Taking place Sunday, November 12, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Gifting and indulging in sweets is a staple holiday tradition. With that in mind, acclaimed author, activist, actress, model and philanthropist Padma Lakshmi has teamed up with famed bakery chain Sprinkles to create a special cupcake with an invitation to share in this cultural moment nationwide.
Padma’s Luscious Mango Cupcake recipe is inspired by the Mango Lassi, a popular yogurt-based drink enjoyed in India. Rich mango cake is piped with a creamy mango curd center and layered with a fragrant blend of cinnamon and cardamom-spiced yogurt frosting.
“Diwali is celebrated by over 1 billion people worldwide. It’s inspiring to see Sprinkles acknowledging this festival on their national platform,” says Padma Lakshmi. “The Mango Lassi flavor brings to life memories from South Asia, featuring the vibrant taste of fresh mango curd and the sweet aroma of cardamom and cinnamon. I’m excited for everyone to share a very special piece of my heritage.”
The Luscious Mango Cupcake, debuting at bakeries nationwide on November 1, will be available for pick up and local delivery and priced at $6 each.
Sprinkles will make an upfront donation to a charity deeply personal to Lakshmi, the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project, to help their efforts in providing high-quality education from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade to help break the generational cycle of poverty in India. The collaboration is part of Sprinkles’ ongoing support of the leading Asian Pacific changemaker organization and platform Gold House.
“We are thrilled to have the nation’s most renowned culinary icon and activist collaborate with Sprinkles to create a cupcake that celebrates South Asian flavors,” says Sprinkles chief marketing officer Michelle Wong. “Through this partnership, we are proud to support Shanti Bhavan, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities in education for underprivileged children in India.”