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Special Cupcakes – recipes for mango and palm sugar cupcakes, Piña colada cupcakes and Strawberry daiquiri cupcakes



Ideal for special occasions
– not the usual run of the mill cupcakes!

Mango and palm sugar

Palm sugar, also known as jaggery, is a raw
sugar popular in Asian cooking that is usually made from cane sugar and
coconut palm sap. The sap is boiled down until it crystallizes and the
resulting sugar is either sold as large granules or a solid ball that
crumbles easily. If you use the granular sugar, it won’t dissolve when
creamed with the butter but will break down during baking.

Preparation time: 25 minutes (plus cooling)
Cooking time: 20–25 minutes
Makes: 12

Mango cupcakes
175 g (6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
115 g (4 oz) caster sugar
50 g (2 oz) palm sugar
3 large eggs, beaten
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
50 g (2 oz) dried mango, chopped
1 tbsp milk or fruit juice (such as orange or mango)

75 g (3 oz) unsalted butter, softened
175 g (6 oz) icing sugar, sieved
1–2 tbsp milk
Yellow and blue food colourings

mango and palm sugar cupcakes

To decorate

Palm trees cut from green and brown sugarpaste icing, suns cut from yellow
sugarpaste and yellow writing icing, sun umbrellas cut from coloured
sugarpaste and black writing icing, palm sugar.

1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven
to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4. Line a 12-cup muffin tray with paper cases.

2. Beat the butter, caster sugar and palm
sugar together until creamy and evenly combined. Beat in the eggs a little
at a time and then stir in the flour. Finally stir in the dried mango and
milk or juice.

3. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases
and bake for 20–25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when pushed
into the centre of a cake. Cool in the tray for 10 minutes before removing
to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. To make the frosting, beat the butter
until smooth, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and milk. Transfer half
the frosting to another bowl and colour one half yellow and the other blue.
Spread the icing over the cupcakes.

5. Decorate with palm trees cut from green
and brown sugarpaste, tropical suns cut from yellow sugarpaste with rays
piped using yellow writing icing, sun umbrellas cut from coloured sugarpaste
with the poles piped using black writing icing and sandy beaches of palm


If you’re unable to find palm sugar, substitute demerara or light
muscovado sugar instead.