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As Easter gets closer we are all looking forward to enjoying a celebration filled with bunnies, chicks, sweets and Easter egg hunts. Looking back at my own Easter memories growing up in Guatemala I can’t help but feel a bit of nostalgia as I remember those family trips to the beach for the weeklong holiday, going to Antigua to see the processions and making colorful sawdust carpets on the cobblestone streets. My mom also hid chocolate bunnies and eggs on Easter Sunday for us to look for but Easter (Pascua) and Holy Week where about spending time together and celebrating this special time. So now we bring some of those traditions and meaning into our celebrations of Easter here in the United States while still embracing the explosion of pastel colors, Easter baskets and sweetness we all enjoy so much.
Food is always a great to keep our Latino culture and traditions alive and present. Not everyone in the family is in love with the traditional bacalao a la Vizcaina so instead I decided to make a sweet treat using maracuyá (passion fruit) as its delicious tropical flavor takes me back to those fun times spent at the beach during Holy Week.
I decided to make passion fruit piñata cupcakes filled with M&M’s®. I used the seasonal M&M’s® Easter Sundae flavor (check out this bundle offer HERE) with its festive pastel colors and yummy flavor which combined with the tanginess of the passion fruit for the perfect sweet and tangy Pascua treat to share with family in friends!
Passion Fruit Piñata Easter Cupcakes
- FOR CUPCAKES
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 cup of passion fruit pulp
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- FOR PASSIONFRUIT FROSTING
- 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons passion fruit pulp
- blue pearl sprinkles
- PASSION FRUIT GLAZE
- ¼ cup passion fruit pulp
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
- Combine cake mix with passion fruit pulp, eggs and apple sauce.
- Once mixed thoroughly, pour into prepared cupcake pan.
- Beat the passion fruit, cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Add more passion fruit or powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
- Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip; refrigerate 30 minutes.
- On a small sauce pan heat ¼ cup passionfruit pulp, add sugar and mix until well dissolve.
- Reduce heat to low and let simmer until it has acquired the consistency of a thick syroup.
- Let cool.
- Pipe frosting onto the cupcakes.
- Top with passion fruit glaze.
To make these more festive I had the kids help me out with making some fun cupcake toppers using pastel colored tissue paper and a toothpick. We also used tissue paper to decorate the cake stand. Don’t these cupcakes look ready for a Pascua family celebration!
This sweet treat brings together our Guatemalan and American Pascua traditions and not only has a sweet secret surprise inside but also a hidden meaning that ties its flavor to the religious traditions of Pascua and of Holy Week by using passion fruit.
Passion fruit or maracuyá is a delicious fruit that is found in many South and Central American countries. What you probably did not know is that La Fruta de la Pasión the passion fruit was named by Spanish Catholic Missionaries in the 16th century. The deep purples of the passion flower where the ritual colors of Holy Week, the crown of the flower looked like the crown of thorns, the three stigmas represent the three nails and the five anthers where the five wounds of Christ. So I thought it would be perfect to bring passion fruit into our celebration of Easter.
This year I am loving the M&M’s® Easter Sundae flavor chocolates that I got at Walmart along with some other M&M’s® varieties with Easter colors and DOVE® Chocolate Eggs. I think that the M&M’s® Easter Sundae flavor chocolates might be my favorite M&M’s®. Be sure to look for them at Walmart, as they are only available there and only for a limited time. There is also a special bundle offer when you get various MARS products so be sure to check it out HERE. What are some of your favorite Pascua treats?