January 11, 2013
Sweet tropical magic, these mango cupcakes are sensational!!! Light, fluffy and moist, these gorgeous little cakes bring sunshine in the kitchen with their golden colour and bright flavour.
In my early days as a vegan, cupcakes were among the most common vegan recipes online. That's how I found Vaishali's blog Holy Cow!, one of the most trusted and diverse food blogs I know and one of my top favourite. The mouthwatering pictures of her mango cupcakes instantly convinced me to give the recipe a try. Its success was soon followed by the Mango Bread which I posted earlier.
What I love about vegan baking is that most recipes follow this very simple formula: mix the dry, mix the wet, then combine the two. No egg beating, no creaming butter and sugar, no complicated techniques. Vaishali's mango cupcakes are just that - an incredibly delicious dessert that's super easy and fast to make. The recipe uses canned mango purée, so there's no peeling, chopping and blending involved either.
But these aren't the ordinary mango cupcakes one would expect. Just as with savoury dishes, Indian desserts too benefit from the addition of spices. In this case, the unique flavour of cardamom combines with mango wonderfully. If you haven't tried this combination yet, here is your excuse;)
Although they look lovely iced, I prefer to enjoy these cupcakes plain, with their flavour unaltered by any frosting. Just for the sake of experiment, I tried them once with mango cream cheese frosting and, good as the combination was, I still liked them plain.
For the recipe, please head over to Vaishali's post Mango Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream Frosting - an ode to the Indian king of fruit. Note: I used sunflower oil instead of canola and a little less than 1 tsp cardamom.
I also made a few cupcakes without using paper cases (see below) and loved that they remained golden on the sides and didn't stick to the pan. I did lightly oil the cups, as I do even before lining them with paper cases.
Being a huge fan of fresh mango, I rarely give in to the desire to use it in baking, but when I do Holy Cow! is my go-to place for fabulous, foolproof recipes. Vaishali has an impressive collection of mango recipes (the golden treasure, as I like to call it). Just have a look at her luscious, silky Mango Pie or the luxurious Mango Cheesecake or the gorgeous Mango Biscotti.
Enjoy and spread the magic!:)
If you've tried these cupcakes I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thank you!