Mango cake

This beautiful mango cake is made from lots of fresh mangoes. It is filled and topped with a cream cheese frosting!

mango cake

Sorry, but this post is long overdue. Back in November (I know, I know), I celebrated my birthday. Chocolate has almost always been my go-to birthday cake flavor, but this year I wanted something different.

For my birthday, I was inspired by our summer trip to Hawaii. While we were there in paradise, we ate some of the freshest and juiciest mangoes that I had ever had. Each bite was sweeter than honey, and the fruit was incredibly addicting. Because they were so expensive, we had to limit ourselves to only a few mangoes per week.

mango cake

Sadly, I was unable to find any good mangoes at my local grocery stores. They were harder than bricks, and they weren’t juicy or sweet at all. And yes, I let them ripen for a few days, but that did not do the trick. As a result, I was not a huge fan of this cake. I should have known better when I read the instructions for the sponge cake.

While this isn’t a recipe I would recommend to a friend, it might be something worth tweaking. I did like the mango puree and the cream cheese frosting but would recommend using a different cake recipe.

Husband’s rating: 2.5 out of 5
Addie’s rating: 3 out of 5
My rating: 3 out of 5

Mango cake

This beautiful mango cake is made from fresh mangoes and is filled and topped with a cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake
Servings: 10
Author: Eva Bakes

Ingredients

Cake layer

  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Mango filling

  • 1 pound fresh mangoes about 2 medium, peeled and sliced into strips
  • 1 pound fresh mangoes pureed (about 1 and ½ cups)
  • 1-4 Tablespoons granulated sugar as needed

Cream cheese frosting

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 16 Tablespoons) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 and ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

Bake the cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line two 8" cake pans with parchment paper and grease them. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs on high speed until they get foamy. Slowly add the sugar and continue to mix until the batter looks ribbon-like. Stop the mixer.
  • Using a rubber spatula, slowly fold the flour mixture into the batter, about ⅓ at a time. Do not over mix the batter.
  • Evenly distribute the batter into your prepared pans and bake in your preheated oven for 23-28 minutes or until the tops are golden. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes should come out clean.
  • Set aside and allow the cakes to cool.

Make the mango puree

  • In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse the mango until pureed. If needed, add sugar to taste. Set aside.

Make the cream cheese frosting

  • In the clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl if using a handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on high speed until smooth.
  • Turn the mixer to low and slowly add in the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and continue to mix well.
  • If the icing seems too soft, add more powdered sugar. Set aside.

Assemble the cake

  • Split each of the cakes in half so that you have 4 total cake layers.
  • Place one of the cakes, flat side down, on a cake plate or cake platter. Top with ½ cup of the mango puree.
  • Place the second cake on a temporary plate or flat working surface and spread ½ cup of the frosting on the non-flat side.
  • Take the frosted half and flip it on top of the mango pureed cake half so that the frosting side is sitting directly on top of the mango puree.
  • Repeat with the remaining layers.
  • Spread a thin layer of frosting on the tops and sides of the finished and stacked cakes. Place in the refrigerator to set, about 1 hour.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake again so that it is a thicker layer. Arrange the sliced mangoes on top of the cake. I started on the perimeter of the circle and worked my way in.
  • Slice and enjoy.

Notes

Leftover cake should be stored, covered, in the refrigerator and will last several days.
Source: Natasha's Kitchen

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