Strawberry and Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes

27 Jan

Strawberries are perfect for every occasion.

And if you can incorporate the fruit into cupcakes, it’ll be a sure fire hit in your household. Imagine tasting a strawberry and mascarpone filling with each bit. If so, than these type of cupcakes should be at the top of the list.

If you are interested in making these cupcakes than check out ingredients and directions via Food Network below.

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (like Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe French Vanilla cake)
  • 1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese, chilled
  • 1/2 cup thawed and drained frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Special equipment: 1 muffin tin

Make the cupcakes according to package instructions. Lightly grease the muffin tin and fill the batter almost to the rim of each muffin cup. Bake according to package directions and let cool.

In a food processor combine the mascarpone cheese, strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice. Process the mixture until smooth. Transfer the strawberry mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a small tip. Push the tip gently into the bottom of a cupcake and squeeze in the strawberry mixture until the cupcake plumps. Continue with the remaining cupcakes.

In a small saucepan bring the 1/2 cup sugar, water, and vanilla extract to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved. In a medium bowl combine the vanilla syrup with the confectioner’s sugar. Stir until smooth. Working quickly, use a rubber spatula spread the icing on the top of the cupcakes. If the icing begins to firm up, place in the microwave for a few seconds to warm up again.

Photos via Food Network

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3 Responses to “Strawberry and Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes”

  1. Miss.OnceUponAMarathon January 27, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Looks great! What flavor profile does the mascarpone cheese add to the strawberry in the cupcake?

    • RUCUSS January 27, 2013 at 3:20 am #

      The filling basically tastes like strawberry, but the mascarpone cheese thickens it. You have to use a good amount so that it won’t be runny.

      • Miss.OnceUponAMarathon January 27, 2013 at 3:23 am #

        Oh okay, that makes sense! Well it certainly looks delicious!

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