Monday, June 4, 2012

Lemon~Raspberry Mascarpone Cupcakes

It's Monday, it's raining, and it's been a rough last two years, so as Dale Carnegie said, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," hit home today and I made lemon cupcakes:-D!
Now, my mother always told me I was her "Rock of Gibraltar" and for years that has kept me determined that whatever life threw at me, I could handle.  I have to say, it's not been easy, but I'm here and trying to figure out what's next.

I think cupcakes are always a good idea and when I had friends coming for lunch today, even better.  I love the concept of filling the center of the cupcakes; something that had never occurred to anyone, other than Hostess Cupcakes, when I was growing up.  We had chocolate or vanilla cupcakes with usually an American buttercream icing.  When I went to the CIA, I discovered Swiss and Italian buttercream and knew my baking would change.  I know my mother would have loved these and the raspberry mascarpone filling even more.

Lemon~Raspberry Mascarpone Cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of one lemon
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
3/4 cup lemon bits
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Add the sugar and beat to combine.  Add the extracts and zest and mix on medium speed to combine.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scrape down the sides of the bowl in between.

Add the dry ingredients, alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.  Scrape down the sides and stir in the lemon bits.
Divide the batter among the 12 cups.
 Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick in the center comes out clean and the cupcakes are a golden brown.
Cool in the pan about 10 minutes, then, transfer to a rack to cool completely.


Raspberry Mascarpone Filling
1 pint of fresh raspberries
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T granulated sugar
Wash raspberries and drain on a paper towels.  Rough chop the raspberries and sprinkle with the sugar and lemon juice.  Add the mascapone cheese and stir to combine.

Use an apple corer to remove the center of the cupcake.  Fill a pastry bag with the raspberry filling and pipe into the cavity.


 Lemon Swiss Buttercream
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp. lemon extract
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes and softened to room temperature.
3-4 drops of Yellow Food dye
Lemon Candy Slice


In a heat-proof bowl, over a sauce pan with 2 inches of water heated to a gentle boil, whisk the egg whites and sugar.  Continue to whisk, until the temperature reaches 140F-degrees.  Remove from the heat and place on the stand mixer.  Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until a glossy meringue stage.  Lower the speed to medium/high and slowly add the cubes butter.  Don't be concerned if the meringue looks curdled because it  changes in an instant!  Once all the butter is incorporated, add the extract, and beat on high once more.

Use a #804 tip (or your choice) and pipe the Swiss buttercream on top of the cupcakes.  Add a lemon candy slice as a garnish.

Baking is definitely a sweeter part of my life and I'm happy to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

   


 

21 comments:

  1. Those cupcakes look and sound so decadent and yummy!

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  2. Good grief those looks AMAZING!!!!!!

    Hang in there :)

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    1. Some days are better than others, but friends really do help you get through these rough times...thank you!

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  3. These really do look AMAZING!!!! Love the lemon candy slice on top!

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    1. Can't you just imagine Mom biting into one of these:-D

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  4. OH WOW! Those cupcakes look sooo good! Drooling....

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    1. I'd love for you to come for lunch and we'd have a "play date!" XOXO

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  5. Susan, you have done it again. I went to a tea party yesterday and ate so many slices of cake I thought I wouldn't want any more for weeks...somehow the clean, fresh zesty lemon aroma which I could smell as I read this post has made me realise that I still need cake, preferably lemon-raspberry... xx

    PS The chocolate chip cookies went down a storm and I have promised to give the recipe to several friends.

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    1. Elaine, I love that my recipes, like the aprons I make, have given me new friends that I hold dear...you are definitely one of those friends. Happy Jubilee! I wish I could be there to bake with you for the celebrations;-)

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  6. Susan! lemon raspberry cupcakes!!!!! they sound wonderful! can I come to lunch? stamping sue http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. Absolutely, lots of spare rooms and a studio that would knock your socks off!

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  7. Gorgeous and wished I was there for lunch...When I saw these my heart skipped a beat. Or, two. :)

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    1. Hi Ellen,
      I can just imagine you adding limocello to the batter or even the buttercream! Yes, I would love for you to come to lunch and I would create your own cupcake if you did;-D

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    2. You have inspired me to try the swiss buttercream, my friend. I use italian buttercream for my whoopie pies. I've always been afraid of swiss...But, I think Bella can help with your recipe in hand. I'm making a ginger cupcake soon, maybe then? Someday: lunch! :)

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  8. Baking has a way of centering me like gardening does also. Sending hope and peace to you Susan, my new found friend. " A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down", and especially in the form of these wonderful cupcakes--I can almost smell them!
    Martha Ellen

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  9. Ahhh, lemon. My favorite taste in sweets is lemon and this looks GREAT!

    Susan, WISH we could've antiqued together. Much more fun to share the experience.

    Sending love to you,

    Sharon

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  10. I can smell the lemon when I look at these pics and I'm drooling on my keyboard!! :)

    One day at a time my dear friend... and know how much you are loved. xox

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  11. Lemon and raspberries - two of my favourite things. I do so hope the clouds are passing - both outside, and in your heart.I can't begin to imagine your grief, but know that you are loved and admired by your 'friends you've never met'.

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  12. These look fantastic! I love raspberries and have a few raspberry plants in my yard. I just get a few berries at a time, just enough to have on my cereal for breakfast. But in a year or two, I should have a good amount! I'll have to keep your recipe handy!
    DeniseB

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