Orange Mascarpone Cheese Cupcakes is a recipe inspired from Eric Lanlard’s book- Couture Cupcakes. The cupcakes have exotic flavors that everyone will fall in love with.
It is impossible to read his books and not fall in love with the recipes…all of them, as I cannot choose one that I did not like. He has beautiful books about elegant desserts, cakes, cupcakes, tarts, pies and everything in between.
You have to try at least some of his recipes, as they are not terribly difficult to make! And you have to try these cupcakes too! As everyone loves cupcakes, you will become the star among your friends and family if you bake them some!
I loved this recipe of orange mascarpone cheese cupcakes because of the flavors. Orange and mascarpone? Oh my…Delicate aromas and textures, perfect for the winter season! They are exactly what a holiday cupcake should be.
I like celebrating the holidays with orange. Orange brings freshness and lightness to any dish. The mascarpone cheese and orange combination is a perfect one for winter. The frosting is velvety, delicious and so easy to make!
You will be surprised that the frosting is not very sweet, but quite pleasant. For real, I am turned off by overly sweet cupcakes and frostings. I love flavors and you cannot taste anything in general besides the sugar in the regular cupcakes out there.
However, this is not a regular cupcake. I would call it a princess cupcake. Delicate, velvety, not very sweet and perfumed, this recipe is one of the very best I ever made.
I baked these cupcakes for a Christmas silent action at the church. I decorated them with little flowers made of fondant and edible gum paste. They came out pretty and very festive.
You don’t have to do the same as me. Decorate them simple with whatever you have available. No biggie! The secret is to use real orange zest, fresh and quality ingredients.
Make these cupcakes for potlucks, parties, or just give them to your friends, neighbors or family. They will love them very much! The cupcakes can be made in advance and frozen.
On the day you need them, make the frosting and decorate the cupcakes according to the occasion.
TIP: You can even make a little hole in the middle and pipe some frosting inside, for more fun, or a little bit of orange preserves! Yum!
I did changed the recipe a little bit. Instead of orange oil, which I did not have, I used Orange Blossom Water. The original recipe is also asking for food coloring in the buttercream which I avoided, as I am not very fond of chemicals and preservatives in general.
Have fun and enjoy these beautiful cupcakes!
- 1 orange(candied orange peel) or grated orange zest
- 3.5 oz/100g self rising flour
- 1 vanilla pod
- 3.5oz/100g caster sugar or super fine sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp orange oil or orange blossoms water
- 3.5oz/100g unsalted salt softened
- 2 large eggs
- 4.5oz/125g mascarpone cheese
- 4.5 oz/125g cream cheese
- 6oz/175g powder sugar
- 1 large orange- finely grated zest
- 1/4 tsp pure orange oil(or orange blossom water
- orange food coloring paste(optional)
Preheat oven at 350F.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
Beat the butter with sugar.
Add eggs slowly, one by one.
Add orange essence.
Cut the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds from inside. Add the seeds to the batter.
Add the flour mixed with baking powder.
Pipe the batter half way in the paper liners.
Bake 20-25 minutes at 350F.
Beat mascarpone cheese together with cream cheese, powder sugar, zest of an orange and orange oil.
Decorate the cupcakes according to your taste.
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