Iron Cupcake: Basil Challenge

In order to make cupcakes with basil in them, I had to think slightly outside the box. This is what I came up with.“What My Life Would Be If There Were Any Justice In The World Whatsoever” Basil-Mango Mojito Cupcakes
Yield-4 cupcakes

½ C flour
¼ C plus 2 tablespoons demerera sugar (divided)
¼ t kosher salt
1/8 t baking soda
2 T melted, unsalted butter
¼ C half and half
1 T lime juice
1 T lime powder
½ t Mexican vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk, beaten
3 T fresh basil chiffonade
4 oz Neufchatel cheese, softened
¼ C fresh, ripe mango puree
½ C white sugar
1 t fresh lime zest
¼ C spiced rum with a swarthy pirate on the label for brushing

For the Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a muffin pan with 4 cupcake liners. Fill the other empty muffin holes with a tablespoon or two of water each.

Sift together flour, 2 C and 1 T of the demerara sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix in melted butter to make a crumbly paste.

Stir lime juice, lime powder, half and half, vanilla, egg yolk, and all but a few strands of the basil chiffonade in a separate bowl. Fold wet mixture into flour mixture until smooth, but using as few strokes as you can get away with.

Fill batter into cupcake liners and bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cupcakes start to barely become golden. Remove and cool in the pan.

For the frosting:

In a food processer, combine Neufchatel cheese, mango puree, white sugar, and lime zest until creamy. Refrigerate until ready for use.

To assemble:
Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the pirate rum once they’ve completely cooled. Frost the cupcakes with a thick layer of frosting, then roll in the remaining demerara and top with the basil chiffonade strands.

Kristie’s “What-My-Life-Would-Be-Like-If-There-Were-Any-Justice-In-The-World” Basil-Mango Mojito Cupcakes:

The last few curious moments before I died if my life actually WERE like that…

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3 thoughts on “Iron Cupcake: Basil Challenge”

  1. This is what I don’t get – why did you only bake 4 of them? If you make the basil cupcakes and the megamojitos, I may move my flight time up so that it is still bathing suit weather in San Antonio.
    You are truly getting cuter all the time. Love, Momma

  2. Look, mom. I can only bake four cupcakes at a time because I don’t want to develop those authentic Texas back-titties. Come on out, though! Willie Nelson is playing at the little country bar by our running store in a few weeks.

  3. I just heard Willie at Red Rocks. My latest hearthrob is Joe Nichols, but there are several others I’d fly down there for (Toby Keith, Brad Paisley for starters). Anyway, I’m totally impressed that the King Arthur Flour dude is writing from his bed to yours about the catalog, and I agree that you have the makings of an incredible food writer. Now bake a pie and make me a grandbaby. Well, you may wait the respectable 9+9 months on the latter, but I did dream about it last night. xoxo Momma

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