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mascarpone chocolate cupcakes

March 26, 2009



I have three kids in three different schools, and sometimes it is hard to keep track of things.  Book fair at one school, parent teacher interviews at another, volunteering for a field trip at yet another.

Tomorrow, my youngest son’s school is having an old fashioned bake sale.  Ella and I are volunteering at it, and Ella also baked our edible donation.  These cupcakes are adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe, and feature mascarpone cheese in the icing.  It is hard to go wrong with mascarpone cheese.  

Mascarpone cheese is also hard to find in Edmonton.  Safeways didn’t have it, so I had to trek to the Italian Centre.  But going to the Italian Centre is always a good use of my time.  I picked up anchovy paste and capers too.  Plus, they have the best bags of fresh basil leaves.  You have to check back often because they are often sold out.  

Onto the cupcakes.  Hopefully they get sold for a pretty penny, because we adore the school, which is a warm and welcoming plain ole community school.  These are a rarity in Edmonton, in amongst the schools competing with fancy programs.  The school uses the money for cool programs like artists in residence programs, and their annual ski field trip.

Chocolate muffins (adapted from Nigella’s Feast)
1 cup white flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tablespoons cocoa
3/4 cups white sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup milk

6 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Mix dry ingredients together.  In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients.  Then mix both together until lumpy.  Put in muffin tins.  Sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.  Bake at 400 degrees x 20 minutes.

Mascarpone Icing
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups icing sugar

Beat together.  Add colour, if you want.  Put on cooled cupcakes.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mom &/or Dad permalink
    March 26, 2009 6:07 pm

    Those look decadent. We will take a dozen!

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