Friday, July 3, 2009

Mango Brownie CupCakes

This is a simple experimental cake recipe that I tried inspired by the vegan brownies I found while googling and also taking a cue from Madhuram ie replacing fat (butter/oil) with fruit puree -mango puree to be exact and also inserted simple mango cashew paste within this. The result was simply delicious though few faults were there.

Ingredients:

Dry Mix:
AllPurpose Flour: 1 cup
Cocoa Powder: unsweetened: 2-4 tbsp (I used 2)
Sugar: 1 cup (I used only 3/4 cup)
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp

Wet Mix:
Mango Puree: 1/2 cup
(Can also use Veg Oil)
Water: 1/2 cup

Filling: (optional)

Mango Cashew Paste: few tbsps
Blended together finely hopped mango pieces and handful of cashew soaked in warm water to obtain a paste.This is completely optional

Preparation:

In a big bowl,whisk together flour,baking powder,cocoa,sugar and salt.Add in mango puree to the flour mix and then add half cup of water.Whisk into a well blended. Do not over beat it.

Pour a spoonful of batter into each of the muffin cups,spoon the mango cashew paste over this batter and if posssible thinly and gently spread this over the cake batter,without mixing together.Then,add spoonfuls of the cake batter till the muffin cup is three quarters full.You can also alternate the layers as well.If not interested you can avoid the filling layer as well.


It looks like..


Bake in a preheated oven at 375F for 22-25 minutes or till a tester comes (almost)clean.Mine took 23 minutes.The mango layer if added will be moist only and the tester may contain traces of the layer.If filling is avoided then the tester comes clean.The recipe gives 9+ cupcakes.



Alternately you can use a petit loaf tin and bake for 20+ minutes.You can spread choco chips on top if interested.Also instead of cocoa melted chocolate can also be use,but for making lowfat/vegan brownies,cocoa powder is preferred. The sugar used in the original recipe is 1 cup (I halved the recipe which can be found here).I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup as I used very sweet Badami mangoes.I also reduced the cocoa powder to 2 tbsp rather than the required 6 tbsp as I did not want the bitter cocoa aftertaste in them.

After these adaptations,comes the bad news - the brownies turned out to be little denser,slightly peaked and one or two look slightly cracked. The denseness can be attributed to the presence of cocoa powder as cocoa cakes are supposed to be denser (as far as I know).Otherwise the reason behind these is overbeating the batter. In my enthusiasm,I overbeat the batter.So the cupcakes look slightly peaked.Why & How: overbeating the flour leads to gluten development which makes the product rise as baking powder is also added.The cracks are usually due to high oven temperature and need of extra baking time or too much sugar or baking powder. am not sure why only one or two cracked while others came out almost perfect.Sugar is the only reason that I can think of.

But the good point is the taste was amazing and I never expected the mango chocolate combo to be this delish.I started using mango in baked items after I enjoyed the mango muffins.This combo is very very delicious.

The cupcakes are on their way to Madhuram's Lowfat Baking Event along with Soya Dates Cookies.The cupcakes since mango based are also visiting Srivalli's Mango Mela where amazing mango dishes can be seen.


20 Comments:

Rachel said...

It's domed really well...

Anonymous said...

Hey,when you do experiments like this and finally when it comes out really well,we will be the happiest.Am really wondering seeing the mango brownies..great great idea dear !!

Simran said...

This is just the season to make everything with mangoes. Love the idea.

Yasmeen said...

Scrumptious cupcakes.Mangoes & chocolate sound irresistible together :)

Nithya said...

It looks absolutely yummy.. Lovely cupcakes. :)

Aysha said...

Yummy cupcakes and an excellent idea..Would love 2 have them now!!!

Ann said...

Sounds so tropical and a great combo of ingredients.

Suparna said...

wow!sounds interesting looks great! now this is a real temptation :)
Thanks for the detailed recipe
TC

Suparna said...

wow!sounds interesting looks great! now this is a real temptation :)
Thanks for the detailed recipe
TC

Bergamot said...

looks great... yummy...

Aparna said...

These sound delicious, Sweatha. I know that chocolate and mango is a wonderful combination.
Am planning to bake something mango once my busy weekend is done. :)

Priya said...

Wow this cupcakes sounds delicious CL!!looks gorgeous!

Suparna said...

hi just came back to tl u that I made these cupcakes this evening and it tasted awesome ...Thanks again.
Bye

egglesscooking said...

I have never tried the mango/chocolate combination. I think the cupcakes were dense even because of adding mango puree instead of fat. I too have baked vegan brownies substituting applesauce for the entire fat and it was dense only. Reg, the cracks, what my guess is, you have mentioned that you got 9 cupcakes, so the remaining 3 muffins cups would have been empty. In such cases you will have to fill the empty cups with water to ensure uniform temperature and baking. I think if you do that there will not be any cracks. I don't think sugar is the reason.

egglesscooking said...

Sweatha, I notice that you don't have "vegan" in your labels. For instance this cupcake is vegan, if you classify it, visitors to your site can easily access vegan recipes. Just my 2 cents.

Usha said...

The cupcake looks inviting and I don't think I have ever tasted the combination of mangoes with chocolate....

Red Chillies said...

Totally new to me. I am bookmarking yet another recipe from you.

Soma said...

What an amazing thing you have done here:-) Mango & chocolate .. could never have thought about it! But i'll have to combine these 2 atleast once this year.
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

rekhas kitchen said...

Mango and chocolate OMG what a combination sweatha.Perfectly baked and yummy looking cakes drooling yaaar.......

Hallie said...

I was very pleased with how my cupcakes turned out. I put some cardamom in mine.

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