Giada and Jessica’s Mascarpone Cupcakes
my dear friend Jessica made me these cupcakes a few weeks ago and they are to die for!
they are so very light and not too sweet. i can’t speak from experience, yet, but she said they are the easiest cupcakes to make. i can, however, speak from experience when i tell you it is quite possible to eat 3 of these puppies in one sitting and not feel guilty about it.
8 ounces mascarpone cheese (about 1 cup), softened
2 egg whites
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 box white cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup frozen strawberries, thawed and drained
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the mini tins (note* Jessica used regular cupcake tins) with paper liners.
In a large bowl combine the mascarpone cheese, egg whites and vegetable oil. Using a hand mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and creamy. Add the cake mix and water and mix until smooth, about 3 minutes. Fill the mini cups to just below the rim and bake until puffed and golden, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly in the tin then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack.
Meanwhile, puree the strawberries in a blender or small food processor. Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Pour in the strawberry puree and whisk until smooth. Top the cooled cupcakes with the strawberry glaze. Let the cupcakes sit for a few minutes for the glaze to firm up, then serve.