Being put in charge of a dessert was a bit nerve-racking. I’m not a dessert person! Although, with the amount of baking I’ve done lately I’m starting to think that is changing. Originally I was going to go with a tiramisu to go along with the Italian-themed dinner, but when I came across this recipe from Giada, there was no question as to what I would bring.

I could have eaten the mascarpone filling by the spoonful, but I resisted, knowing full well that those cupcakes just wouldn’t be the same. Next time I will double the filling and use it as a frosting too. Unfortunately the glaze just can’t live up to its counterpart.

The cupcakes went over very well at the dinner and it was the guys who were going back for seconds. And thirds. ;)

While some may be disappointed with the use of boxed cake mix, this recipe may not have been do-able on a weeknight if I had to make the cupcakes from scratch along with the fillings and glaze.  But it worked out well, no one even notices that the cupcakes come from a box because the filling steals the show.

Strawberry & Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (8 oz) container mascarpone cheese, chilled
  • 1/2 cup thawed and drained frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (I didn’t use this)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

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. Plush 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 extract 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.

20 Comments (Reply )

  1. Marie
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    Looks amazing! Yum!

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  2. Marie
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    Looks amazing! Yum!

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  3. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    Oh my! These looks so delicious! And I LOVE that you used a boxed cake mix! That makes it less intimidating :)

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  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    Oh my! These looks so delicious! And I LOVE that you used a boxed cake mix! That makes it less intimidating :)

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  5. Kristen @ Simply Savor
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    yummm! that looks ah-mazing ! and if making cupcakes from a box is easier, then i say go for it, girl! nobody has to know ;)

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  6. Kristen @ Simply Savor
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    yummm! that looks ah-mazing ! and if making cupcakes from a box is easier, then i say go for it, girl! nobody has to know ;)

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  7. Mo@MommyRD
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    Oh, I want to go around with my finger and eat up all those drips of glaze! Yum!

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  8. Mo@MommyRD
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    Oh, I want to go around with my finger and eat up all those drips of glaze! Yum!

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  9. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    oh wow these look AWESOME! Can’t wait to give them a try :)

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  10. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    oh wow these look AWESOME! Can’t wait to give them a try :)

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  11. L0ri
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    These look so great! I’m currently trying to perfect a cupcake that tastes as good as those from a box. I’m having a hard time, but that only means there are lots of cupcakes in my future to perfect it. Ha, ha!

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  12. L0ri
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    These look so great! I’m currently trying to perfect a cupcake that tastes as good as those from a box. I’m having a hard time, but that only means there are lots of cupcakes in my future to perfect it. Ha, ha!

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  13. Chelsea Ward
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    These look sensational! Seriously mouthwatering. I’ve never had a baked good from a box that I didn’t like, but then again, I love anything sweet. Haha.

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  14. Chelsea Ward
    Mar 09, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    These look sensational! Seriously mouthwatering. I’ve never had a baked good from a box that I didn’t like, but then again, I love anything sweet. Haha.

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  15. Andrea@CeleryInTheCity
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    I want to SWIM in some of that filling ;) love mascarpone!

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  16. Andrea@CeleryInTheCity
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    I want to SWIM in some of that filling ;) love mascarpone!

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  17. Holly
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    holy moly yumminess. i want one. like now.

    p.s. i am making your tarka recipe tomorrow night – SOOOOO excited about it!

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  18. Holly
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    holy moly yumminess. i want one. like now.

    p.s. i am making your tarka recipe tomorrow night – SOOOOO excited about it!

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