This Valentine’s Day, take a trip to the tropics with these passion fruit cupcakes made with frozen passion fruit pulp and coconut milk, paired with a white chocolate buttercream. When you arrive, you’ll be met with an incredibly moist, spongy cake packed with an intense passion fruit flavor. Before returning to reality, be sure to take time to savor each bite, noticing the comforting, mild sweetness of the white chocolate frosting. Bon Voyage!
Passion Fruit Cupcakes
Yield: 18 cupcakes
1 cup coconut milk
7 ounces passion fruit pulp, room temperature (you can find frozen passion fruit pulp at international grocery stores)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, passion fruit pulp, and vanilla. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Alternately add the flour mixture and the passion fruit mixture to the egg mixture, beating well after each addition.
Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces white chocolate, melted but cool enough to touch
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
Whip butter in a large mixing bowl on high speed until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
Mix in melted chocolate and salt.
Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until fully incorporated.
Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
Stefani Pollack is the author of the popular cupcake blog, Cupcake Project. While she loves simple chocolate cupcakes, Stefani prefers creative cupcakes inspired by her favorite flavor combinations. She encourages her readers to branch out and experiment in the kitchen. Why cupcakes? They bring out the kid in us! Visit Stefani at www.cupcakeproject.com.
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