I really like cupcakes. Too much, in fact. Luckily Mister BS is happy to take them to share with the other teachers at work and they never last more than an hour in the lunch room at the library. So, a word of caution before making these: have people to share them with, because they are addictive.
Seriously. Try and resist one of those. I dare you.
I ended up making these because my mom bought a tub of mascarpone cream cheese thinking it was the type of cheese that we had when we went to breakfast at 715.
It wasn’t, and she didn’t know what to do with it. I knew I could make tiramisu, but wanted to try something different, so I found this recipe from Your Cup of Cake and tweeked it a bit. Though I do routinely substitute applesauce for oil when baking to lighten the calories, I only did it this time because I was out of oil. Trying to make this recipe healthier seems like a lost cause.
The creamy surprise in the middle is to die for. If you’re like me, cupcakes are little more than a frosting delivery device. Cutting out the center and adding more icing is the ideal cupcake in my opinion. They hold up better when they are served chilled, but I couldn’t wait to try one.
Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Cupcakes
- 1 box devil’s food cake mix (okay to use gluten-free, I tried it)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 C applesauce (or oil)
- 1 C buttermilk
- 1/2 C sour cream
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 8 oz mascarpone
- 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 1/2 C butter, softened
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 3-4 C powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F and line your cupcake pan. Mix up the added ingredients, then add the mix. Bake for about 20 minutes. Beat together filling ingredients in bowl. Mix up your buttercream and try not to eat half of it in the process. Cut out centers of cupcakes after they have cooled and add cream so they look like this. Save them for “cake people” who prefer their cupcakes without frosting, if you know any.
Pipe on your icing, and don’t forget the sprinkles! Enjoy one, and share the rest if you can!