bittersweet chocolate cupcakes with a mascarpone cheese frosting. i found the one-bowl chocolate cupcakes recipe in sara neumeier's cupcakes book, and i used it because it is one of the few chocolate cake recipes that actually uses chocolate, not cocoa powder (i ended up adding a cup of cocoa powder into the recipe anyway). i wasn't wowed by it, even though i used a very nice sharffen berger bittersweet chocolate and shockinag cocoa. if anyone has a great chocolate (cup)cake recipe that uses chocolate, point me to it.
mascarpone cheese frosting was a doddle. i decided to use mascarpone because of a movie i'm looking forward to watching this weekend. anyone care to guess?
mascarpone cheese frosting
1/2 stick/1/4 cup/56g unsalted butter, softened
8oz/227g mascarpone cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb/427g sifted confectioner's/icing sugar
with an electric mixer, beat the butter and mascarpone cheese together until fluffy. add the vanilla extract, and the sugar incrementally, until fully incorporated.