I am tired of plain old whipped cream with vanilla, whipped cream with rum and even plain old whipped cream with maple syrup and cinnamon. I wanted to do a mascarpone cream for the pumpkin pie this year. But I guess I decided too late. The store was sold out of mascarpone. Not to be deterred, I made a mascarpone substitute. Now, I will say, there is no real substitute for mascarpone. That creamy and mild flavor cannot be duplicated by anything else. Here are the true facts: cream cheese tastes like cream cheese; sour cream tastes like sour cream; and mascarpone tastes like mascarpone. Period. But, in a pinch, you can use this substitute when it's mixed with whipping cream, so long as you don't overdo the substitute amount. There are actually several ways to substitute mascarpone, but this recipe is the closest to the real thing. Again, I want to add, the closeness is about 1 mile away.
8 oz. cream cheese
3 Tbsp. sour cream
2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
Beat everything together till it's smooth.