Sometimes I feel that my house is like one big playground during summer break. Toys are laying around everywhere; a play tent that hasn’t been taking down for days is taking up too much room, and there is no end in the number of crayons, stuffed animals and Lego I can find in about every room of the house. And although the mess might drive me sometimes insane, the belly laughs, the imaginary worlds being built and the cute conversations I hear during my daughter’s playdates are priceless. And I’ll admit, for a bunch of 5 to 7-year-olds, they are pretty good in trying to help me and my husband clean up at the end of the day.
For those playdates I better have fruits or healthy snacks laying around. But my biggest request is frozen treats. These cute mascarpone cupcakes are easy to make and heavenly creamy. The fresh strawberries and sweet cherries add a pleasing pink color to the mascarpone and gives this treat a fruity sweet taste. We only slightly make it sweeter with dates and some raw coconut sugar. Don’t these cupcakes look pretty in pink?
For the adults, I sometimes add a little bit of blackstrap molasses to give it a distinctive taste and a light brown chocolate color. They taste great as a snack, dessert or treat with your afternoon tea. And, of course, always garnish with dark chocolate, at least a must in my household.
Enjoy this summer!