I have a pretty early memory of cupcakes. They were my birthday treat in kindergarten, store-bought, with little plastic Halloween picks. My birthday is in October and the choice in decoration was made for us. They weren’t scary, just cute ghosts, scarecrows and pumpkins. I gave a scarecrow cupcake to the boy I liked. Interesting what you remember, huh?
Fancy cupcakes have been “a thing” for a few years now and while I can appreciate the hard work put into them, I haven’t been inspired to jump on that bandwagon. Last summer, I saw these gorgeous cupcakes over at Ele’s blog and they have been in the back of my mind ever since. I was asked to bring a dessert to my foodie friend Nancy’s house and these popped into my head again.
You know how cream cheese frosting is the best? Well, mascarpone frosting is like that times 10. I loved these little beauties immensely. The cupcake itself is studded with pieces of soft strawberry flesh and when you allow the frosted cupcake to come up to room temperature, it is the perfect treat.