A True Challenge

So the Cupcake Hero theme ingredient this month was melon..that's right...melon. I don't usually think melon and cake. I usually think...melon and Angelina Jolie...why? Well..b/c when I eat cantaloupe my lips swell...and oh how I miss sweet juicy cantaloupe with salt in the summertime...ahhh...but alas... I wasn't sure how it would fit into food...so I searched on the internet a bit..and found that alot of places team up cantaloupe and blueberry...and I asked a guy that I worked with (and a resident foodie) what he thought..and this is what the combined minds concocted.

Blueberry cupcakes with Cantaloupe Cream Cheese Frosting: First the cake: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup blueberries combine dry, add wet, fold in blueberries, put in your cup liners, bake at 350 degrees. My big cupcakes had to bake about 22-25 minutes. My mini cuppies had to bake about 12-15. Cool on wire rack. Cantaloupe Cream Cheese Frosting: 1/2 cup butter 1 package of cream cheese 1 tsp. vanilla confectioner's sugar (powered sugar) I don't have a measure on this b/c it seems like each time I make frosting I always use more sugar than it calls for...so just add until you like it. (guessing)-2/3 cup cantaloupe (pureed)

(recipes adapted from cooks.com) On the first round of frosting it was really thin...see the first pic? Yea..a little too thin. I think it's b/c the cantaloupe is so watery...so I added 1/2 cup of shortening to it and it worked better.

So what was the verdict.....

My thoughts? I thought they were really good. They are very summery to me. The cantaloupe is a very dominant flavor, but the cream cheese works really well with it.

Husband thought; good...at least he ate a few of them. He's a big fan of blueberry AND cantaloupe and thought the two made a good team.

Coworker's thought: my main boss was very anti trying these cups b/c "melon and cake cannot coexist"....he admitted he was wrong on this one...and ate two of them.


April said…
Hey, these look great. I did not get the entry, so thanks for letting me know! I respond to each email that I get and doubled checked myself and did see this one. I have you now! Thanks!
Lucie said…
Those look so yummy! I absolutely LOVE cantaloupe and had never thought of mixing it with blueberries...Blueberry cupcakes with a cantaloupe marmelade filling could be nice too! You've just made me hungry for cupcakes and it's only 10am here:)
Lucie said…
I'd be honored to have my blog on your site! I'm just now discovering your blog and all the recipes look so yummy, they all make me want to go straight back to the kitchen and cook :) Would you mind if I added your blog to my site?
Haha have you ever licked vanilla extract off your fingers??? That's vanilla overload to me! Lol :)
Anonymous said…
YUM!! what a genius idea. These look great!

ps - of course I don't mind you using a link. I'm flattered you'd ask. :)