Sponge type cupcakes layered with espresso syrup coated lady finger rounds placed inside the cupcake before baking. Cupcakes are frosted with mascarpone cheese frosting and dusted with cocoa/chocolate.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1–3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon orange extract
3 eggs, room temperature
1 cup whole milk
2–3/4 cup all purpose flour
2–1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
14– 2” ladyfinger rounds, recipe here
3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
3/4 cup hot water
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 cup or 8 ounces mascarpone cheese- or cream cheese
2 teaspoons rum extract or vanilla
cocoa powder, tested Special Dark
Chocolate shards, shavings or designs
Make the Lady Finger Rounds, set aside, make these one day ahead.
Make Coffee Syrup; Combine all ingredients, place in bowl for dipping.
Make the Cupcakes:
In stand of large mixer with whisk attachment, whip heavy chilled whipped cream to soft peaks, add cornstarch, and confectioner’s sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
In separate mixing bowl and beater attachment, cream together cream cheese and mascarpone cheese together, add extracts, beat until smooth and creamy. Add to whipped cream mixture. Beat with whisk attachment the whipped cream and cheese until smooth and creamy.
Fill piping bag fitted with tip # 1 M with frosting. Pipe swirls over cupcakes. Drizzle with sifted cocoa and garnish with chocolate chards.
Make Chocolate Chards- Melt Chocolate chips or Ghirardelli melting wafers in microwave safe mixing cup for 30 seconds, stir, repeat if necessary until chocolate is melted. Spread chocolate on piece of wax paper or parchment paper, use off set spatula to smooth to thin layer. While chocolate is wet, roll parchment with chocolate into a roll. Place roll in freezer to freeze. When chocolate is set remove parchment from freezer and unroll paper, chards will be formed.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour & Sprinkle Bakes
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