Oct 172011

Orange cupcake with mascarpone frosting

This is a very easy and simple cupcake recipe…the cake is very light and moist since yogurt and the egg whites in the form of soft peak were added to the batter. Both frosting and the cake contain orange rind, which give the cupcakes a very citrus flavor. The cupcakes can be baked ahead, and frozen. On the day that you want to serve them, make the frosting while the cupcakes are defrosting, top them and they are ready to be serve.

Cake Batter


¼ cup orange juice
1 cup fat free natural yogurt
1 tablespoon orange rind, grated
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup or ¼ lb butter
3 eggs, separated
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup sugar


Sift the flour with the baking powder. In a small bowl mix the orange ring with the yogurt and the orange juice.

Cream the butter and approximately 3/4 of the sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the vanilla extract and the egg yolks one at the time, until very light and airy.

Add the half of the sifted flour with approximately half of the yogurt mix. Mix gently and repeat with the rest of flour and yogurt.

Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until foamy, add the remaining of the sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks.

Gently fold approximately 1/3 of the egg white into the batter, then fold in the remaining egg white, avoiding deflating the batter.

Fill the cupcake cups to 2/3 and bake in pre heated oven at 350F for approximately 10 minutes until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cupcakes cool down before icing them.

Mascarpone Frosting


2 cup mascarpone cheese
5 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon orange rind, grated
1 teaspoon orange blossom


Mix all the ingredients until fluffy.

Top the cupcakes with the mascarpone frosting and serve.

I hope you have a great day and enjoy this simple recipe.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that mascarpone cheese is made by coagulating cream with a weak acid?

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  76 Responses to “Orange Cupcake with Mascarpone Frosting”

  1. Your orange mascarpone cupcakes do look very light and delicious. Can you imagine I have never had a single cupcake in my life? I know, everyone talks about cupcakes, but they are not traditionally sold in Europe so… Anyway, if I saw yours in a pastry shop it would certainly be the first cupcake I would taste. I couldn’t resist it!

  2. All these fall and Halloween recipes everyone is posting have me quite jealous. You’d hardly know it wasn’t summer here in Austin. Your cupcakes look terrific and I hope you’re having a wonderful season!

  3. Well Juliana, I pretty much know one thing already…these treats may just be my all time favourite recipe since I’ve been following you ;o) Not only are the ingredients yummy…the presentation is perfection. Brava!!!

    Have a wonderful week,

  4. wow i love the richness of the cupcake with the yogurt in the batter and the mascaparone icing. baking is so much fun, especially when we get to be so creative with it. 🙂 hope u have a fabulous week, juliana!

  5. These cakes look so light and fluffy and the mascarpone frosting sounds amazing! YUM!

  6. Oh my, those look and sound good and I am not even a great fan of cupcakes. I quite often find them disappointing, but I am craving one of these.

  7. These are perfect for the fall season. I have not made cake or cupcakes in quite sometime, but with your simple recipes it has me wanting to right away! 🙂

  8. These look and sound just fabulous. I know my family would love them and they’d quickly disappear from my table.I’m sorry you didn’t get to have the orchid ice cream when you were in Turkey. It’s taste is unique but the experience and vendor show are what make it special. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. Sissi – really? Wow! Juliana – these look so pretty and enormously tasty! Very clever! Have a lovely week.

  10. WOW! I love almost anything citrus – add sweet cupcakes and I’m passing out with joy!

  11. What lovely cupcakes! And I love citrus flavours. Delicious.

  12. Being able to freeze the cupcakes makes things so much easier. And your decoration with the spiky frosting is delightful!

  13. What beautiful little cupcakes!

  14. Lovely cake & beautiful frosting, I loves orange flavor.

  15. great cupcakes adore citrus

  16. Oh, this looks delicious!

  17. I just have to mention it, I love your pics. The time and effort you’ve put into it deserves a compliment here and there 🙂

  18. Your cupcakes look delicious! Love the mascarpone in the frosting…yum!

  19. I think I could eat a vat of the mascarpone frosting all by itself! Love anything to do with mascarpone. 😉

  20. The frosting looks so beautiful and elegant 🙂

  21. What a great idea to freeze these for emergencies 🙂

  22. These look lovely and I like the spike patterned details! 🙂

  23. Those are adorable cupcakes, Juliana! I love the way you’ve frosted them and making the frosting with mascarpone is a super idea.

  24. Oh Juliana these are so pretty. The cupcakes do sound light and I love the special mascarpone frosting. Decadent!

  25. I think I am going to request THESE for my birthday dessert. I can’t think of a more lovely pairing of flavors and they are so gorgeous Juliana!

  26. Delightful looking cupcakes! The mascarpone cream cheese sounds delicious and perfect with the cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Oh dear! these cupcakes are pure temptation! The mascarpone frosting is looking awesome!

  28. What a fantastic combination, Juliana. I love orange flavor in desserts, it’s so refreshing!

  29. Your cupcakes are so pretty! Love the refreshing flavor of orange here too…really perfect with the mascarpone!

  30. How cute! I like citrus-y cake too be it orange or lemon. 🙂

  31. Pretty and so moist!

  32. Such delectable cupcakes Juliana! I love the mascarpone frosting – make it extra special. Hope you’re having a great week!

  33. Those cupcakes look simply gorgeous. Love mascarpone frosting.

  34. I can just imagine how moist the cupcakes are and the combination orange and mascarpone is a delicious one. Have a lovely week!

  35. What a great recipe! Love the orange flavored cupcakes! 🙂

  36. Juliana, that’s a gorgeous cupcake. I love those little cups, so pretty! Orange flavor, YUM!

  37. Oh, my gosh! These are just stunning cupcakes! The spiked frosting is beautiful…and I know the cupcakes are as delicious as they are pretty~

  38. juliana, that mascarpone cheese frosting is sooo tempting!! i dont mind having this for breakfast now!

  39. I could just gobble up dozens of these cupcakes! The scent of these baking in the oven must be heavenly and the frosting looks so scrumptious. I love the spiky presentation! 8-D

  40. What delectable cupcakes, Juliana. I’m going to share your recipe link with my daughter. I think this recipe is just what she’s been looking for.

    Thank you so much for sharing…And yes, the effort you put into your posts and presentations is always so inviting:)

  41. I like that “spiky” frosting 🙂

  42. What fun frosting! I love it.

  43. Cool frosting! I’d love to have the citrus flavor in them.

  44. Orange is one of my fav things in baking..love the mascarpone frosting..these cupcakes sound so yummy!

  45. Juliana: These orange mascarpone cupcakes turned out so pretty and the flavors from the ingredients used, sound so tasty. These are sophisticated little cakes that are sure to be a hit at any party! 🙂

  46. These cakes look very light indeed! I love cakes made with yoghurt- it makes it seem so much more interesting, and the experiences I’ve had with them have all been good 😉 I love how you frostedthese- it looks so cute fluffy!

  47. Perfect for Halloween!

  48. Such a lovely, fluffy little cake- Sounds like these would be great following a heavier meal, especially with that bright citrus flavor. 🙂

  49. What a great fresh flavor combination. Love how you piped the frosting.

  50. These sound absolutely delightful! Soon Florida and California oranges will be fresh and inexpensive once again here. The frosting sounds perfect for them!

  51. The cupcakes look and sound divine. I love the flavor of orange, it is one of my favorites.

  52. These are one sinful cupcakes 😉
    Rich and luscious !!!!
    Wonderful my dear.

  53. Hy Juliana,
    first time here…love your space..
    awesome posts with very interesting presentation..
    cupcakes looks utterly yummy with great cliks..
    Am your happy follower now..;)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  54. Oh how delicious looking these orange mascarpone cupcakes are! I didn’t know you can make (bake) ahead. Is that common? Well if you have a freezer storage space, that’s a great idea in fact. It saves a lot of time on the day you want to serve. I love the citrus flavor of these cupcakes. Yum!

  55. The combination of orange and marscapone is genius, and I love the styling of the icing!

  56. Woo hoo! A simple recipe that yields a DAZZLING dish 🙂 I can totally dig it. Love the mascarpone frosting!

  57. The cupcakes sound delicious! Love the idea to make them ahead of time and freeze them!

  58. What a lovely and healthy dessert with yogurt and egg whites to make it light. Make ahead too? Count me in.

  59. we don’t see orange-flavored cakes very often, and that’s a shame! i like the sound of mascarpone frosting too–excellent work, juliana!

  60. Ohhhh I LOVE these! They are fantastic! I have bookmarked them and I am absolutely going to try them! I love anything with orange rind… and mascarpone?? YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Have a good week!

  62. What a mouthwatering combination! Those cupcakes look divine.



  63. gosh they look cute.

    refreshing too.. mhhh orange!!

  64. These look so pretty – I love the way the frosting stands up on top in little peaks!

  65. That frosting sounds absolutely delicious,Juliana!beautiful cupcakes.

  66. Lovely look cupcakes, I love how lightly colored they are…with the cheese frosting, these sounds very delicious indeed!

  67. What a perfect cupcake; must melt in your mouth Juliana. Have to save this recipe.

  68. They look very delicious! 🙂

  69. These look amazing! I love that you used yogurt in the cupcakes and they look so pretty. I can’t wait to give them a try. These will make a great birthday treat for someone…or just for me. 🙂

  70. They’re so pretty, love the piping!

  71. Wow! This looks fantastic, so tempting.

  72. Love the lightness and fluffiness. and then – well you add mascarpone and they get bookmarked!

  73. Very cute cupcakes, they look light and airy. I love the little orange slivers you used to decorate.

  74. These look delectable! I love how the fluffy mascarpone icing looks. I wish I had 1 now! 😉

  75. Olá Juliana,
    Que maravilha de cupcakes. Adoro esta combinação de sabores e ficaram lindos!
    Beijinhos e bom fim de semana,