Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Aloha Cupcakes



These gorgeous Aloha Cupcakes are by Bakerella - perfect if you are hosting a tropical themed wedding or  if you are just dreaming of a tropical getaway!

These are Pineapple Mango Cupcakes. All tropical like. With graham cracker crumbs for sand and fondant flowers for the leis. They’d be super cute for a luau party. They’re really pretty easy to make once you have all the pieces and parts.

First start with the cupcakes:
Pineapple Cupcakes
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 3 eggs, room temperature
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
• 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained and pureed*



Instructions
• Preheat oven and line cupcake tray with 24 paper liners.
• Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
• Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer for several minutes. Add the eggs one at a time scraping down the sides of the bowl with each addition. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
• Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture in three additions with the milk in two additions (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour) Mix until combined with each addition
• Add the pineapple and mix until combined.
• Fill cups about 2/3 full and bake for about 15 minutes.

* I pureed the pineapple in a food processor. I’m not a big fan of fruit chunks. Flavor yes. Chunks. Not so much.
Mango Frosting• 1-2 Mangoes
• 1 cup butter, room temperature
• 1 lb box of confectioners’ sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• Cut mangoes

Instructions
• Place mango pieces in food processor and puree enough so you have about 1/3 cup.
• Beat butter and vanilla until creamy.
Add confectioner’s sugar in several additions. beating until well combined with each addition.
Add 1/2 cup of mango puree and beat until completely combined.
Spread frosting on cooled cupcakes.

So that’s the cupcakes. But what about the fun stuff. Who’s ready to play? Visit
Bakerella for the full decorating instructions, including how to make the fondant leis, sand topping and aloha signs!

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