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Guava Cupcakes (Quequitos de Guayaba)

Guava Cupcakes (Quequitos de Guayaba) Guava Cupcakes (Quequitos de Guayaba)
This is an extremely Salvadoran quequito, or cupcake, because it contains a very common and typical Salvadoran fruit, the guava, known as guayaba in Spanish.

This is a recipe that I invented one day when I found myself with leftover guava juice from a guayaba, agua frescas packet I had used.  The guava drink mix is used to create the batter of the cupcake. You can fill these cupcakes with guayaba paste, a mixture of guayaba paste and milhojas cream, or just milhojas cream if you are out of guayaba paste, which was the case today.  I have topped these quequitos with a simple whipped cream and some white chocolate mini-kisses.  You can use any topping you like, everything goes with these cupcakes, but you will want to use a stiffer cream made of butter or cream cheese if you want to make designs.

Here's my recipe for some delicious quequitos de guayaba: 

1.5 cups of sugar
2 cups of flour
6 Tbsps of salted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup guava flavored drink mix, already prepared with water and appropriate amount of sugar (I used Agua Frescas by Klass)
1 tsp. of lemon juice
2 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 tsp. of salt
1 egg white, whipped stiff
Guava paste (I use the La Fey brand)
Milhojas cream
Hershey's mini-white chocolate kisses
Red decorating sugar
Whipped Cream or any other topping desired
  • Mix butter and sugar together on high until fluffy in one big bowl.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in another bowl.
  • Combine guava drink mix and lemon juice in a new bowl.
  • Add all of flour mix and 1 cup and 3 Tbsp. of guava/lemon mix to the butter/sugar mix, adding them alternately while mixing.
  • Fold in whipped egg white.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Pour batter into lined cupcake wrappers in a muffin pan and place the pan in the hot oven for about 15-20 minutes - you want them to be done on the inside and lightly golden on top.
  • Remove cupcakes from muffin tin and place them on wracks to cool.
  • Once they have cooled, use a pastry piper to pipe filling, cream or guava paste, or both, into the center of the cupcakes.
  • Frost with any type of icing you like and decorate according to your fancy!

Buen Provecho!


Shannon@JustAsDelish said...

Interesting way of using guava in cupcakes! Now I have a new recipe to use the guavas from my grandpa's tree. Thanks!

Tiffany said...

Guayaba is one of my favorite flavors! This is a great use of it!

Michelle O said...

So original. I'm really curious as to what these taste like now! I'll have to keep my eye out for that mix.

thehungryartist said...

Oh my, I love guava. Reminds me of Hawaii (my parents are from there). I have never seen that mix, however! Perhaps canned guava nectar would work also?

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