Black Thai Cupcakes
These are black bottom cupcakes with Thai spices like coconut and pandan and a little kick from smoked paprika and smoked sea salt.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 24 cupcakes
- 2 ¼ C coconut milk
- 2 pandan leaves cut in half
- 2 C flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp smoked sea salt
- ¾ C unsalted butter room temperature
- 2 1/3 C sugar
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 2/3 C canned black-eyed peas drained and mashed
- 5 oz bittersweet chocolate melted
- 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 2/3 C cacao nibs
- 2 banana leaves
In a small saucepan, bring coconut milk and pandan leaves to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for approximately twelve minutes or until there is ¾ cup coconut milk remaining.
Remove saucepan from heat and let cool.
Remove pandan leaves and squeeze any liquid remaining in the leaves into the coconut milk.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, smoked paprika, and smoked sea salt.
In a large bowl, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in 2 eggs, black-eyed peas, 1/2 cup of the reduced coconut milk, and melted chocolate.
Fold flour mixture into the wet ingredients a little bit at a time until just combined.
In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, the remaining reduced coconut milk, 1 egg, and cacao nibs.
Use kitchen scissors to cut 24 4 ½ inch diameter circles out of the banana leaves.
Soak the banana leaf circles in warm water for three minutes to make them more malleable and then press them into the wells of two cupcake tins.
Once they are shaped, make sure there is no standing water on the leaves. If necessary, pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Fill each banana leaf 2/3 full with the chocolate batter.
Place a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture centered on the top of each filled leaf.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.
Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 7.1% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 3.8% | Iron: 10.3%