Tutti Frutti Cupcakes

A colorful confectionery with chopped and candied fruits, Indian tutti frutti, usually refers to brightly colored, candied raw papaya, which go perfectly well with a birthday party’s colorful lights.

Its my birthday today & by Indian tradition, I’m reminded of my grade 2 birthday, carrying sweet treats carefully packaged by my parents to hand out to my class kids. Things haven’t changed much. I love being a kid again, and offer you my tutti frutti cupcakes today.

No eggs, no dairy, this is a spectacularly simple recipe that is flawless when executed using the steps I provided. I love simplifying recipes by removing unnecessarily complex ingredients, like dairy or eggs. Who needs them, when the cupcakes rise to fluffy heights even without. When I created this recipe initially, it was a bit dense.  Over many trials, I believe I have gotten the ratio right and I think you might agree. My husky, Miko does.

The movie ‘Chashme Buddoor’ is forever etched in my memory. Set in the talkatora gardens of New Delhi, this romcom exudes the dry & quick Delhi wit that I grew up with.

The heroine first enters the stage in her door-to-door selling of detergent. The initially reluctant hero is smitten, buys her entire pack of detergent and asks her out on a date. On their first date in Delhi’s Talkatora gardens, which has seen many romances blossom, the heroine completely captivates the heart & soul of the hero. Verdant green historic gardens, picturesque Delhi Hindi words mixed in with Urdu and an understanding server, complete the tutti frutti ice cream scene that the heroine ends up ordering. I have to admit, I loved this film so much, that I saw it twice, once with my family and once with my entire high school bunch.

You need

1 ½ cups cake and pastry flour
½ cup tutti frutti diced fine
¼ cup sugar (up to ½  if making for child 🙂
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup yoghurt (I used vegan cashew yogurt)
1 tbsp vanilla
½ cup oil (I used grapeseed oil)

Sieve the flour with baking powder & baking soda. Stir in the sugar. Mix in the wet ingredients thoroughly. Add the tutti frutti & stir in with batter completely. Pour into cupcake moulds. Bake in 350oF  oven for approx 20 minutes till cupcakes are done and toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Serve warm with chai at your next party or birthday. Don’t forget to add chashme buddoor to your bucket list of Indian cinema. Tutti frutti cupcakes are bound to be a hit with everyone. Did you like my birthday treat? Send me some love on my birthday with a comment, a like, a share.

pix courtesy: Punita Sastry

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