Rich chocolate cupcakes with a deliciously creamy strawberry filling and a fudgy cream-cheese frosting, all made from scratch.
Step 1: The Filling, Part 1
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1 pint fresh strawberries*
Place the cream cheese**, egg, sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl. Blend the ingredients together until everything is evenly mixed and there are no significant lumps. Add in the mascarpone cheese and mix until the filling is smooth and even in consistency. The filling should be thick enough to stick to the spoon without falling off easily, if it seems too thin you can add either more cream cheese or more mascarpone to thicken it up a bit.
*note: the entire pint of strawberries will not be needed for the filling, what is left can be used for decorating or eaten as a snack
**note: Make sure the cream cheese is very soft before starting; otherwise it can be hard to mix smoothly. I'd advise letting it sit on the counter for awhile rather than microwaving, as the microwave always seems to melt it a bit.