When life gives you dragon fruit and cactus pear what do you do? The answer is…. cupcakes. FYI, The answer to most of life’s questions is cupcakes (true story)
The Halloween season is upon us and I recently found myself in possession of a box of “freaky fruits” sent to me by my friends at Melissa’s Produce. Dragon fruit and cactus pear definitely count as “freaky” in my book. I’m willing to guess that most people (including myself) have never tried these two super spooky ingredients, but let me just tell you that now that I’ve gotten to know them they aren’t so scary after all.
Dragon fruit is a beautiful Asian fruit that is often described as tasting like pear, but I thought it tasted more like melon. The flesh can either be bright pink, or spoooooooky black and white like mine was.
Both fruits are majorly delicious when eaten as is, but everything is better with chocolate am I right?
I picked up a box of devil’s food cake mix and a box of white cake mix and went to work in my kitchen laboratory this past weekend. With a little hocus pocus I created a coconut cupcake (I added 1/2 tsp coconut extract to the prepared white cake mix) filled with cactus pear curd and a devils food cupcake filled with dragon fruit cream and topped with dark chocolate frosting.
Halloween baking isn’t just about pumpkins anymore. The next time you come across one of these freaky fruits lurking in a shadowy grocery isle, don’t scream! Pick one up and cast a spell on your friends and family with some of these spine chilling cupcakes.
- 1 cup cactus pear puree, strained
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 T cornstarch
- 2 T butter
- In a small saucepan combine cactus pear puree, sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch. Heat over medium heat.
- Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens, about 5-7 minutes.
- Remove from heat and whisk in butter.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 T confectioners sugar
- ¾ cup dragon fruit puree, strained
- In a large bowl, whisk heavy cream and confectioners sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Fold in dragon fruit puree.