While I’m not a big fan of cream cheese, I still like the look and texture of the frosting so I try to think up new tasty ways to use mascarpone instead. I wanted big lemon flavor in a very light frosting. This was what I came up with.

8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
pinch of kosher salt
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
1 -1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

In a medium bowl combine mascarpone cheese, powdered sugar, salt, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir together until smooth, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form – don’t overdo it, the last thing you want is for it to curdle.

Then gently fold the whipped cream, into the mascarpone mixture until combined. If you get it just right, you will get a nice sweet fluffy frosting.

I made these for the Fried Chicken Face Off, thus the chocolate chickie toppers. With all that greazy fried chicken I knew everyone would be happy with a very light dessert.

When I served this, people said it was so airy and delicious it made them want to eat a dozen cupcakes by themselves. This is AFTER they had just eaten 8 kinds of fried chicken! You have to try this to believe it – not overly sweet and light as air!