puree and flour to the butter-sugar mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Add in the milk and gently mix to form a lumpfree batter. Batter should fall like thick ribbons.
Evenly fill the paper liners with batter till 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or till a tester comes out clean.
Leave to cool on a wire rack before frosting.
Edited to add: Sometimes the consistency of the mango pulp/ puree can make the batter thicker than desired. Adding 2-3 tablespoons of milk / water to the batter to get cake batter consistency will help.
For the mango butter-cream frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
11/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar / icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon mango essence
1 pinch of salt
1/2 cup mango puree
Whip the butter for 1 minute on medium speed with a hand whisk/ blender until creamy. Add the sugar in 2-3 batches and whip on low speed till it has mixed well. Add the salt, essence and mango puree and mix till blended. Use as required. If the buttercream is too runny, add upto 3/4 cup more icing sugar to make piping consistency.
I used a star tip nozzle to pipe swirls on the cooled cupcakes. Added a few slivers of chopped fresh mango as garnish.