Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

I’m sharing my new, unbelievable cupcakes today. It’s Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting. Perfectly moist and soft strawberry cupcakes topped with light and creamy mascarpone frosting.

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I’m not even exaggerating, guys! These are the best cupcakes that I’ve ever made. I’ve finally achieved an amazing texture on the cupcakes. Cupcakes have been my  white whale for the longest time. I am still working on the perfect plain vanilla and perfect chocolate cupcake recipe, but as far as fruit cupcakes, I’ve done it!

These cupcakes are just the right amount of soft and moist and they are delicious.

This frosting is my new favorite too. I got some mascarpone cheese about a week ago because I was planning on making a Tiramisu-like dessert. It didn’t work out so I wanted to use it quickly. I added the mascarpone to my whipped frosting recipe and it turned out AMAZING! I don’t know how I didn’t do it before but I am all in now and not going back!

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Before I share the recipe, I want to talk to you about something. I wanted to see what my readers thought about my photos…

I’m sure that my regular readers noticed that most of my photos are darker; set on a black background or styled in a life-style setting.  I don’t normally do very light photos or white background. I love those kind of pictures but it is just not me and when I shoot on a white or light background, it seems unnatural to me. I usually redo the photo in a darker setting. (Although, I’m still trying.)

So here is where I want your opinions… Do you like dark setting on my food photos? Does a black, artistic-like picture of the food effect the chances of you making my recipe in any way? Take a look at these cupcakes that I’ve posted in the past and tell me (not judging by the cupcake but only by the photo) which do you like better, darker or lighter?

Cupcakes Collage

1. Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

2. Avocado Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

3. Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

4. Root Beer Cupcakes With Cream Soda Frosting

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Alright, alright…here is the recipe!

Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Strawberry Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes:
  • 5-6 medium strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • Strawberries for topping, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line the muffin pan cups with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork.
  3. Add sugar, vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla. Whisk well until all incorporated.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until all smooth and combined.
  5. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them 3/4 of the way.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. Frosting: (use whisk attachment here) in a bowl of an electric mixer, add the mascarpone cheese, heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Start on low to mix the ingredients and gradually increase the speed over a few seconds to medium-high. Do no walk away, this will be ready fast! Slowly pour in the sugar. Beat on medium-high until soft peaks form and gradually lower the speed, over a couple of seconds.
  8. Once the cupcakes are cooled, frost them and top off with diced strawberries.

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to share this recipe, please simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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Comments

  1. OMG, Lyuba these look fantastic!! I love the texture.

    I am into moody photos, so I really, really like the darker ones. :-) However, I have noticed that more readers will make the recipe if the photos are brighter. I’ve done the research and I’m not wrong. hahaha :)

    • Thank you, Kate ;)
      That is what I’ve heard and I will be asking my FB fans tonight. I can’t wait to see what they say.

  2. These cupcakes are AMAZING! Marscapone makes everything better! I agree with Kate. Love the darker photos but it seems readers love the light ones.

  3. These are so bright and cheery! I cannot get enough strawberries. Personally, I like the darker background, but I don’t like it if that is all a blogger uses (I’m guilty of it at times!) All your photos are lovely, but that is just me! :)

  4. Well, you know how often I comment on your photos — I definitely like the dark. It seems like there is a spotlight on the star of the show. Believe me, I study every food presentation to see how the photo affects how I react to the food. How do you get that effect? If it is a secret forget I asked. I am always trying to learn :-) And on the subject of the cupcakes they look fantastic and I’m sure they taste the same. I don’t particularly like sweet icing so I believe that the mascarpone cheese in the frosting would give it a smoother non sweet taste — am I correct? Whatever you are doing as far as recipes and photos —you are right on the mark as far as I’m concerned.

    • You are correct! I don’t like very sweet things so I love whipped and this mascarpone frosting because it is light, smooth and just sweet enough.
      Thank you, Marisa!

  5. Why hello there, my delicious little friends. Wowza – these look beautiful Lyuba! Pinned! xo

  6. I have been searching for a strawberry cupcake recipe that actually uses strawberries, as opposed to a strawberry cake mix… thank you!! And I’m partial to the light pictures :)

  7. These cupcakes are right up my alley, Lyuba! And I love that the the frosting is made with mascarpone! :)
    I have always been drawn to lighter, brighter photos & those are the types of food photos I also personally prefer to take. I think the darker ones are maybe more artistic? But it does seem that readers love the lighter, brighter photos. Personally, I love the 1st and the 2nd one above. I know- such a contradictions because one is light and one is darker? Maybe it depends on the recipe?

    • I am coming to realize that it depends on the photo. Some photos are just meant to be in dark. I did end up asking my FB fans and it seems like the preference is split about half and half and some don’t really care, they will make the recipe if it sounds good :)
      Thank you, Carrie!!

  8. I love how the colors pop off of the dark backgrounds… I would definitely keep with that when it’s possible. And these cupcakes look amazing! And totally LOVE the idea of adding mascarpone for the frosting! YUM!

  9. Ah, there’s those gorgeous cupcakes!!!! I am a huge lover of Tiramisu-which is exactly what these remind me of also! Mascarpone is the best!

  10. Gorgeous Lyuba, those cupcakes look amazing! My eye still went straight to the Avocado Cupcake, but I love the dark backgrounds as well. Your photos are always awesome, so keep doing whatever it is that you are doing!! :) I think it works well for you, because the lighting is so good. I’m looking at the images in your sidebar, and you don’t really notice the dark background, because the food” shines”…if that makes any sense. ;)

  11. All of your cupcakes look amazing…I find it hard to believe they haven’t ALL been delicious!! These ones are so pretty, too…I love the stopped strawberries on top of that icing. Yummm!

  12. I’m looking forward to trying the cupcakes.

    Regarding photos: I dislike the black. It looks nice, the food looks awesome, but there’s something a bit un-natural or cold (not inviting) about it.
    Cooking/baking is about home and family and life. None of those things are truly achieved in darkness so I would say, stick with the lighter photos. In those you see something else. Not just the food but the surroundings, maybe it’s more food, but there’s some ‘context’ there.
    Just my opinion, but you asked. :)

    • I welcome all opinions, Maria! Thank you :)
      Sometime I like to express myself artistically ;) I think that’s why I mix it up, a little of both.
      I hope you give these cupcakes a try, they really are amazing!

  13. These cupcakes are so pretty! Love all the fresh strawberries in them!

  14. These cupcakes are just ridiculous Lyuba. Sooo pretty! And against that black backdrop – just stunning! Pinned!

  15. Pat Shannon says:

    Personally I like the lighter one. When it’s dark it is like a professional picture=equals Hard to make. The lighter one seems more homey=equals homemade.

  16. You won me over, hands down, with that frosting. Sweetened whipped cream is my favorite frosting and adding mascarpone could do nothing but make me fall even deeper in love. Yum!

  17. These looks delicious! I’ll be sharing them on the blog today. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes at The Inspiration Exchange and always being so supportive! :)

  18. Wow this recipe just sounds amazing Lyuba, the strawberry moist cakey cupcake with the creamy mascarpone topping sounds to die for!

    I love all your photos but when I look at the 4 you posted my eye {and this is personal} is drawn to the avocado one… absolutely love that picture. But all the other ones are great too. I think its just a matter of preferences.

  19. Lyuba, you are amazing. I NEED one.

  20. Do you make anything that is not amazing? I mean, seriously! I am going to gain 1000 lbs following you. Your IG posts are going to invalidate my warranty on my phone…too much drooling. Anyway, this is on my list, mascarpone is my FAVORITE! Thanks, saw you on Marvelous Monday Link Party!

  21. These sound really yummy. I really want to try the frosting. Anyway, I’ve never been to your site until tonight and thought of comment on your question of the dark background. Personally, I love black and dark. However, when looking at the pictures and trying not to think about the yummy cupcakes, I realized I’d be more inclined to make the ones in the light background pictures and I think it’s because the ones with the dark backgrounds make them look more artsy, if that’s word. Too good to eat, more picture perfect. And the ones in the light backgrounds look yummy and like you just want to eat them.

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  23. These sound delicious!! I love strawberry and the mascarpone frosting looks tasty!

  24. Does the cupcake have a strong strawberry flavor? I’ve been looking for a really good strawberry cake recipe, but most of the ones I’ve found use strawberry jello. I will have to try this one out!

    • Maria, you can definitely taste the strawberry in the cupcake but it is not as strong as you would use jello, since jello had an enhanced artificial flavoring. The strawberries on top, in these cupcakes, add a great pop of strawberry flavor too!

  25. Hi Lyuba!
    I am curious if I can make these without adding the one cup of sugar? Will the texture become different? I’m on a temporary sugar fast.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Anna! You could try using baking splenda but it might effect the texture and rising a bit. Best of luck!!

      • Thank you for your kind response, Lyuba!
        There doesn’t seem to be Splenda in Italy. Do you think honey might work?

        Oh, and a quick question. Does olive oil or butter make a cake softer after baking? Thank you :))

        • I prefer oil in my cupcakes, it seems to make them smoother and more moist. If you are looking to substitute sugar completely, honey is probably not the way to go because it has the same sugar content and your stomach won’t differentiate between sugar, honey or agave nectar. Honey does have a lot more vitamins so it is much more beneficial for you. If you are off sugar, you may have to look into sugar substitutes but if you just don’t want to use granulated sugar, try beating butter (instead of oil) with honey until smooth and then add the remaining ingredients.

  26. Hi, your frosting looks amazing. Do you use icing or granulated sugar? If its granulated how do u ensure the frosting wont be grainy? Thanks!! :)

    • Hi Sashi!
      The frosting really is divine! I used granulated sugar and it turned out smooth. Sugar get dissolved in the mixture while beating, I guess, and I never noticed any grainy textures.

  27. Hi,
    I tried the recipe but my frosting turned out abit runny and was a pale yellowish colour. How do i get it to be like fluffy like yours looks?

    • Hi Sashi!
      Did you use a whisk attachment when you were making the frosting? I would recommend that. I will add it in the recipe because it’s not clear. I’m sorry I didn’t specify that! I am not sure about the yellowing, could be because it didn’t whip enough, it should get whiter as it fluffs. (Or did you use a hand mixer?)

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