As most dessert lovers know, the cupcake trend continues to wreak havoc on our waistlines. With new outposts of Sprinkles, Crumbs, and Magnolia Bakery popping up in cities around the country, it seems the cupcake craze is here to stay. Tucked in a corner of trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of the city’s best-kept cupcake secrets: Brooklyn Cupcake. What’s so special about this particular cupcake spot, you ask? At Brooklyn Cupcake, the ubiquitous dessert is being given a Latin makeover!
“Our shop is unique because we cater to the Latin market” explains Carmen Rodriguez, one of Brooklyn Cupcake’s owners, alongside Gina Madera, Michelle Caballero, and Cynthia Clifford. “We draw inspiration from recipes that are dear to our heart from growing up.” Carmen, who worked in retail management for thirty years, had a passion for cooking and Latin food. Having always baked at family functions, she decided to try her hand at baking full-time one year ago when Brooklyn Cupcake was born.
While Brooklyn Cupcake offers your now-standard Red Velvet cupcake and Bourbon Vanilla Cheesecake Cupcake (their twist on the classic vanilla), it is exotic flavors like “Flan”, “Guava con Queso” and Tiramisu that pay homage to the ladies’ and Italian heritage and keep the public coming back for seconds.
One of the most popular flavors at Brooklyn Cupcake is the “Coquito Cupcake” which nods to the classic Puerto Rican holiday beverage made with cream of coconut and rum. The spark for such a flavor came when Carmen entered the annual “Coquito Tasting Contest” organized by The International Coquito Federation, with her recipe for a coconut-based cupcake with rum extract, a few other secret ingredients, and a whipped vanilla frosting. Although the “Coquito Cupcake” did not receive a prize, it was so well received that it quickly became a staple on the menu and continues to be a Brooklyn Cupcake best seller.
The next time you’re craving a bit of Coquito in your life, head to Brooklyn, but if you can’t make it to Williamsburg anytime soon, don’t fret! Carmen offers the recipe to make your very own Coquito Cupcake right here on The Latin Kitchen.
Link to the article by The Latin Kitchen: http://www.thelatinkitchen.com/blogs/out-world/2012-07-30/cupcakes-latin-flair-hit-brooklyn
Established in 2008, Coqui the Chef® has been highlighted in the local media, Bronx News Channel 12, WPIX Channel 11, and the Daily News for providing Latino families with a fresh perspective on healthier eating and a handsome mascot that stresses the importance of cooking as a family. Coqui strives to make a difference in the eating habits and purchasing trends of youth via cooking demonstrations on YouTube and Online Radio Talk Shows. Partnerships with local schools, recreational facilities, health fairs, carnivals, and visits to public schools, near target food retail outlets are developed to ensure reinforcement of educational messages gleaned from demos. With Obesity and Diabetes on the rise, “It’s time we connect with our food.” says, Coqui, which also introduces different types of food from all over the world. “From the Caribbean Islands to Europe, there are tons of fruits, vegetables, and foods are not familiar with. Eating the right food, respecting nature and your body, not only keeps you healthy on the outside, but on the inside too”.
Currently, Coqui the Chef® is trying to fund their project, which will only be funded if $10,000 is pledged by Wednesday, Dec. 28th. Be a part of a partnership that endeavors to break the cycle of unhealthy eating in our communities. For your pledge, Coqui will send you his “Holiday Menu Cookbook” which contains delicious, healthy recipes like: Plantains with Mango/Peach/Lime Salsa (Tostones Con Salsa de Mango/Melocotón/Limón), Stuffed Potato Balls (Papas Rellenas al Estilo Boricua), Octopus Salad (Ensalada de Pulpo), Passion Fruit Bread Pudding (Budin de Pan Con Parcha), and much more…
To help Coqui achieve his goal, check out the below link:
Here are Coqui’s Video Clips from local news media:
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- Vanilla Frosting
- Yellow liquid food coloring
- 24 Vanilla Cupcakes, baked in white paper liners
- 3 1/2 cups small yellow, cream, or white jelly beans
- 4 pieces yellow fruit chews, such as Laffy Taffys or Starbursts
- 1 tablespoon black decorating sugar
- 1 tablespoon white decorating sugar
- 8 sets of corn holders
- Color the frosting pale yellow with food coloring.
- Working with 3 cupcakes at a time, frost cupcakes with yellow frosting. Arrange 5 rows of jelly beans, close together, on each cupcake. Place the 3 cupcakes side by side on a corn dish or serving platter to resemble an ear of corn. Repeat process with remaining cupcakes, frosting, and jelly beans.
- Cut the fruit chews into eight 1-inch squares. Soften the edges slightly by hand so that they look like melted butter. Place 1 square on top of each ear of corn. Sprinkle with sugars. Insert a corn holder in the end of each ear of corn, if using. Serve.
This receipe was found in Karen Tack’s dessert cookbook, “Hello, Cupcake!”