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These are the most moist cupcakes I have ever had. It is more of an adult cupcake, as it is not piled with frosting. The glaze on top gives just enough sweetness and flavor!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Line 12 muffin cups with liners.

  • Stir cake mix, water, mascarpone cheese, vegetable oil, and egg whites in a bowl until well combined.

  • Pour cake mixture into prepared muffin cups.

  • Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

  • Place strawberries in a food processor or blender; puree until smooth.

  • Stir pureed strawberries and confectioners' sugar together in a bowl.

  • Spoon strawberry mixture on top of cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

409 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 60.1g; fat 17.9g; cholesterol 23.3mg; sodium 303mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2012
These cupcakes were absolutely delicious! I substitued canola oil for the vegetable oil. For the glaze I used more than 1/2 a cup of strawberries and only about a cup of sugar. I usually don't make recipes from this site that have low ratings but I am glad I made these. Just a note - if you are using a regular cupcake pan this recipe will make 18-24 cupcakes not 12 like it states. I filled my cupcakes up to the top and ended up with a major muffin top. These store well unglazed. I kept them covered on the counter for a few days and felt they got better a day or two after they were baked. I just kept the glaze in the fridge and used it as needed (which I also felt got better a day or two after it was made). I will definitely make these again and experiment with different fruit glazes for the topping. Excellent - Five stars!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2013
These cupcakes were disappointing. I made the cupcake part exactly as the recipe stated. They were fairly moist but I thought they would be even more moist. They tasted like a normal cupcake to me. I don't know if I over-mixed or what. I prefer the ricotta cake recipe on this site which also uses a box mix. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2012
These cupcakes were absolutely delicious! I substitued canola oil for the vegetable oil. For the glaze I used more than 1/2 a cup of strawberries and only about a cup of sugar. I usually don't make recipes from this site that have low ratings but I am glad I made these. Just a note - if you are using a regular cupcake pan this recipe will make 18-24 cupcakes not 12 like it states. I filled my cupcakes up to the top and ended up with a major muffin top. These store well unglazed. I kept them covered on the counter for a few days and felt they got better a day or two after they were baked. I just kept the glaze in the fridge and used it as needed (which I also felt got better a day or two after it was made). I will definitely make these again and experiment with different fruit glazes for the topping. Excellent - Five stars!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2012
I had some mascarpone left over from another recipie so I gave this recipe a try. The mascarpone really really maked a big difference - Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2013
These cupcakes were disappointing. I made the cupcake part exactly as the recipe stated. They were fairly moist but I thought they would be even more moist. They tasted like a normal cupcake to me. I don't know if I over-mixed or what. I prefer the ricotta cake recipe on this site which also uses a box mix. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2012
I thought the cupcake portion of this recipe was delicious. I wasn't impressed with the appearance of the strawberry mixture for the top of the cake. I WOULD make the base again but would consider other types of icings/frosting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2012
Made these yesterday in the big cupcake size pan (Texas muffin size?) and they are ALL gone except one which I am slowly picking away at...these are fabulous and very moist - everyone loved! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2012
Wasn't sure about these at first..they are sooo moist they almost taste how should I say? Un-done raw?? But they browned lightly and passed the toothpick test and look cooked in the middle. Nice crumb. Literally melt in your mouth. Hubby liked them. They are better the next day. I have not iced them yet...not sure what would be best on top. They almost don't need anything on top. Powdered sugar? Just a fresh berry? Not sure. Would make these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2013
These are honestly one of the best cupcakes I have ever had! I never review recipes but this was so good I had to. They are very moist and at first almost reminded me of an angel food cake type texture. The glaze is runny and a bit messy but that's what glazes are supposed to do. I chilled my glaze while the cupcakes cooled in order to make it a little bit easier to work with. I also added a little strawberry slice to the top of each cupcake for a little decoration. Give these a try! They are wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2013
Followed directions and mixed by hand with wooden spoon until well combined. Did not over mix. Filled muffin cups about 3/4 full. They do puff up but go down while cooling. I got about 16 cupcakes. I filled 1 cup measuring cup to the top with frozen strawberries because they settle once thawed. I only used 1 and 1/2 cups of conf. sugar. This was sweet enough for us. I spooned 2 to 3 spoons of the puree over each cupcake. The cupcakes were plenty moist and light. We enjoyed very much and will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2012
These cupcakes were INCREDIBLE! They were so moist and flavorful; the mascarpone really makes a creamy cupcake. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of the glaze. The flavor of it was nice don't get me wrong. But it just made the cupcakes look kinda sloppy. A nice idea in theory but didn't execute well. I will DEFINTELY be using this cupcake recipe again perhaps with a strawberry frosting. A chocolate hazelnut frosting would also pair nicely with this cupcake. Read More
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