Adding Watermelon Purée/chunks To Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe?

Baking By Hay1708 Updated 11 Mar 2015 , 6:15pm by ropalma

Hay1708 Posted 10 Mar 2015 , 2:40pm
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Hey guys, 

I was hoping someone out there could help me. Tomorrow I am hoping to make Watermelon cupcakes like this:

http://todaysworkathomemom.com/watermelon-cupcakes/

Simple enough with just a basic vanilla cupcake and icing recipe. However I was toying with the idea of making the actually cupcake watermelon flavoured with either a purée or chunks. 

Firstly I was wondering if anybody had made watermelon flavoured cupcakes this way and if so how did they taste. 

Secondly how do I change the recipe so that it doesn't become too 'wet'? Do I just cut out some of the wet ingredients. 

Heres the ingredients I use (if that helps)

1 1/4 cups cake flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola or extra light olive oil)

1/2 cup buttermilk

Or am I better off making a watermelon purée and piping it in the middle once the cupcakes have cooked?

Also on a side note, how do you cook the cupcakes so the outside of the cupcakes looks pink rather than brown? Is that even possible?

Thanks in advance guys :)


8 replies
-K8memphis Posted 10 Mar 2015 , 2:54pm
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i don't know but please report back on what you did -- i'm way curious --

but i think i'd use some watermelon flavored oil before i'd go baking with real watermelon --

i can't see this ending well but surprise me :)

http://shop.lorannoils.com/search.aspx?searchstring=watermelon

julia1812 Posted 10 Mar 2015 , 3:23pm
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I would either make water melon puree and incorporate it in the icing or make a curd...or try this recipe with a little bit (!) of red food color:

 125g soft unsalted butter, 170g caster sugar, 2 eggs, 200g flour, 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder, 125 ml full fat milk, 100g water melon puree (not too watery as melon consists mainly of water!).

 Bake at 160'C for about 25-30 mins

 Makes 12 cupcakes

julia1812 Posted 10 Mar 2015 , 3:24pm
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P.s. Water melon does not have a strong taste of it's own, almost like sugar water, so don't be disappointed when it's different from other fruits.

-K8memphis Posted 10 Mar 2015 , 3:37pm
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so i went surfing around looking for some recipes and there are recipes for watermelon puree but i can't find one using it in a cake -- not that you can't i'm just saying it's i didn't find one --

the ones i can find are paleo types where you actually cut a big cake shaped piece of watermelon and decorate it -- or who knew they make watermelon flavored jello -- if i was doing this i'd go for the powdered jello into the cake recipe -- strawberry jello makes a great strawberry cake when you add in strawberries so i'd definitely try the watermelon jello hoping for the same results but still i'm wary of the puree -- probably if you stiffen it real good with cornstarch it will hold but the taste? i don't know -- well you could add the jello there too --

keep me posted though



LeanneW Posted 10 Mar 2015 , 8:42pm
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I use this recipe ALL THE TIME, http://www.cakecentral.com/recipe/4783/scratch-moist-strawberry-cake

It is for strawberry, but I have made it with other fruits, substituting different fruit puree and jello flavor. I think it would be really awesome in watermelon. 

I have done it with lemon and raspberry, delish!

At first I was hesitant to use the jello powder b/c I wanted a truly scratch cake, but it adds flavor and a nice color.

julia1812 Posted 11 Mar 2015 , 5:03am
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Btw, you can alter lots of recipes from cake to cupcakes and vise versa with no trouble, just adjust the baking time.

ropalma Posted 11 Mar 2015 , 6:15pm
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Watermelon Cake
Ingredients:
1 (2‐layer) white cake mix
1 package watermelon flavored Jell‐O mix
1 1/3 cups seedless watermelon, cut from center and cut into 1‐inch pieces
3 egg whites
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ cup mini chocolate chips
No Taste Red Paste Food Coloring
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour cake pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together cake mix and Jell‐o mix.
3. Pour chocolate chips in a small bowl. Add about a tablespoon of cake/Jell‐o mixture to
the chips and stir them around to coat thoroughly.
4. In a large bowl, beat watermelon, egg whites and oil until smooth.
5. Add cake/Jell‐o mixture, half at a time, and mix until well blended.
6. Mix in food coloring until desired color is achieved.
7. Fold in chocolate chips.
8. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake until toothpick, inserted in the center, comes
out clean. Baking times will vary. If using the Wilton Wonder Mold pan, bake for 50‐60
minutes. If using other pans, check cake mix box for approximate times.
9. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes.
10. Remove from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.
ropalma Posted 11 Mar 2015 , 6:15pm
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Watermelon Cake
Ingredients:
1 (2‐layer) white cake mix
1 package watermelon flavored Jell‐O mix
1 1/3 cups seedless watermelon, cut from center and cut into 1‐inch pieces
3 egg whites
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ cup mini chocolate chips
No Taste Red Paste Food Coloring
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour cake pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together cake mix and Jell‐o mix.
3. Pour chocolate chips in a small bowl. Add about a tablespoon of cake/Jell‐o mixture to
the chips and stir them around to coat thoroughly.
4. In a large bowl, beat watermelon, egg whites and oil until smooth.
5. Add cake/Jell‐o mixture, half at a time, and mix until well blended.
6. Mix in food coloring until desired color is achieved.
7. Fold in chocolate chips.
8. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake until toothpick, inserted in the center, comes
out clean. Baking times will vary. If using the Wilton Wonder Mold pan, bake for 50‐60
minutes. If using other pans, check cake mix box for approximate times.
9. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes.
10. Remove from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack.

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