Ube is the one thing that is always present at our table during Christmas. I have been wanting to try my hand at making ube cupcakes, I just haven’t really gotten round to doing it till now. I made these a couple of weeks before Christmas as a pre-finals treat for my girls who are at University.
I did have to do a little research to get the right recipe for it. I want to avoid using ube extract but seems it can’t be helped, to get that deep purple hue.
To make, in a mixing bowl beat together the following: 2 large eggs, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Add 1 cup ube halaya and 1 1/2 teaspoon ube extract/flavoring mix until well combined. Sift 1 cup cake flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt over the batter and mix until just everything is blended. Scoop batter onto muffin pans with cupcake liners using a 1/4 measuring cup. Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
To make frosting: Cream 1 cup unsalted butter until smooth. Add 1/3 cup ube halaya and 3 teaspoons ube flavoring. Sift 3-4 cups powdered sugar and gradually add to mixture. You can add 1-2 Tbsp. milk if the frosting appears to be too heavy.
P.S. you can add more ube extract/flavoring to the batter and frosting if you want a deeper purple hue to your cupcake.
Pipe your frosting onto cooled cupcakes.