Friday, May 31, 2013

Neapolitan Cupcakes

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I dreamt up these cupcakes ages ago and it is about time that I finally made them.  It should be pretty obvious that these are inspired by Neapolitan Ice Cream.  You could easily make a vanilla cupcake with chocolate and strawberry frosting or even a strawberry cupcake with chocolate and vanilla frosting.   I made these for our neighborhood block party and they were a hit.  As expected, the kids loved the colors and sprinkles, but they were just as popular with the adults.  

Neapolitan Cupcake 
created by Baked Perfection (cupcake recipe from adapted from allrecipes.com)
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.


Very Vanilla Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 - 3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency


Strawberry Buttercream
recipe from Baked Perfection

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup strawberry jam
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
2 -3 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Mix in strawberry jam and salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

To pipe as pictured, place vanilla frosting and strawbr frosting in separate piping bags.  Place the two piping bags filled with frosting into a larger piping bag.  Squeeze gently until both frostings are piping at once.