Being Creative In The Kitchen With My Kids Is Something I love To Do.
Its not always easy to find the time, but I try.
When I cook with my kids, I like to use tropical ingredients such as mango or coconut or pineapple, because they remind me of home in Hawaii. When I make meals with these ingredients, my kids learn to appreciate my heritage AND enjoy a treat.
I like to remember that cooking with my kids is not about perfection. Its about creativity and having fun together. This is family time to expand their world and letting them try new foods. I love baking with my kids and seeing their eyes sparkle with delight when they help. When I get out the mixer and the bowls, I often hear the clatter of running feet and see bright smiling faces pop up to help. It’s our special time together.
Mango butter cream frosting is one of my all-time favorite icings. It makes even plain vanilla cupcakes taste wonderful.
I like to take a few simple ingredients and turn it into a luscious cake or cupcakes with this sweet mango frosting. I am always being asked to bake something for a school function and this frosting gets noticed. Mango frosting is sweet and yet fruity. Its not used so much that it is the same old, same old. At school functions, I get the odd, “Oh those cupcakes look good – what flavor are they?”.
How to Select The Perfect Mango
Mangoes are a tropical fruit found in the Hawaiian islands and elsewhere. Their fruit is sweet, flavorful and peach colored. When you are at the store, look for one that gives slightly when you press on it, similar to the feel of choosing a ripe avocado. It should feel slightly heavy for its size, too.
Once you have your mango home, look it over and locate the eye. The eye is the small indentation in the fruit that tells you where the seed is. Mango seeds are hard to locate unless you know where to look, because they are the same color as the fruit. So, stand the mango up in front of you and locate the eye. Then slice the mango down each side removing the cheeks of the fruit. Do not cut in the center though as that is a flat seed.
Mangoes will continue to ripen so make sure you leave it out of the refrigerator until it is as ripe as you want it. Then, when refrigerated, it will last another seven days.
Mango Butter Cream Icing
- 1 Stick of butter, softened
- 4 Tablespoons of mango puree ( Take 2 pitted, peeled and diced mangoes and puree them in a blender)
- 3-4 Cups of powdered sugar
- Optional – 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons mango jam if desired to intensify the flavor
- Puree all of the mangoes adding extra diced pieces of mango to make the right consistency.
- Put the softened butter in a bowl and using the hand mixer cream it for about two minutes.
- Add in the powdered sugar a bit at a time beating until it is well mixed. Use all of the powdered sugar.
- Now add in the mango puree and you can adjust this as needed.
- Add in the mango jam to add extra flavor or you can use more of the mango puree.
Fill your icing or frosting piping bag and have fun decorating cupcakes with your children and family.