Maharani Cupcakes

    4 hours 30 min

    Named for a queen in India, these coconut cupcakes with curry lemon curd and a sweet basil cream topping will wow your friends and family. They have sweet but exotic flavours and a stunning presentation. The cupcakes take time to create, but the final product is worth it! The lemon curd and basil cream need time to chill, so they can be made the night before.

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    Serves: 18 

    • Sweet Basil Cream:
    • 350ml whipping cream
    • 1 bunch fresh basil, washed and dried
    • Sweet Curry Lemon Curd:
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 tablespoons mild curry powder
    • 180ml fresh lemon juice
    • 3 lemons, zested
    • 60g unsalted butter, melted
    • Coconut Cupcakes
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 225g butter
    • 5 eggs
    • 250ml buttermilk
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 75g desiccated coconut
    • 750g icing sugar, divided
    • 110g cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon silver dragees

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:3hr20min  ›  Ready in:4hr30min 

    1. To make the sweet basil cream, heat the whipping cream in a saucepan until hot; do not boil. Turn off the heat and add the basil, stems and all, to the cream and allow it to steep for 1 hour. Refrigerate the cream for 3 hours or overnight. Strain and discard the basil.
    2. Meanwhile, make the sweet curry lemon curd. Use a large microwave-safe bowl: the curd will expand to twice its volume as it cooks. Whisk together the caster sugar, two eggs and curry powder until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Cook in the microwave, stirring at one-minute intervals, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Pour the cooked curd through a sieve and refrigerate for at least three hours or until set.
    3. Preheat an oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line 24 muffin cups with paper cases.
    4. Prepare the cupcakes: Mix flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
    5. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time; beat well. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing well with each addition. Fold in coconut.
    6. Scoop the cake mixture into the prepared cases, filling the cups 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
    7. In a chilled bowl, whip the cold basil-infused cream and 1/2 of the icing sugar until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate. Beat the cream cheese and remaining icing sugar until smooth and soft. Fold in the whipped cream and mix gently until fully combined.
    8. To decorate the cupcakes, spread a tablespoon of the lemon curd on top of each cupcake, followed by a dollop of the basil cream. Sprinkle with dragees.

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    Reviews in English (26)


    Copiously unique! I'm the only reviewer of this recipe so far and I was excited to take my first bite. The combination of flavors were unbelieveably harmonious, especially if you like exotic flavors of the East and the Tropics. You will be delightfully surprised by this cupcake! Definitely NOT for the faint of palette! I used Duncan Heinz butter recipe yellow cake mix. For the frosting: 1 Tbsp of mild curry, 1 tsp of coconut extract and 4 cups of powder sugar in total and it was plenty. Next time, I will dice the flaked coconuts to reduce the stringy texture. Used only 1 stem of the basil and it perfumed the frosting perfectly. It is a process, but I believe it will be a recipe you'll want to use when you want something that can only be experienced!  -  19 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Each individual part of these cupcakes is very good: the coconut cupcakes, the curry lemon curd and the basil cream. Together though, the taste was a little bizarre. I enjoyed eating it, though I didn't want to have another one. I guess I don't like my desserts to taste like dinner. However, the coconut cupcakes are the best I've ever had. I made them again and made a frosting of 1 part cream to 2 parts powdered sugar- whip until desired consistency and add orange blossom water or jasmine flavoring to taste. They were to die for this way and I served them at a party...people were begging me for the recipe!  -  18 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I also made these for an Indian-themed dinner, and they were quite a hit. I must admit that I toned down some of the more intense tastes...only 1 T curry powder, and just a few basil leaves in the whipping cream. The cupcakes looked beautiful - I scooped out a plug from the top of each cupcake and filled with lemon curd, then topped with the slice of cupcake that I removed. Then I spread some more lemon curd over the top, with the whipped cream over that, but not quite covering it all of the way. Over that, I sprinkled toasted coconut, and topped with a sprig of very small basil leaves. Great presentation, unique flavor.  -  14 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)