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Carrot Mango Muffins - Quequitos de Zanahoria y Mango

Carrot Mango Muffin Recipe.

Okay, okay, I admit it, these are not extremely Salvadoran in any way.  However, since carrots and mango are used very frequently in Salvadoran desserts, I have decided to include these quequitos, or muffins, here.  My son affectionately calls these the "dos orange" muffins.  These quequitos de zanahoria y mango are chock full of shaved carrots and sweet mango paste and are a great way to give your kids their daily dose of Vitamin A!
2 cups of shredded carrots
1/2 cup mango puree
1.5 cups of all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1.5 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup white sugar


I filled the center of these quequitos with my milhojas cream. It's up to you if you want to fill them or not, they are good both ways.

Cream Cheese Icing:
1 stick of salted butter, softened
8 oz of cream cheese
1.5 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • In bowl beat together eggs and sugar until creamy.
  • Add in oil and vanilla.
  • Fold  in grated carrots and mango puree.
  • In separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients and fold into the carrot mixture until moist and evenly distributed.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and done inside.
  • Remove from oven and put cupcakes to wire wrack to cool.
  • Once cooled, fill centers with milhojas cream using pastry bag or piper.
  • Beat butter and cream cheese until light and creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla slowly, beating on low speed until everything is light and fluffy.
  • Add in orange food coloring or any color you would like.
  • Use pastry bag or piper to frost the top of cooled cupcakes and decorate in any fashion that makes you happy!

Buen Provecho!


momdecuisine said...

Interesting combination! My son loves the mango nector here. He goes through it like no ones' business, so I always have it on hand. I recently made carrot and orange cakes and they were pretty tasty, but I'll keep this one in mind! Thanks for sharing!

RavieNomNoms said...

Oh I love this idea! I don't think I have ever seen mango and carrots together. Great combination, very creative!

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

These cupcakes look and sound delicious! I love the combo of carrot and mango

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