Thursday, November 6, 2008

Strawberry and Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes

Cook Time: 25 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 12 servings


* 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


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


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