This Mascarpone Cream is an eggless, creamy topping for any dessert that can be made in 15 minutes or less!!
Traditionally, panettone and pandoro are served with a spoonful of this rich cream. But it is also ideal with any pie, cake or even fresh fruit so learn how to make mascarpone with me!
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Why you'll love this recipe
You may be wondering just what is mascarpone cream? In northern Italy, mascarpone cream (or crema al mascarpone) is a thick, rich cream that is served with Italian Christmas cake like my mini panettone and pandoro for dessert.
It's not just mascarpone cheese. The traditional recipe includes eggs, sugar and sometimes rum to create a velvety mascarpone dessert. This version is egg free and just as smooth as the original!
While I love the eggy mascarpone cream, you need to be sure you have the freshest, safest eggs. This is something we can't always be sure of so egg free mascarpone cream is a good option.
This whipped mascarpone cream recipe is super easy and quick to prepare. Just like homemade whipped cream but a little more dense and much more creamy to eat!
Because this is a very stable cream, it can be flavored in various ways and used in many mascarpone desserts such as tiramisu or cannoli cake. It is perfect as a cake and pie filling or topping as well as a simple, elegant dessert with sponge fingers and fresh fruit. Or dollop onto a slice of German Plum Cake or old fashioned fresh Apple Cake.
For complete ingredient quantities and full instructions, please scroll to the printable recipe card bottom of the page.
Only 4 ingredients are needed for this easy mascarpone whipped cream.
- Mascarpone Cheese - If there is any liquid on the top be sure to drain it.
- Whipping Cream - Of course you need to use full fat cream - this is not a low fat recipe!
- Powdered (Icing) Sugar - Be sure to sieve it to ensure there are no lumps in your cream.
- Vanilla Extract - Please use pure extract and not an imitation. You will really notice the difference. Check out other flavor variations below!
- Add finely grated lemon or orange zest.
- Omit vanilla and add 1 tablespoon of rum or other liqueur - you can add more but the cream won't be as thick.
- Mix in a spoonful of sieved, unsweetened cocoa powder for an amazing mascarpone cream filling for your favorite chocolate cake!
- When finished, stir through chopped or grated, good quality eating chocolate.
Follow these 6 easy steps to learn how to make mascarpone cream.
- Add sifted powered sugar to cream in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Whip the cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.
- Stir together mascarpone and vanilla.
- Combine the mascarpone into cream.
- Whip until firm peaks form.
- Don't over beat.
Tips for success and FAQ's
When making this recipe it is very important not to over beat the cream. Mascarpone has a high fat content and can curdle very easily. To avoid this, stop whipping as soon as you seen the mixture thicken. Check the mixture then beat a little more if needed.
Another tip is to ensure the mascarpone cheese is very cold. Many recipes using mascarpone don't say this. I have found that warm mascarpone will spilt and curdle every time.
It is a soft, high fat Italian cheese made using cream and citric acid and resembles cream cheese. However cream cheese is not a good substitute for mascarpone because the taste is completely different. If you can't purchase mascarpone cheese, there are plenty of easy mascarpone recipes available.
Soft peaks are when the cream has thickened enough to hold peaks that flop over immediately when the whisk is lifted.
Firm peaks are when the cream as thickened enough to hold peaks that stand straight up when the whisk is lifted.
This cream is best served within a few hours of being made. It will keep for up to two days in the refrigerator but it won't be as light. Mascarpone Cream is not suitable to freeze.
If you use gluten free, powdered sugar then it will be gluten free. Be sure to check the package of powdered sugar because usually it contains corn starch. Corn starch isn't always made from corn - some times it is derived from wheat. Always check the packaging!
Mascarpone cream is delicious just by the spoonful but also wonderful with fresh fruit. Try this mascarpone filling for cakes and tarts. Our mini Trifle Desserts are finished with this luscious cream.
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Mascarpone Cream Recipe
- 1 cup (250 millilitres)whipping cream full fat
- ¼ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar) use gluten free if needed
- 1 cup (250 grams) mascarpone
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whisk the cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form
- In a small bowl, gently mix together the mascarpone cheese and vanilla.
- Add mascarpone to softly whipped cream and continue to whisk until the mixture thickens and firm peaks form. Be careful not to over beat or the mixture could split.
- Use immediately or refrigerate until needed.
- When making this recipe it is very important not to over beat the cream. Mascarpone has a high fat content and can curdle very easily. To avoid this, stop whipping as soon as you seen the mixture thicken. Check the mixture then beat a little more if needed.
- Have the mascarpone well chilled. Warm mascarpone will split very easily.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. For accurate results, it is recommended that the nutritional information be calculated based on the ingredients and brands you use.