Mangoes are such fragrant, flavourful fruit and it’s a shame that we don’t utilise it in recipes more often here in South Africa. Just like with carrot cake or banana loaf, mango add lovely moistness, richness and so much taste in items like cakes, muffins or sweet loaves. Making use of mangoes, either crushed or in pieces, will add a whole new level to baked goods.
These little cakes are made by beating honey and butter together, instead of sugar, and the honey lends a lush kind of richness to the the cakes. The flavour of the honey combined with that of the mango is quite extraordinary and definitely different. Macadamia nuts are also rich in flavour and have a marvelous texture. The combination of ingredients that make up these little cakes are really fantastic, actually.
The recipe makes about 8 small loaf cakes, but it can be baked as a large round or square cake, too. Baking times may just need to be adjusted. Frosting the cakes are entirely up to you. They are already packed with such a unique flavour that frosting is not really necessary. A simple glace icing will do the trick if you really have to have some from of frosting. A light dusting of confectioners’ sugar is basically all this cake needs. I suppose if you want to fancy it up a little bit more, a zesty cream cheese frosting will also be quite complimentary to the flavour of the cake.
Whichever way you prefer your cake to be decorated does not really matter, as long as you try this recipe out some time. And some time soon, too!