Maple Mascarpone Frosting

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This delicious maple mascarpone frosting takes only a few minutes to put together and works great on chocolate cakes and cupcakes. You make the frosting by whipping together softened mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, sugar, maple flavoring and vanilla extract.

Closeup of a chocolate cupcake topped with piped maple mascarpone frosting.

This post was originally published on October 29, 2014.

For a long time I knew mascarpone only as a tiramisu ingredient, which is a shame because this soft cheese is super tasty and very useful in lots of other applications, I’ve come to discover. Here I have an easy and delicious maple mascarpone frosting that comes together in minutes.

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What is the consistency of this frosting?

This frosting is stiffer than whipped cream but still fluffy and not as firm and rigid as buttercream.

Ingredients needed:

All ingredients needed to make maple mascarpone frosting.

How to make the frosting:

To make the frosting, add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whip with a standing mixer or with a handheld electric mixer until you get a very firm consistency.

How to use the frosting:

  • For a great chocolate cake to use this frosting on, I recommend this Chocolate Bourbon Cake recipe, made as a layer cake. (The recipe makes two 9-inch layers.) Note that one frosting recipe will be enough for layers on a naked cake. If you want to coat the outside of the cake as well, double the frosting recipe.

How to store the frosting:

Use the frosting immediately after making it or keep it in the fridge for up to 1 day. (If the frosting loses its firmness in the fridge, briefly whip it again to stiff peaks right before using it.) Keep any leftover frosted baked goods refrigerated.

Variations on this recipe:

You can easily turn this recipe from a maple mascarpone frosting into an espresso mascarpone frosting, which also works great with chocolate cakes and cupcakes. To do that, leave out the maple flavoring and instead add 1.5 teaspoons instant espresso powder. All other ingredients and amounts remain the same.

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Closeup of a chocolate cupcake topped with piped maple mascarpone frosting.
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Maple Mascarpone Frosting

This delicious maple mascarpone frosting takes only a few minutes to put together and works great on chocolate cupcakes and cakes.
Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple mascarpone frosting
Servings: 8
Calories (estimated): 173kcal

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Whip all ingredients until you get a very firm consistency.
  • Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 1 day.*

Notes:

One recipe makes enough frosting for a two-tier, 9-inch diameter, naked layer cake. To coat the outside of the cake as well, double the recipe.
*If the frosting loses its firmness in the fridge, briefly whip it again to stiff peaks right before using it.

2 comments

  1. Janet says:

    Your photos are so beautiful and at the same time they are so down to earth and lovely. I enjoy receiving these posts each day!

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