It is hard to believe that is already the end of August, and it is already starting to get a little cool here in Maine. And since a trip to the Bahamas does not seem like it is in the near future, I decided to bring the Tropics to me and now…to you. Actually this was not planned at all — sometimes I wish I was that creative, but alas (yes I am bringing ‘alas’ back — at least for now!), I am not. It actually started when the love and I went to the local farmer’s market since we are all about supporting local yummies. And seriously, the things you get there seem 10x as yummy. And of course we always end up spending far more than we plan on spending, but it is all stuff I NEED. You understand right? At least nod and pretend you are on my side so the fiance does not take my spending privileges! Anyway, I am getting a little bit sidetracked. While we were looking at all the different stands, we came upon some jalapenos and other peppers.Well Kevin and I are polar opposites when it comes to peppers. I do not do spicy at all. If I did, this probably would not be a dessert blog but instead more of a foodie blog. I like sweet things, though. Sweet things are delicious. I could eat it all day and night. But I am sure you have figured that out already… Anyway, I feel bad that I keep Kevin from eating all the spicy food that he wants on a daily basis so I mentioned he should get some peppers. He asked what for and I mentioned I could actually make a jalapeno cupcake. This perked the interest of the guy running the stand and he gave us a couple free peppers so I could make the cupcake (yay for nice people!). He of course wanted one in return… but when I went to the farmer’s market again a week later, he was not there. I was very disappointed but I at least got an awesome cupcake recipe out of it.
My inspiration came from Betty Crocker’s Big Book of Cupcakes. I love it. It is like my Bible. I flip through it almost every day. And I really needed to learn to jump out of my comfort zone and Kevin is glad I did. I unfortunately did not get to try these at all… but the people that did have it really enjoyed it. From what I heard, it does have a little zing to it after you eat it. So it will come back to haunt you. But I know there are some people out there that enjoy that (I am just not one of them!) But they sure did look good…and the frosting is delicious.
And not such a bad picture either. There might be something to this morning picture thing. Anyway my recipe is quite like the one in the Betty Crocker book but with a few adjustments.
Taste of the Tropics
2 3/4 Cup all-purpose flour
3 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mango-peach juice (no additives. mango puree and peach juice)
1/2 cup whole milk
1 -2 tablespoons finally chopped jalapeno (I put in a tablespoon but the fiance said it could use more)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place liners in 24 regular sized muffin cups.
2. On wax paperor in a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In an electric mixer, beat the shortening until smooth. Slowly add in the sugar. Make sure to scrape the bowl occasionally. The add egg whites one at a time. Make sure to mix well after each egg. Add the vanilla and mango-peach juice and mix well. Then add in the flour and milk, alternating between the 2. Slowly adding a little bit at a time.
4. Then add in the jalapeno. Be careful not to over-beat.
5. Fill the cupcake liners about 1/2 way full.
6. Bake for around 20 minutes.
Coconut Buttercream Frosting
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cup powdered sugar
4 tablespoons coconut milk
3 – 5 tablespoons whole milk
Garnish: Flaked Coconut and Chopped Fresh Mango
1. In the electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. Beating well after each time.
2. Mix in the vanilla and coconut milk.
3. Add in milk until you have the consistency that you wish.
4. Frost cupcakes.
5. Garnish with coconut and mango.
Keep cool or eat immediately. My fiance liked them after they had been in the fridge for a little bit. I frosted the cupcakes when they were still warm so the frosting became melty so we popped them in the fridge. He liked it that way.
Enjoy! Apparently it tastes a little tropical! I just have to take the people’s word for it. =)