These moist mango cupcakes topped with decadent, drippy dulce de leche are the mango cupcakes that I’ve been wanting to create, but until now, hadn’t. Don’t you want to lick the dulce de leche right off the side of the mango cupcake wrappers? Confession: I loved that the mango cupcakes were messy because every time I handed someone a mango cupcake, I got to sneak a little taste of it off of my fingers.
The Secret to Mango Cupcakes
My last mango cupcakes didn’t taste mango-ey at all and the mango cupcakes before those tasted like corn muffins. I turned to you, my incredibly creative readers, for suggestions on how to give the cupcakes more mango flavor. You had some fantastic ideas (go read the comments on my last mango attempt if you haven’t). While I’d love to try all of them, the one that stuck out for me was using mango extract (one of my friends on Facebook suggested it and SilverMoon Dragon and Sommer had similar suggestions of using mango essence and mango flavoring oil).
I found natural mango extract on Amazon and as soon as I opened the bottle, I knew that I had found the mango prize! It smelled like mango – not fake, candy mango, but like the fresh mango that I eat over the sink because it’s so juicy. Just like vanilla extract is necessary for a heavenly vanilla cake experience, it seems that mango extract is needed for a noticeable mango flavor.