Tropical Mango Vanilla Cupcakes

Rich, buttery vanilla cupcake with a hint of coconut and a fresh mango buttercream.

TROPICAL MANGO VANILLA CUPCAKES. Rich buttery vanilla cupcake with a hint of coconut and a fresh mango buttercream.So, this is my first Fiesta Friday post! I’m super excited to be joining the party and looking forward to mingling with all of you. As I was deciding what special dessert I should bring to the occasion, I was thinking about how much I’ve been enjoying the summer weather now that it’s finally here. My husband, the boys and I have been really enjoying our walks around our neighborhood and catching up with our neighbors. We’ve all been hibernating with the extreme cold winter we’ve had and it’s nice to see everyone out and about.

To celebrate the beautiful weather, I decided to make something using flavors that symbolize summer. While I was at the supermarket, I noticed some gorgeous mangos on sale, perfect! I love mangos, they’re such a sweet and fragrant fruit. Mangos are also a tropical fruit, so I wanted to carry that theme into my recipe. Then I came across some coconut flavored yogurt and it just came together for me. To be honest, I’ve never baked with yogurt before, I usually use sour cream, but no better time than the present to try something new.

TROPICAL MANGO VANILLA CUPCAKES. Rich buttery vanilla cupcake with a hint of coconut and a fresh mango buttercream.These vanilla cupcakes are rich, buttery, moist, and have a hint of coconut from adding the coconut yogurt to the batter. The buttercream tastes fresh and sweet, and is bursting with mango flavor. I was super happy when I was whipping up the buttercream, the smell of fresh mangos filled my kitchen and the gorgeous color made it look like a bowl of sunshine.

The buttery vanilla, sweet mango, and light taste of coconut is a perfect combination. However, if you’re not a coconut fan, french vanilla yogurt is quite lovely with the mango flavor too.

tropical mango vanilla cupcakes-1I brought some unfrosted cupcakes to my grandmother’s house as I know she’s not a buttercream fan. As she was complimenting on how good they were, she told me that what she likes to do with mini cakes is to chill them in the fridge, cut them in half, then pan fry them with butter so they’re crispy. Pan fried cupcakes? Has anyone else heard of that or is it just a #myweirdgrandma thing? Please let me know as I’m really curious about this. I laugh just thinking about it because I’ve never heard such a thing before. That’s my grandma and I love her. :)

TROPICAL MANGO VANILLA CUPCAKES. Rich buttery vanilla cupcake with a hint of coconut and a fresh mango buttercream.Thank you Jhuls@TheNotSoCreativeCook for the invite and thank you Angie@TheNoviceGardener for hosting such a wonderful party!

Recipe by Little Sweet Baker


3.5 from 2 reviews
Tropical Mango Vanilla Cupcakes
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Makes: 12
  • 1 & ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup coconut flavored yogurt (or vanilla)
  • ¾ cup milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • **Buttercream ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup mango puree (using a handheld or stand blender, puree a generous ½ cup of diced mangos until smooth)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter with the sugar. Add the egg, yogurt, milk and vanilla. Stir together, then gently pour into the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth and try not to over mix.
  4. Fill the paper liners ¾ full with batter and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  5. To make the buttercream, whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the mango puree, salt and vanilla, mix until somewhat incorporated. Add the icing sugar, one cup at a time, blend until smooth.
The cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Best served at room temperature.

**Based on reader feedbacks, I made some changes to the buttercream recipe to enhance the flavor and give it a thicker consistency. Aug 4th 2015

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  1. Nathalie says

    Yum! I have 2 huge mangoes and was wondering what to do with them and I think I just found it! Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says

    Hi I am planning on making this recipe but I don’t have any yogurt. Is there any alternative to this (maybe heavy cream?) ingredient. Thanks for posting this recipe btw, it looks great! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Rossi Tran says

    I have just made a batch of mango cupcake with your shared recipe. It is amazing. I have done many time of cupcake before but this is the first time I feel pleased about what i have done. It is wonderful. Thank you so much Lily. I think Yogurt is the missing piece that i didn’t use the previous times. I wish you continue an interesting journey with your sweet kitchen.

  4. Rhonda says

    Summer is almost over here and that is not going to stop me from making these. They sound so yummy!! Will substitute vanilla for coconut though since dear hubby and I both dislike coconut. Thank you for sharing! Look forward to making these and of course tasting them. :)

  5. says

    So glad I found your blog through Pinterest. I love these cupcakes and will definitely be making them sometime soon. I’m glad they have mango since it’s one of my favorite fruits but I’ve not used it very often in recipes. BTW, I think your grandma is onto something – sounds good to me!

    • says

      Wonderful! Let me know what you think when you make them and email me a picture if you can. And yes, my grandma is a genius, I actually pan-fried the next batch and they were pretty darn delicious. Thank you for stopping by:)

    • says

      Thanks Kloe for stopping by and introducing yourself and your blog, like your molasses cookie recipe, can’t wait to make it! Follow back:)

  6. says

    Firstly, mango vanilla cupcakes will be very popular in my house! Might have to use frozen mango because we are entering winter here :)
    Secondly, I love using yoghurt in baking it leaves cakes so moist and I can only imagine the awesome flavour the coconut yoghurt imparts to the batter.
    Lastly, I think your Grandma might be a genius. Yummy panfried cupcakes, I think you’d need some ice cream to finish them off though ;)

    • says

      I was thinking the exact same thing, pan fried cupcakes with ice cream and maybe some fresh berries. I’m going to give it a try next time I make cupcakes. Will let you know. Thanks for visiting Amy:)

  7. says

    Lily, welcome to Fiesta Friday! And haven’t you arrived in style with these beauties…I love the combination of mango and coconut. Your grandmother could be onto something fairly genius there with the crispy fried cakes – have you ever tried it? Thanks to Jhuls (aka Bubbles) for inviting you and I hope to see you here regularly! Happy 1st Fiesta Friday!

  8. says

    Welcome to Fiesta Friday, Lily! You’re a pro at baking, aren’t you? These look like the ones sold in bakeries. Except of course you won’t find mango cupcakes. You’ll have to make them yourself. So, thank you for the recipe. I happen to love mangoes. :-)

    • says

      Hey Angie, thank you for the compliment, it means a lot coming from you and thanks again for hosting, such a wonderful idea and great way to end a week!

  9. says

    I love these flavors, Lily! I can’t wait to get my hands on some mangos this summer! Such pretty, bright presentation, too. That’s funny your grandma fries cupcakes in butter, lol. Why not, right? Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Thanks Ngan, my grandma ate 4 pan fried cupcakes in 2 days, must be that good, I am going to give it a try next time I make these, it could be the next big thing:)

  10. says

    So glad you are joining us for Fiesta Friday Lily! If you hadn’t we would have sooo missed out on these cupcakes! Mango buttercream! How creative!

  11. says

    wow this is art in itself let alone food, the colours oh my totally stunning! You deserve two glasses of bubbly, i hope your enjoying the party and thank you for sharing. Justine, co host with mr Fritz xxx

  12. says

    Did I just die?? These tropical treats of yours are perfect for summer and perfect for FF18. I am glad that you are here today, Lily! And thank you for the mention. Don’t be shy to mingle with others, okay? :D

    Btw, if I am not mistaken, did you link up your blog address ( instead of the direct link to the cupcakes post? Anyway, I think Angie wouldn’t mind for now. :)

  13. says

    Lily, these cupcakes look amazing! They really do look like summer :) I wish I could actually taste one. But I’ll just have to taste them virtually ;) Love the pictures! p.s. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of pan frying cupcakes either. Although I can imagine my grandmother doing so..
    Happy Fiesta Friday! xx


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