Among other recipes in the country of the Philippines, one of the most famous one today that has made an international trend is the Ube cupcake recipe. If you are wondering what is an Ube, it is basically a purple yam that is originally from the Philippines. This bright purple type of sweet potato has a distinguishable mellow taste with a hint of sweet, vanilla, and nutty flavor. Ube is commonly used in Filipino desserts usually mashed and then combined with condensed milk.
The Philippine Archipelago is composed of 7,641 islands and it is divided into three main island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The country has five different types of climate all year round like tropical rainforest, tropical savanna, tropical monsoon, oceanic, and humid subtropical. But for most Filipinos (the term called for the citizens and language of the Philippines) they are much more familiar with the rainy and dry season.
This Southeast Asian country is blessed with many beautiful islands filled with magnificent and picturesque views. The Filipinos are known across the globe for being hospitable, respectful, generous, religious, and have strong family ties. Filipinos also love to eat food.
The Philippines is known for having a ton of world-class dishes from savory dishes all the way up to the sweet variants, the country has a lot to offer to its citizens and its visitors. Filipino cuisines are most likely a result of its rich history from its Spanish colonization up to its independence. For more than 300 years, the Spaniards have colonized the country from the 1500s up to 1898 and historians believe that 80 percent of the dishes in the country is a result of the influence of the Spanish.
One of the Filipino-Spanish recipes that are very common in the country is the classic Flan Recipe or Leche Flan which is a local term for the “Spanish Flan de Leche” or milk flan. Leche flan or Spanish flan is a type of dessert that is usually present and served in celebrations like Christmas and it is usually eaten directly or being topped on other classic Filipino desserts like Halo-Halo. Aside from the Spanish influence, the Chinese have also made a remarkable contribution and influence in many of the Filipino dishes. This includes the famous batchoy, hopia, lomi, siopao, and pancit which for most Filipinos represents long life because of its long noodles and it is usually served on birthdays and other occasions.
Now, let’s go back to Ube Cupcake Recipe. This recipe is very simple to make and the ingredients are not that hard to find on any grocery or market. But to make it even more simpler, instead of using fresh ube we will use an ube powder to make things much more easier and convenient. The recipe is divided into 2 (two) steps: making the ube cupcakes and creating the ube frosting.
Here’s the exact main ingredients in making a Soft and Fluffy Ube Cupcakes Recipe:
Step 1 Ingredients:
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of butter (must be soft)
- 1/2 cup of buttermilk
- 3/4 cup of granulated white sugar
- 1 piece egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoon of oil
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 teaspoon of ube essence
- 2 tablespoon of ube powder
Step 2 ingredients:
- 4 ounce of room temperature cream cheese
- 1 stick of room temperature butter
- 1/4 cup of ube powder
- 2 teaspoon of ube essence
- 1 1/2 tablespoon of condensed milk
- 1/4 cup of icing sugar
Making the ube cupcake:
- Preheat your oven up to 350 fahrenheit
- Mix the butter, oil, and sugar in a bowl then add the single egg and whisk until it is well combined and incorporated.
- Combine the ube essence with buttermilk and water then set aside for a while.
- Using another bowl, sift together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ube powder. After sifting, whisk the dry ingredients until they are well combined.
- Carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 additions alternately with buttermilk. Never overmix and make sure to end up with the dry ingredients. Whisk the batter until it is well combined.
- You can use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to make things easier. Scoop the batter to each cavity of a muffin pan.
- Bake it for 20 to 23 minutes. You can use a toothpick to check if it’s well baked. Insert a toothpick to the cupcake and if it comes out clean then you’re good to go.
- When it is already well baked, transfer the cupcake to a wire rack to cool it completely before putting the frosting on top of it.
Making the ube frosting:
- Combine the condensed milk, ube essence, and ube powder in a bowl and stir them until an ube paste texture like consistency is reached.
- Mix the room temperature butter and cream cheese using a mixer until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Add the ube paste to your butter and cream cheese mixture and whisk it until it binds.
- Before adding the icing sugar, remember to sift it. Whisk it to the mixture until the desired consistency is achieved. You can add more sugar to make it sweeter.
- Lastly, you can spread the frosting to the cupcakes or use a piping if you have and then pipe the frosting on top of the ube cupcake.
And that’s it! This ube cupcake recipe is very simple and easy to make! You can make it at home and enjoy the sweet and mellow taste of ube.