Recipe courtesy of Andrea Parks
Show: Cupcake Wars
Episode: Cosmic Cupcakes
TearIMiss You: Vanilla Rum Cake Soaked with Coffee Rum Syrup and Whipped Cream Marsala Mascarpone Frosting
1 hr 25 min
1 hr
24 cupcakes
1 hr 25 min
1 hr
24 cupcakes


  • 6 ounces cake flour
  • 5 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 10 1/2 ounces granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 ounces butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 ounces whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coffee Rum Syrup:
  • 7 ounces hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces dark rum
Whipped Cream Marsala Mascarpone Frosting:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon marsala wine
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin pans with 24 muffin liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, whisk both flours, the granulated sugar, baking powder and salt until well combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the milk, rum and vanilla, and mix for about a minute until well combined. Fill the prepared muffin pans three-quarters full with batter and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 24 minutes.

For the coffee rum syrup: Combine the hot coffee, granulated sugar and rum in a bowl and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until cool.

For the frosting: In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the whipping cream and marsala and whip until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar with a wooden spoon until well combined. Fold the mascarpone mixture into the whipped cream and refrigerate until use.

To assemble: Use a pastry brush to soak the cupcakes with the rum coffee syrup, soaking twice. Top with whipped cream marsala mascarpone frosting.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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