Friday, September 17, 2010

Maligayang Bati

Or "Happy Birthday" in Tagalog (I'm half Filipino for those curious souls out there...).

A few days ago was my grandma's birthday (80 years young!) and I thought it was the perfect time to whip out a new recipe I had been yearning to try. I was first introduced to the coconut-mango mix by my friend, Lindsey, who suggested that I try out the combo in my next pancake batch. Being the pancake lover that I am, I contemplated making them every morning this week, but I was so intrigued by the idea, that I wanted to take it a step further. That's when I remembered that my grandma's favorite two fruits were fittingly enough, coconuts and mangoes.  I was originally going to use fresh coconut both inside my cupcake and as a finishing sprinkle, but I ran into a slight roadblock when I opened the fridge and my coconut had been used to make something else. (Fresh coconut is hard to come by in my family, so you snooze, you lose..and I lost!). Luckily for me, the coconut debacle wouldn't necessarily make or break my cupcakes, and I still had fresh mangoes perfect for a topping. I was pleasantly surprised when the cupcakes came out better than I imagined, and I'm happy to say that everyone enjoyed them. Below is part of the recipe I used to make the cupcakes via Bon Appetit. I didn't use the coconut frosting recipe because I  wanted to make a simple, but refreshing cool whip/mango topping to give a different texture and flavor.

Vanilla-Coconut Cupcakes

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla bean or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup reduced coconut milk (see above), room temperature


  • Bring coconut milk to boil in large deep saucepan over medium-high heat (coconut milk will boil up high in pan). Reduce heat to medium-low; boil until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat; cool completely. Transfer to small bowl. Cover; chill (coconut milk will settle slightly as it cools). Do ahead. Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

On to the Cupcakes

  • Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line eighteen 1/3-cup muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Add sugar; beat on medium-high speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. Beat in seeds from vanilla bean and remaining egg. Add half of flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended. Add 1 cup reduced coconut milk; mix just until blended. Add remaining flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended. Divide batter among muffin cups.
  • Bake cupcakes until tops spring back when gently touched and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes in pans to rack; cool 10 minutes. Carefully remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on rack.

Easy Mango Topping (a la pancakeSTACKER)

  • This part is so easy, it's kind of a joke that I'm writing how what I did, but I couldn't leave my mango step out! All you need is one large mango (or more if you'd like) and a package of cool whip. Cut the mango to small pieces, or mash the mango up completely. Mix with the cool whip and bam-- you've got a topping.
Photos by: Chandamheer 

Now that I have successfully overloaded you all with food posts this week, I promise that starting Monday I'll be back to my regular posting schedule, AND I will have a ton of outfit posts to make up for lost time. Tomorrow, Alex L. and I are heading to SFO to catch a flight for the first leg of our trip. Stop by first thing on Monday to see where we go!

By the way, did anyone notice I made a little change? How do you guys like the new layout?? The only thing I'm missing now is a beautiful new banner. Anyone up for the challenge? Let me know what you think below :)

Happy weekend!! (P.S. Just because I know you are wondering, the coconut-mango pancake experiment will happen, too.)


  1. wow, that looks delicious! great explanation, totally gonna try that recipe! :D

  2. I wish I could cook like you! everything looks amazing and so yummy

  3. I wish I could cook like you! everything looks amazing and so yummy

  4. happy birthday to your grandma! i bet she loved the cakes (:

  5. wow! those look yummy yummy! Thank you for the lovely and easy recipe guide for these beauties!
    will deffo be making these very soon. And happy late birthday to your gran-mama!

  6. Wauw what a great post, and you explain it so well!! Usually cookbooks and recipes are like chinese to me haha but this I'm definately going to try :) My grandparents are coming over this weekend, glad I found something to make them :)


  7. HI Sweetie!!! These look so yummy!!! I TOTALLY love the new little layout:)

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  8. ahh congrats with your grandma! :D and girl this is looking de-li-ci-ous!

  9. Ooooh I really wanna try these cupcakes! I never actually bake from scratch, but I might have to make an exception for these ones :)

    PS Loving the new layout!

  10. Aweee, thank you soooo much!! your comment makes us soooo happpyy :D!! it's very kind of you!

    Take a peek!

    best regards from Sweden :)

  11. I am starving !
    Great pictures and I will read it cause I need to learn to cook
    The pictures are great and you write very good I hate to cook
    But reading you ;) I want to try
    Have a great day

  12. the layout is really nice and those cupcakes look delicious :) is it ok if i copy the recipe for my birthday too ^_^ biiiig cupcake fan :P

  13. yummmy i love food post!


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  14. Pleased to meet your blog..first up: I can eat a lot...second Up: your Grandma & me share a coconut/mango thing! This sounds delectable!!Declicious! Delighful! Looks like I will be having to try this recipe...on the double!! xx

  15. omg, those cupcakes looks delicious!! i love coconut:)

  16. I think I just died and went to culinary heaven.

  17. happy birthday to your grandmother - those cupcakes look amazing!!!

    and im lovin the layout :)


  18. these look so good! and since they're made with fresh fruit, that means they're healthy right? :P great post

  19. wow! Love your blog! the photography is great! and yes, I'm gonna try those cupcakes TODAY hahaha Just printed out the recipe. Thanks!


  20. Mmmmmm Juuummmmm...
    cute blog

  21. THIS is where the coconuts went! A very nice twist on plain old cupcakes. These look so fresh and yum! Happy belated to your nana!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  22. those cupcakes.....mmmm.

    and uh, funnily enough i bought those wedges at f21.x

  23. oh wow - hope you had a great time at your gran's 80th, the cake recipe sounds delish! and loving the new look x

  24. i love coconuts! these look delish! happy bday to ur grandma :)

  25. awwww happy birthday to your gran.
    and those cuppycakes look amazing!!
    great blog!
    loving the posts
    stop by some time xx

  26. those look delicious! i have never heard of coconut mango cupcakes, but it sounds like a fantastic combination. :) happy belated birthday to your grandmother!


  27. I came here from the IFB group discussion on Bloglovin, following you now.
    Love your blog , lets become fashionable blogger friends , lets follow each other.

    Maybe you'll be interested in the FENDI GIVEAWAY I'm having on my blog.

  28. you're half Filipino? cool! i'm Filipino! :) belated happy birthday to your grandmother! and those cupcakes look absolutely delicious!

  29. you're half Filipino? cool! i'm Filipino! :) belated happy birthday to your grandmother! and those cupcakes look absolutely delicious!

  30. Aww! How did they turn out? I love your blog, Chanda! I'm getting hungry while browsing ;). I feel special for being mentioned lol


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