Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes With Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Frosting

Try this cupcake for something different than your traditional chocolate or vanilla flavor
Lemon Angel Food Cupcake
Giada De Laurentiis

The mascarpone in the frosting makes for a creamy delight and complements the sweet lemon. Try this cupcake for something different than your traditional chocolate or vanilla flavor. 

Deliver Ingredients


For the lemon curd

  • 3 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice, from 2 large lemons
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

For the cupcakes

  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 Cup water
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice

For the mascarpone frosting

  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk, chilled
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • silver or pastel dragees, Jordon almonds, or yellow sanding sugar to decorate
  • 6 Tablespoons mascarpone, at room temperature


For the lemon curd

Whisk together the yolks, lemon zest, juice, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.  Place the saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan.  Cook until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon or spatula, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the butter, one piece at a time, stirring until the consistency of the curd is smooth.  Transfer the curd to a heat-proof bowl and cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap to avoid a skin from forming.  Refrigerate the curd until firm and chilled, about 1 hour.

For the cupcakes

Place two racks in the upper and lower thirds of  the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the cake mix, water, lemon zest and juice.  Beat the mixture on low speed to for 30 seconds to incorporate the ingredients then increase the speed to medium for 1 minute until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Use a scoop or spoon to fill the liners 3/4 full with the batter.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cupcakes are golden brown and the cracks on top feel dry. Cool the cupcakes completely before filling and frosting, about 30 minutes.Use a small spoon to push a shallow hole in the center of each cupcake.  

For the mascarpone frosting

Whisk together the powdered sugar, mascarpone, milk, and vanilla until smooth and shiny. Fill the center with 1 tsp of the lemon curd. Drizzle the cupcake with some of the glaze to cover the top. Sprinkle with the decoration of your choice. Allow the cupcakes to set, in the refrigerator, for at least 30 minutes.

Lemon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Lemon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.