Thursday, November 10, 2011

vanilla mango cupcakes with cinnamon swirl + cream cheese frosting

wisdom of the day:
no people should be crying in television shows about cupcakes.

secondly, there should not be 8 different television shows about cupcakes.

i'm all for mindless trashy tv, but this needs to stop. ok networks? cool. 

it's gloom central around these parts and i'm making cupcakes. their cuteness is both annoying and delightful. even snape wouldn't refuse one of these happy cakes. 

a fluffy vanilla yellow cake batter. 

chunks of soft mango folded in. 

cinnamon sugar swirls. 

cream cheese frosting. 

done. cuteness. delicious. puppies. bows. rosie cheeks. cupcakes. 

Vanilla Mango Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirls 
and Cream Cheese Frosting
vanilla cake recipe adapted from smitten kitchen

2 cups plus 1 tbsp cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk, well-shaken
1 cup ripe mango, cut in small pieces

1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon

preheat oven to 350. line cupcake pan with papers. 
sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy. then beat in vanilla. add eggs 1 at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. at low speed, beat in buttermilk until combined (mixture will look curdled). add flour mixture in three batches, mixing until just incorporated. fold in diced mango. 
for the cinnamon swirl: mix together sugars and cinnamon
put about 1 - 1 1/2 tbsp of cake batter into the cupcake liners. sprinkle a spoonful of cinnamon sugar mix over the batter and top each with another tbsp of cake batter. take a toothpick and drag it through the filled cupcake papers to swirl around the cinnamon sugar. 
bake for about 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. 

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla

beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. add in sugar and vanilla and beat until creamy and smooth. don't over-beat or else it will lose it's structure!

frost and stare at the cuteness you just created. 


  1. whaaat? why didn't i eat any of these?

  2. yummmmmmmmmm. i want some.


  3. I tried this recipe this week. It turned out perfectly! These are delicious cupcakes.