Cupcakes with mascarpone & raspberry topping
What do you do when you’re on a diet and still want to bake? Yes, you bake for others!! So every opportunity I get I bake something for someone else… These particular cupcakes started out because my friend, who would be coming over one evening, was expecting me to make something special for her. Do you have that also? That people sort of start to expect you to bake or cook? 🙂 I had little time that particular day so I didn’t want to go and attempt something like a Daring Bakers contest or any other intricate baking design, so I settled for simple cupcakes. Well I added a little ground almonds to the batter just to make it a little more moist and give it a bit more flavor. But then the fun of cupcakes tends to be in the topping right?
I have ofcourse made various cupcakes before with various toppings, but I had never attempted to make a big swirl on top. I don’t particularly like buttercream and I was at a loss as to what would hold well enough to make a topping and still be delicious. Any tips in that area are more then welcome, by the way!
In the end I decided that mascarpone would definitely do the trick. I mixed the mascarpone with fresh (crushed) raspberries and some icing sugar and dusted the topping with little sparkling flakes (not enough as they don’t really show!) Obviously my friend couldn’t eat more then just two, so all the other ones I took to my family. My parents are the worst kind really. Everytime I come around my dad sort of looks incredibly disappointed when I don’t bring something with me. You see, he reads my blog and sees all those goodies pass by and wonders where they all go when not to him?? 🙂
So while not the most exciting treat I hope I keep him happy for just a few days!
Now… back to Christmas cooking planning! (have you started to think about the menu yet?? I know I have!)
O and did I already tell you that I signed up for the Plate2Page event in May of next year that is going to be held in Germany?? It’s all about food photography and writing for your blog. I am completely excited to finally meet a few of my heroines such as Jamie and Meeta and you can read all about this awesome event here ! I hear there are only a couple of places left so if you want to join in the fun; now is the time!
OMG, that topping is awesome! Divine.
I bet your friend(and you dad too) was thrilled with the pretty, delicious cupcakes!
It would be such a dream to be able to go to Germany to attend Jamie’s event! Lucky you! 🙂
the cup looks like it’s early Christmas.
Your dad sounds hilarious! I’m sure he would have been happy with these beauties! The topping sounds divine and def a nice change from buttercream!
Haha, yes, that’s exactly what I do too, I bake for others… lovely pics.
these are beautiful cupcakes!
I have to laugh, because my mom and sisters read my blog too, and I’m constantly harassed for not providing a whole array of food every time they see me. 🙂 I hope your dear dad enjoyed the cupcakes. They really look fabulous!
Thanks Michelle! It’s really dangerous to have your family read your blog isn’t it?
I love that topping, beautiful and looks like a Christmas Tree ;))
Haha… Maybe I should be using that for Christmas then!
Yup, that’s what I do when I want to make decadent food: I have a tatse, then give most of it away! These cupcakes look really festive, and mascarpone is a great alternative to buttercream. As for Christmas – I don’t even know where I’m spending it yet!
Oh my! That looks divine! The icing… I’m drooling!
The topping sounds amazing! It’s like ice-cream!
seriously fantabulous piping! Love the flavour combo as well, defintinetly attempting these for christmas 🙂
These look really good!I don’t like buttercream either! I think mascarpone is definitely a tastier option.
Your cupcakes look divine. I love the frosting studded with raspberry. Yum!
I love the raspberry ‘tower’ of icing! I’m with you, the only time I bake now is if I can give what I make away. I like to try everything but my desire to bake did not do my waist line any favors — I’ve only just lost the 20kg that took 5 years to gain & I’m not (yes – NOT) going to put it back on LOL!
But I have no problem putting it on other 😛
These cupcakes look superb Simone! The icing sounds yummy and not sickly sweet like most cupcakes…
These cupcakes and frosting are so adorable! I love the pointy hat, it makes it so festive! And mascarpone and fruit frosting is the best! And I’ve recently had lots of son’s friends hanging around so I could bake lots and would’nt have to eat it all! I love that! This is a great recipe!
That looks wonderful.
How did you make a peak of a Frosting happen?!! So pretty. Now this is one frosting i would love to have in a cupcake.
lucky you to be part of P2P!
What beautiful cupcakes! A sort of cupcake-cum-icecream with the frosting looking like icecream in a cone. 🙂
Don’t blame your Dad for feeling the way he does. Btw, how do manage to keep from “tasting” the stuff you bake when you’re on a diet?
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